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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Stories for Younger Children
Day and Night


Day and NightCindy Bear sat in the flowerbed. Butterflies fluttered around her, as did bumblebees. They were gathering pollen. Cindy loved the smell of the flowers. They smelled sweet and fragrant. When the sun rose each morning, Cindy would eat a bowl of honey for breakfast and then go out to the flower garden. She loved the sunshine, when it was bright and clear. She could see every flower and count the petals. Cindy didnít like to be outside in the dark. The noises frightened her. Owls went hoot! Snakes slithered through the flowers and other scary creatures ran about. Cindy liked the daytime much better.

One day Cindy was sitting by herself, counting the purple petals on the flowers. She counted so many that she fell asleep. When she woke up, it wasnít light any more. It was dark. The sun wasnít out. The moon was in the midnight sky. Stars sparkled all around. She heard a cricket chirp. CHIRP! CHIRP! CHIRP!

"Whatís that noise?" she asked, frightened by the sound. It rubbed its wings together and seemed to be moving closer to the bear. "Iím scared," she cried.

HOOT! HOOT! HOOT!

"Whatís that noise?" she cried. An owl flew past carrying a mouse in its beak.

HISS! HISS! HISS!

"Whatís that noise?" A snake slithered in front of her feet.

MEOW! MEOW! MEOW!

"Whatís that noise?" A black cat ran by. It was as dark as the sky above. "I donít like the dark! I want to go back to my cave." Cindy was terrified, but she didnít know how to get back to her cave in the dark. Sheíd never been out at night before and didnít know the way. Seeing no other choice, she curled up in a ball and tried to fall asleep. Every time she heard a noise, she jumped up and looked around. Finally she dozed off. When she woke up the sun was shining and it was light. She could see the flowers, the bees, and the butterflies. "Thank goodness, itís daytime. I can see everything. Iím never going to fall asleep outside again," she said, and she never did.


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