Every night the bears lit the candle in the lamppost
before going to bed. It cast its soft glow on their houses and the bears
felt safer having it lit.
One day a new bear, Arthur, moved into town. He
wasn't a very nice bear and the other bears didn't like him. He left his
rubbish lying outside his door and threw his honey pots into a pile in
his back garden. The worse thing about the new bear was that he didn't
like to have any light on at night.
When Rick went to light the candle one night, Arthur
opened his front door. “Turn out that light!” He shouted so loud that
Rick fell off his brother's shoulder and fell to the ground.
“What shall we do?” Rick asked his brothers.
Rusty looked up at the lamppost. “I can't sleep at
night without the candle lit. It's too dark.”
“I can't sleep without it either,” said Coal. “I need
the light to shine in my bedroom window. I feel safe.”
So the next night Rick, Rusty and Coal went to the
lamppost. Rick stood on Coal's shoulders and then Rusty stood on his. He
lit a match and was about to light the candle when Arthur's door opened.
“Don't you dare light that candle. I don't like it to be light at night.
I like it dark.” On his way back in his house he tripped on a pile of
empty soda pop cans.
“I'm not going to let him bully me. Let's teach him a
lesson,” said Coal.
They gathered as many candles as they could find and
put them on the ground all around Arthur's house. “When I lift my right
paw, light every single candle,” Rick said.
He lifted his paw and the three bears lit every
single candle. Bright light shone in Arthur's house.
He opened his door and was about to shout, when he
noticed he couldn't see a thing. The light was so bright that he didn't
see the cans stacked on his doorstep. He fell and landed on his head.
When he tried to get up, he tripped on the pile of newspapers on the
porch and then tripped on the empty candy bar wrappers on the grass.
“Turn out that light! Turn out that light!”
The three bears didn't blow the candles out. They hid
behind a tree and giggled at Arthur.
“You can't make us. Every night we're going to light
the candle in the lamppost. If you won't let us, then we'll light up
your garden every night until you do.” Rick shouted at the other bear.
Arthur had bumps and bruises all over his body. “All
right. Light one candle each night, but that's all.”
“You'd better clean up this messy house too. You're a
lazy slob and even you nearly hurt yourself. Clean it up or else,” Rick
The next day Rick, Rusty and Coal went past Arthur's
house. He was outside picking up all his rubbish and putting it in the
That night they lit the candle. Arthur opened his
door and was about to shout, but remembered what had happened the night
before. He shut the door and pulled his curtains tight.
The bears slept well that night, knowing their candle
burned bright, casting its glow across their house.