A bedtime story to read to children
name is Arabella Martin and I live in a house with a lovely garden
running all the way around. There are lots and lots of flowers and
shrubs and trees in the garden, crowded together, in every different
colour you could possibly imagine.
There are paths that wind in
and out of the garden, and my favourite path is the one that leads to
the bottom of the garden. Can you guess why it is my favourite?
bottom of the garden is my extra special, extra fabulous, absolutely
favourite place because that’s where they live. My friends – my very,
very special friends…
The Fairies are
called Harmony and Rhapsody, and they are best fairy friends. They live
at the bottom of the garden in a hollow snuggery. Now you probably
don’t know what a snuggery is – it’s a magical, secret word, so perhaps
The Fairies had better tell you all about it themselves!
Hello – we’re The Fairies.
I’m Harmony, and I’m Rhapsody.
live in the snuggery at the bottom of Arabella’s garden. The snuggery
is a hollowed-out room at the top of the old gum tree, a bit like your
bedroom, but a lot smaller.
The snuggery is tiny and cosy, and
we’ve filled it full of fairy treasures, like soft and fluffy feathers,
and perfect little pinecones, and shiny stones with spots on them, and
lots and lots of bunches of dried flowers.
We sleep in our fairy beds all night long, and in the daytime, we play and
and sing in the bottom of the garden with our two extra special
friends, Barnaby the Bizzy Buzzy Bee and Elf the Fairy Cake Maker.
of our favourite games is when Arabella’s mummy lets her pick some
beautiful flowers, and Arabella makes us a fairy ring. If we find a
fairy ring in the bottom of the garden, we use a special magic rhyme to
make ourselves big, just like real people.
Tigger, jigger, riminy, digger
Magic wand please make us bigger!
we hold hands and dance around and around the flowers. We dance and
dance and dance, wave our sparkling wands, flutter our pretty wings and
we sing some special songs.
Then, just before we say another
magic rhyme to make ourselves small again, we sometimes leave Arabella
a tiny little fairy treasure, to say thank you for making us a fairy
Bittle, fittle, riminy skittle
Magic wand please make us little!
if you don’t have a garden where fairies live, don’t worry. One day
your own special fairy will find you, because when little girls and
boys are born, all around the world, a fairy is born for every girl and
an elf for every boy.
And the first time you laughed, when you
were just a tiny baby, your own special fairy laughed too, and now
you’re a lot bigger, every time you laugh and giggle, your own special
fairy laughs and giggles as well.
So one day if you’re in the
park, zooming down a slippery dip, or swinging on a swing, or even
digging in the sandpit, you might feel a tiny little whoosh of wind go
past your cheek.
You never know, that might have been your own special fairy, just letting you know that she’s around.