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BEDTIME STORY, ANYONE?

on 26/04/2015

Our kids have never been ready sleepers. They would skip naps any time they could, and postpone evening sleep for as long as possible. They still do. This was probably why my husband and I started telling so many stories, making that silly mistake of creating interesting ones which kept them up even longer. However, repeating them and making them rhyme helped, which my job as a teacher taught me. You just have to write them down, because if you repeat, you have to repeat without changes. After a while, you get over your own ego and realize kids are actually only into bedtime stories for your voice and your time, so selflessly devoted to them in such moments. Some stories and rhymes still remain.
Here is one of those rhymes, which I created around a rhyme used in preschool English teaching – Little teddy, Turn Around. Thinking of turning it into a picture book, after some editing and illustrating. What do you think?

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LITTLE TEDDY’S BEDTIME RHYME

ONCE UPON A TIME
IN A FOREST FAR AWAY
THERE LIVED A BEAR FAMILY
WHO LIKED TO PLAY.

BUT WHEN IT GOT COLD,
DADDY BEAR SAID:
‘EAT WHAT YOU CAN
AND LET’S GO TO BED.’

SO BEAR AFTER BEAR
TO THE CAVE THEY WOULD GO,
TILL SPRING WOULD COME
AND THE SUN WOULD GLOW.

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SO GRANDPA SAID ‘GOOD NIGHT’,
BUT TEDDY DIDN’T SLEEP.
AND GRANDMA SAID ‘SLEEP TIGHT’,
BUT TEDDY DIDN’T SLEEP.

AND BROTHER SAID: ‘HERE’S BALL’,
BUT TEDDY DIDN’T SLEEP.
AND SISTER SAID: ‘HERE’S A DOLL’,
BUT TEDDY DIDN’T SLEEP.

AND DADDY SAID: ‘PLEASE, PLEASE,
PLEASE, TEDDY, SLEEP.’
AND MUMMY SAID: ‘PLEASE, PLEASE,
PLEASE, TEDDY, SLEEP.’
BUT TEDDY SIMPLY DIDN’T,
COULDN’T, WOULDN’T FALL ASLEEP.

AND SO THE FOREST FAIRY CAME,
AND TO HIS NOSE SHE FLEW,
AND SAID: ‘YOU WILL SLEEP, TEDDY,
I HAVE A MAGIC RHYME FOR YOU.’

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LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, TURN AROUND.
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, TOUCH THE GROUND.
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, WIGGLE YOUR NOSE.
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, TOUCH YOUR TOES.
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, DON’T YOU CRY.
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, REACH UP HIGH,
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, TURN OFF THE LIGHT,
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, SAY GOOD NIGHT.

AND TEDDY SAID: ‘GOOD NIGHT,’
AND FINALLY FELL ASLEEP.
AND AWAY THE FAIRY WENT,
AND THE BEAR’S SLEEP WAS DEEP.

AND THEN SPRING CAME,
AND THE SUN STARTED TO GLOW,
AND IT GOT WARM,
AND THERE WAS NO MORE SNOW.

GRANDPA SAID: ‘WAKE UP, SLEEPY HEAD,’
BUT TEDDY DIDN’T WAKE.
GRANDMA SAID: ‘COME ON, GET OUT OF BED,’
BUT TEDDY DIDN’T WAKE.

BROTHER AND SISTER
TICKLED HIS PAWS,
MUMMY AND DADDY
TICKLED HIS NOSE.
BUT TEDDY SIMPLY DIDN’T,
COULDN’T, WOULDN’T WAKE UP.

AND SO THE FOREST FAIRY CAME,
AND TO HIS NOSE SHE FLEW.
SHE SAID: ‘YOU WILL WAKE, TEDDY,
I HAVE A MAGIC RHYME FOR YOU.’

LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, OPEN YOUR EYES,
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, LOOK AT THE SKIES.
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, LISTEN WITH YOUR EAR.
LITTLE TEDDY, LITTLE TEDDY, SPRING IS HERE!

AND ONE EYELID WENT ‘POP’,
AND THEN THE OTHER ONE,
AND TEDDY STRETCHED AND SMILED
AND RAN OUT IN THE SUN.

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