Here is our second audio-story (the first one was
The Bird Restaurant
on "Our Day Out"). Remember to click on the audio clip symbol to hear the
first minutes of "The Summerchild":
Once upon a time there was a village high up in the mountains. The
name of this village was Summerfield, and it was very small. It only had one
shop, a post office, a small police station, a fire station, a doctor's office
and a small school next to a big park.
The village was named Summerfield, because of its beautiful summers, which
started in May and lasted until mid-October. During these summers it was always
warm and the sun shone ever day. The soft breeze blew through the fields and you
could here the bees humming around the fruit trees in the gardens. Sometimes it
rained at night, but come morning the sun was out again, and the birds were
singing in the branches of the trees. It was beautiful.
On the other hand, the winters in Summerfield were very cold, and it snowed every
day. The fields and the houses were always covered in snow and from each chimney
you could see the smoke rising from the wood fires inside. Sometimes the
children made snowmen and igloos and they always had snowball fights.
There was a little girl named Isabella who lived with her grandfather in a
little house on the mountain side. They had a farm with chickens, two horses,
and one cow. Isabella had to feed the animals every morning. Then she would walk
to school. Sometimes she walked with her friends but sometimes she walked alone,
and on these days she would sing.
Isabella didn't like the cold winters, and she always asked her grandfather if
she could stay at home, but he always said,
"Isabella, you have to go to school, so that you can learn. Now off you go or
you will be late. Here is your coat and your scarf."
"But it is so cold Grandfather."
Off she would go through the snow.
One Winter's day it was really cold and the snow was very high.
The wind was blowing the snow all over the mountain side.
"Grandfather, the snow is so deep and the wind is so cold. Can I stay home and help you today? Please."
"No Isabella, you go to school. All the other children have to go too."
"But maybe the school is closed today, because there is so much snow."
"No, the school isn't closed, so off you go, or you will be late"
So Isabella started on her way to school. On the way she passed by many gardens
with fruit trees covered in snow. There were apple trees, and apricot trees and
in some of the gardens there were big old cherry trees. There was one garden
which belonged to Mr. Sampson. It was a very big garden with a lot of fruit
trees. As Isabella was passing it, she suddenly stopped. In the garden she saw
something very strange. All the trees in Mr. Sampson's garden were under a blanket of
snow, all except for one tree. It was an apple tree, and it was full of fresh
How could it happen that there are leaves on the trees in mid-winter?
What will Isabella do? So many question - and all of them are answered in
the full story.
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