This was Fletcher’s first lesson and he wrote a wonderful story. Fletcher is still in primary school. What a talent!
One day a little chimpanzee was having a fine old time swinging from branch to branch with his older brother in a huge tree until he missed and fell all the way to the ground. Luckily there was a nice soft pad of light green sweet smother grass that he fell on. He woke up fine but the tree had completely disappeared along with his family. He was about to bawl when he heard a soft, quiet ‘meow” behind the only plant within miles, a silver leafed Polygala fruticosa bush. He could see tiny fluffy ears behind the bloom covered shrub. Slowly a tiny paw came out and then a body and finally an ultra cute face.
“Meow,” the strange creature repeated.
The chimpanzee was as scared as the kitten but then the kitten pounced …. at a huge long-legged secretarybird swooping the little ape! The kitten whizzed past his head and caught the bird which flew off squawking angrily.
Suddenly the chimpanzee heard someone shout “Miss Marple!” and he grabbed the kitten and clung on.
The kitten started purring in a repetitive low rumble which made its bony little body vibrate comfortingly. He prepared for a hostile hunter. Instead an enormously tall man strode over the hill, saw the chimpanzee but was neither surprised nor armed.
“Miss Marple, come here”, he called again.
The cat struggled out of the chimpanzee’s grip and bounded excitedly up to the strange man. The cat started meowing as if it were talking. The man turned back to the chimpanzee and blurted out,
“Fine, follow me”.
So the confused little ape followed the strange man until they arrived at a huge tin house with all sorts of animals surrounding it like it was a king.
“Whose this Dr Dolittle?” asked a tired fat lion sitting in front of the door.