A GREAT STORY
I am going to tell you a story of a young dinosaur. His name is George Robert Egbert Anthony Trevor. As you can imagine his full name was hard to remember. Sometimes he was called George, sometimes Robert or Egbert. His grandma often called him Anthony and his granddad called him Trevor. So, his Mummy told everyone to call him GREAT and so they did. I will call him GREAT too. He liked that. ‘I am GREAT’ he would say, when anyone asked his name.
Can you remember all his names?
I think he was a Stegosaurus but I’m not quite sure.
His home is in a cave at the bottom of a giant rock . When he looked high enough over the rock he could see blue sky.
A very long time ago, many, many years before GREAT was born, the earth beneath the cliff had been shaken by an earthquake and the cliff face had cracked. Rocks had fallen down with a big rumbling noise.
So now, round the cave opening there were a lot of rocks, some big and some small. It was just a perfect place for a young dinosaur to play as GREAT and his friends had a ready made climbing frame.
They all learned to climb, first on the small rocks and then, as they grew bigger and stronger, they climbed higher onto the top of the piles of bigger stones .They had to be very careful, of course, but had a lot of fun.
GREAT is a really lovely young dinosaur. He often helps around the cave gathering leaves and branches to keep everywhere tidy after the winds blow.
He is quite a clever little dinosaur, but do you know, he sometimes thinks he knows better than his Mummy.
Can you believe that?
Well, just listen to what happened one day.
The raindrops made the rocks wet. Can you imagine how dull and grey the sky looks now?
You will know, I am sure, that if rocks or climbing frames or trees are wet, then they look shiny and become very slippery. I mean, everyone knows that, don't they? Even if you are very young, you know what it is like to slip and fall.
GREAT likes to play outside in the fresh air.
So, when the rain stopped he wanted to play out.
Do you like to play outdoors?
He asked his Mummy and his Mummy said, yes, of course he could play outside the cave as the rain had stopped, but, she said,
“GREAT, there must be no climbing today.”
GREAT heard his Mummy say, 'no climbing today', but sometimes he doesn't take any notice of his Mummy.
What would you call that? I think that is called being naughty.
And, sometimes he forgets what she says when he is busy playing.
Well, now let’s see what happened.
GREAT played around kicking small rocks for a while, then he built a tower of little rocks to throw at so see if he could knock it down or hit it as a target.
Then what do you think he did?
He climbed onto one of the rocks that he and his friends usually climbed. Then he went higher and higher.
His mummy heard him shouting.
'I am the king of the castle. I am the king of the castle'.
She rushed outside and there was GREAT, on the high rocks waving to her.
She was very upset as she thought he would fall and hurt himself.
'GREAT, come down,' she said. 'Come down straight away. The rocks are very slippery and you may fall'.
By now his mummy was feeling very worried, which wasn’t fair as she worked very hard for her family.
'Come down, now. GREAT, come down slowly and carefully, it is too slippery to be so high'. She began to shout loudly.
But GREAT was having fun. So he stayed where he was, waving to her.
What he didn't know was that Mummy knew better then he did about the rocks. That was because she was older and wiser but also because she knew something else.
His Mummy knew a young dinosaur that had done just what GREAT had done.
She remembered how he had slipped, fallen, and broken all the spines on his back. She knew how much it had hurt him and he had not had any beautiful spines when he grew up. When he was older he had wished and wished and wished that he had not climbed that day. But, you can’t go back to the beginning of any day and start again, can you? You should remember that.
How he wished that he had listened to his Mummy. But it was too late.
He wished and wished and wished. But his beautiful spines never grew back.
His wishes didn't work. Do you know why? You see, it was because the spines couldn't grow again once they were broken.
Can you imagine a grown up GREAT without beautiful spines?
GREAT's Mummy loved GREAT, and didn't want him to get hurt or fall and break his spines. But GREAT was having fun and didn't want to stop.
What would you tell him to do?
I have given GREAT three choices.
Listen to them all very carefully and you can decide which would be the best choice for him to make. What you would do if you were him.
Choice no 1 - GREAT can stay naughty.
What happened then?
Well, GREAT didn’t take any notice of his Mummy. He thought he was very clever and he didn't watch what he was doing. Instead, he was watching to see what Mummy would do.
Oh dear, Oh dear. Oh dear.
Can you guess what happened?
I will tell you.
His foot slipped and down he fell. He bumped all the way to the bottom of the rocks.
He broke the tip of two of his spines,
He bruised both his front legs very badly and he made his new teeth bleed and one at the front was knocked out onto the floor.
GREAT was hurting. His Mummy was sad, and she was cross.
He started to cry and cry.
But his Mummy carried him inside and put him to bed and called the doctor dinosaur.
Oh, dear, Oh dear. Oh dear.
He had to stay indoors for a few days and his legs hurt such a lot.
The broken tips of his spines were broken for ever and he never grew another front tooth.
He was always reminded of being naughty and the other young dinosaurs laughed at him with his broken spines and missing tooth.
I think he learned to do as his Mummy said. But don’t you think it was a hard way by having to get hurt first?
Do you think that is the best way?
I think it is a bit silly, but you can decide.
Do you know that when GREAT was naughty, I heard his Mummy say that she thought GREAT didn’t love her.
Isn't that sad!
Do you think he did love his Mummy when he was naughty?
Choice no 2 – GREAT climbed down carefully.
When GREAT heard his Mummy tell him to get down, he did so as carefully as he could he climbed slowly down without any fuss .
When he got to the bottom his Mummy said,
'You were naughty to climb when I had asked you not to. I am cross.'
Then she said, 'But, thank you for getting down straight away as soon as I asked you. But you must ask me before you climb those rocks again'.
GREAT sat down and started to cry.
But, his Mummy just walked away. She knew he wasn’t hurt, but she was cross.
He cried even more and made a big fuss. Can you imagine that?
But his Mummy didn't turn round or come back.
After a few minutes he stopped crying and went to find his Mummy. She was busy cleaning the cave.
'I am sorry Mummy, I won't do it again'.
'Please remember that, GREAT and that I always love you. My job is to look after you and protect you from hurt as much as I can. I can’t do that if you don’t listen to me.'
Then she gave him a cuddle and they were best friends again as Mummies and their children should be.
Choice no 3 - GREAT was sensible.
GREAT was a dinosaur who did not always have to be told what to do or not to do.
He wasn't always good. No one can be good all the time. But he was a sensible young dinosaur.
So, when he had heard his Mummy say that the rocks were slippery and 'no climbing today', he decided it would be best not to climb the rocks at all.
'I will wait until it is dry,' he said 'I don't want to fall down and hurt myself'.
So, instead, he found a favourite toy to play with.
His Mummy saw him playing so, when she had finished all her work, she went to GREAT and said, ‘You have played so nicely. What would you like to do? You can choose.’
So GREAT chose his treat. He liked special leaves that his Mummy collected from the forest nearby.
It was a bit like you asking for a favourite chocolate bar or an icecream – if you happen to like chocolate or icecream.
He then asked his Mummy to take him for a walk. And she did. They decided to go and collect some of his favourite leaves.
So GREAT and his Mummy had a lovely time together.
Now you have something to do.
I want you to think of the three different choices that GREAT had to make. Maybe you could think of all three, one at a time, by making pictures in your head.
If you were GREAT, which ending to the story would I be reading?
Would you be GREAT who is naughty and who gets hurt?
Would you be GREAT who didn’t listen but got down carefully when his Mummy asked him, and without a fuss
Would you be GREAT who was sensible and happy?
I know which GREAT I would be. We all have to learn to make choices.
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