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An adventure story of an apple rescued by a bird, from a hungry probing worm. His rescue contributes to his perilous flight on a windy night. Join Andy, where the journey back home leads him to freedom, friendship, loyalty, compassion, and a new home.
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Whispering Wind Publishing Inc.
There was one day they all feared, and for Andy, it had just arrived, the day the worm crawled onto his back. Fear trickled through him as he felt the worm probing his skin for a place to get inside. His cries for help brought the aid of a friend to his rescue. As the bird swooped and snatched the worm away, Andy's lifeline was torn. On that fateful night, the wind began to blow and took him sailing far away. Join Andy, on his journey home as he turns from rescued into rescuer.
Far From Home
Andy grew up in this tree along with many other apples. There was one day they all feared, and for Andy, it had just arrived, the day the worm crawled onto his back. Fear trickled through him as he felt the worm probing his skin for a place to get inside. He hollered for help, and a bird came along and snatched the worm away. Whew! Was he ever glad of that. The only bad thing was that the bird had managed to tear the stem that held Andy to his home.
As darkness took over the sky, the wind began to blow. Swinging in the wind was something he'd always enjoyed, until today. Suddenly he found himself flying through the air!
By the time he landed on his feet he was far away from home. He looked up to the night sky and wondered how on earth he would ever find his way back. Not knowing which way to go he just started walking. He stared up at every tree he passed, not seeing one single apple in any of them.
After walking long and far he needed to rest. He sat down under a tree by the creek he'd been walking near. Soon he was sound asleep. He tossed and turned. Lying down was not something Andy was used to. All of a sudden he started rolling. Splash! He was bobbing up and down in the water. He panicked when he saw he was going wherever the current would take him.
"Burrrrrrr!" Andy said as he continued to bob along. There must be something he could do to get out of the creek, but what? He started kicking his feet under the water. Then he dipped his hands in the water in front of him, pushing them down and back. He was swimming! Wow! This was fun!
As Andy got out of the water he saw that it was the most beautiful sunshiny day. The warm sun felt good. A smile came over his face as he listened to the bird song that filled the trees. He looked down at his feet, just now thinking about how he was actually walking on them. He was free! He could walk anywhere he wanted to.
A butterfly fluttered all about his head, beckoning him to follow, and so he did. It flitted from one flower to the next, drinking of nectar until it was full. Fueled for flight, it took off in a northerly direction as if a destination loomed before them. And sure enough, when they neared the field of corn ahead, the butterfly landed on the hat of a man.
"What are you doing?" Andy asked the man.
"I am not able to do anything, but stand here," replied the man. "I am a scarecrow."
"What is a scarecrow?"
"It is something that looks like a person to a bird. When they see me, they are too scared to stop and eat the corn growing in the field."
"Can you help me find my home?" Andy asked.
"I can't. I am stuck here. I have no legs or feet. When they made me all they gave me was a stick to stand on. But maybe if you could go into the house where they live, you could find me a pair of pants and shoes. I could put those on and then I could walk."
"Hmmm," Andy thought about this idea. He wasn't so sure he wanted to go up to that house. It looked big and scary to him. He had never been in a house before, or talked to a person before either. "I guess I could try."
Slowly, he walked up the stairs that led to the front door. His heart was beating very fast. He reached up and knocked on the door. Nothing; he knocked again. This time the door opened and a little old grandma stepped on the porch. She looked everywhere, seeing nobody there.
"Who's there?" She called out.
"I am," said Andy.
When the woman looked down and saw Andy, she didn't even think it was he who knocked on the door. She picked him up saying, "I wonder where this apple came from? I'll just have to eat you for lunch."
"No! You can't eat me! I'm not that kind of apple!" Andy pleaded.
For a moment the grandma thought she heard something. She looked out the front door again. When she didn't see anybody, she turned and closed the door. She put Andy down on the kitchen table and went away.
Andy looked all around and spotted the back door. He rolled himself to the edge of the table and let his feet hang over the edge. While he held on tight with his hands, he dropped to the ground landing on his feet and then tumbling to the floor. "Ouch!" He said rubbing his backside with his hand as he limped to the door.
He looked up at the handle and it seemed to be a mile away. How on earth was he going to reach it and open it? Just then the back door opened, knocking Andy rolling clear across the room.
"Emma, I'm home," Jack called out. "What's for lunch?"
"Lunch? Oh no!" Thought Andy. "Not me! That's for sure!" He got up and ran as fast as he could out that door before Jack had a chance to close it. Andy flew over the steps without touching any of them. He landed flat on his face in the dirt.
Poor Scarecrow. Andy would not be able to get him the pants and shoes after all. When he reached Scarecrow he was exhausted. He sat down and leaned with his back against the stick that Scarecrow stood on.
"I couldn't get the pants and shoes," Andy explained out of breath. "I had to get out of there. They were going to eat me for lunch! What should we do now?"
Scarecrow yawned and said, "I think we should take a nap. Maybe after we rest we'll think of something else to do." With that said Andy fell asleep and so did Scarecrow. The butterfly flew off to find some flowers.
When Andy and Scarecrow wake up, they will find that today will mark the beginning of a wonderful new friendship, and that they will somehow find a way to free Scarecrow. Neither one of them will be alone again. Together, they will find many adventures and help many in ways that only they could help.