The next option is Forest Friends in the Fall. This book is a combination of 3 short stories about Red the cardinal, Squeaky the Squirrel, and Monk the Chipmunk. These stories would be geared toward 3-8 yr olds and could be used as readers in a school setting. The following excerpt is the first of the three stories. Enjoy!
Forest Friends in the Fall
Squeaky and Red Play Hide and Seek
“Good morning,” said Squeaky as she came out of her leaf nest high up in a tree.
“Good morning,” said Red coming out of his nest and hopping onto a branch. “It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day. It’s a little cold, but sunny.”
“What do you want to do today?” Squeaky asked.
“Let’s play hide and seek,” replied Red.
“Ok, but you know the rules, no flying,” said Squeaky.
“And no climbing trees,” answered Red.
“Right,” said Squeaky, “I’ll hide first.” Squeaky scrambled down the tree to the forest floor. Red glided down from his branch.
“I’ll count over there. You go hide,” said Red.
“Ok,” said Squeaky and she scurried off.
“1, 2, 3,” Red started to count. Squeaky saw a hole in the bottom of a tree. “I could hide over there,” she thought. “No. Red will look there first.” She ran farther down the path.
“4, 5, 6,” she heard Red counting. She saw a bush and thought, “There is a good hiding place.” Then she thought, “No. Red will look there next.” She ran still farther down the path.
Then she saw it; a hole in the ground, and she quickly scurried into it backwards to hide her tail.
“7, 8, 9, 10! Ready or not here I come,” yelled Red.
“He’ll never find me in here,” whispered Squeaky to herself.
“Who won’t find you?” A voice in the hole said.
“Ahhhh!” yelled Squeaky jumping from the hole.
“Found you!” Red yelled seeing Squeaky jump from the hole.
“That’s not fair,” said Squeaky.
“What’s not fair?” said the voice in the hole.
“You scared me,” answered Squeaky. “So you found me.” She said to Red.
“Who scared you?” Red asked.
“The voice in the hole,” answered Squeaky.
“My name in Monk,” said the voice in the hole. “Why did you come into my house?”
“Sorry,” said Squeaky. “Red and I are playing a game.”
Monk poked his head out of the hole. “What game are you playing?” He asked.
“Hide and seek,” replied Red.
“Can I play?” Monk asked.
“Of course,” said Squeaky, “but first you have to come out of your hole.” Monk came out.
“It’s your turn to count, Squeaky,” said Red. “I found you even if you were scared.”
“Ok, fine,” said Squeaky walking over to the nearest tree and covering her eyes.
“Remember the rules, Red, no flying or climbing trees.”
“Ok,” he replied. “Come on Monk let’s go hide.”
“1, 2, 3,” Squeaky started to count while Red and Monk hid.
The new friends spent the rest of the day playing hide and seek together.