Camping in the Country — A Read Aloud Story for Little Ones

The following is a true story. Snuggle in and enjoy:

Camping in the Country


Neighbor Nancy


Joey lived in the big, bustling city. He lived on a noisy street with his mother, his father and his big brother Teddy. Well, Teddy was only a little bigger.

One day, his father came home from work with all sorts of things in the back of the car.

“Who wants to go camping at a park in the country,” he bellowed as he burst through the door.

“We do! We do!” both boys shouted.

So, everyone packed their gear and off the family went. They were very excited about that first camping trip in the country.

Along the way ,they sang and pointed out farm animals. They saw horses, cows, pigs, and ducks. And just before the park entrance they saw white, fluffy animals dotting the hillside. Can you guess what animals they saw?

Sheep. About two dozen sheep just standing around munching the grass.

On their way into the park, the ranger warned them to lock all their food in the trunk of the car because of the rather curious bears that lived there.

Bears? The boys hoped with all their hearts that they might see one.

The camp site was very interesting. There were so many things to investigate. The boys noticed how the light green stuff only grew on one side of all the trees, the strange mushrooms that stuck out like shelves, and all the wonderfully different bugs living under the rocks.

After all their exploring, the family sat down around the campfire to enjoy a flame cooked meal together. As the night grew darker, they enjoyed the heat and fascinating light of their little campfire.

Unfortunately, bedtime did come, as it always seems to do at the most fun times. Does that happen to you?


Joey and Teddy’s parents locked away all the food and put out the fire.

Everyone got ready for bed. They climbed into their toasty sleeping bags and zipped the flaps of the tent closed. Quietly, peacefully, everyone fell asleep.

Suddenly, Joey sat up.

What had he heard?

Scratch. Crunch. Crunch!

What was that, he wondered.

He quietly shook Teddy awake to listen, too.

Now they both heard the noise and whatever it was it was coming closer.

Scratch! Crunch! Crunch!!! Burp?!

“Should we wake Dad,” Joey asked in a shaky whisper.

“No,” Teddy said, a little shaky, too,” he said he was tired.”

“D…d…do…do you think it’s a bear?”

“M…maybe,” replied a now very scared Teddy.

Just when the boys couldn’t stand it any longer and were about to wake their parents…


The boys burst out laughing so loudly that their parents woke up.


They peeked out of the tent into the dim pre-dawn light to see a sheep, happily munching her breakfast of grass, right by their camping chairs.

Well, the boys never did see a bear. But they certainly did have an adventure to tell their friends at home!

The End

What did you think was outside the tent?

Did you like my story?

Those sheep in the story were my sheep. When I was little like you, they liked to visit the park across the valley and get into all kinds of mischief.


Please feel free to let your little ones comment, even if you have to type it for them.

We had a backyard flock of sheep that used to go for walks pretty frequently. No fence could contain them. The park ranger could barely contain himself, when he shared this particular story. I still chuckle when I remember it.


No Time-Outs for Mischeivous Mike — A Read Aloud Story for Little Ones

I wrote the following story for my son’s kindergarten class last year.

After the story, we discussed bullying, pointing out their teacher was their wise wizard. I hope your little ones enjoy the story as much as Peanut’s class did. Please allow your little one to leave a comment, even if you have to type it.

Snuggle in and enjoy the story.

No Time-outs for Mischievous Mike


Neighbor Nancy


Once there was a wise wizard, who lived with four bouncing bunnies, three cuddly kittens, two cheeping chicks, and one tom (that’s a boy) turkey.

Now, I would like to tell you that they all lived happily together, but that is not quite the case. You see, all the animals played nicely together, except the tom turkey, Mischievous Mike. I regret to inform you that Mischievous Mike was a bully.


He would fluff up his feathers (fluff, fluff) take a deep breath (uuuuuh) and run after the four bouncing bunnies, three cuddly kittens and even the two little cheeping chicks. Why he gobbled so loudly and startled them so much that they all took turns talking to the wise wizard about Mischievous Mike’s naughty behavior.

The wise wizard was deeply disappointed in Mischievous Mike. The big tom turkey must be taught a lesson.

“If you bully anyone again, I will turn your feet into sparkly,red, party shoes” threatened the wise wizard.

Even though Mischievous Mike had said he wouldn’t scare anyone again … guess … just guess what he did.

That’s right. He frightened the cotton tails right off the four bouncing bunnies.

Poof! Mischievous Mike’s feet had permanently become sparkly, red, party shoes. I must say that he looked quite silly.

He was warned, ” If you scare anyone again, I will turn all your handsome, brown feathers into silly pastel colors that are not dignified for a tom turkey such as yourself.”

Unfortunately, the next day Mischievous Mike chased the three cuddly kittens about until they cried.

Terrible, terrible tom turkey!

Poof! Pastel fluffy, frizzy, feathers were now on the once lovely brown bird.

The wise wizard was furious.

“If I must speak to you again about your behavior, I will turn your head into a wiggly, wobbly pumpkin. Now, that is enough!”

So … um … I would like to tell you that he was well behaved, but …

Later that afternoon, Mischievous Mike scared the cheep right out of the two cheeping chicks.

Poof! A wiggly, wobbly pumpkin head had taken the place of his nice turkey head.

The wise wizard was so angry he could barely speak his final threat. It was just a harsh, spitting whisper.

“Bully anyone ever again and you will be our dinner.”

What do you think happened next? Did Mischievous Mike change his ways?

I am relieved to tell you that he did. Are you surprised?

Well, he tried very hard to be kind and good. He tried even though he ached, just ached to be naughty. I’m very proud of him, now. Are you?

In time, the four bouncing bunnies, three cuddly kitten, two cheeping chicks and the wise wizard found it in their hearts to forgive Mischievous Mike. After all, he did have to clomp about in those sparkly, red party shoes, fluffy, frizzy, pastel feathers and his new wiggly, wobbly pumpkin head.

The End

If Mischievous Mike was bothering you, what would you do?

New Category — Bed Time Stories

Update: Forgive me. A bit of lousy local news has thrown me off my game. Stories coming.  Hang in there.


My “peanut” calls them ” secret stories”

Mostly they will be read aloud stories for little ones.

They are little things from my country childhood or perhaps, a little story with a moral.

Somewhere there is one about a very naughty turkey that I wrote for his kindergarten class. They laughed like heck. I will try to dig that up, too.

Check back as I dream up more stuff to add.

Feel free to print them out for a little bed side or nap time reading.

I hope your little one enjoys them.

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