Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Home Reader Tragics

My kids and I are writing a new series of home reader books, based on the ones Micah brings home each night. We are concerned that kids who like a bit of excitement will be uninspired by the current books.

Our current reader is Mushrooms for Dinner. You can read the original here. We prefer our new version.

Mushrooms for Dinner.

Father Bear came home and said, "Look! No mushrooms! I did not find one! I'm going fishing."

"I'm good at finding mushrooms," said Baby Bear. "I will go and get some."

Baby Bear went uphill and downhill looking for mushrooms. He went on and on.

"Where are the mushrooms?" he said. "Where are they?"

"I can't see one mushroom," said Baby Bear.

He said to a rabbit, "Will you help me find some mushrooms?"

Rabbit ran down the hill. Baby Bear followed him.

"Rabbit is helping me find some mushrooms!" said Baby Bear.

Rabbit took baby bear to a ring of toadstools.

"Thank you, Rabbit," said Baby Bear.

Rabbit ran away.

Baby Bear picked the grey toadstools and took them home.

"Here you are," he said. "Look!"

"Thank you Baby Bear," said Mother Bear. "They are beautiful mushrooms. You are a clever little bear. We will eat them with our fish for dinner"

The three bears ate their dinner. Then they died. The toadstools were poisonous.

Baby bear was not so clever, after all!


  1. Taking Dahl to the next (previous?) level! Very nice. If you could just get them published in time for Lucy to start school next year, I'd very much appreciate it.

  2. There are old mushroom hunters. And there are bold mushroom hunters. But there are no old, bold mushroom hunters.

    As we say in our family.

  3. That should ensure the school counsellor is kept busy.

  4. This makes me think of "Stuwwelpeter" which we had on our shelves as children. If your kids haven't seen it they should, the stories are a lot like this one. It's on the Gutenberg Project.