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For my children, Michael and Emer, who help me see the world through the eyes of a child, and who were the inspiration behind this book. I also dedicate this book, to all the wonderful children in the world. May you never lose your imagination, sense of wonder and curiosity in the simplest of pleasures.
These are inspirational, heartwarming, uplifting and positive stories especially created for kids. They address issues such as overcoming challenges, mindset, self-image, motivation, appreciation, gratefulness, creativity, expression, loyalty, friendship, adventure and team work. There are so many positive messages and life skills for kids, set in wonderful imaginative stories that children won’t even realize they are learning!
Owly was a little owl that wasn’t happy doing what other owls did. He was tired of sitting on the branch of a tree every day, just hanging out there for hours.
Not much happened in the sleepy forest where he lived. Even the animals didn’t do much. They just came out to eat and went back home again. No one talked to each other, knew each other’s name or cared for each other. That was until something interesting happened one day that was to change their lives forever.
This is what happened on that magical day.
It all started when Lizzy lizard fell off a tree while out climbing. She wondered if she could see beyond the forest, but as she stretched upwards, Lizzy got dizzy and took a nasty tumble.
Even though there were other forest animals close by, none of them came to help her. Owly was just about to fly down when he noticed something dangerous about to happen.
Victor Vulture, a deadly black beady eyed, sharp clawed bird was circling the sky slowly, getting lower and lower, closer and closer to poor Lizzy as she called for help.
Owly knew he had to do something, but what? He was not a fully grown owl yet and not powerful enough to go to battle with Victor. He needed to outsmart him or at least keep Lizzy safe before help arrived.
Even then, Lizzy’s mom and dad were no match for Victor and could be swooped away in an instant if Victor saw them.
You see, the animals in the forest developed a code when Victor was around. Any creature that saw him was to give a signal. That signal was that they would each change the sound that they make, so it would sound different and then each animal who would hear the signal, would then pass it on through the forest, one animal at a time. This would give a warning, so all animals could hide, or at least be on guard when Victor was in the area.
However, the forest creatures had gotten lazy and no longer did this, so Victor was around a lot more now, swooping down and stealing away any misfortunate animal who didn’t look out for Victor.
Owly knew that if he didn’t act fast, Lizzy would be lunch-Victor’s lunch!
He flapped his little wings, sending soft feathers floating in the air, and off he went down to poor Lizzy. With his little beak, he shoved a leaf under her little body, and slowly he took the stem of the leaf in his beak. He carefully pulled her along the forest floor, towards a hole in the bottom of the tree that he used to hide his favorite things.
“Lizzy you will be safe here” whispered Owly. “I will give Victor something else to do while I get help.” Lizzy nodded. “Don’t worry, you will be okay, I promise.” Then he covered up the hole with leaves and twigs so it looked like there was no hole there.
The week before, Owly had found a piece of broken mirror and had given it to his Mom. She loved to look at herself, and had grown quite fond of that mirror, but now he needed it back for a while.
Luckily mother owl was really wise, and understood that it was an emergency, so off Owly flew clutching tightly to the mirror. He carefully passed it to Suzy squirrel, and asked that she hide and shine the mirror up towards the sun, in a gap in the forest that Victor flew over. It worked!
Victor could see something shining up at him, and it was blinding him and making him dizzy. At one stage he nearly hit a tree. He knew he had to be careful, but really wanted to see what it was that was flickering and shining from down below.
Owly knew that Victor would soon figure out it was just a mirror, and would come back for Lizzy, so he needed to get going fast. He had to get a message to Lizzy’s Mom and Dad, and also get some medicine for Lizzy.
Luckily Lizzy’s Mom and Dad had seen Victor circling in the sky, and had come to look for Lizzy when she didn’t come home.
Owly knew by the sounds they were making, that they were worried about her. He went down to them and flapped his wings in and out so that it looked like he was asking them to follow him.
He was hoping they would understand and luckily they did. They scuttled as fast as they could along the forest floor that was more like an obstacle course for the two lizards.
Getting to the tree first, Owly pushed back the leaves and let them in to Lizzy. She gave a weak cry and her mom and dad were crying too. Owly knew she was really ill.
He had heard stories throughout the forest about a Magic Medicine Tree. It was supposed to be hundreds of years old and the grandfather of all the other trees in the forest.
Being the first tree, it took in all the magic and beauty of the world round it, and created a forest. However the tree was very old now and tired. Nobody visited him anymore or asked for help.
The forest had grown too big, and nobody really cared about their fellow creatures, or about keeping the forest beautiful and enchanted, as it once was.
Owly had been told where the tree was, but it was far away, in the darkest part of the forest, in a place where everything sounded strange, and where the light only entered the forest for a short few hours a day. He couldn’t delay or it would be near dark before he got there, that is if he didn’t get lost or if something should happen to him.
He had to be brave. He had to teach the other animals that they needed to stick together, care about each other, care about the forest and make it a really home again. If it was beautiful and enchanted once, then surely it could be like this again?
But first things first, he needed to see if there really was a magical medicine tree and if so, could it and would it help him?
Squashing a few bitter berries into his mouth, Owly set off zigzagging through the forest, going deeper and deeper where it was getting darker and darker.
The forest was changing. It sounded and looked different, and he was getting scared. He felt like something or someone was watching him, but couldn’t tell where from. “Keep going” he kept telling himself.
His wings were getting more tired and feeling heavier and heavier. He was feeling sleepy and very thirsty, “just a bit more” he kept saying to himself.
After what seemed like hours, and just when he was about to give up, he suddenly saw something up ahead. It must be the tree all the forest animals were talking about. But it certainly didn’t look magical or like a medicine tree. In fact, it looked like it could do with some medicine.
All its branches were bent over and brittle, parts of it were rotten and its bark was crumbling. Its roots had risen above the forest floor and were being slowly eaten by insects, birds and other creatures.
His journey had been a waste of time, or so he thought. However, the tree really was magical and could read the thoughts of any creature close by.
Long ago, it could read the thoughts of every creature in the forest. But now its powers were nearly all gone, so it could only do this if the creature was up close to it.
The tree gave a deep moan and then shuddered. Owlys heart nearly stopped beating. Suddenly the tree motioned for him to move closer. Owly had to be brave.Slowly he went a little closer then stopped.
The tree moved one of his branches again like a signal to move forward, and so Owly took a bigger step this time. Then in a low, deep voice that seem really old, it asked why he had come to the part of the forest where animals no longer visited.
Owly was so frightened, he spoke really fast, without taking a breath, and told him all about Victor and Lizzy, and about needing medicine and help. When he was finished, the tree said nothing and Owly could almost hear him think.
All his branches were groaning and shaking, and the tree seemed to be breathing in and out with the bark getting bigger then smaller over and over.
Finally a big branch broke off, and came crashing to the ground. It was so close to Owly, he thought he was going to die. “Oh dear” said the tree, “I didn’t mean for that to happen, but now that it has, go to the end of the branch fast before the medicine seeps out into the forest floor and disappears forever.”
“I don’t have much medicine left, and that is why I gave you one of my best branches. You need to collect what medicine is inside and try not to lose any, as my body is weak and I am not able to make any more” said the tree.
Quickly Owly went over and put the largest curved leaf he could find, underneath the broken part of the branch. Slowly out oozed some silver thick liquid. There wasn’t much, and as the last drips came out, Owly now needed to find a way to fold the leaf up and tie it so he could keep it safe untill he reached Lizzy.
“Take a piece of my root and tie it around the leaf to hold the medicine inside.” “Will it hurt you?” said Owly. “Not as much as me having to break off my good branch. My old ones break all the time, but they have no medicine and wouldn’t be any good to you”. “Thank you so much. I promise I’ll be back and will try to help you get better” said Owly.
“Thank you” said the tree in a weak voice.
Off Owly went clutching the leaf as tightly as if his life depended on it, but it was really Lizzy’s life that depended on it. He hoped he wouldn’t be too late!
As he got closer to the place he left Lizzy, he saw Victor. “He must have lost interest in the mirror” he guessed, and now Victor was really hungry and impatient. He knew he was tricked and was really angry. He kicked at the forest floor, scattering balls of dust and leaves everywhere.
“He must think Lizzy has crawled under a leaf and he is looking for her” gasped Owly. “I can’t get to her either” he thought, as Victor would see him. “What if Victor stole the medicine?”
Owly knew he needed to make a big sacrifice. He had found a little ball with a bell inside, near the edge of the forest, near a picnic area, and used to love to push it around and hear the bell tinkle. It was colorful and as the ball spun, all the colors seemed to swirl together and make a cool pattern.
He had to let Victor play with it which would hopefully give him some time to give the medicine to Lizzy, but how much time did he have, and what if it was too late.
Luckily Lizzy’s Mom and Dad knew Victor was outside, and they peeped out at him. Lizzy was so ill she couldn’t cry any more. They knew they couldn’t make a sound or Victor would have all three of them for lunch!
Owly had time to hide the medicine. Because he was watching Victor so closely, he stood on a branch and it snapped. Victor spun around. “I eat owls too” he snarled, scratching the ground with his razor like claws, “especially small soft ones like you” said Victor.
“Maybe so” said Owly in his bravest voice, “but I bet I can beat you at a game of special football. If I lose, you can eat me and keep my magic ball and I’ll tell you where Lizzy is. If I win, you go away for one day.”
“Hmm just one day, what is the catch?” said Victor Vulture. “None, I am just really good at football and know I am going to win, that’s all,” said Owly in the bravest voice he could use.
Victor flapped his wings, and as they spread out they seemed to block out all the light in the forest. “He is just trying to ruffle my feathers” thought Owly, but he had to admit he was afraid.
“Let the games begin” squawked Victor. “I can almost taste my lunch.”
Owly wanted to move Victor away from where Lizzy and her family were hiding, so he said, “Let’s make this more interesting. Follow me!”
“I hope you aren’t playing games with me” squawked Victor giving Owly the evil eye. Owly thought Victor had special powers and could see right through him. “Could he see his heart beating so fast also?” Owly thought so!
Owly led Victor to the flattest part of the forest, but one that had secret underground traps that had been set by hunters passing through the area. He and other forest animals knew not to go there, but Victor wasn’t a forest animal.
Of course Owly had to be careful. He had to remember what the signs were for the trap underneath. He had to try to get Victor to fall into a trap without Owly falling in, but it would be difficult, especially when they were playing football.
Each of them picked a spot for scoring between two trees on opposite ends of the forest space. If Owly remembered correctly, the spot nearest his goal had the deepest trap. He was happy to let Victor score, but the trick was that Victor had to get close enough to the goal.
If he kicked from far away and scored, Owly would lose. He really wasn’t good at football. He just had to pretend long enough, and fool Victor, so Victor would get trapped.
All the forest animals gathered around, some covered their eyes, some turned their backs, and some hid in the trees. Every one of them was hoping that Victor wouldn’t figure out it was a trap.
Shirley squirrel threw down an acorn from the tree, to signal the game had begun. Owly got the ball first and darted and dodged passed Victor. Victor pecked at him with his beak, and made poor Owly bleed. Owlys fur was punctured by Victors sharp beak, and blood ran down his back. This was worse than he imagined.
Owly dropped the ball, pretending to stagger and fall. Victor smashed into him, and took the ball. He was heading for Owlys goal. Yes, the goal that had the trap underneath. “Oh no, I need to go after him, I don’t want him to score from this far away, it’s too far from the trap” exclaimed Owly.
As fast as he could, he caught up with Victor, just as he was about to kick the ball. Owly slid in underneath Victor’s legs so his legs got tangled up with Victors. Both of them came crashing to the ground.
Victor was so angry. He flapped his wings furiously, and opened his beak so wide, and then snapped it around Owlys wing. Owly howled in pain, and Victor swung him from side to side with each toss of his powerful beak.
Owly was dizzy, exhausted and in pain, but he had to stay close to Victor for the trap to work.
Suddenly Victor let go of Owlys wing, and took off again with the ball in front of him. He didn’t have time to kick, as Owly was right behind him. He was getting closer and closer to the goal. Just a few more steps.
Victor looked behind one last time before he kicked the ball, and it went in the goal. However, Victor was going so fast, he couldn’t stop on time and down he went deep into the trap.
All the animals cheered. Even though Victor had won the match, Owly had won the battle and saved the day. Victor couldn’t get out, and even worse, he had broken a leg. He was going nowhere.
Owly flew back, and got the medicine from the secret hiding place, and quickly ran to Lizzy’s hiding place. He pushed back all the leaves and climbed inside. Very carefully, he opened the leaf. Lizzy’s Mom and Dad held her up and opened her little mouth to let the drops of medicine in. One drop, two, three, four, five. Suddenly Lizzy started to blink, then open her eyes and look around, then move her arms and legs a little. She was going to be okay!
At this stage, all the forest creatures had gathered around. They all cheered for Owly, for Lizzy and for the medicine tree. Lizzy rested a while until she grew stronger.
“Owly you need to take some medicine too, you are bleeding” said Freddy Fox. Owly drank a few drops of medicine and poured a drop of it on his wounds also. Immediately he stopped bleeding, and the hole that Victor punctured in his little body, closed up.
“Wow, this really is magic” he thought. “It is magical because it made Lizzy, better, made me better and brought all of us forest animals together for the first time in years.”
Now we need to do something that requires we all work as a team. “Who wants to help me make the medicine tree well again and then making this an enchanted forest once more?” shouted Owly. “Me, me, me” they all shouted, hopping and jumping up and down. “Okay team, let’s go to work!”
“We need to call the Spirit of the Forest to help us. She will know what to do” exclaimed Owlys wise mom. “Yes, but how will we find her since no one has ever seen her” said Owlys dad.
“We need to start paying attention to the colors we see around us. I hear she loves to spread color everywhere she goes. Where we see something colorful that doesn’t belong, that is a sign we are getting closer” said Owlys mom.
“But the forest is so dull, and the colors are all so dark here, so we really need to open our eyes and search for colors anywhere and everywhere. Maybe they are hidden here somewhere or maybe we need to travel far away before finding them” said Owly.
“So let’s split up into teams with all different forest creatures on each team. Let’s work together. If your team finds something colorful, bring it back here, and put it next to the tree hole where Lizzy is. I am sure the Spirit of the Forest will come when she sees so many colors in one place” Owly hoped.
Owlys team followed along the path of the stream which flowed along the edge of the forest. The water in the stream was brown in color and quite dirty with lots of dead leaves floating on top.
Suddenly Suzie squirrel saw something green shining next to a rock. Looking closer, it was shaped like a very smooth stone, but you could see right through it, and when you held it up to the sun, it glowed.
“Yes, I think this is something the Spirit of the Forest would be interested in” said Owly. “Hold on to it for a while.”
On they went, and as they passed by a fallen tree, they found a cluster of yellow flowers. “I don’t remember seeing these before,” said Betty butterfly. “Me neither” said Suzie, “Will we take all the flowers or one?” “Just one I think,” said Owly, so Betty butterfly held this one. The other teams found a red rose petal, the wing of a multi colored butterfly and a silver feather.
Each team knew they were getting closer to finding the colorful things, because each of them saw some strange things, like a rock floating in the stream when all the other rocks had sunk to the bottom of the stream and this is where they got the green stone.
Then they saw a spider jumping on its spider web like it was on a trampoline just near the broken tree with the yellow flowers. The silver feather was found just floating in the air and seemed to follow them where ever they went.
The rose petal was found on a blackberry tree and the butterfly wing was found attached to a piece of long grass so it stood above all the other pieces of grass looking like a multi colored flag.
“Okay, so we have a green stone, a yellow flower, a silver feather, a multicolored butterfly wing and a red rose petal” said Owly. “I think that is enough colorful things. Let’s bring them back to where Lizzy is and put them all together.”
When all the teams dropped what they had collected near the tree where Lizzy was, and Owly put everything together, something strange happened. All the things began to glow and the colors came together to make up a beautiful rainbow of colors starting right there and ending beyond the forest.
“We need to see what is at the end of the rainbow,” said Owly. “Maybe that is where the Spirit of the Forest lives and this is our signal?”
“Let’s split up into teams, one team with me, one guard Victor, one to watch in case the Spirit of the Forest comes here to look for the colorful things and one to take care of Lizzy and her family and make sure they get home safely” said Owly.
Owly set off with four others: a fox, a butterfly, a deer and a rabbit. Because they worked as a team, they could only go as fast as the slowest creature, but no one complained, and it was nice to do things together. All the animals had forgotten what it was like to work as a team and to talk to each other.
Even though they all had a very important job to do, the other teams who had to stay behind were still happy to do what they could, to help the medicine tree, and find the Spirit of the Forest who would know what to do.
Like the medicine tree, the Spirit of the Forest was around for a very long time and was much older than any of the other forest creatures who were at most only a few years old.
They felt certain that the Spirit of the Forest and the medicine tree knew each other, but then why had the Spirit of the Forest disappeared and why had the medicine tree gotten ill. Maybe they had a fight and were no longer friends.
Each of the creatures began to wonder what happened all those years ago, and now wondered if they could really make a difference and make everything right again.
As they got closer to the end of the rainbow, it was harder to see where they were going. The colors of the rainbow were so bright and each one glowing and sparkling. The colors almost seemed to be dancing up and down the rainbow.
The rainbow was so bright that the whole countryside around was lit up in all the colors of the rainbow. Even the grass was no longer green. It was all different colors and so were the stream, hills, rocks and trees.
The colors seemed to change all the time. One second yellow, then red, then violet, until all the colors of the rainbow had lit up the whole area, and then it would start again.
It was amazing, and even the forest creatures became bathed in the colors of the rainbow. The butterfly was used to being multi colored but the fox, rabbit, and deer and Owly were not, and took great delight in changing into different colors.
The Spirit of the Forest heard them laughing and in a gentle voice so sweet and soft said “Welcome dear creatures. I am the Spirit of the Forest. I really enjoyed watching you work together, stay together, talk together and play together.”
“You all had forgotten what fun you can have when you care about each other. Your great, great grandparents used to have such fun also but then something happened. The fun stopped, then the caring stopped and nobody cared for each other or the forest anymore.”
Each creature looked around, but couldn’t see the spirit anywhere. Finally Owly spoke up in a low voice. “Where are you Spirit of the Forest? We can’t see you anywhere, yet we can hear you and feel you are with us?”
“Yes little one I am here, I am there, and I am everywhere. I am a spirit. I get carried in the sunshine, in the drops of rain, in the wind and in the water in the streams” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“Where are you now?” asked Owly. “Why I am in the rainbow-didn’t you guess? Anywhere there is life and color, you will find me” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“Spirit we need your help, not for ourselves, but for the Medicine Tree who helped Lizzy lizard and who helped me when I was injured by Victor Vulture also” said Owly.
“Ah yes, the dear Medicine Tree, we are very old friends,” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“Then your friend is really ill. I think he may be even dying. I found him when I went searching for help. I didn’t even know if he was real and he was. He helped me even though he didn’t know me or Lizzy, and he gave me some of his medicine, even though I think he needed to keep it for himself” said Owly.
“Ah, my dear little owl, the medicine tree cannot keep the medicine for himself. His medicine will only work on others, so you need to make medicine now for him if you want to help him.”
“Can you please help as we don’t know what to do?” said Betty butterfly.
“Yes, my dear friends I will help. Remember all the colorful things you collected that made this rainbow?” “Yes” they said. “Well go back there and wait for me. I will take those things and cast a special spell on them to make them into medicine for the medicine tree. I will gather up a few more things here to make the medicine more powerful, so wait for me when you get there” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“I’m sure you will get there before us Spirit as we are tired and Robbie rabbits paw is sore, so we can only travel slowly” said Owly.
“Why then you must take a short cut. Climb up the rainbow and when you reach the top you can slide down the other side super-fast.” “Wow a rainbow slide. Yippee” thought Owly.
“Hurry dear friends and I will see you soon.”
“Boy this was turning into some adventure” thought Owly.
Off they went. As they climbed to the top of the rainbow, Robbie forgot about his sore paw, Doris deer forgot she was afraid of heights and Owly forgot he was an owl!
The view from the top of the rainbow was amazing. The rainbow cast its magical colors across the whole countryside and everything seemed magical.
They felt like they could stay there forever, but they had an important job to do. They had to make the medicine and then bring it to the medicine tree.
The slide down the rainbow was thrilling. All the colors of the rainbow were zooming passed them as they slid from side the side down the rainbow. It only took a few minutes to get to the other side and each of them landed on a soft bed of leaves sending them scattering up in the air.
At this stage Lizzy and family had come out of the hiding place and Lizzy was running around playing with her new friends. Victor was going nowhere in the underground trap, and especially now that he had a broken leg. They would deal with Victor later.
Owly told them all about the Spirit of the Forest and their journey down the rainbow. All the creatures were so excited to see what would happen next.
All the animals were admiring the colorful things when suddenly the Spirit of the Forest was with them. Her voice seemed to be coming from the trees, but they could not see her. She told them to collect a golden shell from the stream and an orange crystal from behind the nearest rock.
They were to then put all the colorful things everyone had gathered into the same leaf that Owly had taken from the Medicine Tree. “Wow how did the golden shell and orange crystal get there?” they all wondered, but none the less they did what the Spirit of the Forest told them to do.
After they did this, she told them to go to the stream and where the water was the clearest and most sparkling, and for each of them to gather up some water and to sprinkle it over the leaf.
The clearest and brightest part of the stream was also the deepest, so each creature dived in and ran out and shook themselves off over the leaf containing all the colorful things.
The drops of water from each creature’s coat ran down inside the leaf. The creatures had great fun doing this, even creatures that did not like water very much, found they enjoyed it.
“Stand back little ones while I do my magic now” said the Spirit of the Forest.
Each stood back and watched a beam of sunlight come down and land on the leaf that contained the water, along with all the other things they had collected. The water began to boil with the heat of the sun, and the colorful things started to dissolve into a multicolored warm liquid. The leaf didn’t burn.
“Quick get the root that the medicine tree gave you, and tie it up, so the medicine wouldn’t be lost” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“Now we need to quickly bring it back to the medicine tree. Everyone is welcome to go back over the rainbow to save time” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“Hey, that’s not where the medicine tree is” said Owly.
“Dear Owly while you were so busy watching the spell, I changed the direction of the rainbow. Why look little one, the rainbow is now going deep into the forest and will stop outside the medicine tree.”
“Go fast, I sense my friend is getting weaker by the minute so we don’t have much time” said the Spirit of the Forest.”
All the forest creatures came this time and hurried as fast as they could. Owly travelled the fastest and held on really tight to the medicine inside the leaf.
As they climbed the rainbow, they could see over the tops of the tallest trees in the forest. They could see birds’ nests and the distant countryside, but they didn’t have time to stop and look around. They were on a mission, a very important one to save the medicine tree.
They promised themselves that if they saved him, that they would all stay friends, work together to make the forest beautiful again. Maybe the Spirit of the Forest might even put a spell on Victor, and make him a friendly vulture, who wouldn’t try to harm them.
As they landed on the other side, they saw the Medicine Tree. It looked really ill. All its branches were dead and its roots were curled up above the forest floor. It looked like it was about to fall over.
Each of the creatures made a tight circle around the tree, and gave it a big hug, and put their face up to the tree.
Owly ran forward and asked the Spirit of the Forest to sprinkle the medicine over the tree. Suddenly the wind rose up and the medicine was made into droplets and carried in the wind to all parts of the tree. “Please get better, please get better,” said each creature hugging the tree really tight.
The Spirit of the Forest stood back and watched the magic happen. And boy did it happen. New branches started to form, and out grew fresh new green leaves and berries grew. The roots became strong again, and buried themselves deep into the earth.
The old bark fell away and was replaced by a lovely smooth silvery gray bark. All the branches spread out, as if waving to the world. All the creatures jumped up and down with delight, and hugged each other.
The Medicine Tree had come back to life again, thanks to the medicine that they all helped make.
“My dear Owly, you saved my life and you brought me back my old friend the Spirit of the Forest and many new ones too” said the Medicine Tree. “Thank you all for coming and for saving an old tree like me.”
“I thought my life was over. I was here all by myself for such a long time, life just didn’t seem worth living any more, but you showed me that I am still needed and you cared enough to come and help me-all of you” said the medicine tree.
Owly was a little confused. “If you and the Spirit of the Forest are such good old friends, then why didn’t you ask for her help or why didn’t she come to you sooner” said Owly.
“Dear Owly” said the Spirit of the Forest. “Of course we could have helped each other, and believe me, I wouldn’t have let any harm come to my dear friend, but the medicine I can make is not as strong as the medicine you all can make when you work together with a purpose to help another in need of help.”
“Wow, so we are all part of the magic!” said Owly.
“Yes and you always were. I just wanted to show you how powerful you can be, when you stay together, work together and think about each other” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“Now I believe you have one more problem to solve Owly” said the Medicine Tree.
“Oh yes,” said Owly, “Victor Vulture has been making our lives miserable for years. My Mom and Dad said it has been like this all their lives, and each of us have family members he tried to have for lunch. Sadly, he has taken some creatures away, never to be seen again.”
“My dear Owly, don’t judge Victor too badly. Can you be really sure he has eaten them?”
“What do you mean?” said Owly.
“Go back” said the Spirit of the Forest “and just ask him. I know what his answer will be and I will be waiting nearby for some special news.”
The creatures were a little confused. “Whatever did she mean?” Anyway, they promised the Medicine Tree they would be back really soon and that they would never leave him or forget about him again.
The Medicine Tree believed them, because each creature had learned some important lessons that day, and there were more lessons to learn before the day was out.
They all hurried back to where Victor was trapped, and each animal took turns in peering down at him. “Help me!” he squawked.
Owly stood forward. “I have an important question for you, a question that you better tell the truth to, or you will be in even bigger trouble.” What did you do with the creatures you took away from us?” said Owly.
Victor never expected to be asked this question, but he knew he needed to tell the truth, even though he was ashamed to tell them why he did what he did.
“The creatures are not harmed. I took them away because I am lonely. I fly up here all alone and was always by myself, even when I got closer to you to see what you were all doing, you would hide, so I took a few creatures to keep me company. They are not harmed. I would show you where they are but my leg is broken” said Victor Vulture.
“You better be telling the truth” said Owly. “If this is a trick I will leave you in the trap forever.”
The Spirit of the Forest was watching everything and spoke up.
“Little Owly, you are right to be angry and not believe Victor, but what he is saying is true. He saw his mom and dad swooping down and killing creatures, but wanted a different life for himself, so when they died he was so lonely, and just wanted friends.
However, all the creatures had learned to be afraid of vultures and so Victor was lonely. “He shouldn’t have done what he did, but I know he really meant no harm” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“What about him pecking me and making me bleed” said Owly.
“Yes Owly, he was wrong to harm you. I am still trying to teach Victor some manners, but we are making great progress.”
“How about we give him some medicine that is still in the leaf to help fix his leg and then he can show you where he keeps the other creatures he took?” said the Spirit of the Forest.
“Ok” said Owly. He wanted to believe what Victor and the Spirit of the Forest had said, but he just needed to see for himself, and so did all the other animals.
Owly poured the last few drops that were still in the leaf down the trap and they landed on Victor’s leg. Immediately he began hopping up and down with delight, and flew back up through the entrance of the trap.
“Follow me” he said, and off all the creatures went. The Spirit came too, and moved gracefully as the wind in the trees, to a place that no other creature had ever been. It was a beautiful lake, with a cave just off one corner of the lake.
The creatures were afraid to go inside, as it was dark. There was some water in the cave, but Victor showed them, that as they approached the opening of the cave, stepping stones would rise above the water, taking them safe inside.
Indeed, as they got to the water’s edge, a stone appeared, then another and another until they were safe and dry inside the cave.
Victor lit a torch which was kept inside the cave entrance, and all the creatures followed close behind. It was scary in the cave, as the light cast shadows on the walls of the cave. But as they went further and further inside, they began to see some light and hear laughter. Each of them recognized the sounds of the other creatures who had been taken away by Victor.
On the far side of the cave, it opened out into a beautiful field, with a magical waterfall, with water all the colors of the rainbow. Flowers were scattered all around. The place was filled with color and beautiful fragrances of the flowers swaying in a gentle breeze.
All the creatures were playing together or lying out in the sun. They looked so happy. The forest creatures ran with delight towards them, and they all hugged and laughed, and crying with happiness.
Victor stepped back, his head held low. The Spirit of the Forest whispered in his ear, “Don’t worry Victor, you haven’t lost anything but you have just gained new friends today.”
Victor looked up to see the other creatures calling him to come and play. Flapping his wings, he ran as fast as he could, his leg completely better.
From nearby, the Spirit of the Forest looked on and was also happy at what happened today. So much progress was made bringing old friends together and making new ones too. From far, far away, the medicine tree stretched up, he could see what was happening, and gave a deep sigh of contentment.
The creatures that Victor had taken, were sad to leave their new home, but glad to be going back to join their families and new friends.
Victor promised to take them back to the place by the lake as a special treat every now and then, but he really wanted everyone to make the forest as joyful and as colorful as that place had been.
As they looked back at that magical place, they each said “this is the type of place our forest should be, full of life, color and happiness. Let’s go back with these plans in our head and work together every day, until we have made it the best place ever to live.”
Off they set, back to the forest, a happy bunch of new friends laughing and joking, talking about their great adventure and how great their plans were going to be for an enchanted forest home.
Meanwhile the Spirit of the Forest rested in the branches of the medicine tree and they both watched with great interest this group of forest creatures who found a common bond.
They had overcome the challenges they faced, had shown loyalty and bravery and had formed close friendships:all in one magical day, in a place that would become the enchanted forest.
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Owly And The Enchanted Forest (Book 2)
Spirit Of The Forest helps Owly And Friends (Book 3)
Owly Trilogy (Books 1-3)
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A heartwarming, uplifting and positive story where a bunch of unlikely forest friends go on the adventure of a life time, overcome the beady eyed sharp clawed Victor Vulture, meet the mysterious Spirit of the Forest and save the Magical Medicine Tree. The creatures learn so much about themselves and each other, experience a whole new world, learn to make the magic of the forest come alive, and learn many more important lessons that any child will enjoy. It is a story for young and old and will bring a smile to your face as you see where your imagination will take you.Teaching children life skills and values through story to help them overcome challenges such as poor self esteem, bullying, poor judgement, loneliness, lack of confidence while cultivating values such as loyalty,friendship,bravery,kindness,caring, respect, appreciation, responsibility, co-operation and team work. 1. The bunch of unlikely forest animals that came together represent the diverse cross section of people kids will meet in life, different personalities, problems etc 2. Owly the main character represents the inner wisdom of a child and about bringing out the best in themselves 3. Victor Vulture â€œappearsâ€ to be a bad guy but appearances can be deceptive and sometimes when we mess up there is a good and valid reason behind it 4. Magic Medicine Tree represent the healing power of nature and about looking after our environment and the world around us. 5. Spirit of the Forest represents the life force all around us and is an unseen spirit that guides and looks over the forest and all its inhabitants. It wonâ€™t help unless asked! 6. The twist-little messages that teach something of value to kids and this is how the story comes together!