Henry tells a story…

Chapter 1 – The storm

Hello Sawyer & Bennett

My name is Henry. I have a story that I think you will like. But first here’s my favourite trick. Watch my ears.

Can you wiggle your ears? Can Séis wiggle her ears?

Oh I almost forgot to mention my socks. Do you like them? Nice colours… green and blue and red. I got them out of Pah’s sock draw. He doesn’t know I have them. He has so many socks, he’ll never notice that I took them.

OK, are you ready for the story?

This story is about a friend of mine. Her name is Tricksy.

Do you know what kind of animal she is? She’s not a dog.

Yes, she’s a coyote. Do you know what coyotes like to do? They love to sing. Have you ever heard a coyote sing?

Here’s a video of Tricksy and her friends singing their favourite song.

What do you think of Tricksy’s singing? Could you sing like that?

Now are you ready for the story?  OK let’s start.

It was a dark and stormy night. Very dark. Very windy and it was really raining. Tricksy was on her way home from a visit at Connie’s house. Connie  was Tricksy’s best friend. Connie lived in an old hollow tree that was lying on the beach close to house where Sawyer and Bennett lived.

Tricksy’s home was under some bushes along the same beach. The bushes were so thick that it was nice and dry underneath the branches. She had made her little den very cosy. She had a really nice blanket where she loved to curl up and sleep. Her den was close to the house where James lived.

As she walked home from Connie’s, she was getting very wet. It was so dark and there was so much rain she could hardly see where she was going.    She wished that she was already home all wrapped up in her nice warm blanket.


YIKES! What was that? That was really frightening. Tricksy tried to see what had made crashing noise.  It was very dark, but she could see something lying across the path in front of her.

She took a couple more steps and then bumped into some branches. Oh dear. There was a great big tree lying across her path. The wind must have knocked it over.  And now her path was blocked. How was she going to get to her den. And she was so cold and wet. Oh dear what was she going to do?

It was dark. It was windy. It was raining. She was cold. She was wet. And the path to her den was block by a giant tree. She pointed her nose in the air and made a loud howl.

Maybe someone would hear her and come to help.

Henry stop telling the story.

“What do you think is going to happen?”

“What do you think Tricksy should do?”

“Maybe I’ll will tell you more of the Tricksy story tomorrow.”

Chapter 2 – A cup of “the usual”

Here I am again. Let me show you my trick again. Maybe I will win a prize for “best ear wiggler”. What do you think? Have you ever seen better ear wiggling? And do you like my socks?

OK, are you ready to hear more about Tricksy? Remember that Tricksy was on her way home from her friend Connie’s house. It was a terrible night. Dark. Windy. And so much rain.

Remember that as she was walking to her den the wind blew so hard that a tree came crashing down… right in front of her. It was such a big tree that it blocked her path. She didn’t know what to do. How was she going to get home?

Tricksy gave another howl. But with all the noise of the wind and rain she didn’t think any one would hear her.

She felt very cold. And wet. And worried. She tried to curl up in a ball to keep warm. She tucked her tail up around her nose. She tried to be brave… but she really didn’t feel brave.

After what seemed like a very long time she thought that she heard a cracking sound, like someone stepping on a branch.

She called out, “Hello? Is someone there?

At first all she could hear was more wind and more rain.

Hello?” she called again.

Hello,” a voice came back. “Is someone calling?

Is that you Tricksy?” the voice came back again.

Tricksy jumped to her feet. “Yes, it’s me. I’m over here. Who are you?

There was more sounds of cracking as someone climbed through the branches of the giant tree. “It’s me, James.”

Oh, James. I’m so glad you found me. I’m over here. Can you see me?

James climbed through the last few branches of the giant tree and came over to where Tricksy was sitting. “There you are,” he said, “My dear friend, are you all right?”

Tricksy was so glad to see him. She ran over to him and licked his face. “Yes, I’m OK. Just cold and wet. And stuck with this giant tree across my path.”

James frowned, “Yes, your path is blocked but I think there is another path that goes up the bank toward my house. Let me see if I can find it,” and he disappeared into the dark.

Can you see anything?” Tricksy called.

There was no answer. All she could hear was the howling of the wind and the pelting of the rain.

After a few minutes Tricksy could hear James coming back, “Did you find a path?”

James stumbled out of the darkness. “No, I couldn’t see a thing.” He  sat down beside her. “I don’t know what we should do.”

The wind howled. The rain continued to pelt down. The two friends huddled together feeling very worried. Maybe they would be wet and cold all night. Oh dear what are they going to do?

“I’m sorry I couldn’t find the path,” said James, “It was just too dark.”

“That’s OK,” replied Tricksy, “Thank you for trying.”

As the two friends sat getting colder and colder, James started to look past Tricksy into the darkness. “I thought that I saw something,” he said, “It looked like a light.”

Tricksy sat up and looked in the direction that James was pointing. “I don’t see anything,” she said.

“Look. There it is again,” James exclaimed.

“Yes, I think I see a light,” said Tricksy.

Hello… is someone there?” she called out.

The light was bobbing around. No… it wasn’t a light. It was two lights. Both bobbing around in the darkness.

Hello Tricksy. Where are you?” came a voice from the direction of the lights.

Over here,” shouted James.

The lights bobbed their way closer and closer. “Over here,” James called again.

Hello,” came the voice, “Is that you, James?

Yes, it me. I’m here with Tricksy,” James called back, “Who are you?

The two lights came out of the darkness. “It’s me. See… I’ll shine the light on my face.”

Bennett!” exclaimed Tricksy, “I’m so glad to see you. Who is that with you?

The second light stopped bobbing and shone up onto a second face. “It’s me, Sawyer.”

“Wow, are we ever glad to see you two, and to see that you have flashlights,” said James. “How did you know we needed help?”

Sawyer explained, “Connie came to our house and told us that Tricksy was walking home in this storm and might need help. So we found our flash lights and came looking.”

“Oh, thank you so much,” said Tricksy, “James came and found me but then we couldn’t see to find the path to his house.”

“Come on. Let’s get moving,” said James. “The path to my house is somewhere over this way. We’ll be able to find it now that we have lights.” and he pointed the way to the path. Bennett and Sawyer shone the flashlights and guided everyone up the bank toward James’ house.

After a few minutes they made their way up from the beach and onto Trutch Street. And then after a few more minutes they were at James’ house, up the steps and into the kitchen.

“Wow, that’s better. And I know what you all need,” said James. “Would you like a cup of the usual ?”

“Oh, yes please,” they all replied. They loved the hot chocolate that James made.

As they sat in James’ kitchen, sipping their hot chocolate, Tricksy felt very happy. Happy that James had come to find her. Happy that Sawyer and Bennett had found them. Happy that her friends had flash lights. Happy that they had found their the way to James’ house. Happy to be sipping hot chocolate with her friends.

“Sawyer, what kind of a flashlight is that?” Tricksy asked.

“That’s my very special flower flashlight,” replied Sawyer with a grin.

“Now, would you all like some music while we’re sipping our hot chocolate?” James asked.

“What a great idea,” was Tricksy’s quick reply.

“Here’s a favourite,” and he clicked the button on his iPod. “You all know the words for this one… let’s sing along.”

Clicking on the little arrow…

When you’re smilin’
When you’re smilin’
The whole world smiles with you.

When you’re laughin’
When you’re laughin’
The sun come shining through.

But when you cryin’
You bring on the rain
So stop your cryin’
Be happy again.

Cause when you’re smilin’
When you’re smilin’
The whole world smiles with Yooou!

After the music stopped Tricksy gave a little laugh.

What a day!
What a storm!
What an adventure!

“Now, I wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow.”

Henry looked at Sawyer & Bennett with a grin. “What do you think will happen tomorrow?”

Everybody laughed.

Oh, by the way I’d like you to meet Willie. He is a friend that I used to play with when I was just a puppy. Now he is a race car driver. He says that he is the fastest race car driver in the whole world. I showed him Little Car Edith and the first thing he did was to jump onto the steering wheel and shout…

What a great car… give me the keys… let’s go!

I took this photo of him sitting on the steering wheel.

Do you think that he is really the fastest race car driver in the whole world? Do you like his hair?