Stories to entertain. Stories to educate. Stories to delight young and old. Stories to share with loved ones. Here is a collection short stories and poems. They are meant to entertain and delight children of all ages. Their educational value is an asset for primary school teachers in the pedagogical aspect of their lesson preparation. They will offer parents and grandparents an opportunity to share precious moments with their loved ones.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Anatole goes on an Errand

Anatole lived in a remote village and had never seen a monkey.

One day, his mother, la fermière, asked Anatole to deliver a basket of fresh fruits to the local chateau.

Comtesse Césarie, of Chateau Raymond, was very fond of such delicacies. She was old, somewhat original and not very pretty. She had as a companion a little monkey that she dressed as a small child. Coco wore matching pants and vest of blue velour and an elegant red casquette decorated with golden tassels.

And so, off went Anatole. Once at the chateau, a servant opened the massive oak door and Anatole was invited to wait in the large entrance. It was then that he saw Coco on a chair. Anatole assumed that Coco was one of the small Masters of the chateau.

Anatole put the fruit basket on the table. The monkey started to eat the figs at once. At that very moment, Comtesse Césarie entered.

“ Madame” said the boy very politely “ I am bringing you a basket of pears and apples from my mother Marianna. She has added a few figs, but…”

“Where are the figs?” asked the elderly lady who enjoyed figs most of all.

Anatole scratched his head wondering if he should reply or not. Finally he ventured,” Your son ate them.”

Madame Césarie started to laugh. She called Coco who jumped upon her shoulder. When Anatole saw the long tail running down la Comtesse’s arm, he realized that the creature was an animal. He was very confused and knew he had made a faux pas.

“Coco, my little monkey”, added la Comtesse, “ thank this nice boy for his wonderful gift.”

Coco made a little dance and hopped on Anatole’s shoulder. It was a visit that all would remember for a long time.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Daniel Loves Candies

It's time for bed.

Mother puts Daniel to bed and returns to her chores.

A few minutes later, a little voice says, " Mom, may I have a candy, please? "

" Go to sleep Dan, it's not time for treats, " replies his Mother.

All is calm and silent for a while. Then one hears, "Mom, just a small piece of chocolate, if you would."

" Daniel, I told you to go to sleep. If you call again, I shall go and pull your toes. "


Then again, the small voice whispers, " Dear Mother, when you come to pull my toes, please bring me a candy."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Parrot

A very old lady named Gertrude lived long ago in an old hut near a small town. Life was very slow and quiet for her. She nevertheless had a few special friends, a yellow cat named Garfield, a black dog named Snoopy and a multicolored parrot named Rainbow.

One morning she heard a knock at the door. It was a vagrant asking for something to eat. Of course, Madame Gertrude gave him a slice of homemade rye bread and a wedge of cheddar cheese. But the stranger did not find the meal to his liking, became angry and forced his way into the house.

Poor Madame Gertrude was so afraid that she did not dare move.

At that very moment Rainbow cried out, “ Help! Help Uncle Tom!”
Snoopy started to bark and Garfield meowed very loudly.

The vagrant thought that a child was calling out to its uncle. And so to avoid being chased away and possibly punished for his actions, he fled out the door and ran down the country road as fast as his legs could carry him.

Madame Gertrude was so pleased with her companions’ wise intervention that she gave Rainbow, Garfield and Snoopy the breakfast she had offered the stranger.
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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Gotch ya!

One day, Felix the cat said to Fido the dog, "Where have you been all day?"

Fido replied, " I spent the entire day in the pasture watching the cows. There was a lot to do. Old Browny wanted to eat the neighbor's oats and I had to keep a constant watch so she would not wander over there. I'm telling you, if I was a cow, I would be content to eat what is given me. I would not try to taste someone else's fare."

" If you were a cow", replied Felix," you would do as Browny does I am sure."

" No," said Fido," it is wrong to take what is not ours."

" NO?" interjected Felix. "What of the juicy ham that you took from the pantry last week?"

Fido lowed his head and did not reply.

" For my part", continued Felix," I never steal. Every day I hunt and catch mice and rats for my meals."

Fido now laughed and asked Felix, " Then what were you doing in the jar of fresh cream the other day?"

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Man’s Best Friend

Julio Perez, a shepherd, lived in the mountains with his flock. As a companion he had his faithful dog Fidel. This German Shepherd was kind to the sheep, obedient to his master and always on alert to possible danger.

If, by chance, a sheep should wander off from the group, Fidel would seek it out and bring in back to the fold. If a young lamb became too tired, Fidel would nudge his Master, who would then carry the lamb.

At sundown, the German Shepherd would lead the flock to the shelter and Julio would count the sheep before securing the gate and retiring for the night.

One evening, Signor Perez missed out on the count. He did not notice that a lamb had hid behind the gate.

Young and innocent, Baba had dreamt of green pastures in the moonlight, of frolicking on the mountain under a canopy of stars. Finally, his chance was here. Under the spell of the moon, he danced and ran up to the high meadows.

Suddenly, a huge black cloud hid the moon…. Everything was pitch black. Without moonlight to guide him, the lamb lost its way. He hit a rock, hurt his leg and fell in a ravine. “Baa, baa”, he cried. “Come and help me”.

But Julio was far away and did not hear. Fidel could not hear either. But Wolf heard! He was on the lookout for a nice supper. “Lamb would be good”, he thought. He ran in that direction.

Before sleeping, Fidel would make a last round of the flock to make sure all were there. That night, he noticed that one lamb was missing. He ran to his master’s house and pulled hard on the sleeve of his shirt until Julio realized that something was very wrong.

And so Julio followed Fidel. Up the mountain they went at a running pace. From afar they heard the faint sound of Baba. But they also heard the howling of Wolf. On they went as fast as they could.

Wolf was almost at the ravine when he heard Fidel bark and smelled human presence. Fearing dog and man, he decided to change the menu for his supper. He disappeared into the forest.

Baba was saved. He returned to his mother and the safety of the flock under the watchful eye of Fidel.

Baba never wandered alone again.

Julio and Fidel shared many long years of companionship in the green pastures of the high Sierras.
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The Walnut

While playing underneath a walnut tree, Christian and Patrick found a large walnut.

"It is mine", said Christian, " I saw it first. "

"No", replied Patrick, "it is mine, for I picked it up."

This started a quarrel between the two friends. Each wanted to have the nut; both were risking their friendship.

"I will help you reach an amiable solution," said M. White, a neighbor, as he was passing by.

Standing between the two boys, he opened the walnut in two pieces. "Here is a shell for you Patrick and here is a shell for you Christian. As for the nut, I will keep it. It is the price of the advice I have given you."

As he walked away a smiling, M. White added: "It is good that you learn at an early age that most disputes end up this way. The desired prize ends up in the hands of others."

Food for thought:

1. Was the prize worth the price?

2. Does this story remind you of King Solomon’s judgment in the Old Testament?

3. What was the real prize that Christian and Patrick almost lost because of the quarrel over the walnut?

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Tulip Festival

Ottawa the capital of Canada is in bloom in the month of May.

It is time for the annual Tulip Festival.

Tulips come in many varieties and many colors.

I invite you to draw one or many tulips and send your masterpiece to me at:

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hugs & Kisses

Yesterday was Mothers' Day.

It was a very important day for me. I was invited to go camping with two of my daughters and their families.

Of course, I love camping. The fresh air, the camp fire, the tasty BBQ make it a grand occasion.

My two grand children were very thoughtful. From school they brought special cards they had made in art class. They had some for their mother and some for me. I was also presented with a bouquet of red roses.

But best of all, I received many Hugs & Kisses. It seems I can never get enough of those. They warm up my heart.

Once home, I received phone call from my 2 other daughters and their family. With IChat, we had a video conversation from Houston with another grandson. It was the first time he saw us on the screen. Our three year old was very excited and so were we. More Hugs & Kisses.

By the time we talked to daughter number four her sons were in bed. Of course they are still very young. But I could feel more Hugs & Kisses coming my way.

What a lucky grandmother am I!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Dream

One morning a man woke up and told his wife about the dream he had during the night.

“Four rats”, he said, “ came towards me, one after the other. The first one was big and fat, the two next ones were quite thin and the last rat was blind.”

The man was very troubled by this dream. He remembered people saying that rats were bad omens. Yet, neither he nor his wife could find meaning to this mysterious dream.

Their young son overheard their conversation. Like Joseph of the Bible, he attempted to interpret the dream for the modern Pharaoh.

“ Le big fat rat”, he told his father, “ is the owner of the Casino where you stop every night after work and where you leave all your hard earned money. The two thin rats represent Mother and I, who do not have what we need to have a comfortable life. And the blind rat is you. ”

Friday, May 9, 2008


Inouk is a young Husky. He is quite a loveable fur ball all white and black. As a household pet he enjoys being fed and pampered. He does not have to look for his next meal. In fact, he expects having food always at his disposal.

One evening, Andrew, the young boy fills his bowl with rich, creamy milk. Inouk drinks half of it and falls asleep beside his bowl on the floor of the patio.

While Inouk is fast asleep, Lili the mouse comes out of a hole in the wall of the tool shed and quickly laps every drop of milk that Inouk spilt on the tile floor.

The noise wakes Inouk who wants to catch this uninvited quest. But Lili is much faster than the dog. She disappears into the hole in the wall. Inouk decides to stand guard near the hole and wait for Lili to reappear.

Meanwhile, Mefisto the cat returning from his daily roaming enters the patio and seeing the bowl half full with milk assumes it is for him and drinks it all.

When Inouk finally gives up on Lili and returns to his bowl he realizes he has lost mouse and milk.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Lazy Gardener

Sir Charles Bouvier, the Master of a great southern antebellum estate has a very lazy gardener named Lewis.

One day, looking at the garden hedge, Sir Charles notices that it needs to be trimmed. He therefore calls Lewis to do the job. “Lewis! Lewis!” he shouts. But no one answers.

Sir Charles sets out to find the gardener. He looks in the gardens, he looks in the sheds, he looks in the barns, he looks in the greenhouses, and he looks in the wine cellar. Nowhere can he find Lewis.

As a last resort, Sir Charles ventures to the edge of the forest. There, under the branches of a great oak tree, he finds Lewis fast asleep.

The Master is very angry. He reprimands the gardener by telling him, “ You are not worthy that the SUN should shine upon you.”

And Lewis replies, “That is why Master that I am in the shade.”

Monday, May 5, 2008

The Talking Machine

Bubba is a talking machine. He reminds all of the talking heads on the sport network.

In his presence, no one can get a word in or have a serious conversation. He interrupts and blabbers on about all and nothing. A talking machine!

During the dinner one night, while the family is again being bombarded by Bubba’s chatter, Rex, the family dog, starts to bark nonstop. Bubba interjects impatiently: “ Dad, that dog is terribly annoying. I cannot hear myself talk. Can we not get rid of Rex?”

Father replies: “If we got rid of everyone who annoys others in this house, Rex would not be the only one to leave.”

Bubba’s brothers and sisters laugh. Bubba’s face becomes as red as a cherry.

For once the talking machine has nothing to say.

What’s That Noise?

Frédric is a four years old boy.

One night he cannot fall asleep. He has the hiccups.

He is surprised by the movement of his torso and especially by the noise. And so he asks his father, “ Papa, what is making this noise?”

“You have the hiccups, my boy.” replies his father.

“Why?” questions Frédric.

“ I suppose because you are growing.” reassures Papa.

The next morning, Frédric awakens in the best of humors. He cannot wait to tell his sister Fauve, “You know I grew last night. I could tell by the noise it makes.”

Hic! Cup! Hic! Cup! Hic! Cup!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Rattrap

One day, a young rat saw a funny contraption near the entrance of his abode.

The THING looked like a rectangular box with three holes on top. In each hole a piece of lard was suspended on a string.

“ This must be a RATTRAP,” he told himself. “ My father has strictly prohibited me from entering such devices. He said they were deadly dangerous. So, I will listen to my father. He knows best.”

But the smell of the meat was a temptation hard to resist. And so, the young rat decided to have a closer look. “I will be very careful and only examine it a bit closer.”

One step, two steps, three steps closer and young rat could almost taste the lard. He stretched his neck and with the tip of his muzzle he attempted a n-i-b-b-l-e ….

CLIC, the string broke and VLAM… Our bold young rat was no more. He received the same fate the rattrap reserves for all rats that cannot resist temptation.

Activity: 1. Draw a rattrap as in the story.
2. Using a shoe box, make a rattrap as in the story.
3. Invent your own contraption and build a story around it.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sweet Chicks

Old Lady Snoopy lives in a small town where neighbors know each other very well. She loves to walk about and look this way and that way just to make sure she knows all that is going on and that everything is in order.

In this small town, people are allowed to have backyard animals. Eve and her family have hens and chicks. Eve has a keen interest in these familiar birds.

One evening, Mrs. Snoopy sees Jacinthe running after the chicks. Mother Hen is in distress. She sends cries of alarm, spreads and flaps her wings and calls to her chicks to come to her.

Eve’s father, attracted by the noise, comes upon the incident and reprimands Eve for scaring the hen and her chicks.

The following evening, Mrs. Snoopy again sees Eve on her way to the henhouse. The birds are again in a panic. Mrs. Snoopy informs Eve’s father.

“Eve, what are you doing?” He asks.

“I was so sorry for scaring the chicks yesterday. I wanted to kiss the little chicks and tell them I meant them no harm.” replies Eve.

Father and Mrs. Snoopy are warmed by Eve’s good heart. But they both warn her that the hen and chicks are by nature very nervous and should be loved from a distance.

Mrs. Snoopy is happy that her curiosity, which is sometimes criticized, has restored order to her small town.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hector and his Dog

Hector is a charming eight-year-old boy. In class he is very attentive and studious- and successful.

At the end of the school year, his parents give him a lovely dog. Caramel is a golden Labrador.

Hector and Caramel fast become inseparable friends. All summer they spend their time together. They are seen at the Old Mill Park playing ball, jumping, and running. In fact, having a very happy time. Hector laughs and Caramel wags his tail.

On other days, Caramel accompanies Hector on fishing excursions. Along the shore of Blue-Sea Creek, they spent hours waiting for the specked trout to bite. Life could not be better.

In September classes resume. Hector sadly goes back to school. All day Caramel waits for his play companion to return home. For both Hector and Caramel the day is very long.

Even though it is very hard continuing to be a model student, Hector applies himself. After all, Caramel and the perfect summer were the rewards of his diligence.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Cry Baby

Swallow is a little girl. She is five years old. She is usually well behaved. But today she is disobedient.

And so, to punish her, her mother has sent her to her room until she is ready to apologize and behave.

For the past hour, we can hear Swallow crying. Sometimes it’s loud and sometimes one can barely hear it.

After a while, the crying stops.

“So, you are no longer pouting? You are done with your crying?” Asks her mother.

Quite flustered by these questions, Swallow relies in a rough voice, “NO, I am not done, I am just taking a break!”

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Julia is Afraid

One evening after sundown, Julia goes to her room to get her favorite doll Lulu. The lights are not turned on in the upstairs hall and bedrooms.

Julia is very hesitant … She does not feel very brave entering the dark bedroom. Nevertheless she advances very slowly.

As she proceeds into the room, she sees two eyes glowing in the dark, at the floor level. Julia is now very afraid and shouts, “ Mama! Mama!”

But before her mother can come to her, something very soft and fluffy rubs against her legs…. Julia suddenly recognizes the familiar feel of her little kitten’s fur.

Julia picks up Fluff Ball in her arms and cuddles him. “My precious kitty, you did give me a fright.”

“Meow, meow,” replies Fluff Ball.

All is forgotten in the warm embrace: Lulu the doll, the darkness and the fright.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Golden Button

Golden Button is a pretty chick with fluffy yellow down. He is adorably cute but very disobedient.

Often he wanders off while his brothers and sisters are taking a nap. Mother Hen notices and calls, “ Cot Cot Cot. Golden Button where are you. Come back now. You could be in danger… Come back. Cot Cot Cot.”

Golden Button lends a deaf ear. He goes off and does not answer his mother’s caution to come back to the safety of the henhouse. He adores his delinquent adventures.

One day, on such an outing, he meets Mister Fox who greets him with a warm and mellow voice. “ Button, Golden Button. It seems you enjoy stimulating adventures? Well, come with me. I will show you things that are rare and amusing.”

Golden Button is so happy with the invitation that without further thought, he follows Mister Fox. They walk for a long, long, L O N G time. Golden Button is getting very tired. He now wants to return to the henhouse, to his Mother Hen. The sun is slowly disappearing on the horizon. The air is getting cooler and night is falling. It is late. IT IS TOO LATE!

Mister Fox grabs Golden Button and in a bite or two he is gone. Fox licks his chops with his long pink tongue happy to have lured this silly chick from the protection of his Mother. With little effort he has made quite a feast.

Back at the henhouse, Mother Hen calls and calls “ Cot, Cot, Cot Golden Button it is time to come home.”


Mother Hen will never, never see her Golden Button again.