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Each slice of Moonberry Pie is another story

Moonberry Pie is a collection of stories for carers to tell young children; but there are no pictures. In the days before printing, story-tellers had to delight listeners with their own words; sometimes by relating actual past events, or by making up fictional tales of princes and paupers. Before continuing for the first time, anyone up for the challenge is invited to read the Introduction which provides a little guidance. Those who have no children, but just like a good story are welcome too.

The new story this month:

MELVIN THE EVER-SO-GRUMPY TROLL

Because he is uglier than the other trolls and always grumpy, nobody likes Melvin. One day, he leaves the mountain to go in search of a new place to live where he can find some real friends so that he can be happy for once in his life. And, lo and behold, he finds it!

Next month:   The Bower Bird Blues

Previously:

HILARY, DICKY AND DOC

Hilary and Dicky are mice, and Doc likes to think he is; although he may well be a rat. They live in Mr. Klein's shop and help to keep all his clocks on time. But the town clock is running slow. Can the three mice put it right so that it chimes in the New Year exactly on the stroke of midnight?

Click here for: The HUGE Adventures of Starlight and Moonshine, a magical story in six-parts.

Other Stories:

THE CHRISTMAS BOX

Her friends at school have teased Alyssa for believing in Santa Claus, and she is convinced he is just an ordinary man in the red suit; until he gives her a present that proves magic can still happen.

THE LONELY LITTLE TABLE

The little table used to be happy with the children and pets around him; but then the family move house and things suddenly change for the worse. It takes an accident to give him a new lease on life.

THE GROWING-UP OF A SEED NAMED BRUCE

Seeds don't know much. In fact, one little seed doesn't even know his own name; not until he is forced from the gum-nut in which he was born and meets Matilda. What happens to them next teaches them both what growing-up is all about.

THE GREAT EGG MYSTERY

Whisky and Topsy are great friends. They are also chickens who, not being very bright, wonder why they bother laying eggs when humans just take them away. Prudence, the grumpy hen, shows them what egg-laying is really for.

CLAW CAMP FOR SOLDIER CRABS

The little crabs are on the beach waiting for Sergeant Grouch to arrive. He will teach them what they need to know so that they can be troopers in The Great Soldier Crab Army.

THE VERY BEST OF TRICKS AND TREATS

The new people who have moved in don't like garden gnomes and plan taking them to the tip. Fortunately, Halloween is a magical time for gnomes because it is the only day of the year that they can move about. What happens then is in the hands of trick or treaters.

THE FOX AND THE CHICKENS

Foxes are always a worry for farmers who keep chickens. But when Farmer Jones and his wife discover that their baby daughter has actually been playing with one they are horrified. This however, is a very special fox as their other children explain.

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