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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 latest story:

THE BARD'S QUILL

Billy Bacon has dyslexia and it is causing problems at school. His handwriting is atrocious and although his English is good and he can prove that by spelling the letters of the words out loud, when he puts them on paper they are often back to front; and his spider's scrawl is hard for someone else to read. He has one last chance to complete a holiday story project; but if he can't improve his handwriting he will have to stay down and repeat grade 9 again. Something he finds in an old book, however, may be the answer to his prayers.

Next month, another Moonberry Pie story

Previously:


A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP

Once, the town of Walkabout was a popular tourist destination. It boasted picturesque streets with quaint houses set in beautiful gardens and was a pleasure to walk around. Then one day three years ago, Ennio Lyon started up his scrap metal dealership just out of town. From then on the junk yard grew until it eventually became an eyesore that put visitors off even entering the town. At the council's request, Ennio tried to make his yard more attractive, but wasn't having much success. Then Ally Zarin arrived, and things were about to change.


THE OGRE IN THE BREADKINS

Polearm used to be a warlike village boasting a fearsome band of soldiers well able to defend against invasion; but times change. With other tribes too scared to go up against such a fierce band of warriors, the only remaining use for the weapons is as cutting tools for breadkins, the staple diet of the villagers. This fruit is in abundance, but is only to be found in the next valley. Every few days the band of former warriors pulls carts through the canyon to collect the breadkins from the far valley. However, more breadkins need to be stockpiled to last out the winter; and that now seems impossible because a gigantic monster has suddenly appeared in the breadkin forest.

THE KING'S GRAND ARMY
The people of Syrelle are enjoying the long weekend granted by the King, a reward for bringing in a good harvest. As a bonus, the King has also agreed for his Wizard Wizwoh to create a carnival to celebrate. All is going well until news arrives that the King's brother has brought an army and is demanding all of the crops be turned over to him. This calls for instant action; but the King's troopers don't really want to leave the celebrations; and they have no horses to use as cavalry. Can Wizwoh and his familiar Lillfing save the day without messing up as usual?

A NEW PLAYER IN LARFALOT
Larfalot is a wonderful place, a happy place; a land where the people who live there just play all day every day; this, thanks to the Tiddles who are always thinking up new games to play. Now, Nifty used to be a Tiddle until he was promoted to Wink; and he has been charged by The Grand Funmeister to go and find someone who is really sad, then bring them to Larfalot so that they can be happy. Unfortunately, his new player isn't having as much fun as Nifty might have hoped for.

THE GREENING
When they are born they have no idea where they are, or even what they are; not until their cousin Sylvia tells them. Put in The Green by a mother, these new arrivals are grublets; and over time they will learn about The Greening and what they need to do to become really green like Sylvia; and, most importantly, how to stay safe from the birds which will eat them. But there is more to life than hiding, eating and sleeping - so much more...

THE WEATHER WATCHERS
The coastal village of Calmwater was a nice place to live; but the weather was unpredictable, making things difficult for the fishermen; and especially for those ships which had to travel to the markets in faraway Buckpool. Josiah Weames was one such sailor; but he was also a gambler who had made a bet with a well-known rogue. Unless he wins, he will lose his three ships and all of the goods on them. Can Erik and Helga help save the day? And who are they, anyway?

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
The family is preparing to put up the Christmas decorations, and the two boys are helping. One of them, however, thinks they are getting too old for make-believe. Despite the enthusiasm of his brother and their parents, Christmas seems to have lost its magic for him. When the tree lights stop working on Christmas Eve, everyone is down in the dumps. Then something very strange happens to bring the spirit of Christmas back to the household.

THE WICKED QUEEN OF BEASTROG
Wollo used to be a happy place; but on the neighbouring island of Beastrog reigned a wicked Queen who wanted to rule over all. Hearing of the forthcoming wedding of Prince Winstead of South Wollo to Princess Imogen of North Wallo, Queen Angina was very aware that this would unite the island of Wollo into a single, powerful realm, making it much harder to invade. So she must hatch an evil plot to prevent it.

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