Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Why the Leaves Turn by Me

I wrote this by myself, and it's an Aboriginal story. I wrote it for Ms. Donefee, my gifted teacher. We are studying Australia, and she told us to write Dreamtime stories. Dreamtime is Australian mythology. It explains why things are the way they are now.

Why the Leaves Turn

     A long time ago, in the Dreamtime, there were three friends. Their names were Mendlav the Kangaroo, Abi the Eagle and Bali the Robin, and they would run in the region of what is now Queensland.

     The leaves never turned colors, and the animals had no warning of winter. Every year, the animals would suffer from hunger and cold.

     One day, Abi complained, "winter is always creeping upon us -- we never have enough time to migrate!"

     "I believe that we must do something," said Mendlav, "or this shall go on forever."

     "Aha! I know what we must do!"

     "What is it, Bali? Tell us," begged the eagle and kangaroo.

     So Bali told them his brilliant plan on how to warn the other animals. They agreed it was a great idea, and they would try it soon. 

     The next day, Abi flew high into the sky to watch for winter. Five days later, Bali heard Abi's cry, "winter is coming!"

     Bali began rubbing the leaves with his red chest until they turned red. When Mendlav saw the red, orange and yellow leaves, he kicked the trees so the leaves fell. Animals began to prepare for winter.

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