This children’s story (aimed at 5 / 6 year olds) Sidney the Scaredy Spider, is one that I wrote to be told rather than read, but I thought I’d paint a few pictures to go with it and share it here.
Enjoy – and I’d love to know what you think.
This is Sidney the Spider.
Sidney Spider is very shy and very nervous. He doesn’t like meeting new people or doing new things. He gets scared. That is why he’s known as Scaredy Spider.
Scaredy Spider lives in a web in the branches of a little bush. He likes living there. No one ever bothers him.
He has to admit, though – sometimes he does get a little bit lonely.
But one stormy day the wind blows so strongly that Scaredy Spider’s web is blown right off the little bush and is carried away – with Sidney still on it!
Scaredy Spider clings tightly to his web, trying desperately not to fall off, until finally the wind sets him down in a large garden.
Sidney is very scared – what can he do? His web is in pieces and his bush is far away.
He has to build himself a new web – but where?
First he sees a tall tree. What a perfect place to live, he thinks, and he scurries up the trunk and begins to spin his web.
“Twit-twoo.” An owl looks down at Sidney. “Hello,” hoots the owl. “My name is Oswald. Are you my new neighbour? I live here in my nest. We can be friends!”
“Eek,” cries Scaredy Spider, and he runs away down the trunk of the tree, too scared to talk to the owl.
Next Sidney sees a rickety old fence. This is definitely a perfect place to live, he thinks, and he begins to spin his web.
Suddenly a rabbit hops out of a hole, it’s nose twitching. “Hello,” says the rabbit. “I’m Ridley. Are you my new neighbour? I live here in my burrow. We can be friends!
“Eek,” cries Scaredy Spider, and he runs away through the grass, too scared to talk to the rabbit.
After that Sidney sees a drainpipe, dripping water into a big puddle. Here, he thinks, will be a perfect place to live, and he begins to spin his web.
“Ribbit, ribbit.” A toad splashes into the puddle. “Hello,” croaks the toad. “My name is Terrence. Are you my new neighbour? I live here in this puddle. We can be friends!”
“Eek,” cries Scaredy Spider, and he runs away up the drainpipe, too scared to talk to the toad.
Finally Sidney sees an open window and he enters a room. No one else is around. No one to scare him. And there, sitting on a table, he sees a blue, pointy thing. A perfect place for me to live, he thinks, and he begins to spin his web.
After that Sidney is so tired that he falls fast asleep. When he wakes up he finds himself looking up at the long beard and kind green eyes of an old wizard.
“Hello,” says the wizard, lifting his hat with spider and web. “I’m Old Wizard Woo. Are you living here now? I live here, in this house – and this is my hat. We can be friends!”
Scaredy Spider wants to run away, but there is nowhere he can go. He has to be a brave spider. “Hello,” he squeaks, his voice as wobbly as his legs. “I’m Sidney.”
Old Wizard Woo smiles and Scaredy Spider finds himself smiling back. He will be lonely no more.
Sidney still lives on Old Wizard Woo’s hat. They are best friends.
Sidney Spider is still very shy and very nervous but when he’s with his friend Wizard Woo he knows that he doesn’t need to be Scaredy Spider any more.
Colette O'Neill... Environmentalist, Author, Publisher, Photographer. Creator of Goddess Permaculture.
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