“Rumperdumplings” by James Chapman

In a certain garden every creature was getting ready for bed. The mouse could not sleep because he was writing a lullaby.

“Now what was that word?” said the mouse.

“What word” said the owl?

“The word I forgot”, said the mouse.

“The word is who”, said the owl.

“No. Who is not the word”, said the mouse.

“Bark”, said the puppy who was in the house curled up next to an open window.

“Bark is a nice word but it’s not the word I forgot”, said the mouse.

“Cherries is the word”, said  the squirrel who was nibbling on cherries in a cherry tree.

“I like cherries, but that’s not the word”, said the mouse.

“Moo”, said the cow.

“Moo isn’t the word”, said the mouse.

The big oak tree said, “Leaves. Leaves must be the word”.

“Leaves are nice, but that’s not the word”, said the mouse.

Then the horse said, “I know, the word is saddle, right?”

The mouse thought for a moment. “No, saddle isn’t the word” said the mouse.

“Cheese” said the moon in a very deep voice. Everyone looked up.

“I like cheese” said the mouse. “But that’s not the word.”

“Web”, said the spider.

“Spots”, said the lady bug.

“Slow”, said the snail.

“Measure”, said the inch worm.

“Nope, nope, nope and nope” said the mouse.

A crow flew over the garden and landed in the oak tree. The crow knew more words than anyone.

“Feathers” said the crow!

“Nope, I’m sorry, but feathers is not the word”, said the mouse.

Then the owl said, “There are so many words, we could be here all night!”

Three kangaroos jumped into the garden. They hopped around and sang, “Rumperdumplings, rumperdumplings, ohhh rumperdumplings…!”

“That’s it!” shouted the mouse. “Now I remember. The word is Rumperdumplings!”

“What is a rumperdumpling”, asked the Crow?

The mouse said, “Rumperdumplings are creatures who live in a garden who are all asleep.”

“Good night, rumperdumplings”, said the moon in a very deep voice. And they all went to bed and fell asleep.

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