This story was written for use with young children (suggested ages 3-5 years) who are required to stay home during the current C-19 pandemic, or who have had their freedom severely modified (e.g. perhaps they can attend school but can’t attend special assemblies, festivals, parties or events). The song at the end has been left open for teachers and parents to create more verses with ideas from the children. The story can be changed/edited to suit different situations – e.g. mother tree could be father tree or grandmother or grandfather tree, or you may want to omit the part about ‘gnome school’.
Susan Perrow an Australian whose ‘work’ passion is stories and storytelling. She is an author, storyteller, teacher trainer and parent educator who, for the last 30 years, has been documenting stories from other cultures, writing stories and telling stories to groups of children and adults – all this woven in with a career in teaching, lecturing and consulting in Australia, Africa, Asia, China, Europe and North America. I currently have three published story collections, in a total of 10 languages.