There's no doubt about it, little learners love their cuddly toys.
Be it bears, bunnies, monkeys, sheep, or even strange one-eyed yellow creatures sporting blue dungarees, little learners love them all......a lot!
The Reception team at Sunnyside School know this fact only too well. For whenever this treasured menagerie of fluff and stuffing comes into school, and winds up lost amongst the classroom paraphernalia, (as it so often does,) there is always tears and tantrums from despairing little learners, until they are reunited with their fluffy friends once more.
And it was a fluffy friend related melt down that caught Mrs Very Jolly and Mrs Crayon by surprise today, as it happened right in the middle of Mrs Very Jolly reading Julia Donaldson's 'Monkey Puzzle' to the class.
As the group listened attentively to the tale of a young monkey who looses his Mum, a little learner sitting at Mrs Very Jolly's feet, suddenly burst into floods of tears, and with head in hands deeply lamented the loss of his penguin.
As Mrs Crayon comforted the distraught little learner, he revealed that his much loved penguin had gone missing from home, and as he had no clue as to it's whereabouts, he was fearful that he'd never seen his flightless friend again.
When the little learner informed Mrs Crayon that his penguin wore a scarf, was no taller than a pencil and had glittery eyes, she was completely satisfied they were dealing with a stuffed toy, and not a real live penguin.
With a description to go on, the rest of the group then sprang into action and began producing a ton of hand drawn 'missing penguin posters', all pleading for folks to be watchful and alert in case of a penguin sighting.
And so the hunt is on dear readers for a small, sparkly-eyed penguin, possibly carrying a suitcase but definitely wearing a scarf. It's worth noting that as he has no prior knowledge of the great outdoors, he will more than likely appear a little disorientated.
Should you spot him, he answers to 'Penguin', and according to his owner, "he really likes fish cakes!"
Thank you in advance for your help!
My Penguin Packed His Bag One Day!
My penguin packed his bag one day
And left his home to run away.
He didn't tell a single soul
That exploration was his goal.
He took no compass or a map,
(He's not a forward thinking chap.)
His destination was unclear,
(Not my penguin's best idea.)
He set his sights on who knows where,
(This reckless penguin didn't care!)
But recklessness comes at a cost,
'Cause now my penguin's very lost.
He's left no clue, no single trace,
It is the most perplexing case.
He may have moved to warmer climes,
(He's dreamt of that a thousand times.)
He could have found a place to stay
On a fishing holiday.
Perhaps he jumped on board a bus
And just forgot to contact us.
Either way he isn't here
And for his safety I now fear.
There's only one thing I can do,
And that's to ask each one of you,
Please keep your eyes peeled every day,
In case my penguin comes your way.
HE'S BLACK AND WHITE,
HIS EYES ARE BRIGHT,
HE WADDLES LIKE A DUCK,
NOW PLEASE DON'T LAUGH,
HE WEARS A SCARF,
TO HELP BRING HIM GOOD LUCK.
HE'S VERY DIM,
BUT I LOVE HIM,
I WANT HIM BACK WITH ME,
ONCE THROUGH THIS DOOR,
HE'LL 'AVE WHAT FOR,
AND FISH CAKES FOR HIS TEA!