A monkey manners tale. There’s nothing like a peaceful stroll through the forest… unless a thoughtless litterbug has soiled the area. Two forest creatures learn the importance of caring for our shared environment.
Make your child the main character. Replace this (_____) with your child’s name.
A monkey manners tale
The tropical forest is a beautiful, green place. The air and environment are sparkling clean.
A little long-eared hare lives there. His name is _____.
He has his own vegetable patch, which he lovingly cares for. He wants to grow the tastiest vegetables in the whole forest!
When lunchtime arrives, he pulls out a fresh carrot and feasts on its crunchy goodness.
But everything changed overnight one day when _____ was in bed, fast asleep.
The next morning, when it was time to treat himself to a delicious carrot for breakfast, _____ noticed something disgraceful:
A litterbug had thrown a candy wrapper into his vegetable patch.
_____ was even more astounded when he saw that there were a hundred more wrappers lying all around.
After thinking for a moment, he decided to follow the garbage trail, certain it would lead him straight to the offender!
The trail led him to a big tree, with a huge array of candy wrappers piled up underneath.
“Hey, where is the litterbug who is tossing garbage into my vegetable patch?! _____ exclaimed in disappointment.
The hare looked up and saw the answer just above his head.
On a branch of the big tree sat an ill-mannered monkey.
The monkey was gobbling candy and throwing wrappers on the ground without a care in the world.
“Hey, you! Why are you littering in our forest? Stop it right now!” _____ cried indignantly at the monkey.
Having been discovered, the monkey took off in fright!
He ran away as fast as he could, forgetting all about the candy.
The hare could not catch up as the monkey jumped skillfully from tree to tree.
However, being quite frightened, he lost control after a little while…
And fell head over heels down towards the ground…
Until he was caught in a tangle of vines and branches.
He tried to free himself, but no one was around to give him a hand.
The monkey lost all hope…
Until suddenly. _____ appeared from behind the trees!
He approached and asked.
“Hey, Monkey, why do you have such bad manners? Why do you think you can throw garbage wherever you’d like?”
The monkey had nothing to say and simply looked away, ashamed.
“Ok… don’t worry,” said _____, relenting. “I’ll set you free. Everything’s going to be alright!”
He helped the monkey get down to the ground and asked.
“Now, will you be so kind to clean up after yourself?”
Oh, how embarrassed the monkey felt! He didn’t utter a word and got right to work.
He cleaned everything up, down to the last piece, until the forest looked the same as before.
And _____ could once again enjoy his carrots in a tidy vegetable patch… alongside a now well-mannered monkey.