"Mom, can you tell me a story?"
This has become the common question at bedtime.
Daddy is usually the one to stay in the room and tell a story since by the end of the day I am often twitching in one eye.
But last night when Savannah asked me she also added, "I want you to tell it. Umm, a story about of princess." Of course.
She sat up in bed, eyes as big as saucers and they never left my face through the whole story. Joseph also laid perfectly still so he didn't miss a thing.
It made me feel like SuperMom. After all, bedtime stories don't have to make any logical sense. So I could be as smart, or not smart, as I wanted!
The Princess and the Troll - Part One
Once upon a time there lived a princess who had long gold hair and purple eyes. She was very beautiful.
One day while she was out walking, the evil troll saw her and kidnapped her! No one seemed to be able to find them or figure out where they went! It was as if they had just vanished into thin air.
One day a prince came riding by and heard the tale of the missing princess. He saw a picture of her and thought she was very beautiful. And when he heard about how nice and kind she was (See how sneaky I am? I used this opportunity as a teaching moment, hehe) because no one likes a mean princess, (Savannah puckered her eyebrows and shook her head in agreement) he decided he would go and find her!
He went to the spot where the princess and the troll had disappeared. He searched and searched and he found... (be sure to pause) nothing! Just when he was about to give up, he spotted some footprints hidden under the leaves. Quickly, the prince jumped up and started following them.
He followed them across the river, over the big hills, and down through the valley. He followed the footprints right up until they led into the forest.
But he had heard tales about this forest. He heard the the trees were magic and could talk!
Since he was a polite prince he knocked on one of the big trees.
He knocked again. Slowly, the tree started to move. Suddenly, the prince found himself looking up at two very big eyes!
"Uh, excuse me," the prince said. He was a bit nervous about talking to a giant tree. " I was just wondering if it would be alright with you if I came into your forest."
The big tree stared at him for a long time. "Enter." Replied the tree at last. (Oh, be sure to speak in a deep, low voice for the tree. You have to do voices!) "But on one condition. You are not allowed to climb any of us. For if you do, we will eat you."
Well, the prince didn't think that would be a problem! He didn't want to get eaten after all. So he cautiously entered the forest. He continued to follow the footprints for what seemed like days! When suddenly, they stopped. (Be sure to give a long pause for the full effect)
The footprints had stopped right in front of the most enormous tree! He looked all the way around the tree and didn't see anything. He was tempted to climb the tree to see if he could figure out what had happened but he remembered his promise not to climb ANY of the trees.
"Mom?" Savannah spoke for the first time since the story started. "Is there a secret door in the tree?" After informing her that she was so smart, and being rewarded with a huge grin, I continued.
The prince was feeling quite tired after his long search so he leaned back against the tree to rest. Suddenly, a secret door opened up right next to him!
Slowly, and very carefully, he entered. There was a staircase which he followed. It went down and around, down and around. (Use your finger to demonstrate a circular staircase)
Finally he gets to the bottom... the troll's secret lair.
Slowly he crept into the room. There was no one there! He started looking around for a clue to where the princess might be. Then he heard a small sound. It sounded like someone was crying.
"It was the princess!" shouted a very excited Savannah.
That's right, it WAS the princess! He followed the sound to a locked door. Of course he wanted to make sure it was her so he tapped lightly on the door.
The crying stopped.
He tapped again. He could hear someone moving to the door.
"Hello? Princess Violet?" whispered the prince. (At this point I figured I had better give the princess a name. And since she has purple eyes I called her Violet, cause I'm clever like that.)
"Yes." Came a hushed reply, "Yes, its me!"
"Hold on princess, let me find the key." the prince whispered back. After all, he was a rather smart prince and he knew if he just kicked the door down it would probably bring the troll back from wherever he was. So he looked and looked, but he couldn't find the key anywhere!
"The troll has the key!" Humph! Savannah keeps figuring out my story!
As he was searching the other end of the room he heard a faint snoring noise. (Come on ladies, make a snoring sound)
He followed the sound.
Then he saw him. That big, ugly troll was fast asleep. And there, attached to his belt by a small rope, hung the key.
This next part should all be spoken in a small whisper.
The prince crept forward and slowly pulled out his sword. (Demonstrate this while make a small 'shink' sound)
He put the tip of the sword to the rope and slowly started to cut it. (Again, demonstrate and make little ripping noises)
At last the rope was cut! But the key slipped off and fell to the floor with a loud 'TINKATHUNK'!
To be continued in a couple of days because I just KNOW you're all dying to know how it ends....