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The Trouble with Andy
Here is a little story about a family of rabbits, and one particularity naughty rabbit named Andy. Follow Andy through his day of trouble-making which ends with a tummy ache, and a lesson well-learned. Intermingled with the story are some lesson ideas about rabbits, carrots and learning lessons!
The Rabbit family
In a tiny, little rabbit house, in the deep, dark woods lives the Rabbit family. In this family there are three girls, Mandy, Candy and Sandy; and there are three boys, Dandy, Randy and Andy. The Rabbit family is a typical family. Mr. Rabbit works at a juice factory where he makes carrot juice. Mrs. Rabbit sells pies that she makes in her home kitchen. Sandy likes skipping, Mandy likes gardening and Candy likes eating candy. Randy likes sports, Dandy likes climbing trees and Andy likes trouble. Andy is trouble!
Today is a typical day for the Rabbit family. Breakfast begins as Mrs. Rabbit says "Andy, don't pour the milk on the floor." Mr. Rabbit then joins in saying "Andy, stop pulling your sisters ears." Breakfast is a noisy time at the Rabbit house because five little bunnies complain; "Andy ripped my dress", "Andy took my glasses", "Andy drank my carrot juice." Poor Mrs. Rabbit, Andy was becoming a constant problem. She will be very busy today because she has an order for ten carrot pies to be made for the Cottontail wedding. She will be much too busy to keep an eye on Andy. Instead, Mrs. Rabbit asked the other bunnies to play with Andy. "That way he will be having too much fun to cause trouble", she told the bunnies.
Another case of Bunny Trouble
Go Play Outside!
After breakfast Mrs. Rabbit started on her pies and the bunnies went outside to play. "What shall we play?" asked Candy. "Hide and Seek" suggested Randy. "Okay, your it" replied the other bunnies. Randy began to count and the bunnies ran off in different directions to hide. Andy was left alone. He decided to hide in the garden. While he was there, he ate all the carrots. "My garden!" exclaimed Mandy. "Get out you naughty bunny!" The bunnies decided that Hide and Seek was not going to keep Andy out of trouble. "What else can we play?" asked Sandy. "Cowboys and Indians" shouted Andy. That sounded like a good idea. The boys chose to be the Cowboys so the girls played the Indians. Dandy and Randy wanted to build a fort out of stones. They set out into the woods to find some stones leaving Andy all alone to fight the Indians. Andy was a good fighter. When the two boys came back they found the girls tied to a tree with a skipping rope. Andy had caught the Indians, tied them up and stolen all their carrot candy. Andy had caused trouble again and the bunnies had to change the game.
This time they decided to play treasure hunt. If Andy was busy searching for treasure he couldn't get into trouble. But the bunnies were wrong again. Mrs. Rabbit had set three of the pies she was baking on the windowsill to cool. While Andy was searching for a pine cone treasure, he spied the pies on the sill. "Pie is a much better treasure than a pine cone" Andy thought to himself. So he grabbed the pie and hurried off into the woods to eat it. Mrs. Rabbit saw Andy snatch the pie but knew she didn't have time to catch him. She had to finish the order for the ten pies and then she had to make supper. So Mrs. Rabbit continued her busy work in the kitchen and left Andy alone to finish the pie.
Finally all ten pies were baked and supper was cooked. "Supper is ready" called Mrs. Rabbit. All the little bunnies came running in ready to eat. They had been playing outside all day and now they were very hungry. All the bunnies except Andy. He had been eating all day. The carrots he ate out of the garden plus the carrot candy he took from his sisters and finally the carrot pie he had eaten had quite filled him up. "One more carrot and I'm going to be sick" groaned Andy. Mrs. Rabbit brought in the supper and set it on the table. "Yummy", said Mr. Rabbit, "carrot stew and carrot dumplings." "And carrot cake for dessert" added Mrs. Rabbit. Andy ran out of the house in tears. He felt so sick! Andy promised that he would never be such a bad bunny again. And so Andy learned a lesson, or at least for today.
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Carrot Pie recipe from Allrecipes!
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups chopped carrots
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Press the pie crust into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch pie plate.
Bake the pie shell for 3 to 5 minutes, just to firm it up, then remove from the oven, and set aside. Place carrots in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain water, and mash carrots until smooth using a food processor, or potato ricer.
In a medium bowl, mix together the carrot puree, sugar and eggs. Mix in the cinnamon and vanilla. Gradually stir in the milk. Pour the mixture into the partially baked pie shell.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for an additional 40 to 45 minutes at the lower temperature, or until firm. Can be served with dinner, or as a dessert.
Find this recipe and other carrot recipes at http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/carrot-pie/detail.asp...
Moral of the story
When a lesson is taught in a story it is called the moral of the story. Sometimes lessons are well learned. but other times it takes a few times for the lesson to stick. Andy needed to learn a lot of lessons in the story, playing nice, doing as he is told, not stealing things, and not eating too much. Andy is my brother's name and although the character of Andy bunny was based a bit on him, he really wasn't that bad - although he DID tie me to a tree with a skipping rope!
Do you know someone who could do with learning a lesson or two? Create a character out of them and write a story with a moral to help them learn their lesson.
Another lesson to learn
"Don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."
Tale of Peter Rabbit
Read about other fictional rabbits
About the author
Sandra is Director of Education at the Wilson Education Resource Centre where the motto is Learn, Laugh, Inspire. Through writing and photography she is involved in creating unique learning experiences for kids!