Last time, we said that there was a new student in the Happy Forest. It was Andrew the shy turtle, who saved Victor after he fell into the river. After that, though, he went to look for something. What was it?
A little after he ran off, Andrew finally swam up to the bank. He was holding a painting, but all the color had washed away. Andrew began to cry.
As it turns out, Andrew had signed up for an art competition. He had spent a lot of his time working on his painting. The competition was tomorrow, but his painting was destroyed! Teacher Rolin told Andrew, “Don’t worry. We still have time. You can just paint another one.”
Andrew wiped away his tears and took his paints and brushes out of his backpack. They had already gotten wet, and could no longer be used. There was also no time to buy new supplies. Andrew got more and more worried.
Teacher Rolin thought for a moment, turned to Junior the lion, and said, “Call everyone here, and then go get a large sheet of paper.” Junior nodded and in an instant had gathered everyone together. Teacher Rolin spread out the paper, smiled, and told everyone, “Andrew will be attending a competition tomorrow. Would you like to help him paint a very special painting?” Everyone was eager to try.
Iris mixed the paints, and everyone got to work. Pandora used her trunk to spray a beautiful blue sky onto the canvas, and then bright green to be the beautiful grass. Oxford the bull used his tail to paint beautiful willow branches. Junior dipped his paws in ink and ran across the painting to make beautiful flowers. Andrew was very surprised that everyone painted such a beautiful forest.
The next day, Andrew brought his very special painting to the competition and he earned first place!
Andrew gave the trophy to his classmates. Teacher Rolin patted Andrew on the head and said, “Next time you have a problem, you should ask for help. When everyone shares the load, even the biggest problems seem small.”
Andrew nodded his head. Not only did he make his dream come true, he made new friends. He smiled and hugged his classmates, but discovered that Oxford the bull was missing. Where did he go? Let’s find out next week.
Goodnight. Sweet dreams.