An Introduction to a Story by Cerys

This post was one off my 100th Extended Comment post. As the 101st post, Year 4 will be receiving a copy of “Wombat’s Secret” book, two small souvenirs from Potoroo Palace (where I have taken many animal photos) and some Australian animal postcards.

Cerys is a Year 4 student from N.L. school in the U.K. She presented a story as part of the 100 Word Challenge. Having a distinct Australian flavour, I thought I would prepare an audio presentation of her introductory sentences.


This video clip is not to be copied. It is based on Cerys's writing.

These are her opening sentences...

Once upon a time in a far away land there lived a girl. She lived in the forest.

She heard something. It sounded like the thump of bounding kangaroos, the laugh of the kookaburra, rustling leaves under the slithering snake and there was another sound. The faint chirp of the cricket rattled on. Dark ravens circled.

Trying not to be tangled by the strong creepers, she pulled out her sword slicing ever so slightly to the enchanted steps. At the bottom of the steps she turned left and then she heard it.

4 thoughts on “An Introduction to a Story by Cerys

  1. Mrs Neale (Team 100WC)

    Thank you, this is wonderful! Cerys will love this, especially the sound effects! So different from the forest sounds here in Dorset.

    1. rossmannell

      Post author

      Thanks for the comment. I should have been working on something else but I took a break to make the clip with sound effects so Cerys could hear the sounds she described. 🙂

  2. Francis and Nick

    Hi Ross,
    We enjoyed you reading of Cerys story about Australia,
    we thought you were amazing, especially with the sound effects!
    It felt real because of the backround of the jungle.
    Thanks Ross
    From Nick and Francis (3/4GB)

    1. rossmannell

      Post author

      Hi Nick and Francis,

      When Cerys wrote about Australia, she described the sounds I often hear. I have encountered bounding kangaroos, ravens, kookaburras and even snakes when hiking. I hear crickets often at night. They are some of the sounds in Australia.

      Back in May, 2012, I wrote a post on another of my blogs. I had been hiking and sat to enjoy the quiet but it was soon broken. Around 100 ravens landed in the trees near me. I took out my mobile phone and recorded the sound. This reminded me of a famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”. Here is the link to the post. If you scroll down to “The Sounds of About 100 Ravens” and click on the words you can hear what I recorded. 🙂



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