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The Dream Thieves Ruby

This tale is written to enjoy reading aloud to your group. Don't forget to bring chalk with you to mark the locations on the ground.

Instructions

Start on the lower path leading down through the wood.
 
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Chapter one

The Beginning

Knock three times
Then knock once again
Knock upon the moor land streams
Knock upon the glen
Knock upon the upright stones
Knock upon the gables
Knock upon the blue bell knolls
Knock upon upon the tables

Knock with all your strength and might
Knock till your palms are red
Knock till the morning light
To keep them from our beds

For the thieves they creep
Below mire and creak
Beneath paving curb slab and stone
They come to peruse
Those criminal crews
Right in the heart of your town

To succour sweet from children's cheeks
Tis true I have been told
They gouge your dreams
Just leaving screams
They come in the night and the cold

The dream thieves
The dream thieves
Are stealing into town
The dream thieves
The dream thieves
Are stealing all around

Clawing at your window pane
Creeping across your floor
Over tiny cracks
In chimney stacks
Or slithering beneath your door

So before they come a pestering
In the dark of night
And thieving beneath your pillow soft
We'll chase them far from sight

We'll stomp our feet
And then stomp the street
And shake their homes underground

We'll find those thieves
Deep beneath the leaves
With only chalk in hand
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter two

Eli

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

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He has cauliflower ears and he has vampire fangs and he wears a carrot on his torn top. He lives underground and he has a snake for a pet. There are spiders everywhere. His bed is made of thorns and brambles and has eight teeth.
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So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter three

Emma

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

He is evil, funny, disgusting and slimy and wears a large cape. Two legs, two hands and dirty brown legs and finger shoulders.
He lives in the bottom of the tree. His nest is at the top of the tree. In his nest he has eyeballs and slugs and two leaves pointing out. He. Is sitting in a bath full of slime.



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So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter four

Ellis

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

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He has cotton buds on his jacket and he has a mop on his head, potatos growing on his belly button and loads of of eyes on his face. His teeth are rotten and mouldy carrots are growing in his beard. He has elephant ears and potatoes in his ears. His legs are mechanical and he has itchy chicken pox. He is really stinky and smelly. He hates to do fun writing stories. He sits on his bed and he eats carrots and potatoes whilst watching TV. He has really bad manners.
He lives underground in his nest. He stands on top of his nest, he has no one in his family.

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So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter five

Joe S

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

x
He has ice for a face and two cherries for his belly button. He has sausage ears and his hair is like a mop. He has lots of eyes, six arms and six legs. He holds carrots.


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So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter six

Toby

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

He has worms and slime in his elephant ears.
And thirteen slimy arms .
He has three spiky fangs .
and a yellow hairy chest.
And legs made by other people's earwax.
He has twenty-two eyes.
In his nest he has a ginormous eyeball, three bones, two snake tongues and 43 fangs around the nest as well as a squidgy brain.


So first we scribe a circle
Deep and full and round
With silky toe
Wide and slow
Upon the trembling ground

Then make a simple chalky notch
Note the time
Check your watch

Then all can see it marks the den
So we can knock three times
And knock once again

So his home is marked
For the cross you've parked
Sits just meters from his squat
Now move on down
For the next is to be found
We won't stop till we have the lot
Continue along the path.
 
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Chapter seven

Molly C

With a whiskers twitch
And then a ticklish itch
We know the dream thieves must be close
So place your ear
On a tree trunk near
Or fence post deep and strong
And listen to the dream thieves' talk
As they mumble and rumble along

x
He has smelly banana peel on his head, great big elephant ears, slime all over his face and cobwebs covering his boots.
He lives deep in the mud. In his nest he has bones, feathers, a metal boot, a squidgy brain and four googly eyeballs.


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There he hides with his hands in his face
So sad that his luck has been squandered and misplaced
As you knock upon his roof he is chased away again
Another broken sleepless night
As he hides away his pain

When you knock three times
Then knock once again
All his aches and woes are multiplied by ten

He picks up his coat and leaves his tiny nest
He just wants to dream
With simply those that dream the best
With their super soft pillows and enchanting lullaby tunes
Sung by fathers, mothers and sisters
Gentle songs which soothe his blisters
And bring forth the sunshine
On his shadowed soul
And fill his heart with grace
Before he retreats back to his hole

And a simple thought crosses you
As you look upon your chalk
And think of all the markings you've made
Over squats and holes and ports
Up the street and pavement long
Now was I right or was I wrong?
You hear the dream thieves' movements
As they slowly scuttle away
And drag their cumbersome bodies
Did they only come to play?
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