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The Dream Thieves Skye

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

Florrie

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 had wrinkles on his face and curly hairs on his chest and a tv shaped belt which was square. He has stinky shorts and an old rusty fork from his lair.

His water tap is broken which has mud and potatoes in it. Sandy donoughts are in his fridge with a lettuce blanket and stone pillow plus a toilet to the side.

x

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

Arthur

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 had one golden tooth and long blue alien like arms which swing around like the leaves of a tree. He has a pet spider and his bed is made of fire, his fridge in his kitchen has frozen slugs, cows rotten ears and a tortoise shell for itching his back.

x

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

Isobel

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 pipes coming out of his ears, blurry glasses so he walks like a zombie, orange nails and potatoes coming out of his belly button. He even has automatic legs covered in alien skin.

In his nest he has a leaf pillow and a matchbox for his bed, a block seat and even a smelly old computer!
He eats children and teacher's brains.
x

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

Zia

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 bright red eyes and stinky broccoli growing in his ears. His face is covered in green warts with yellow and black teeth in his mouth. He has a hairy chest with a too small shirt beneath. His feet are massive with his toenails sticking out. His lair has a tap dancing floor with a banana peel rug. He has a tomato bean bag which squirts juice.
His bed has a bacon blanket and a pig pillow.
His food is wormy noodles which he eats with a hand fork and a nose knife.

x

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

Oliver

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 green hair and has carrots growing out of his ears . He has razor sharp teeth and trousers woven from threads of dried blood. Snot and blood comes out of his nose and his skin is rough and red with fire.

. . . Nobody has ever seen his eyes!


X

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

Pippa

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 a pet ant who lives on his arm. He is holding squishy brains and has a brain on his face. He has a spider hanging off his rotten legs. He has a nest made of rubbish. It is full of squiggly spiders and stinky old sausages.
x

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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