A butterfly flew past Romper, the squirrel, as he stood
holding a pine nut, nibbling away. It was colorful and
very pretty. He dropped the nut and chased the butterfly.
He wasn’t watching where he was going and bumped right
into a gingerbread boy. “Be careful,” the boy mumbled.
“You nearly broke off one of my arms. I’m very crumbly.”
Romper looked at the gingerbread boy. “You’ve got frosting
for eyes and buttons. You look delicious. I might just
gobble you up.”
The gingerbread boy didn’t want to be eaten, so he ran
away. The butterfly fluttered past. Should Romper chase
the pretty butterfly or the delicious gingerbread boy?
He decided to chase the gingerbread boy because he
was feeling hungry and gingerbread sounded delicious to
him. He chased the boy past the oak tree. He chased him
down to the stream and over a pile of stones.
The gingerbread boy climbed to the top of the highest pine
tree he could see. “Ha ha ha, Romper. You’ll never catch
me. I’m way up here.”
What the gingerbread boy didn’t know was that Romper could
climb trees better than any other animal in the forest.
Romper stood at the bottom and saw the gingerbread boy
sticking out his tongue at him and tossing pine cones at
him. Romper jumped onto the tree trunk and ran up as fast
as he could. He stopped right in front of the gingerbread
“You’re not going to eat me, are you?” The gingerbread boy
Romper reached for the gingerbread boy and shoved him into
his mouth and gobbled him all up. “That’ll teach you not
to stick your tongue out at me.” Romper laughed and ran
down to find the butterfly again.