Sunday, February 12, 2006

Barbarino Bunyip's Blazing Bushfire

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“A Bunyip! A Bunyip” I’ve seen a Bunyip!” shrieked Cockatoo.
All the other animals gathered round. They wanted to know what Cockatoo was so excited about.It has giant horns. It’s twice as big as a kangaroo. It’s purple with green spots, and breathes fire out of its mouth,” Cockatoo said, before perching on a branch.
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“Giant horns?” said Dingo.
“Twice as big as a kangaroo?” said Koala.
“Purple with green spots?” said Lyrebird.
“Breathes fire out of its mouth?” said Kangaroo.
All the animals laughed. Except Cockatoo.
“It’s true. It’s true,” Cockatoo said. “I saw it just a while ago.”
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“Where?” all the animals asked.
“I don’t know. I can’t remember.” I’m so confused!” Cockatoo said.
“And what was it doing?” said Koala.
“It was breathing fire. I think it was trying to burn down the forest,” Cockatoo said.
The other animals stopped smiling.
“We can’t have fire in the forest,” Kangaroo said. “We shall all have to look for it.”
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So Kangaroo jumped up and down as high as she could. “I can’t see the Bunyip anywhere,” she said. These trees are too high to see over.”
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Koala climbed a gum-tree to see if he could find the Bunyip. “All I can see is the sky and a few clouds,” he said.
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Dingo tried to smell the Bunyip. “All I can smell is smoke,” she said. “Someone must have lit a fire,”
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Lyrebird tried to hear the Bunyip. “I can hear a crackling noise,” she said. “Like a fire. But nothing that sounds like a Bunyip.”
“Where’s it coming from?” Koala asked.
Lyrebird and Dingo both pointed in the same direction.
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“You two lead the way,” Kangaroo said to Lyrebird and Dingo.
So Kangaroo put Koala in her pouch, and hopped along behind Lyrebird and Dingo. They were all going in the same direction as the smoke and the crackling noise.
Cockatoo flew above them all. He was following Lyrebird and Dingo too. Following the smell of smoke. Following the crackling sound.
After a while they came to a clearing.
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And there was Bunyip!
“Hi. I’m Barbarino Bunyip,” he said. “Would you like a toasted marshmallow?”
He was big and purple, with giant horns and green spots. Just as Cockatoo had described him.
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He breathed fire onto a pile of wood. The wood caught alight. “Would you like some toasted marshmallows?” he asked a second time.
For a while, none of the animals knew what to say. Then Kangaroo said, “Yes, I would like some toasted marshmallows.”
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They all joined in and had a good time.
The crackling got louder and the smoke got heavier. But none of them noticed. They were having too much fun.
After finishing all his marshmallows, Bunyip decided to check on the fire. “Oh, no!” he exclaimed. “It’s got out of control.”
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The other animals looked at the fire. It had become rather big. It was too big for Barbarino Bunyip to stamp on, which is how he normally puts fires out.
“I know,” Kangaroo said. And she hopped off into the bush.
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A few moments later three kangaroos appeared. They were wet and they held their pouches as they hopped.
“Hi!” Kangaroo said. “Meet my sisters: Becky and Lizzy”.
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Before anyone had a chance to respond Becky jumped up onto a large tree branch. The branch was directly above the fire. She hung upside down and water poured from her pouch onto the fire.
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Some smoke appeared and the fire sizzled.
All the animals cheered.
“You little beauty!” exclaimed Barbarino Bunyip.
“We got the water from the nearby creek,” explained Kangaroo, as Lizzy helped Becky down.
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“It was easy to round up my sisters. They’re always down by the creek on hot days,” Kangaroo continued.
They watched Becky hop back towards the creek for a refill.
By the time the fire was completely out each Kangaroo had taken two turns.
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When the smoke cleared, Lyrebird spread her beautiful plumage. She began to sing:
The fire cooked marshmallows for us
But it got too big which caused a fuss
So Kangaroo put it out very smartly
Which made us all feel very happy
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All the animals laughed and smiled.
“One good turn deserves another,” Kangaroo said to Bunyip.
It certainly does,” Barbarino Bunyip agreed.

Barbarino Bunyip’s Blazing Bushfire
© Copyright David Gloster 1992

A children’s story
For 5 to 6 year olds

About 712 words