A Warming Read (Short Tale Tuesday)

Her heart filled with warmth as her first born shuffled backward and sat in her lap. Gabby’s little arms were tucked tightly against her sides and she wiggled in gently for a closer fit, for a connection only her mummy could provide.

All was quiet except for the pages being quietly turned and the rhythmic melody of the words being spoken out loud. She had read this book so many times, she couldn’t imagine it sounding any different, it was perfect this way. Gabby knew what to do and extended her arm and finger to flip the pages. Gabby knew this book well too.

Her voice started to rise to make for a theatrical ending. She paused, letting the expectation grow further. Gabby looked up at her, her eyes eagerly waiting for the sign. She nodded and Gabby quickly turned the last page. An assortment of brilliant colours hit their eyes and they both gasped.

‘She was a…’ she said to Gabby.

‘Beautiful butterfly!’ said Gabby.

They both let out a breath together. That ending couldn’t get any better!

Short Tale Tuesday

 Also linking up with Jess’s IBOT (I blog on Tuesdays)



  1. Lovely Pen!
    It’s one of our favourites too!
    I can just feel how snuggled they are together…mother and child!
    Gorgeous! :)
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    • I just wanted to write a little moment in time for today. Something gentle and calm. Tracey, your STT was awesome today!

  2. Ahh that was lovely. G loves that book. She pretends to eat all the different food! x
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    • None of my girls have ever decided to try and eat the fruit food before. What a smart little thing. They do look tasty, I must say.

  3. Oh, that’s really sweet! :)
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  4. Jacqui (CRAP mamma) says:

    I got a lump in my throat reading this Pen, it captures the moment when we read this one too. It’s a family favorite and the anticipation of the ending never loses it’s novelty x
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    • Naww thanks Jac. I just wanted to capture that beautiful little moment. Replace Miss Possum with Gabby and it’s not fiction after all.

  5. what a great story!! love it!! Perfect ending!
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  6. What a lovely little tale, one of my favourites as well. Thanks for sharing
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  7. Love that book! All kids seem to really enjoy it. Great short tale :)

  8. We have a few books that I’m sure I could read for a performance, I know the words and rhythm so well! They never get tired of hearing the same story do they?

    • Yes, we know plenty of those picture books off by heart don’t we. I’d love to see a vlog picture book performance. *wink wink, nudge nudge*

  9. How wonderful you are with words…..thank you so much for your lovely comment on sugarbird’s blog. Could you PLEASE let me know the link for what you are doing tomorrow?

    • Hey Karen. It’s up now if you’d like to see. I’ve mentioned your blog so hopefully you get a little traffic from it.

  10. That’s a cute story, it brings back memories as it has been a long time since I read to my children! :-)
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    • I bet it has! Oh, I’m going to miss the days when they don’t want to read picture books anymore. You might see me huddled in the corner reading them myself.

  11. you just took me right back in time – of all the books we read to our kids when they were young we only kept a handful in their memory boxes and this was an important one – that pause before the ending is everything!
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    • Yeah, you’ve got to get the pause in there. It’s amazing how many times the kids will read it even knowing what’s coming next.

  12. A huge favourite here – we have it in 4 different formats even from a little finger puppet book to a massive hardcover with a soft toy caterpillar! Beautifully written Penny, a joy to read.
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    • Wow! Four different formats. That’s awesome. I really should get the finger puppets. My girls would love that. Thanks so much for dropping by again Laney. I always love to see your little profile pic popping up here!

  13. The hungry caterpillar was one of the first stories I bought for our girls…an absolute favorite. It put a smile on my face to read this Pen.
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    • Thanks Kirri. I had to write something a little happy and lovey today after the last couple of STT. I needed a little bit of light instead of dark! xx

  14. How adorable Penny! Totally loved that one! xx
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  15. That is so sweet :)
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  16. Oh we love this book too, very precious.
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  17. You create such vivid imagery with your words… and a very heart warming image it is. Just beautiful Penny!
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