Read by Anita Rodgers
It was time for the Fall Festival. At last!
Daniel could not see a thing. Emily asked, “Is it time? Can we go in?”
Daniel looked down at his little sister and said, “Soon.”
Daniel got on top of a box so he could see. The Mayor said, “Welcome to the Fall Festival.”
Daniel said, “Emily, we can go in now. Take my hand so you don’t get lost.”
Their first stop was at the Farmer’s Market. There were so many good things to eat! Emily and Daniel ate until they were full.
There were long tables with foods that had won first place blue ribbons. Mrs. Baker was by her apple pies and king cakes. She said to Farmer John, “I had a squirrel problem but I picked my best apples in time.” Farmer John said, “I see you have three blue ribbons.”
Mrs. Baker smiled and said, “Thank you. And I see you have first place ribbons too.”
Farmer John said, “Yes, we had a very good harvest.”
Emily liked all the pretty ribbons. Daniel said, “Emily, come with me. Please don’t play with the ribbons. Just look at them.”
Daniel loved his sister but he had to keep an eye on her. He said, “It’s time for the pet parade.”
Emily jumped up and down and said, “I want to go.”
He said, “Come with me and we will find a good place to sit.”
Emily saw a pink pig with big green glasses. A black horse had on a small red hat. She liked the cats and dogs the best. Emily clapped her hands as they walked by her.
Daniel asked, “Emily, would you like to hear a story?”
She asked, “Right now?”
He said, “Yes, Sue’s mother is at her store today. She is going to tell stories about Breakers Island. We must run fast or we will not get there in time.”
They ran down the street. Daniel said, “We made it just in time.” They sat with other children on the floor.
Sue’s mother said, “Breakers Island is a special place.” Then she told them old stories about magical places, lost treasure, and animals that talked.
Daniel asked Emily, “How about a hayride?”
Emily said, “Yes. I want to go for a ride in the wagon.”
Daniel said, “I think we can make it. There is not much time. Try and keep up with me.”
Farmer John saw them running to him for the last ride of the day. He helped them up into the back of his wagon.
Farmer John said, “We will make one stop at my farm. There are some pumpkins left on the ground. You may pick a pumpkin, if you like.”
When the wagon came to a stop, Daniel said, “Emily, I will be right back.” He found a small yellow pumpkin and gave it to Emily. She held it tight and went to sleep by her big brother.
“Emily, wake up!” said Daniel.
Emily asked, “Are we back?”
Daniel said, “No, but we will be home soon.”
The light of day was gone. They saw the lights of the village of Red Haven.
Daniel jumped down and said to Farmer John, “Thank you for the ride.” Then Daniel went to help Emily out of the wagon.
Now it was time for the dance to start. Daniel smiled as he watched Emily dance in circles to the music.
The Mayor said, “I hope you all had a good time. What a great day this has been. Now it’s time for the Fire Bird!”
A fire was started with a large pile of wood. People gathered around the fire to keep warm. Daniel said, “Emily, get back from the fire.”
A happy yell went up as a large straw Fire Bird was put on the fire. The burning of the Fire Bird was a tradition of the people. It marked the end of one season and beginning of another.
Boom! Boom! Boom!
The sound of fireworks filled the air. Daniel and Emily sat with their mother and father to watch the show.
Bright circles and stars of red, orange, and yellow filled the night sky over the Sugar Sea.
She told them old stories about magical places, lost treasure and animals that talked.