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The Fairy Bread Man

One day Grandma was making fairy bread for her grandchildren. They loved fairy bread. Grandma spread the butter on the pieces of bread and pressed the bread onto a plate of hundreds and thousands. Then she cut the colourful bread up into triangles just the way the children like them. She decided to make special fairy bread for herself. Instead of cutting the bread with a knife she used a cutter in the shape of a little man and she made a fairy bread man. With the hundreds and thousands all over his body he was a very colourful fairy bread man. Then Grandma piped on some icing to give him two eyes, a nose and a mouth. He looked so real she thought he might get up and walk. And that’s just what he did.

He jumped up off the table and yelled. “You’re not going to eat me you greedy old woman.”

Grandma got a fright. But she grabbed her rolling pin and ran after Fairy Bread Man.
“Who are you calling a greedy old woman?” she yelled.

Fairy Bread Man said:
Greedy old woman, greedy old woman.
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me, I’m the fairy bread man.

Grandma ran after him, waving her rolling pin in the air.
“You come back here. Don’t you dare disappear.”

Grandma ran as fast as she could but she couldn’t catch him.

Fairy Bread Man laughed and skipped and danced and sang:
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.

Wombat heard Fairy Bread Man singing.

“I love fairy bread,” said Wombat. “I’m sick of eating grass. Come back here Fairy Bread Man.”

Fairy Bread Man laughed:
I can run away from you, Wombat,
I can run as fast as a panther cat.
Run, run as fast as you can,
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.

Wombat ran as fast as he could but he couldn’t catch him.

Fairy Bread Man laughed and skipped and danced and sang:
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.

Emu heard Fairy Bread Man singing.

“I love fairy bread,” said Emu. “I’m sick of eating seeds. Come back here Fairy Bread Man.”

Fairy Bread Man laughed:
I can run away from you, Emu.
Even if you flew, I could run away from you.
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.

Emu ran as fast as she could but she couldn’t catch him. Fairy Bread Man laughed and skipped and danced and sang:
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.

Kangaroo heard Fairy Bread Man singing.

“I love fairy bread,” said Kangaroo. “I’m sick of eating plants. Come back here Fairy Bread Man.”

Fairy Bread Man laughed:
I can run away from you, Kangaroo.
I can run away from a zoo if I want to.
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.

Kangaroo hopped as fast as he could but he couldn’t catch him.

Fairy Bread Man laughed and skipped and danced and sang:
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.
You can’t catch me; nobody can.

By now Fairy Bread Man thought he was very clever. He was sure he could run faster than anything on land. He skipped through the bush singing his song.

When he saw a dingo resting under a tree he stopped and sang:
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.
You can’t catch me; nobody can.

The dingo took no notice. In fact it looked like the dingo did not even hear Fairy Bread Man.

Fairy Bread Man sang a little louder.
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.
You can’t catch me; nobody can.

Still the dingo took no notice.

Fairy Bread Man went a little closer to the dingo and sang again:
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m the fairy bread man.
You can’t catch me; nobody can.

Still the dingo took no notice.

Finally, Fairy Bread Man went right up to the dingo and sang into his ear:
Run, run as fast as you can
You can’t catch me; I’m…

But before he could finish his cheeky song – SNAP! The dingo ate him up in one bite. There was not a single crumb left over.

An original story by JB Rowley  inspired by The Gingerbread Man. Free for others to use except for commercial publication.

Song: Bread and Butter Song

Rhyme: Slice, Slice

Slice, slice, the bread looks nice.
(Using side of hand, rub sideways on child’s tummy.)
Spread, spread butter on the bread.
(Use palm of hand to rub child’s tummy.)
Jam on top makes it sweet.
(Kiss child’s tummy.)
Now it’s good for me to eat.
(Tickle child’s tummy.)

Activity: Make Fairy Bread

What you need:
Slices of white sandwich bread
Butter/margarine at room temperature
Multi-coloured hundred and thousands

Procedure:
Spread the slices of bread evenly with butter.
Cut the bread into triangles or use a cutter to make different shapes (without the crusts). (Children love doing this bit.)
Place the hundreds and thousands on a plate.
Press the bread butter side down into the hundreds and thousands to coat the bread.
Enjoy.

Posted by JB Rowley: teller of stories, writer of books and teacher of English.

 

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