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Annabelle's Frightful Evening

One windy evening, Annabelle sat cozy in her small, warm room, reading her favorite book.

Curious girl, golden locks, ocean blue eyes in her room, comfortable, evening setting

The trees scratched against the window, whispering secrets as the wind howled.

Atmospheric tension, nighttime, Curious girl, golden locks, ocean blue eyes's room, outside view

Startled, she asked, 'Who’s there?' but only her echo answered back.

Curious girl, golden locks, ocean blue eyes frightened, silence in the room, tension

Grabbing her teddy bear, she peeked out. 'It's just the wind,' she told Teddy.

Curious girl, golden locks, ocean blue eyes seeking comfort, talking to her teddy, facing her fear

A sudden thump made her jump. It was the old oak tree, tapping the window.

Sudden noise, Curious girl, golden locks, ocean blue eyes's room, the natural source revealed

Annabelle bravely opened the window to say hello to the tree.

Curious girl, golden locks, ocean blue eyes showing courage, interaction with nature

The tree was sorry if it scared her. It didn't mean to, it waved hello too.

Personifying the tree, apology, friendly exchange

Annabelle smiled, no longer scared. She invited the wind in for a story as well.

Curious girl, golden locks, ocean blue eyes's kindness, inviting the wind, overcoming fear

Together they read, and the wind whistled along with each new page turned.

Reading time, wind a friend, the story unfolds

The tree listened, leaves rustling like applause for a tale well told.

The tree engaged, appreciation shown, happy atmosphere

With the story's end, the wind calmed, and Annabelle yawned, sleepy-eyed.

Story ending, calming setting, nearing bedtime

The tree and wind whispered, 'Goodnight.' Annabelle, with Teddy, slept tight.

Bedtime, peaceful goodnight, Curious girl, golden locks, ocean blue eyes feeling safe

Reflection Questions

  • How do you think Annabelle felt when she first heard the noise?
  • What made Annabelle feel better after she got scared?
  • How can saying hello and making friends change the way we feel about something scary?

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