「英語力が伸びる❗️story telling」の記事でご紹介しました、scholasticのStory Starters Adventureで、時々6歳の息子と、英語でのお話づくりを楽しんでいます。先日、息子に「作って」といわれたのが、
Write a story about a red calf who climbs a very tall tree.
牛なのに木に登る、何故か赤い牛、という奇想天外なお話になるのが、このサイトのよいところ。
早速作ってみました。

Once upon a time, there was a naughty calf. He stood out from other calves because he was very active, but most of all, he was red.
One day, the oldest cow in town told the neighbor calves that there might be a treasure box on the tallest tree in the farm.  All of the calves were scared of climbing up the tree and trying to find the treasure box, except for the naughty red calf.
He tried to climb the tree.
At first, it was not easy. As you know, calves do not have arms to support their bodies while climbing up a tree.  However, the naughty red calf wanted to challenge himself, and he never gave up. He tried and tried to climb the tree every day.
After a month, he finally climbed to the top of the tree!  However, there was no treasure box on the top of the tree.  After he climbed down the tree, the red calf said to the oldest cow, “You told us there was a treasure box on the tree, but there wasn’t! “
The oldest cow smiled and said to the red calf, “My boy, I didn’t say “There was. “ I said, “There might be.” There was a 50% chance finding a treasure, and this time, there was none. However, you got the better treasure than the actual jewels or money. Do you know what it is? “  The naughty red calf said no, then the old cow said, “It is the fact you challenged yourself. You tried hard to climb up the tree, and you made it. That gives you something very valuable for your future.” After that, the naughty red calf continued challenging himself, and later, he became the youngest mayor of that town. The end.

昔々、いたずら好きの赤い子牛がいました。ある日、長老の牛が子牛達に言いました。「農場の木のてっぺんに、宝箱があるかもしれないよ」他の子牛は木登りを怖がりましたが、赤い牛だけは果敢に挑戦しました。牛は腕がないので最初は大変でしたが、ついにてっぺんまで登ることができました。しかし、宝箱はありませんでした。長老に話したら「あるとは言っていない、あるかもしれない、と言ったんだ。
でも、おまえは宝箱よりも貴重なものを得たんだよ。それは、挑戦をした、という事実だよ。 挑戦したということは、宝石やお金よりも、お前の将来にずっと貴重なものになるはずだ。」
その後、赤い牛は挑戦を続けて、史上最年少の市長になりました。

いつもいきなり、お話つくって‼️と言われ、即興で作るのは大変なのですが、これも、子供時代の楽しい思い出になればと思っています😊