Storytime: Autumn Story

autumnnstoryYear: 1980
Author: Jill Barklem
Illustrator: Jill Barklem

It was a fine autumn. The blackberries were ripe and the nuts were ready, and the mice of Brambly Hedge were very busy. Every morning they went out into the fields to gather seeds, berries and roots, which they took back to the Store Stump and carefully stowed away for the winter ahead. The Store Stump was warm inside and smelled deliciously of bramble jelly and rising bread, and it was already nearly full of food.

Lord Woodmouse, who lived in the Old Oak Palace, was out early with his youngest daughter, Primrose.

‘Now keep close to me and don’t get lost,’ he said, as they made their way along the blackberry bushes. Primrose picked the berries nearest the ground while her father hooked the upper branches down with his walking stick.

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