The Dormouse Who Overslept One Winter

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Dora the dormouse was getting ready for Winter. She collected all the nuts from around Jack’s beanstalk and piled them high in the rabbit warren by the bottom of the trunk. She covered the rabbit warren with leaves, hoping no – one would see, how many of her acorns were hidden beneath Jack’s beanstalk for her tea. Dora was feeling sleepy, she had had a busy summer that year … she was looking forward to a cosy night by the fire drinking gallons and gallons of root beer. Dora the dormouse took a little bite – she really only had a mouselike appetite. Mmmmm it tasted just right … little did the other animals around Jack’s beanstalk know, that a few hundred more were hidden out of sight. Dora the dormouse ruffled her tail. She let out an incredible wail. Snuggling down upon the moss, she gave out a yawn, falling asleep beneath a sign not to wake her till dawn. Overhead, Jack’s beanstalk grew and grew, snow started to fall and an icy wind blew. As Dora rolled over in her sleep, she squashed a few acorns from Jack’s beanstalk heap. Around about midnight, the owl coo – cood – ed loud. Bats flew around the beanstalk – there really was a crowd. Still, Dora the dormouse snored on and on, until, in the morning, dawn broke and out appeared the Sun. She dreamed dormouselike dreams, about acorns and being chased by cats – once she even had a nightmare about being chased by rats ! When, at seven, the alarm clock rang … Dora the dormouse from her mossy mattress sprang (and fell on the floor with a noisy CLANG !). She still had circles underneath her eyes, when she ate breakfast – what else but acorn pies ?!

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The Quite Alarming Alarm Clock Game !

Al”arm” is one example of a word that contains another word hidden inside. Can you spot the other parts of the body secretly hidden inside these words ?

alarm

bootleg

mistletoe

handled

toothbrush

nosebleed

cheeky

shandy

eyesight

brown

overhead

chai

handbook

hearing

knee jerk

army

harmless

snail

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A Corny Acorn Game

How many words can you think of that include the word “corn” ? Example – cornflour.

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Over & Over

Just like the word “overslept” can you add the word “over” to complete these common English words and phrases ?

 

turned

 

joyed

 

and

 

and above

 

act

 

awe

 

balance

 

bearing

 

cast

 

crowded

 

come

 

charge

 

do

 

due

 

eat

 

weight

 

emphasise

 

flow

 

haul

 

head

 

indulge

 

indulgence

 

load

 

look

 

power

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The Dormouse’s Whiskers

How many words can you think of that include the letters “W – H” ? Example – whom.

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers : alarm = armbootleg = leg

mistletoe = toe

handled = hand

toothbrush = tooth

nosebleed = nose

cheeky = cheek

shandy = hand

eyesight = eye

brown = brow

overhead = head

chair = hair

handbook = hand

hearing = ear

knee jerk = knee

army = arm

harmless = arm

snail = nail

Answers : over turned ; over joyed ; over and over ; over and above ; over and over ; over and above ; overact ; overawe ; overbalance ; overbearing ; overcast ; overcrowded ; overcome ; overcharge ;

overdo ; overdue ; overeat ; overweight ; overemphasise ; overflow ; overhaul ; overhead ; overindulge ; indulgence ; overload ; overlook ; overpower

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