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This mysterious picture appeared in the holiday edition of the ZuZu web site. The following stories were submitted electronically from places around the world.
Once there was a lad named Bill,
who suffered from an uncurable ill.
He was very sick, he was going to die,
no-one to see his tears as he cried.
However, one fine day, when Bill was asleep,
in crept a bear, oh he really did creep!
And, before he knew it, Bill was outdoors,
laughing and playing, in a boat with an oar.
There sat the teddy-bear, happy for Bill,
as he joyfully rowed, free of his ill.
When the escapade was over and done,
Bill was sad to leave such fun.
However, he went, back to his bed,
and the next morning arose, clearing his head.
"I am better!" he shouted with joy,
"Once sick in bed, now a healthy boy!"
The doctors could not believe it,
for Bill was well and fit.
Only Bill knew the secret, of his regained health,
he knew the teddy bear had given back, something more than wealth.
And to this day Bill remains, a healthy, happy man,
doing all that is possible with the sick, doing all he can.
COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!!!, called the rooster as Rollins suddenly woke up. "Yyaawwnn," said Rollins as he was getting out of bed. "Rollins, breakfast is ready," called his mother, "your oatmeal is getting cold." This was going to be a great day, Rollins and his family were going on a boat ride, but little Rollins didn't know that it was going to be more than just a boat ride.
"Let me get Tilly," said Rollins. Tilly was Rollins teddy bear. DING-DONG! Rollins looked out his window, it was Sally right below him. "Ooh goodie," said Rollins, now I can nail her with a water balloon. Rollins went to the bathroom and filled up a water balloon. He went back to his window, Sally was still there. "Here goes nothing, ready Tilly?" Tilly stood motionless. SWOOSH!!! SPLAT!!! "AAAHHH!!, Rollins ,I'll get you for this!!!" "Rollins!" called his mother. "I didn't do it!" "Hey, Tilly, guess what, I nailed Sally with that water balloon,I got in trouble but it was worth it. She was soaked! HA HA HA!!!" "Rollins, get ready for the boat ride." "Oh yeah, I forgot we were going, can I bring Tilly?" "Sure, go ahead. Sally is going to be there to, no practical jokes."
At the boat ride Tilly and Rollins went canoeing. Suddenly they fell through the water. They were at a brand new lake. On the banks there were strange and odd creatures. Tilly and Rollins floated past them. "Where are we Tilly?" asked Rollins. "We're in my home world, we can't stay here for long," said Tilly, "You're parents will get worried." "Okay, let's get back." And suddenly they were on the boat. "Rollins," called Sally, "How was your canoe ride." "Great," said Rollins, smiling at Tilly.Teddy's Adventure
Teddy lived in a small house with a little boy named Tod, who was three. Tod loved Teddy and brought him everywhere his family were going to go on a cruise. When they got to the dock Tod held Teddy tightly, Teddy knew why. The ship was HUGE! Tod's mother picked him up and they all boarded the ship. A few hours went by and the sky got darker and darker. A storm was brewing! Suddenly it started to rain and taken away by a wave. The water was cold and deep. Teddy was soaking and freezing, when a row boat past over his head. A hand pulled him out and wrapped him in a blanket. Teddy opened his eyes and saw a boy about 7 looking at him. Suddenly Teddy felt himself growing and pretty soon he was bigger then the boy. The boy then explained that he was in the land of Waterville. The boy said there was no way to get out of Waterville, so Teddy lived happily with the boy for a long, long time and Tod got a new teddybear.Peter and Chubby Bear
Peter and Chubby Bear found themselves in a cup in Peter's dad's sink. Peter said, "Chubby, I think dad forgot about the sink again!" Then both Chubby and Peter heard a big "THUD" "What was that?" Peter said catching his breath. " I don't know" said chubby drinking up the water. Then Peter glanced over at the edge of the sink. "Chubby, I'm not sure but, do those people look like crumbs with knives?" That popped into Peter's head becouse he knew his dad always fixed his food over the sink. Peter didn't know why the possition. When Chubby and Peter got out of the cup boat they noticed that they were crumbs with knives. The crumbs did like a sharpening thing with there knives. Peter and Chubby glanced back, where was the boat? Suddenly Peter felt a pinch. Peter woke up. "Gee it was just a dream." Then he saw his sister running away laughing. Peter looked at his clock. "12;00!!!!!!!?" He ran downstairs of coarse with Chubby behind him., and saw the sink overflowing, again.Memories
Cleaning the top shelf of my closetone day, I found an old lost friend, Smokey my childhood teddybear. I'm now 34 and he 32. Smokey had become very frail. He was worn by years of holding and hugging and lots of kissing too. I lifted him lovingly from the shelf and his headed noded in recognition. As I went to hold him close to me, in hopes of bringing back all those warm memories I felt his head come lose in my hand. Oh no, I gasped! My Smokey, you are very ill your stuffing is coming out around your neck and your head may fall off. I held him ever so closely as I slid to the floor and rocked with him in my hands. What to do I wondered as I sobbed and drifted off into a deep slip. There I dreamt of me and teddy on a wonderful adventure. We were sailing the ocean on the way to visit our parents in Fenwick Island, Delaware. Just a wee bit of a town at the tip of Delaware on the border of Ocean City, Maryland. We loved it there because we could play in the ocean and build sand chairs on the beach. We would dig these custom- made-to-fit chairs for our little bottoms to rest deep in the sand. A comfortable hole were we sould nestle like the hermit crabs curled in their shells. There we would sit for hours and hope that the dolphins, and maybe a whale, would go by. Sometimes a school of dolphins would come swimming and jumping through the water way out there and we could see them, but only for a short time, as they had somewhere else to go. It didn't matter, we got to see our friends and that is one of the most important things in life. Suddenly we heard the horn of another ship, we could see it off in the distance. As it got closer we heard the ships bell and the captain yelled, "A great day for sailing into the memories of your heart". Then the bell rang again. I awakened. I had fallen asleep with my wonderful little teddy cuddled in my arms. I knew that he had given me many warm memories that we had loked in my heart. Together we could go there any time we liked. I thanked him and told him I loved him. I told him that it was time for him to go on a lovely adventure. He could go anywhere he would like and take me with him in his heart. I laid him gently in a shoe box and had one more look. He was very still and I knew he had gone already and left behind only the empty worn furry body that had held him for all those years. Then in my back yard I dug a custom-made- to-fit deep chair for him, from where he could watch forever. I placed the box gently into the hole and I cried a whole lot then the tears stopped and a small bird began to sing in the tree above. It sounded like a wonderful little tune that Smokey and I loved so much. I knew he was there telling me to remeber the song in my heart and go sailing with him whenever I wanted to feel those warm memories we had tucked away ever so fondly in our hearts.Derick and the Bear
Once there was a boy named Derick. One day he was walking in the woods to cut down some wood for the fire. And then a bear came out of the bushes and wanted to eat him up, but then Derick said, "Don't eat me up. I just want to get some wood for the fire." But the bear said, "I'm very hungry." The boy said, "If you are hungry, I can take you in a boat and we can look for fish." But they couldn't find a boat, so they used a teacup, a spoon and a napkin to make a boat. Then the bear said, "I want to eat now." And the boy said "Look in the water, there are lots of fish." And the bear said, "No, it looks like alphabet soup." And Derick said, "No, it doesn't." Then he took a close look and said "Yes it does." Then when they got back to the island, Derick found some fish for the bear and the bear found some wood and the bear never bothered the boy ever again.Teddy's Trip
I think this little boy is imagining that he is in some type of "toy world". He is taking a trip with his teddy bear in his sister's tea-cup.P.S. (as much as I cannot make out what those things are in the back, they seem to be toys.)Smells Funny
It looks like a bear and a boy rowing in a teacup and relaxing and looking at their reflections in the water. They come from a mystery land of strange foods and weird animals and I bet it smells funny too.Story
Once upon a time there was a girl about one inch tall called Kimberly. One day she decided she was sick and tired of her mom telling her to tidy up her giant toys which was way to hard. She found one of her Dad's hankies, stuck it on a tooth pick and stuck the tooth pick in a cup with 'bluetac' and went to the mini zoo and stole a bear. She then went out with the mini bear in her boat with her mom's favorite teaspoon as a paddle. These two set out on the river that went to the sea and the bear got terribly sea-sick! They had to pull over to the nearest land they could find, the land of Gray. On the bear getting better they decided to explore and found a copy of Zuzu in gray, they both returned to the boat and read it on their journey home. There was a storm on the way home so they took shelter in a cave. They stayed there for ever eating fish cooked over a campfire and lived happily ever after.Bozzly and Bean Go Boating
Instead of hibernating this winter, Bozzly the bear decided to take a boat ride. The odd bit was that he, Mr. Bozzly B. Bear, turned out to be scared of blue water. Well, it wasn't really water that bothered him or blue for that matter. It was his brown reflection in it which made him grip the boat boldly. "Bad water," Bozzly burped. "Boring water!," he bellowed, pointing at the bluish brine. "There's a scary brown monster down there," he whispered to Bean, his blue-eyed boating buddy. Bean, who was a little boy, beamed. His blue eyes blinked like butterflies. He let go of the boat oar he'd been oaring. "Buh-Buh-Bozzly," Bean burbled, "wha-wha-what are you belly aching about?" "Bean, there's a big bread monster down there. There's a burly brown monster down there and he's going to eat us like bread," Bozzly burst out, his bear hair standing straight up. "Oh Bah-Bah-Bozzly" Bean blinked, his tongue tying up like a boat knot. "I dah-dah-don't suppose you know a big ‘ole bear when you see one?" "Oh," Bozzly blushed. "I guess you're right." he blustered, bending back in his boat seat. "Bean, your the best buddy a bear could have." And so Bozzly and Bean's boat ride continued, while unbeknownst to both, a bread monster burbled just beneath their boat.Velveteen Bear
In the saucer with the velveteen bear, I smiled. Smiling for oh so many reasons. Bedtimes stories were coming true, (Mom was right) nightmares were over, and I was awake in dreamland with the velveteen bear. Not that the thought of sailing with a hankerchief and a spoon as an oar scared me, but I had to ask myself would it end? Could I land and continue into the morning with the velveteen bear? Or would I suddenly wake and find myself hugging a lifeless stuffed red pillow? Dreams, in reality though, were for those nights when I didn't want to sleep, but was too tired to keep watch on my dark closet and its swinging door. I could go anywhere, away from the boogey man under my bed, away from the wind chimes outside whispering fear, and even away from the nightmare in my own house. The velveteen bear tagged along, and I can never actually asking him to. Good friends always seem to know when to stay or go. The velveteen bear knew when to let me hug, let me scream, and even let me cry. It's not that I didn't know he wasn't real. But I saw myself in him. His eyes were made of black buttons but he could see everything. His ears were torn and one was recently sewed back, but he could hear. And the little paws could feel. His heart I never saw, but I knew it was there. In my dreams I felt it. Because when I woke, our hearts would be stuck together as we hugged.Stinky!
Once upon a time, there was a little bear named Stinky. His mother always used to say, "Oh Stinky, why must you be so stinky?" "Oh Mother, I love to be stinky. I like to be stinky," Stinky said. Then one day, Stinky went into the woods and got lost. Then he heard whistling behind a tree. He tiptoed toward the tree and where the whistling was coming from and stared down. There sat a little boy who was whistling and crying. Then the boy smelled Stinky's stinky odor and looked up. The boy stood up and started shaking. "Hello boy," Stinky said. The boy held his nose. "Who are you?" the boy asked. "I'm Stinky Meroon. I'm lost in the woods. What is your name?" Stinky asked. "I'm Edmund Phillii and I'm lost, too. I was crying because I missed my mommy," answered the boy. "Wait a minute, we're both lost, right?" Stinky asked. "Yes," answered Edmund. "That means we can become friends and we can find our way back home!" Stinky cried. "But your so stinkyyy!" Edmund sighed, still holding his nose. "But we can get rid of it if you're my friend because my doctor at the hospitial said that if I ever find a friend with my stinky stinch, then he will get rid of it right away!" Stinky said. "OK!" cried Edmund. "Let's go!" Just then, Stinky's stinch went away. "My smell! It..It's gone away!" Stinky said. "Yippee!!" Edmund and Stinky cried together. They laughed and danced until dark. They found an empty campground and slept in the tent. The next day, Edmund followed Stinky to a different wood. "These woods are the woods by my house!" Stinky cried. "Come on, Edmund! Let's go!" Stinky and Edmund ran all the way into Stinky's house and into the kitchen. "Why Stinky, who is that friend you..... your stinch, Stinky! It...It's gone! It's gone, It's gone. Yey, yey, yey. It's gone, It's gone!" sang Stinky's mother. "This is Edmund, Mother. He helped me get rid of my smell. I've found a friend," Stinky said. And so Stinky had changed his name to Grune and it's been that way ever since. And Edmund found his mommy and daddy and everyone lived happily ever after. THE END!Charlie's Birthday
Once apon a time there was a boy named Charlie. It was his Birthday. A special person came, it was his Grandfather. His Grandfather always brought good presents. He wondered what he was going to get this year. Suddenly the door bell rang, and Charlie ran to the front door. He screamed "What did you get me? What did you get me?" As soon as everyone set the table, he was opening a present. Then he came to his grandfather's present. It was the biggest bear in the world. Then the grandfather said "This is a very special bear, so take care of it." "Of course I will" said Charlie. After one week Charlie ran upstairs to his bedroom. He gasped. He couldn't believe his eyes. He actually saw the big bear (that he got from his grandfather) jumping on his bed. He walked over the bed and said "Are you real?" The bear answered back "Yes I am real." Then one day the bear and Charlie set off on an adventure. After two days, they wanted to go home. They got lost and couldn't go home. After four days, they saw a man in a cannon. CHARLIE screamed out "Help!" the guy came right to there boat, and helped them get back home. After a week, Charlie and the big bear said they would never do it again. The End
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