Who is the story about? Mr. Hoot, a big-eyed owl
Description Mr. Hoot seemingly has problems seeing things clearly while doing his tailoring job for the woodland creatures, but really understands more than meets the eye.
Who else is in the story? Hopper the frog, Drake the Duck, and Skippy the Squirrel
Where are they? They are standing outside a tree on a wooded hillside that borders a pond.
What are they doing? The three animals are awaiting their visit to Mr. Hoot with the idea of getting new clothes for winter.
Why are they doing that? Each animal believes that if they possessed a feature of another than they would be better outfitted for their current existence.
What happens to everyone? Drake Duck asks for a fluffier tail, more like Skippy's so that he will be more noticable as he skims the pond. Hopper asks for a waterproof tail since he has always missed the tail he had as a tadpole. Skippy asks for his bushy tail to be hemmed in to keep from getting caught on branches. Mr. Hoot reaponds "I see" each time, and dutifully fulfills their requests; but, their new items don't match them. The duck gets a squirrel tail, the frog gets some duck feathers to slip on, and the squirrel ends up with a skinny little tadpole tail. Problems ensue. Drake's tail isn't waterproof and sags into the water slowing him down. Hopper can't sit on his lilypad, and Skippy can't balance too well once in his tree. Maybe Mr. Hoot helped them to appreciated their ensembles as-is.
What's your favorite part of the story? When my kids want to be characters they read about or see on shows, sometimes we pretend they really are that person and make them live in their shoes for a while. It's always fun to be a superhero until mom needs some superhuman strength to get a chore done!
What would you build out of LEGO® DUPLO® blocks to bring your story to life? I would build animals from the story, but interchange their parts! eg. the Frog could order a feather jacket and try to fly for short flights while he jumps along. No one would have to be wearing the right tails....ever!