In the Company of a Star

by Susan M. Dailey

 

    Before telling this story, fold a piece of white construction paper.  Enlarge the pattern below to fir the paper and then lightly trace the pattern on the paper.  Hold the paper with the pattern toward you and cut from the points as indicated in the story.

 

            Once upon a not so long time ago, there was a little hill.  (cut from 1 to 2)  On top of this hill was a little hut.  (cut from 2 to 3 to 4)  And in this little hut was a little old man who lived there all alone.

            One December night, the little old man saw a shooting star in the sky.  (cut from 4 to 5 to 6)  “Oh, how wonderful it would be to have a star for company,” said the little old man.  “I will catch one!"

            The next morning the little old man climbed the mountain nearby.  (cut from 6 to 7)  He waited at the top until the sun went down, the moon came up and the stars appeared in the sky.  Then he reached up and up and up, but he couldn’t catch a star.  "Oh, how wonderful it would be to have a star for company,” said the little old man.  He fell asleep feeling rather sad.

            The next morning the little old man noticed that there was a taller mountain beside the one he was on.  He climbed down into the valley and up the next mountain.  (cut from 7 to 8 to 9)  He waited at the top until the sun went down, the moon came up and the stars appeared in the sky.  Then he stood on tiptoe and reached up and up and up, but he couldn’t catch a star.  "Oh, how wonderful it would be to have a star for company,” said the little old man.  He again fell asleep feeling rather sad.

            But the next morning the little old man noticed that there was a still taller mountain beside the one he was on.  He climbed down into the valley and up the next mountain.  (cut from 9 to 10 to 11)  He again waited at the top until the sun went down, the moon came up and the stars appeared in the sky.  Then he jumped high and reached up and up and up, but he couldn’t catch a star. 

The little old man hung his head.  “I guess I’ll never have a star to keep me company,” he said sadly.  But then as he looked down, he saw something in the valley below.  It was a star!

"I think I can get that star," said the little old man and he fell asleep dreaming of how wonderful it would be to have a star for company.  

The next morning the little old man climbed down the mountain.  (cut from 11 to 12)  He waited until the sun went down, the moon came up and the stars appeared in the sky.  But this time he didn't look up.  Instead he looked straight ahead.  And he saw the star!  He walked down a path.  (cut from 12 to 13)  He came to a small house (cut from 13 to 14 to 15) and inside the window of the house he saw a star. 

The little old man knocked on the door.  “How lucky you are to have a star to keep you company!” he said to the woman who opened the door.

The woman invited the little old man inside to meet her family and to drink a cup of Christmas cider.  The little old man shared the company of the family and the star for many hours.  And would you like to see where the star was?  (open paper)  It was on top of the family’s Christmas tree!

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