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Once upon a time, in a land full of very tall trees, lived a very small woodpecker.
This woodpecker was called a Downy Woodpecker, and people knew it to be the smallest in this land. But this woodpecker wasn’t just any woodpecker. No woodpecker is just any woodpecker. His name was Drummy The Downy Woodpecker. And he did what all woodpeckers do. He looked for food by beating the bark on trees with his bill. He was a very good drummer. After all, his name was Drummy!
One day, Drummy The Downy Woodpecker decided that it was an especially beautiful day. And he was especially hungry too! He picked the tallest tree he could find. Since he was a very good drummer, and often known as the best in this land, he was especially good at finding bugs to eat in the tree bark.
But on this especially beautiful day, when he was especially hungry, Drummy The Downy Woodpecker felt especially confident. He had climbed the tall trees in this land many times. He had flown to the top of the trees and looked down from far above many times. So he wasn’t paying especially good attention this especially beautiful day. He was thinking of his lunch and his dinner and how especially beautiful it was outside. He was especially distracted.
All of a sudden, an especially strong wind came sweeping thru the trees! Drummy The Downy Woodpecker was swept out of his very tall tree! And he fell from the top of this especially tall tree! Down, down, down came Drummy The Downy Woodpecker! He even forgot he could fly! This had never happened to him before! How could a woodpecker forget to fly? But he did!
As Drummy was falling down, a branch from this very tall tree caught him just in time! Just in time! And he didn’t even have a watch to know what time it was. It was a long fall! Drummy wasn’t hungry for that lunch he was looking forward to now. He didn’t feel much like drumming. He just wanted to forget about falling! What if he forgot how to fly again? What would happen? He couldn’t stop thinking about it. So Drummy decided he would take a nap and then he would try again. Maybe he would feel better after his nap.
Drummy wished he had a weather report to look at though, because he didn’t want to take any chances that another wind would sweep him away again. He was scared! But after his nap, he decided to try. The air was still. The sun was out. And the only ones around were two dogs he saw below walking on a trail.
Drummy flew up as far as he always flew. But this time, the tree seemed much higher. This time the tree seemed much taller! This time, every noise sounded like wind coming to get him! He gave up. He couldn’t drum today. No. He would have to find something else to eat. And so he flew down to where he saw those dogs walking. They were still there. They were watching Drummy The Downy Woodpecker. They had come for the show.
The dogs introduced themselves to Drummy when he landed right above them. They said their names were Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake. They told Drummy they already knew his name. They told Drummy that they had traveled very far to see him drum.
They told him he was known to be the best drummer in all the land!
Drummy told Brickle and Digby that he wasn’t doing a show that day. He told them that they would have to take a rain check. But Brickle told Drummy it wasn’t raining. Digby told Drummy he had missed his afternoon nap for this.
And Drummy felt bad about that. Brickle and Digby told him he was the best drummer in all the land. They had to hear him drum! But Drummy told them the truth. Drummy told them he had lost his rhythm.
Peanut Butter Brickle didn’t act mad. But instead, he told Drummy that one time, he had the same thing happen to him. No. He didn’t fall from a tree. But he had been scared once too. He told Drummy that one day, a chihuahua had scratched his nose, and he wanted to be scared of all chihuahuas after that day. But he made up his mind to not think about the pain of the scratch. And after that, he met many nice chihuahuas and made many friends. It wasn’t easy to try again at liking little dogs. But he was glad he did.
Digby Pancake didn’t act mad either. Digby told Drummy about the time he was scared of waffles and only wanted pancakes for all his days. He didn’t like the syrup traps. He didn’t like the shape. But one day, there were no pancakes to be found. And a waffle greeted him for breakfast. He wanted to run. But he made up his mind to try it. And now, although he won’t change his name to Digby Waffle, he isn’t scared of them. He was glad he tried them again!
Could Drummy The Downy Woodpecker try again? Would he be glad he did? That was all Drummy needed to hear except for the sound of his drumming. He told Brickle and Digby that since they had traveled so far for a show, he would give them a show. He couldn’t guarantee it would be his best show, but he guaranteed he would give it his best try. He would try to remember he was a woodpecker! He could fly!
As Drummy climbed and flew and climbed and flew to the top of the trees, he looked down for encouragement, and Brickle and Digby barked! Drummy decided to sing a song for them to open his drumming act!
“I’m Drummy The Downy Woodpecker!
My name is long and I climb so high,
To reach the trees that touch the sky!
I use my bill,
To find some bugs,
When I’m hungry and I need some lunch!
I’m the best drummer in all the land,
I fell with the wind,
But I found my rhythm again!
So sit right down,
And hear my show,
Are you ready?
Get set, let’s go!”
Brickle and Digby did sit down.
They knew these tickets were expensive, but as soon as Drummy The Downy Woodpecker started drumming, they knew why. Drummy was indeed the best drummer in all this land! On an especially beautiful day, they listened to Drummy for hours. Drummy learned that even if you lose your rhythm from a bad experience, it’s possible to get it back again. You have to try and take encouragement from your friends. Even especially new ones.
Drummy The Downy Woodpecker, Brickle and Digby played especially beautiful music together, with a lot of rhythm, and they lived happily ever after.
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