Tuesday, January 22, 2019 19:36

How Oli Got His name

There once was a little bear that stood about twenty centimetres tall and was mustard yellow all over. Though he was a boy bear he used to wear a bright red ribbon round his neck which he kept tied in a bow at his throat. The humans he lived with used to go on lots of holidays to different countries and the little twenty centimetre bear that was coloured mustard yellow all over and, though he was a boy bear, used to wear a bright red ribbon round his neck, tied in a bow at his throat, didn’t like being left behind. One day, when the humans were about to leave for a whole month in a country called Spain, one of the humans suggested that it might be a nice idea to take the little bear with them.

The little twenty centimetre bear that was coloured mustard yellow all over and, though he was a boy bear, used to wear a bright red ribbon round his neck, tied in a bow at his throat, jumped for joy at the news and began to behave in a very silly way. He started to climb on the furniture and on the book case, and even went and sat on a cushion to watch the television. And the next morning, when the humans had packed everything into a suitcase in readiness for going to Spain for a whole month they found the little bear sitting on one of the suitcases in the spare room.

Every year the humans took the little twenty centimetre bear that was coloured mustard yellow all over and, though he was a boy bear, used to wear a bright red ribbon round his neck, tied in a bow at his throat, on holiday with them. They went to America and India and Egypt, and back to Spain more than once, and the little bear became a very well travelled bear indeed; maybe a bear that had travelled further than any other bear in the whole world.

There was only one problem. Each time the humans arrived in a new country there was a person in a uniform who looked very stern and wanted to know all about what the humans carried in their bags. The humans got fed up with having to tell the person about the little twenty centimetre bear that was coloured mustard yellow all over and, though he was a boy bear, used to wear a bright red ribbon round his neck, tied in a bow at his throat, so they decided that they would either have to stop taking him on holiday or find a much, much shorter name.

Then one of the humans suggested that because the little twenty centimetre bear that was coloured mustard yellow all over and, though he was a boy bear, used to wear a bright red ribbon round his neck, tied in a bow at his throat, went on so many holidays they call him Oli. That is the story of how Oli got his name.

 

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