Henry the Flower Collector

Every story needs a good beginninghis is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry loved to collect flowers.

Ever since he’d been small Henry had loved flowers. Big flowers, little flowers, long flowers, short flowers, Henry loved them all and whenever he discovered a new flower, he’d take it home for his collection.

Henry had flowers of every colour imaginable and his duck hole looked a bit like the inside of a rainbow with all the flowers stuck up on the walls. 

Most of the other ducks thought Henry was a little crazy. They couldn’t understand why someone would want a dry flower that didn’t smell anymore, when you only had to fly across the lake and you could see (and smell) all kinds of flowers.

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Henry Makes His Bed

Every story needs a good beginninghis is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry didn’t like sleeping on the cold, hard, ground.

When Henry was a baby he’d gotten very used to sleeping on top of his mother. Henry’s mother never complained and Henry found her feathers so soft and snuggly that he would fall asleep immediately.

As Henry got older he got so used to sleeping on his mother that he simply couldn’t sleep anywhere else. Eventually though, Henry got too big and too heavy to be able to sleep on his mother any longer. He still tried to of course, but his mother kept knocking him off saying she couldn’t breathe properly with him squashing her.

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Henry Visits China

Every story needs a good beginninghis is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry loved to travel.  In fact, he’d flown all over the world, making new friends and discovering lots of interesting places.  This year, Henry had decided to visit China and he was having a wonderful time.

Everywhere Henry went he saw the most beautiful scenery. China had some of the best lakes that Henry had ever seen.  All of the lakes and ponds were surrounded by lovely parks with miniature trees and nicely shaped bushes.  The water in the lakes was filled with all kinds of colourful fish.  Even the people doing their slow exercises in the parks seemed so peaceful and happy.  Henry thought that he could happily stay in China and live there for the rest of his life.

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Henry the Complainer

Every story needs a good beginninghis is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry never seemed to be happy.   He was always complaining about something and all of the other ducks were sick of it. 

Henry lived in a park called ‘Central Park’, in New York City (America), but despite living in such a beautiful place, Henry was always complaining.   Henry complained about the animals from the Zoo keeping him awake at night.   He complained about the pond they lived on and how it was too small or too cold or too muddy or too smelly.   Henry complained that there were too many people and not enough food and, well, he complained about pretty much everything

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Henry Learns to Swim

Every story needs a good beginninghis is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry couldn’t swim.

Henry had hatched on a farm  in the middle of a drought when the dam was completely dry. The only water that Henry and his family had seen for years was the water the farmer left them each morning in a dog bowl. It was enough for drinking but not for swimming.

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