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.

Once Henry was no longer allowed to sleep on his mother, he found it very difficult to get to sleep. In fact, for four whole nights, Henry didn’t sleep at all. Henry tried piling up grass and sleeping on ripped up newspaper. He tried sleeping on leaves and even an old jumper that someone had left behind in the park. But nothing was as soft as his mother and so Henry tossed and turned but he couldn’t get to sleep.

Finally, Henry came up with a plan. If he couldn’t sleep on his real mother, Henry would have to build a pretend mother! That whole day despite being VERY tired, Henry wandered all over the park finding all the bits and pieces he’d need, then he set to work building himself a bed.

He started with a very large pile of feathers, then he laid down a handkerchief to stop them escaping and finally he sprinkled a few more feathers on top.

That night, Henry had the best sleep he’d ever had. His new bed was even BETTER than sleeping on his mother! It was soft and warm, like his mother, but it didn’t keep moving and waking him up and it never once knocked him off onto the floor.

It wasn’t long before some of the other ducks started hearing about Henry’s new bed and pretty soon lots of ducks were asking Henry to make them a bed.

So Henry spent the rest of the summer making beds for other ducks. The other ducks paid Henry with his favorite berries and Henry’s little duck hole was soon FULL of berries.

The more beds that Henry made, the better he got at making them and soon he was making beds for ducks at other lakes as well.

In fact Henry’s beds were SO comfortable that everyone who slept on one kept telling all their friends about it and soon ducks came from all over the world to have Henry teach them how to make beds.

Henry even ended up making a bed for the king and queen duck, who lived in England, but Henry always kept the very best feathers for himself, so that HE always had the best bed in the whole world.

And that’s the story of Henry the duck.

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