It was a bright and beautiful day. Buddy looked up and saw the blue sky with the white puffy clouds. He noticed that the sun felt warm on his body as he stood in the big green field. He noticed something else, too. He noticed that he was hungry.
He looked across the field and saw horses standing around a large apple tree. “Wow”, he thought, “look at all those apples. I bet they taste good”. So he started trotting toward the tree, hoping to enjoy the taste of a shiny red apple.
But it was not to be.
Poor little Buddy stood under the tree looking up at the all the tasty apples.
He could not enjoy even one bite of the juicy, bright red apples because he could not reach them! He was too small.
So poor Buddy slowly walked away. He was sad because he was so small. If only he was big like the other horses. It was a bright and beautiful day, but there would be no apples for Buddy today.
Buddy walked along the country road until he came to a farm. There were many horses on the farm. He saw horses pulling plows, horses carrying people, and he even saw horses playing with other horses. “This must be a happy place”, he said to himself. “look at all the horses who live here”. So he trotted over to the farm as fast as his little legs could carry him.
When he got to the farm he began to feel happy again because he saw that the farmer was feeding the horses delicious grain made of oats and barley and
corn. “Oh yummy”, he thought to himself. Buddy trotted up to the other horses and waited in line for his turn to get the food. But when Buddy’s turn came the farmer said, “Go away, this food is only for horses who work on the farm. We can’t use you here. You are too small.”
So poor Buddy slowly walked away. He was sad because he was so small. If only he was big like the other horses. It was a bright and beautiful day, but there would be no grain for Buddy today.
Buddy was very sad. He walked along the road and thought about how nice it would be if he was like the big horses. Just then he heard a noise and saw a yellow car coming down the road. There was a happy family in the car. There was a mother, a father, and two young children. They were laughing and smiling and singing pretty songs.
“Look!” the young boy shouted when he saw Buddy. The young girl pointed her finger at Buddy and said, “It’s a little horse”. The car stopped and the family got out. Buddy wanted to run away. Why did he have to be so small? But just then the Mother said, ”He has such a pretty mane”. The young boy said “And he has such a long tail”. The young girl ran over to Buddy and hugged him. “Father, can we take him home with us and love him forever?” “Why, yes”. The father said. “What a great little horse he is”.
Buddy had never been so happy. The children played with him every day and gave him apples and carrots. The Mother and Father took turns bringing him hay and grain. Life was good and he knew he was loved. Somehow, Buddy didn’t mind being so small anymore.
It was a bright and beautiful day. Buddy looked up and saw the blue sky with the white puffy clouds. He noticed that the sun felt warm on his body as he stood in the big green field. He noticed something else, too. He noticed that he was happy.
Buddy Finds His Treasure
‘Adventures of Buddy Series’
Buddy just looked down and there it was. It was on the ground next to the beautiful blue flowers. It was a wrinkled, brown piece of paper with torn corners. Buddy moved closer to take a better look and saw that the brown paper had pictures and writing on it. Buddy picked it up and noticed it was a map. But not just any map. It was a treasure map. And on the front of the map it said, “Buddy’s Treasure”!
Buddy was excited at the thought of finding his treasure. He dreamed of all the riches he would soon have. He would follow the map and before long he would have everything he ever wanted.
What a lucky day this was. Buddy couldn’t wait to get started on his new adventure. So off he went, down the path of the country road, in the bright sunshine, under the clear blue sky, following the directions on the map, which he knew would lead him to his treasure.
Buddy studied the map trying to see where he should start. He looked up and saw the first stop on the map. It was
straight ahead where the road turns into the woods. Buddy trotted down the road as fast as his little feet could carry hin1, excited to be starting his new adventure.
The first stop on the map brought Buddy to beautiful shade tree. Next to the tree there was a small stream. Buddy saw the sun shine down on the crystal clear water and thought, “This is such a beautiful place, I am sure I will find my treasure here”. Buddy looked up through the branches of the shade tree, and down into the clear waters of the stream. He looked all around, but still Buddy did not find his treasure.
Feeling sad, Buddy moved on, certain that next time he would find his fortune.
Buddy looked at the map, and saw that the path he was on ran next to a lake. He followed the path around the lake until he came to the next stop on the map. Here Buddy saw a field of colorful wild flowers and golden grass. One of the first things he noticed was how all the pretty flowers made the air smell so sweet. The water in the lake glistened in the sunlight, and he could hear all the lovely birds chirping in the trees. Buddy was certain that here, in this beautiful golden field, he would surely find his treasure. So, once again, Buddy began searching. He looked through the wild flowers and golden grass for the treasure he was sure he would find. He looked all around, (he even looked twice) but still Buddy did not find his treasure.
Buddy looked at the map. There were no more stops to find treasure. All he could do now was go home. Sadly, he
started on his journey back home, alone, and with no treasure.
Before long, Buddy found that he was back on his farm. Unhappy because he didn’t find his treasure, Buddy slowly walked along the grassy path until he saw his friends Paz and Peanut playing under the Mulberry tree. They waved and smiled when the saw him. He looked around and noticed how the pretty green grass swayed in the warm breeze. The sky was bright blue, and although there were a few clouds in the sky, they seemed to be smiling down at him. The sun felt warm on his body, and all of a sudden he realized he wasn’t sad anymore.
When he came up upon the farmhouse he saw his family run out to welcome him home. The young boy shouted, “Hey, there’s Buddy!” The young girl ran up to him, threw her arms around him and gave him a big hug. “We missed you”, she said. ]\IIon1 and Dad greeted him with juicy apples, sweet carrots and fresh cut hay.
Everyone smiled as they welcomed Buddy home.
Buddy looked around. He saw his friends, the family who loved him, and his cozy little red barn. Buddy was home. His journey was over. Suddenly, he realized he had found what he was searching for.
Buddy didn’t need a map to find his treasure; he had it all along!
Buddy Goes to the Circus
‘Adventures of Buddy Series’
Buddy was filled with excitement because today he was going to the Circus. Buddy loved the Circus. He saw pictures of the Circus in a book and knew someday he would go there. Today was that day. Today he would see lions, and tigers and elephants. But what he wanted to see more than anything else were the horses. He had seen them in pictures; the beautiful big white horses dancing and doing their tricks for the pretty lady in the shiny pink costume. Buddy would see these horses today at the Circus.
He was so excited that he could not wait any longer. He trotted down the country road, toward the Circus with the big white horses, as fast as his little hooves could carry him.
The Circus was not too far away, and within a short time Buddy was standing outside the big blue tent. He went inside and looked around. Everywhere people were laughing and eating popcorn and candy. He saw things he had never seen before. He saw clowns with big feet and red noses, and big gray elephants. He saw a very tall woman standing next to a very short man. There was a man with a bird on his shoulder. And there were all kinds of animals. He wanted to see them all. And he would. But first, he had to find the horses.
Buddy smiled as he saw all the cheerful circus performers doing their acts. He was so happy to be at the Circus.
Buddy walked around the blue tent in search of the big white horses with the fancy costumes. Finally, he saw them.
He heard the music play and watched as the horses danced with glee. He wished he could be there in the arena with all the big white horses, wearing the pretty costumes and dancing with the pretty lady.
But he knew he was too small, so it was not to be.
Buddy stood next to the arena and watched as the pretty lady rode one of the big horses around the ring. As her horse came toward him, she looked at Buddy and said, “Oh my, I never saw such a little horse!” Poor Buddy, why did he have to be so small? He felt sad and wanted to run away. But just then the pretty lady jumped off the big white horse and ran over to him. “You are so cute”, she said.
“Would you like to lead all the horses in their dance around the arena?” Buddy could not believe what he heard! This was a dream come true. Of course he would lead the horses in their dance. It was the biggest thrill of his life!
And there was Buddy. Right out in front of all the other horses! Buddy felt like a star! People were clapping and shouting, “Look at the cute little horse with the pretty costume!” Buddy danced and laughed with delight as he led
all the big white horses around the ring. He never had so much fun, and he knew he would remember this day forever.
At the end of the day, Buddy said goodbye to his new found friends. He walked out of the blue tent and trotted down the country lane toward home, smiling as he thought about his visit to the Circus. He thought about the clowns, the elephants, and all the wonderful Circus performers, but mostly he thought about how he led all the big white horses as they danced around the ring.
Buddy felt happy as he trotted toward home. This was the best day ever! Buddy knew it would be, because today Buddy went to the Circus!
Buddy sat on his hay, on this bright blue day
Watching the clouds drift by
“I have nothing to do, I need something new,
Hey, I bet that I could fly!”
So he went to his friend, down the road at the end,
Who lived in a mulberry tree
And he said, “I see you’re a bird, or so I have heard,
Please can you help me?”
“I know with your words, just like all of the birds,
You could teach me to fly, of course”
But the bird laughed with glee, he said, “Can’t you see,
You can’t fly because you’re a horse!”
So Buddy went home, and sat there alone,
Still feeling sad and blue,
But after a while, he started to smile
“I know just what I can do”
“Maybe I can’t fly, I won’t even try,
But I bet for sure I can swim”
So he went to the lake, to find his friend Jake
Cause he knew Jake would surely help him.
“I just have one wish”, he told Jake the fish,
“You could teach me to swim, of course!”
But Jake floated along, and said “No, you’re wrong,
You can’t swim because you’re a horse!”
So Buddy went home, and he sat there alone,
Still sad he had nothing to do
He turned off the light, went to bed for the night
And dreamed the whole night through
When the next day came, he felt exactly the same,
He still had nothing to do
But then, he knew it! He just had to do it!
He knew what he had to pursue
Buddy sat on his hay, on this bright blue day,
Happy in his warm cozy home
“Now I know what to do! A few words and I’m through”