In a woolly little house in the great, big woods,
there lived a family of little wood people, Mama, Papa, Lucy, and David.
The whole family was busy. Mama Oak was mending the house in preparation for winter.
David, the little boy, was climbing a tree.
Lucy, the little girl, was sitting in the leaves playing with her doll.
Papa was gathering firewood.
Papa suddenly stood up. The ground was shaking, and he could hear tree limbs cracking and crashing to the ground. He had never heard that sound during the day before, but he knew what it was.
The stick giant was coming. He was stomping with his great wooden feet, and breaking off old tree limbs as he came. Boom!
"David!" Papa called. "The stick giant is coming! Run!"
David shimmied down the tree as fast as he could, and
ran towards Papa.
He slipped and slid on the dry leaves as he ran up the hill.
Papa grabbed David and together they
ran to get Lucy, who was close to the house.
Lucy was screaming. She didn't know what a stick giant was, but she was scared.
Papa scooped her up.
She didn't even notice when she dropped her doll.
and Mama ran to him.
David stopped to grab Lucy's doll and
slammed the door.
Boom! Boom! They could hear the mighty footsteps of the stick giant just outside.
They heard the stick giant's hand hit the top of the house with a muffled thump.
Mama held her children close.
Suddenly, with the sound of popping thread, the roof started to tilt. The stick giant was lifting the roof right off its seams!
The stick giant's strange face appeared over the wall of the house. He stared at the family quietly for a moment
while they held their breath.
"Pardon me for intruding," said the stick giant, "But I was wondering if I could borrow an acorn cap of sugar?"
he stepped onto the bed and slowly reached out his hand to shake with the stick giant.
Mama brought the acorn cap full of sugar.
"Thank you," said the stick giant, bowing a little.
Then he put the roof back on and walked away, shaking the ground with his heavy, heavy footsteps. Boom! Boom!
Mama and Papa embraced.
The children clamored.
But soon they got quiet and settled around the fire for the evening.
They stayed close to one another and talked quietly about how we are all wooden inside, even though we may look different on the outside.
The fire crackled quietly, and the family was at peace. Later, they heard the heavy footsteps of the stick giant approaching their house again, but this time, there was just a soft, woolly knock on the door, and the footsteps went away.
The stick giant had brought the family a little acorn pie he had made, and left it on the doorstep.
From then on, they weren't so afraid of the unseen creatures of the forest. They knew the stick giant was there, knocking branches down and uprooting old trees on stormy nights, and hiding in the leaves and sticks and stumps during the day, but it didn't bother them anymore.
The stick giant's face, which at first had seemed so strange, so gnarled, and so frightening, now seemed friendly and kind.
Copyright 2009, Beth Curtin
I created the Oak Family using wooden doll forms with wired rope limbs. The house is made of thick cardboard, wood, and felted sweater patches. Lucy's doll is from "The Nut Cap Mama and Baby" kit from one of my favorite needle artists, Salley Mavor. I will be doing a special posting about Salley Mavor very soon. I will also be doing a tutorial about how to make a stick giant, a toy which seems to fascinate children of all ages, both boys and girls. If you want to know more about stick giants, scroll down to my earlier posting.