It was cold outside. The rain made patterns on the grey windows.
“I’ve decided to see what it’s like to hibernate,” said Little P.
“But you can’t hibernate, Little P,”said Mary. “You would have to eat too much. Pandas need to eat for up to 18 hours a day. and bears hibernate for months. And besides, who would I have left to play with?”
“I’m tired,” said Little P, “and I’ve eaten a lot. I ate three bananas, enough porridge for Goldilocks and the three bears, some choklit and a pie.”
“You’ll be cold, Little P,” said Mary. “And you haven’t got a cave.”
“It was a big pie. Bigger than me. I’ll sleep in the pram. It’s a bit like a cave. And She can draw me a hot water bottle, so I can be warm.”
So I did.
And Little P and Mary climbed into the pram.
“Will you read me a story?” asked Little P.
And Mary said “Yes.” She was a wise bear.
And Mary read The Ice Bear and they snuggled up close.
And then she read The Snow Leopard. And Little P’s eyes started to close.
So Mary tucked Little P up in his warm, warm cave pram, and she kissed him night night and went off to find something to do, all alone.
First Mary found a book. A huge and beautiful book.
And I said, “Look Mary, it’s a special edition, signed by the people who made the book.”
And together we looked through the pages, and while we were looking baby Arctic fox came to see.
“Look,” he said.”This is where I live, where The Ice Bear lives, on the frozen sea.”
And Mary thought, “When Little P wakes up I must show him this book.”
And Little Fox said, “Look, there’s monkeys here. John would like that.”
And Mary thought, “Yes. When Little P wakes up I’ll show him the monkeys.”
She could hear a soft and gentle snoring coming from Little P’s bed and she quietly wondered if he was dreaming.
Mary went to see if Little P had woken up yet. But he was fast asleep.
So Mary decided to do a jigsaw.
As she put the pieces together Mary thought, Little P would like this. She let Little Fox put the last piece in, because Mary is a kind bear.
And then she went to see if Little P was awake yet. But he was fast asleep.
Then, because Mary is a wise bear, she had an idea.
Mary went and found the biggest bar of choklit. She hauled it up into Little P’s bed and she broke off a big piece and she started to eat, very very quietly, so as not to disturb Little P’s rest.
Little P stirred in his sleep. Mary bit of a big piece of choklit, and began to chew. The scent of choklit drifted into Little P’s dreams.
Mary bit off a piece of choklit and began to chew and Little P woke up. He sat up. He stretched and he yawned.
“I’ve been asleep for months and I’m sooooooooo hungry,” said Little P to Mary.
And Mary said, “Oh, Little P, I hope I didn’t wake you. Would you like some choklit?”
And Little P said “Yes please.”
So Mary shared the choklit and little P ate almost the whole bar, because he had been asleep for months. Well, almost 20 minutes.
And Mary gave Little P a great big hug.
“I’ve missed you Little P,” said Mary.
“And I’ve missed you too, Mary,” said Little P. “And choklit. And my hot water bottle has gone cold. Can you draw me another one , please?”