Once upon a time, there lived a flea named Lily who wanted nothing more than to join the circus. And why wouldn’t she? The fact was that she had all the skills that a circus flea could ever want. She could jump, skip, flip and spin better than any flea she had ever known.
Unfortunately, Lily’s parents, Mr and Mrs Flea did not want her to join the circus. They wanted her to stay home and finish her chores. “You can’t join the circus until you have finished your homework and taken the rubbish out,” they would say. Which she never did. Because she could not think about her homework or the rubbish. All she could think about was joining the circus. She thought about the beautiful lights and the wonderful music. She thought about the smell of popcorn and hearing everyone cheer as she did her wonderful tricks.
One day, while her parents went out to go and bite some dogs and cats, Lily made the decision to runaway from home and join the circus. She made a little bag using a blanket and her tying skills and put three sandwiches and her favourite blanket in the bag and left.
Once Lily had closed the door behind her, she realised something very important: She didn’t actually know where the circus was. So she started walking and decided she would ask the animals she saw along the way. The first animal she came across was Sail who was moving very slowly across the grass. “Hello there snail,” said Lily. “Do you know where I can find the circus?”
“Of course I do, little flea! You don’t slide around the world like I have without finding out where the circus is. Jump on my shell and I will take you there.”
Lily jumped on Snail’s back and the two of them began slowly making their way to the circus. After several hours, Snail said that he was very tired and that he was sorry he wouldn’t be able to take Lily all the way to the circus. Lily looked behind her and realised that she could still see her house! Lily knew better than to complain so she thanked Snail, gave him one of her sandwiches and made her way along the path.
The second animal Lily came across was Grasshopper. Lily walked up to Grasshopper and asked her if she knew where the circus was. “Of course I do, little flea! You don’t hop around the world like I have without finding out where the circus is!” So Lily jumped up on Grasshopper’s back and the two of them began hopping and flying higher and higher across grasslands and farms to make their way to the circus. Lily was a little scared at how high Grasshopper was jumping but knew better than to complain. Luckily, after several minutes, grasshopper said that she was very tired and told Lily she wouldn’t be able to take her any further. Again, Lily hopped off her host’s back, gave her a sandwich to say thank you and made her way along the path.
Lily came across Spider who was sitting in his web. Excellent! Thought Lily. Spider does not move too slowly or jump too high! He will be perfect to take me to the circus. Lily asked if he knew where the circus was. “Of course I do, little flea! You do not live up very high like I do without being able to see the circus!” So Lily hopped on Spider’s back and the two of them started making their way to the circus.
Just as Lily thought they were travelling along at the perfect pace, Spider spoke, “The last I heard,” he said, “You had to make your way up this giant tree to reach the circus.” Lily started to worry as she had never seen any pictures of the circus in the tree before and started to try and tell Spider that she had changed her mind about joining the circus. Lily jumped off Spider’s back just as Spider shot some web to try and catch her for his dinner!
In a most impressive way, Lily started jumping and skipping and flipping and spinning to escape being eaten and soon she had flipped her way right back to Grasshopper who told her to jump on her back and she would take Lily as far as she could. They were very far away from spider now and Grasshopper was very tired so Grasshopper dropped Lily off at Snail’s house who told her to climb on his back. Snail and Lily made their way back to Lily’s house very slowly and Lily enjoyed the peace and quiet of the trip, thinking about what she had learned from her adventure. Snail dropped Lily off at her house and the two of them said goodbye.
Lily made her way back into her house and realised that sometimes it was better to stay home and finish your chores, than it was to runaway and be eaten by a spider.