It was a Dark and Stormy Night…

In IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, in a cave high up in the mountains, a boy named Antonio has been kidnapped by the brigands, the chief brigand tells Antonio that he’s bored, and to tell them a story. Antonio was small, being only 8 years old, but he was brave. He responded to the brigands by saying he didn’t know any stories, the chief said to make one up.

“It was a dark and stormy night. The rain came down in torrents. There were brigands on the mountains, and wolves, and the chief of the brigands said.” . . .

“Get rid of the rain.” . . .

“I beg your pardon?” . . .

“No rain, I’m sick of it.” (pp. 10-11)

The quotes above tell us of the conversation Antonio has with the brigands. Even though he is outnumbered one to seven, he still shows strength, not even the slightest hint of fear. With his smile and creative mind, he proceeds to frighten the brigands by telling them a made-up story.

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