The Story of Sidney the sardine - a story to read to your children during Covid 19.
Updated: Apr 24
Well, this is a story about Sidney the Sardine. Sidney was a very little fish and
he usually swam about in the sea with his friends. But today Sidney was feeling
a bit sad because his mummy sardine told that he could only play at home by
himself because there were lots of germs swimming about in the sea and his
mummy didn’t want him to be near those germs because they would make
him very sick.
So Sidney played all alone in his garden under the sea without any of his
friends. Only his mummy and daddy were with him. Sidney was very fed up
and he wished all those horrid germs would go away so that he would be able
to see his friends again. But by staying at home he was helping all the doctors
and nurses to look after all the people that the germs had made so sick. Sidney
sat down in a quiet place in his garden and began to think about all the friends
he was missing.
First of all he thought about Flora Fish. Sidney liked Flora, she was always very
kind to everyone. She had kind hands and helped the other fish in the nursery
if they found swimming difficult. She had a quiet voice and was gentle with the
younger fish. But Sidney couldn’t see Flora because of the germs. He was very
lucky to have a friend like Flora.
Sidney thought about Oliver Octopus. Sidney quite liked Oliver but he was
always messing with other people’s toys and being a bit annoying. If you found
something to play with at nursery you could be certain that Oliver would come
along and try to take it away from you. Sidney felt a bit sorry for Oliver because
he didn’t have many toys at home, so perhaps that’s why he always tried to
take the other fish’s toys. Sidney couldn’t see Oliver because of the germs but
he decided that he was going to try and be a bit nicer to him. Sidney was very
lucky to have a friend like Oliver.
Sidney thought about Sophie Shark. Oh dear, to be honest Sidney was a little
bit frightened of Sophie. Sometimes she was quiet and played happily with the
other fish and then for no reason at all she would get really cross and do lots of
loud shouting and throw the toys around. This worried the other fish. Sidney
had overheard his teacher say that Sophie couldn’t help her cross behaviour
and her mummy was very worried about her. Sidney felt sad about Sophie and
thought that he would try to be more understanding when all the germs had
gone. Sidney was very lucky to have a friend like Sophie.
Sidney thought about Liam Lobster. He really liked Liam. Sidney and Liam
played a lot together and they were best friends. Sidney went to Liam’s house
and they played in Liam’s garden while their mummies had a coffee. They liked
running about together and sharing their toys. He was looking forward to
seeing Liam after the germs had gone. Sidney was very lucky to have a friend
Sidney thought about Winnie Whale. Oh my goodness Winnie was such a big
fish and sometimes it was hard to play with Winnie, especially when they
played ‘hide and seek’ because Winnie couldn’t fit in the hiding places! Quite
often she would get a bit sad and go off on her own which made the other fish
a bit cross. But Winnie was a kind-hearted fish really and Sidney thought he
would try not to find small hiding places when the germs were over. He was
very lucky to have a friend like Winnie.
Sidney thought about Claire Crab. Claire was very fast and always dashing
about everywhere with all her legs! She was very good at running and when
they had fish races, Claire always won. Sidney and Liam tried very hard to beat
Claire at races but no matter how hard they practised they just couldn’t get
past her. Claire’s daddy was a fast runner too so Sidney thought he must have
been showing her how to run fast. Perhaps when the germs were over Claire’s
daddy could help Sidney and Liam to run fast too. Sidney was very lucky to
have a friend like Claire.
Sidney realised that he was so lucky to have so many friends and it was so
lovely that they were all different!
Then one day Sidney’s mummy and daddy came to wake him up in the
morning and said “ great news Sidney, the germs have almost gone and you
are allowed to go back to nursery and play with your friends “
Wow, Sidney was so excited. What a lucky sardine he was to have so many
lovely friends. He was so looking forward to playing with them all again
without all those horrid germs to worry about!
Can you remember the names of Sidney’s friends?