Roger the Rhino

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RogerAndHisNewHobby

Roger the Rhino

and his new hobby

by Victoria Walkden

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Roger the Rhino and his new hobby

by Victoria Walkden

www.rogertherhino.com

@RogertheRhino

www.facebook.com/rogertherhino

© Victoria Walkden. All rights reserved.


Roger was supposed to be going

on his usual walk but he was

feeling fed up.

So, he decided to have a nap in

the garden instead.

He could hear a knocking sound

like a woodpecker banging its

beak against a tree. He thought it

was in his dream.

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“Wake up Roger,” said Wolsey

the Woodpecker.

Roger woke up with a start and

realised he wasn’t dreaming. It

was a woodpecker and it was his

nosey friend Wolsey.

“Come on, you can’t sleep all

day,” insisted Wolsey.

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As he had been rudely awakened,

he thought he might as well get

up anyway.

“Why haven’t you gone for your

walk?” asked Wolsey.

“Because I’m fed up. I’m bored

with doing the same old thing. I

would rather just sleep.”

“Oh I see. Hmmm...let me think.

Yes, what you need Roger is a

new hobby!” said Wolsey

excitedly.

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“I do?”

“Yes! How about beekeeping?”

suggested Wolsey.

Roger thought about it for a

minute. He imagined all those

bees chasing him and he didn’t

like it.

“I’m not doing that. Don’t be so

silly, Wolsey.”

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“Alright then, how about

skydiving? You would never get

bored doing that!”

Roger thought about it for a

minute. He imagined falling

through the air at great speed and

didn’t like that at all.

“I’m not doing that. Don’t be so

silly, Wolsey.”

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“Well, how about going into

space then?”

Roger thought about it for a

minute. He imagined floating

around the stars and it made him

feel quite dizzy.

“I’m not doing that either. Don’t

be so silly, Wolsey.”

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Wolsey carried on, “There are

plenty of other things to do. Just

give me a moment and I’ll come

up with more ideas.”

“No Wolsey! I’ve had enough of

your ideas. I’m going on my walk

now to get some peace.”

So, Roger walked off towards the

woods.

“Humpf,” said Roger, “Wolsey is

so silly.”

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Roger continued on his walk but he was

taken up by all the thoughts in his head.

He barely noticed anything around him.

He didn’t even see the bluebells under his

feet or the boxing hares.


He kept thinking about how he

wanted things to be different in

his life but didn’t know what to

do about it.

With all those thoughts

buzzing inside his head he felt

quite glum and decided to sit

down on a tree stump.

So, he sat there on that tree stump

for quite a while. In fact, he sat

for so long he even stopped

thinking so much.

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That’s when something magical

happened and his world began to

change.

Blue dragonflies appeared above

his head and danced all around

him.

“How wonderful. I’ve never

seen blue dragonflies before and

there are so many!” smiled

Roger.

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He heard some rustling in the

grass beside him and a tortoise

popped out.

“Hello,” said Roger, “I’ve never

seen a tortoise before. It must be

my lucky day.”

Roger smiled even more.

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Then, a peacock stepped out from the

trees and opened all its feathers.

“Wow,” said Roger, “I’ve never seen

a peacock before. How amazing.”


On his way home Roger felt much

happier but then Wolsey turned

up.

He said to Roger, “I have the

perfect new hobby for you!”

“Oh, Wolsey I don’t need a new

hobby. I love my walks and I’m

just going to stop and spend more

time looking around.

Look, there’s a white owl up

there, I’ve never seen one of those

before. There’s so much to see!”

he said excitedly.

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What did you notice on your walk today?

Let Roger know on his Facebook or Twitter:

@RogertheRhino

www.facebook.com/rogertherhino

www.rogertherhino.com

% of profits from sales of this book go to Save the Rhino International

(Min. 10p per digital copy, min. 50p per paperback)

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