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Yawn! What a good dream! Joey thought as he awoke from his nap in the car. Joey and his parents had decided to go on summer vacation- a camping trip! And that's what he had been dreaming about- nothing in his whole 8 years of life had ever seemed so exciting as seeing a fish in the wild and using the new fishing pole his dad had bought especially for this trip. When their car finally pulled up to the campsite, Joey was ready to get out and explore- it had been such a long drive! “Stay close,” said his mother, as she helped his dad unload the car. “Where's my fishing pole?” Joey wanted to know. “I want to go to the creek!” “We'll go later,” said his father, “but we have to pitch the tent before it gets dark.”
But Joey didn't want to wait. As his parents started getting the campsite ready, he snuck into the trunk of the car and found his fishing pole. I'm going to catch a fish all by myself, he thought. Joey started to walk on a trail. He walked and walked. Then he walked some more. That creek had to be coming up soon! Joey kept walking until he reached a fork in the trail. He picked a side, then decided he could always come back if he went the wrong way. He reached another fork,and did the same thing. Then there was another, and another, and another. It felt like he was going in circles now. Soon, it began to grow dark. There was no sign of the creek anywhere and Joey was beginning to get frightened. How long had he been walking now? The trail was becoming hard to see.
“Joey! There you are!” It was his father and a man in a uniform. Both of them were holding flashlights. His father embraced him tightly. “We were so worried!” “I'm so sorry for leaving! I was so scared when I realized I was lost. But I had some help from my new friends!” said Joey. But as he looked around, his new animal friends were nowhere to be found. “Let's get you back to the campsite. We'll get you warmed up by the fire,” his father said. “Thanks for your help, Ranger Wilson.” “Glad to help. Let's get you guys back,” said the park ranger. By the time Joey snuggled up in his chair next to the campfire, he was so tired from the day's events that he fell right to sleep. That night, he had a dream- of the most exciting thing he could imagine in his 8 years of life: an adventure with an owl, a black bear, a deer, and a squirrel.
Joey began to cry. “Who's going to help me find my way back?” “Who, who?” cried an owl. “Hello?” Joey called. “Hello!” said the owl. “My name is Joey. I'm lost. Can you help me?” “Yes, I can help you,” said the owl. “My large eyes help me to see inthe dark. I can help you stay on the trail.” Joey was glad to have a friend with him now. “Thank you, Mr. Owl.” So they began the journey back.
As Joey kept walking, his stomach started to growl. “I guess I missed dinner,” he sighed. “I may be able to help with that,” said a loud voice behind them. When Joey turned around, he was startled by what he saw- a huge, furry black bear. It should have terrified him, but Joey somehow knew he didn't have to be afraid. “You can help me find something to eat?” Joey asked. “I'm an expert at foraging for food,” the bear explained. “I taught my cubs how to look for food. I can teach you, too.” To the right of the path were lots of bushes. “We can eat the berries that we find in these bushes,” the black bear explained. “They're yummy and they won't make you sick. When they had finished eating, the bear said goodbye. She had to get back to her cubs, and Joey thanked her for her help.
Not long after that, a squirrel and a deer came trotting by. “Are you Joey?” asked the deer. “How do you know my name?” “I have big, cupped ears that help me hear better. I heard them calling for you,” explained the deer. “Heard who?” “I don't know,” said the deer. “Why don't you try listening for them?” So Joey took his hands and cupped his ears with them. All of a sudden, he could hear it too. Someone shouting in the distance. “When I am in danger or I need to alert someone, I make a sound,” said the squirrel. “Maybe you should try it.” So Joey did just that. He yelled, “I'm over here!” over and over until the voices got closer.
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