Piper was afraid

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Piper the dog looking nervous by Rebekah Phillips

It was a beautiful day in Orange, Virginia
and all the dogs were let out to play…
except a dog named Piper.
Piper was afraid.

He was the largest dog in the whole bunch!
He could have eaten all those dogs for lunch!
In his mind that didn’t matter much.
Piper was afraid.

The floor creaked when he left his chair,
so all day long he just stayed there.
Piper was afraid.

The other dogs all ran and played,
the sun was high and the horses neighed.
But all this he missed each day because
Piper was afraid.

Piper looking afraid

One evening there was quite a storm.
It was a summer night and the house got warm,
and Piper, he was all alone!
Piper was afraid!

His family owned a lovely Inn,
and although they had invited him
to come that day and meet the guests…
he stayed at home and didn’t join the rest, because
Piper was afraid.

Piper's family's Inn

Well now as the thunder grew louder and LOUDER
and the big old house had lost its power…
The rain slammed heavily on the roof and
Piper was afraid!!

Terrified, he crept off his chair
and wedged himself underneath the stairs.
he was SO big that he got stuck there!
PIPER WAS AFRAID!!

When his family came home later that night,
they pulled him out and hugged him tight;
then all six dogs did reunite!
Piper was no longer afraid.

Piper reunited

I’ll never stay home alone again!
I’ll join in the fun and be as BRAVE as I can!”
whimpered Piper.

He meant what he said because
he was never afraid again!

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4 thoughts on “Piper was afraid

  1. Doris Guarn

    Absolutely adorable story!!! Illustrations are beautiful! I need a hard copy of this fantastic children’s book! Kudos to the artist!

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  2. Meredith

    Great story. Loved the rhyme scheme and the theme. I teach special ed students and they often don’t do things because they are afraid. I will be sharing this with my class the first week of school. Thank you for printing this.

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