One day, the children held a concert and played music for the babies at the nursery.
Freya Chocolate Rabbit played the violin and Tiffany Silk Cat played the cello.
The babies enjoyed the children’s lovely music very much.
“The big kids are so clever!” they said.
From that moment on, they wanted to learn to play music just like Freya and Tiffany.
Ambrose the Walnut Squirrel baby and Crème the Chocolate Rabbit baby were especially fascinated by the instruments.
They badly wanted to learn how to play beautiful music like the big kids.
After the children finished playing, Ambrose and Crème picked up Tiffany’s cello and Freya’s violin while the children weren’t looking.
“Shh”, they said to the other babies. “Don’t tell anyone!”
Crème and Ambrose moved the bows of the violin and cello across the strings like they’d seen Freya and Tiffany do.
“Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeak!” went the violin.
“Screeeeeeeeeech!” went the cello.
It didn’t sound like the music from the concert at all!
“Oh, no!” cried Crème and Ambrose. “We broke them!”
They hurriedly put the instruments back where they had found them.
Crème and Ambrose felt very downhearted. The other babies played happily, but Crème and Ambrose were too sad to play.
“What’s wrong?” asked their teacher, Kate Periwinkle the Milk Rabbit mother.
“We broke Freya and Tiffany’s instruments”, sobbed the two babies. “We’re so sorry!”
“It’s all right”, said Mrs. Periwinkle gently, smiling at the babies. “They weren’t broken at all. Playing beautiful music on a violin or cello is very difficult. You have to learn how.”
And then Mrs. Periwinkle had a great idea.
“I know a way the babies can have fun playing instruments”, she thought.
She asked the other villagers to help her with some special gifts for the babies – instruments that were just right for them!
There were kazoos and xylophones, all in pretty colours. The babies were very happy indeed.
From that day onward, beautiful music could be heard from the nursery every day.
And then one day, the babies had a concert of their own!
Everyone from the village came to listen, and enjoyed it very much indeed.
As Mrs. Periwinkle played the piano, the babies played their hearts out. When they were finished, the audience clapped and cheered. The babies felt very proud – their dream of playing beautiful music had come true!