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It was a glorious day in the jungle.
Emily the Adventurer woke up extra early, too excited to stay asleep. She sat up in her cot chattering away to her best friend Macaco the Monkey until mummy came in to get her.
When mummy came in she was beaming.
“Good morning beautiful,” she cried, “it’s my wedding day!”.
Emily grinned her gappy grin back. For the past few months she had gotten to play with all sorts of lovely looking things for the wedding – pieces of fabric that floated like a gentle breeze, jewels that sparkled in the light and whirly curly ribbons that bounced when they were touched.
Emily was very excited to get to see all of these things together for the first time!
But first, she and mummy had to get ready for the big day.
All the animals were getting in on the act, eager to help out.
The elephants carried clay from a nearby river for mummy and her brides-monkeys to put on their faces to make the skin soft and pretty.
A boa constrictor put his strong muscles to use massaging their shoulders so they would be nice and relaxed.
Over in the big clearing, more animals were at work, decorating the space for the big day.
The giraffes put their long necks to use hanging sheets of fabric from the highest branches so they swept down to the ground like grand pillars, while the monkeys swung between trees, looping flower garlands through the branches.
Everything was in place to make it a perfect day!
Finally it was time to get dressed! First mummy helped Emily put on her flower girl dress. It was a very beautiful dress, ivory with a dusk pink sash and delicate flowers around the hem. Emily kicked and wriggled happily in it, feeling very grand indeed.
Then mummy’s bridesmonkeys, resplendant in their pink dresses, came in to help mummy get dressed in the most beautiful gown Emily had ever seen.
The heavy ivory fabric wrapped itself around her, then fanned out over layers of floaty fabric, as light as a gentle breeze, that softly brushed the ground.
The delicate beads on the dress and her necklace and earrings glittered in the late morning sun, and the bridesmonkeys shrieked and giggled with delight.
Emily felt a little overawed at seeing her mummy like this – with her hair piled up in elegant curls and the dramatic train falling away behind her she looked more like a movie star than her mummy!
But then she turned and gave Emily a radiant smile and Emily knew it was still her mummy inside all that finery.
Cuddled safe in mummy’s arms, Emily thought about how lucky she was to have such a wonderful mummy. She knew that nothing could stop this from being a perfect day!
While the morning seemed to have taken a long time, things suddenly began to speed up after they were all dressed. Before Emily knew it they were on their way to the wedding!
They walked carefully through the jungle towards the clearing. Mummy looked nervous but excited. Emily kept a tight hold on her hand to try and keep her calm.
Peeking through the bushes, Emily could see daddy and his groomsgorillas waiting at the end of the aisle. They looked very handsome, daddy in his suit with a patterned vest, the gorillas in jackets and ties.
The wedding was to take place in Emily’s favourite part of the jungle – not only was the big clearing a great place for meeting up with all her jungle friends, it sat alongside a beautiful stream. Emily loved the way it burbled through the clearing and away into the depths of the jungle.
That was where they were headed now.
The music started and Emily toddled her way down the aisle. There were people and animals everywhere to watch the big event, and for a moment Emily felt scared, but she saw her daddy standing at the end of the aisle and calmed down.
She knew this was a very important day for him and her mummy, so she kept going and made it all the way to the end and into daddy’s arms!
Behind her, the bridesmonkeys were also making their way, wobbling a little bit. Their monkey feet weren’t quite used to walking in shoes, and their high heels were sinking into the soft ground.
Still, they did look lovely and managed to make it to the end of the clearing without too much trouble.
Then it was mummy’s turn!
The music lifted, and out she came on granddaddy’s arm.
The light that filtered through the trees glowed around her as she walked towards daddy and Emily, a smile of pure joy on her face. Emily turned to look at daddy, who was also smiling. His eyes were so full of happiness that it made Emily wriggle in delight.
It really was going to be the best day ever!
But, as mummy and daddy took their places in front of the celebrant, a wise, good-natured owl, things started to go wrong.
All of a sudden the high heel of the clumsy bridesmonkey sank deep into the ground and she lost her balance.
BUMP! She bumped into the other bridesmonkey, who bumped into mummy. CRASH! Mummy lost her balance in her big dress and started to fall, and SPLASH! Mummy knocked into the celebrant who toppled off his perch and into the lake behind them!
All of the guests gasped in horror!
The celebrant flapped awkwardly out of the lake, coughing a little on the water he had accidentally swallowed.
Everyone turned to look at the clumsy bridesmonkey, who was frozen in place, half-fallen, with a horrified expression on her face.
“Whoopsie!” she said.
A few animals tittered quietly, then silence fell.
The celebrant resumed his place on the perch, shook water droplets from his feathers and started the ceremony.
Emily sat in the front row with her grandparents to watch.
Mummy and daddy gazed into each others’ eyes smiling while the celebrant said nice things that made everyone smile and laugh and cry.
Then it came time for the vows and the exchange of rings. Mummy and daddy had shown Emily their rings, she loved how shiny and nice they looked.
As they finished their vows daddy’s Best Gorilla reached into his pocket to take out the rings – but the little cloth bag they were in had caught on a thread in his pocket!
He pulled and tugged, to no avail, when all of a sudden, SNAP! The thread broke, his hand came free and the little bag flew out of his grasp and high into the air!
Everyone gasped as the little bag flew up and up and up and then caught on a tiny twig, high in a tree.
The groomsgorillas launched into action. One jumped on the shoulders of the other and leapt up into the tree, while the other started climbing from the ground.
Around and around the tree they went, swinging from one branch to the next, working their way towards the rings.
The branch the little bag was caught on was too light to take the weight of either groomsgorilla, so instead they climbed to the nearest strong branches and took turns shaking the branch to get the bag to fall.
Back and forth when the branch, with the little bag swinging wildly but never quite letting go.
Then one of the gorillas pushed a little too hard and overbalanced, falling into the branch and knocking the whole thing off the tree!
The other gorilla caught him and they started to make their way back down, while below guests and bridal party alike tried to get out of the way of the falling branch.
CRASH! It landed in the clearing and the search to free the ring bag from under it was on.
Animals and humans alike scrabbled about frantically, until finally a small beetle managed to locate it and carried it triumphantly from under the branch.
Everyone was delighted, and as the groomsgorillas made it back to the ground the ceremony resumed… again.
Finally mummy and daddy got to exchange their shiny rings, beaming all the while. The celebrant pronounced them married and they kissed while all the guests erupted in cheers, roars and shrieks of happiness, depending on their species.
Emily toddled up to give her mummy and daddy a hug and kiss as everyone crowded around to congratulate them.
Both her parents were beaming with joy. Daddy gave her an extra tight cuddle and mummy whispered excitedly in her ear, “we’re married!”.
And Emily knew that, even with everything that had gone wrong, it really had been a perfect day.
The jungle was aflutter with the big news. Monkeys shrieked with laughter as they swung through the trees and the elephants trumpeted their joy as they made their way through the trees. Even the jaguars silently slinking through the trees couldn’t hide their smiles.
Today was no ordinary day. In fact, it was a very special day for one of the jungle’s human residents, a little girl affectionately known amongst her animal friends as Emily the Adventurer.
In her beautiful jungle home, built by her father and decorated by her mother, Emily giggled and gurgled away to her best friend Macaco, a Capuchin monkey. Although she couldn’t talk yet, Emily knew that something special was happening today, and she wanted to see what the excitement was about.
Lifting herself onto wobbly legs, Emily toddled into the kitchen, Macaco following close behind. In the kitchen her mother was standing over something large and colourful.
It looked delicious, but Emily usually got in trouble for putting colourful things in her mouth – her parents never let her eat her plastic toys or the pretty flowers and leaves that grew in the jungle.
“Hey princess!” her mummy cried, rushing over to give her a big hug and kiss.
Behind them Emily’s father came in through the front door, carrying a bag of fish he had caught in the nearby river. He put down the fish and walked over to Emily and her mummy.
“Hello beautiful,” he said smiling down at them both.
Emily grinned back at her parents. She loved to be the centre of attention.
Outside, the jungle animals were preparing the festivities. The monkeys leapt from branch to branch as they decorated trees. Some carried flowering vines in their tails, hanging them from high branches, while others broke off dead branches and pulled them away.
On the ground, the elephants marched solemnly around the clearing, flattening the ground, while beetles scuttled at their feet clearing away sticks and other mess.
A herd of deer bounded across the clearing, practicing a dance they were choreographing.
All of the animals worked together to make sure everything was perfect on this special day.
There were a lot of fun things planned for the day, with singing, dancing and games like Pass the Papaya, Toucan Toucan Flamingo and Pin the Plumage on the Peacock.
Humans and animals haven’t always gotten along so well, their different languages and ways of communicating have often led to misunderstandings.
But Emily was different – even before she started making her first human speech-noises she was able to understand more than the average human.
She had befriended Macaco very early on, when the curious little monkey had crept into her house to look for food.
Now they were practically inseparable, and Emily’s parents often had Macaco’s whole family around for dinner, nights that were always very messy but a lot of fun.
One by one, Emily had befriended the jungle animals, winning them over with her wide grin and the mischievous glint in her eye.
As she grew older and started learning to make use of her arms and legs to get around nothing could stop her for long. She loved exploring the things around her,
Although Emily wasn’t always gentle with the animals around her, they were very patient with her, chuckling to themselves when she tried to stand on one’s head or squealed loudly in the ear of another, “it’s the only way she’ll learn”.
And learn she did. Emily was learning many weird and wonderful things from her animal family.
Macaco’s monkey family was teaching her to recognise the difference between safe fruits and berries and poisonous ones.
From the deer she was learning all sorts of acrobatic tricks, while the jaguars were raising her to be a champion hide-and-seeker, showing her all the tricks to hide in the branches of trees or between bushes.
Emily had a wonderful life among the animals, and she loved to play with her friends and learn all that they had to teach her.
Back in the clearing, animals rushed to and fro across the space, making sure everything was in place and ready to go.
In their home, mummy was putting Emily into her prettiest dress while daddy tickled her toes to make her laugh.
Macaco ran in circles around them, he could barely contain his excitement.
“Oh you look so beautiful sweetheart!” mummy exclaimed.
She was dressed up as well, looking stunning in a pretty dress with a big smile on her face.
Daddy looked handsome too, his blue eyes crinkled in a smile.
‘Are you ready to go princess?’ he asked, swinging her up into his arms.
Daddy carried Emily down the stairs at the front of their jungle home, mummy walking next to them with Macaco perched on her shoulder.
They walked through the trees, the jungle around them strangely silent. Emily looked around from her daddy’s arms, taking in everything around her.
She wondered where all her friends were – normally some animals would have popped out to say hello to them by now.
As they walked through the jungle daddy slowed down and let mummy and Macaco walk ahead. They disappeared into the trees, leaving daddy and Emily behind.
Emily wriggled impatiently – she liked to keep moving, and wondered why daddy was walking so slowly.
“Here Emily, look at this pretty flower,” daddy said, pointing to a large colourful flower beside them.
“What do you suppose that’s called?”
Emily looked at the flower for a moment then turned her attention back to the path ahead of them.
Slowly, daddy started walking again. As the trees around them thinned, Emily started to recognise the area. They were heading towards a large clearing that she liked to play in.
As daddy stepped clear of the trees and into the clearing, Emily’s mouth dropped open in shock.
There in the clearing were all of her jungle friends – and they looked so funny!
They had put bright flowers behind their ears and woven strings of vine around their necks for decoration.
At the sight of Emily, all of the animals, who had been unnaturally quiet waiting for her arrival, let out all of the noise they had been holding in.
The elephants trumpeted triumphantly, the monkeys screeched and chattered and the jaguars let out deep-throated roars of joy.
The deer stamped their hooves and reared up in welcome.
Emily was a little frightened by all of the noise and motion, but she saw mummy and Macaco standing in the middle of the clearing and felt better.
As the animals quieted down, mummy came forward with one of the elephants, carrying a large pink cake.
Emily couldn’t read what the words on top of the cake said, but mummy read it out for her.
“See this Emily? It says Happy Birthday!” mummy said proudly.
“Happy first birthday, princess,” daddy chimed in.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” the elephants trumpeted.
“Happyyyyy Birthdayyyy” the monkeys screamed, laughing hysterically.
From the deer, the head doe and stag came forward and lowered their muzzles to Emily, nudging her face affectionately.
“Happy birthday Emily,” they whispered so only she could hear.
Emily beamed back at everyone, delighted to be surrounded by all of her friends and family. She didn’t know exactly what a birthday was, but she decided she liked it very much.