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Good evening and welcome to a tale of forests! Of legendary beasts! Of dreadful villains! Of caterpillars called Graham! And of a great big BEEFER of a cherry tree! But what dark secrets are hidden in that tree, where the leaves grow thick and green? Polly intends to find out, and she intends to find out by finding out. What will she find out? Find out by reading this book and you’ll find out!
‘Child,’ said the Spirit of the Rainbow, though he was no older than she. ‘I remember this forest many hundreds of years ago. It was a wild, carefree place. Can you guess how many chocolate wrappers and other bits of litter there were mucking it up?’
‘Six?’ said Polly.
‘None,’ came the lad’s astonishing answer. ‘None at all. You see, child, the world was full of wonder back then. There were fauns and centaurs – yes, actual real centaurs. One of them was called Tony. And there were pixies and elves and transparent sprites with almond-shaped eyes, bathing in the streams. It was excellent.’
‘Was there unicorns too?’ asked Polly, who had always wanted more than anything to find a unicorn and ride it to the moon.
‘No, there never were any unicorns,’ said the lad. ‘That was just a myth that started when an ice cream cone accidentally got stuck to a pony’s head.’