As told by BETTINA MINOGUE
Once upon a time, in a fresh water pond in the Blue Mountains, lived a handsome blue dragonﬂy with shimmering delicate silver wings. The dragonﬂy loved nothing more than ﬂying and hovering round the pond.
One ﬁne day as he was ﬂying a bee stinger touched his wings, and tore them! As he ﬂew down, his wings fell off. The poor dragonﬂy was shocked and felt lost without his wings. What could he do?
A friendly bumble bee that happened to be buzzing happily about saw the incident. He ﬂew next to the poor dragonﬂy. ” We must do something. ” buzzed the bumble bee. ” But what ? ” asked Ulysses, the Blue Mountain butterﬂy, ﬂapping his romantic powdery blue black trimmed wings. ” But what ?” Asked the worried bumble bee. “Let us ask the powerful Wise Owl. ” advised the quiet red rose lady bird. ” What about Dragonﬂy ? ” asked the worried bumble bee. “We cannot leave him alone, there are far too many predators in the forest. He cannot ﬂy.” Said the clever lady bird. “I ll stay with him and protect him.” Said the brave Ulysses. “Come on let us go in search of the Powerful Wise Owl, we are wasting far too much precious time.” Observed the lady bird.
The powerful wise old owl was always perched in the top branches of the sparkling blue green eucalyptus tree, with the koalas. So the two mini beasts, lady bird and bumble bee went in search of the owl. They spotted him on the eucalyptus tree. They told the owl of the poor dragonﬂy ‘s accident. The wise owl listened very carefully. He suggested that they use ﬁsh scales to repair the wings. There were no ﬁsh left though in the river as the enormous crocodile had eaten them all. Owl had to think of another solution. He thought and thought. After a while he opened his sharp beak…. “Make a wish on a wishing tree leaf” he whispered.
The worried bumble bee and the puzzled lady bird wondered where the wishing tree could be found , and if it really existed. They had heard about it , but they believed it was just a myth.
The owl opened his beak once again.” You shall ﬁnd the wishing tree in the heart of the forest , next to the tallest bamboo trees. It is guarded by two smart monkeys wearing camouﬂaged uniforms.”
The bumble bee and lady bird were lost, as they did not have a clue where the bamboo trees where. The powerful wise owl who also happened to be very kind decided to help them. He offered to ﬂy them on his beautiful sleek back. It was a thrilling ride for our two little friends, who up till now had never really left the blueberry patch in the forest.
All of a sudden, lady bird spotted the tall bamboo trees. Next to the bamboo trees were a pair of red howler monkeys in camouﬂaged uniforms and blue polished shiny boots.
Behind the monkey guards stood a transparent glasshouse with its door panes covered in glow worms. It was truly a magniﬁcent sight.
The owl asked the monkeys to let them in. He told them the whole story of the poor dragonﬂy. One of The howler monkeys who was wearing a pair of camouﬂaged glasses asked them for the magic password. The wise old owl knew it and whispered ” Cauliﬂower bower power!” The glass wearing monkey took them inside the glasshouse.
Inside was a truly magniﬁcent sight! The magical wishing tree. It had silver trunk and branches, laden with golden lavender scented leaves. The bottom of its trunk was covered in glow worms humming Christmas carols accompanied by a centipede on the piano!
As they stood there a gentle breeze blew a golden leaf that fell onto ladybird’s red spotted back. She quickly opened her wings to trap the leaf and carry it safely to the dragonﬂy. The three friends knew it was time to head home. So they thanked the howler monkeys for their help. They knew they will remember this special place forever! The two joyful minibeasts hopped on owl’s ﬂuffy back and they ﬂew back to the pond. As they arrived they found dragonﬂy with Ulysses the mountain butterﬂy.
Ladybird unfolded her wings and the beautiful scented wishing tree leaf ﬂew onto dragonﬂy ‘s pure blue bare back. He made a wish as the owl told him. Right away a new set of silver tessellated lavender smelling wings formed on his back! They were strong and healthy for him to keep forever! That is the story of how the dragonﬂy became known as one of the fastest ﬂying insects on Earth.