This was one of my favorite toys when I was a kid. It's from Fisher Price, 1979. The log contained the Woodsey family - Mama, Papa, and little Milkweed, plus a table, three chairs, a bucket and a broom. I don't know how we managed to keep all these parts and the book all these years, but we did and I'm glad. I like watching Sage enjoy the same toys I loved as a child.
Now, go pour yourself a cup of hot tea, cuddle up with your Blanken, and Sage and I will tell you the story of the Woodseys and their adventure on a night when Lightening Strikes Twice. . .
One night there was a terrible storm that shook the Woodsey home. Lightning struck outside and the Woodseys knew they would have to leave their home in the tree right away. (I'm paraphrasing here.)
(Sage's bunk bed doubles as a tree.)
They huddled together on the forest floor.
"Don't worry," said Papa. "The same wind that blows down your house shakes berries from the bushes."
Just then a lightening bolt flashed across the sky and struck the branch where their home had been, sending it hurtling to the ground.
(The following picture is not from the story, Sage got sidetracked.)
The storm continued and little Milkweed worried. Papa reassured him, saying. "Just when you're about to run out of nuts, the spring comes."
The next morning the sun came out and little Milkweed began exploring a hollow log while Mama and Papa decided what to do next. Then Papa exclaimed, "I've got it!"
"Whatcha got, Papa?"
"An idea, Milkweed! Sometimes the shell that's hardest to crack has the best nut inside."
"We can make a house out of that hollow log over there." Papa said, and immediately the family began fixing up the log. Then a wild puma came in and killed them all. The end.
Just kidding! Sorry for the interruption. Back to the story. . .
Papa built doors and windows, Mama gathered moss for the floor, and Milkweed just screwed around (I'm paraphrasing again.)
"Don't forget, dear, busy tails are best," Mama said gently.
When their work was done they had a picnic of hazelnuts and berries.
(Or French fries, a fried egg, cookies, a donut and a potato chip - from Sage's fake food stash. Apologies to the dieticians in the family.)
After lunch (and a small earthquake) Papa and Milkweed went to gather stones to make a fireplace. Papa dropped a stone on his foot and hobbled home where there was another earthquake. The Woodseys worried that they would have to move again. But it wasn't an earthquake, it was a vest-wearing mole named Goodgrub!
(Played here by a vest-wearing turtle.) Goodgrub apologized and offered to dig them a storage hole and move on. Everyone hugged and was happy.