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Glamp Haven Presents Campfire Stories Season 1 Episode 1:

These Glampfire stories are family-friendly short stories you can listen to sitting around a campfire or pretending you are! Check out the story below to read along. 

Chipmunk and Bear

In this legendary tale titled The Chipmunk and the Bear: Chipmunk challenges Bear to stop the sun from rising. When Bear fails, he takes his anger out on the smaller animal, explaining how the Chipmunk got its stripes.

Long ago, when animals could talk, a bear was walking along. Now it has always been said that bears think very highly of themselves. Since they are big and robust, they are confident that they are the most important of the animals.

As this Bear went along, turning over big logs with his paws to look for food to eat, he felt very sure of himself. “There is nothing I cannot do,” said this Bear.

“Is that so?” said a small voice. Bear looked down. A tiny chipmunk was looking up at Bear from its hole in the ground.

“Yes,” Bear said, “that is true indeed.” He reached out one huge paw and rolled over a big log. “Look at how easily I can do this. I am the strongest of all the animals. I can do anything. All the other animals fear me.”

“Can you stop the sun from rising in the morning?” said the Chipmunk.

Bear thought for a moment. “I have never tried that,” he said. “Yes, I am sure I could stop the sun from rising.”

“You are sure?” said Chipmunk.

“I am sure,” said Bear. “Tomorrow morning, the sun will not rise. I, Bear, have said so.” Bear sat down facing the East to wait.

Behind him, the sunset for the night, and still he sat there. The Chipmunk went into its hole and curled up in its snug little nest, chuckling about how foolish Bear was. All through the night, Bear sat. Finally, the first birds started their songs, and the East glowed with the light that came before the sun.

“The sun will not rise today,” said Bear. He stared hard at the glowing light. “The sun will not rise today.”

However, the sun rose, just as it always had. Bear was agitated, but Chipmunk was delighted. He laughed and laughed. “Sun is stronger than Bear,” said the Chipmunk, twittering with laughter. Chipmunk, amused, came running out of his hole and began making around in circles, singing this song:

“The sun came up; The sun came up. Bear is angry, But the sun came up.”

While Bear sat there looking very unhappy, Chipmunk ran around and around, singing and laughing until he was so weak that he rolled over on his back. Then, quicker than the leap of a fish from a stream, Bear shot out one big paw and pinned him to the ground.

“Perhaps I cannot stop the sun from rising,” said Bear, “but you will never see another sunrise.”

‘Oh, Bear,” said the Chipmunk. “Oh, oh, oh, you are the strongest, you are the quickest, you are the best of all of the animals. I was only joking.” But Bear did not move his paw.

“Oh, Bear,” Chipmunk said, “you are right to kill me; I deserve to die. Just please let me say one last prayer to Creator before you eat me.”

“Say your prayer quickly,” said Bear. “Your time to walk the Sky Road has come!”

“Oh, Bear,” said Chipmunk, “I would like to die. But you are pressing down on me so hard I cannot breathe. I can hardly squeak. I do not have enough breath to say a prayer. If you would just lift your paw a little, just a little bit, then I could breathe. And I could say my last prayer to the Maker of all, to the one who made great, wise, mighty Bear and the foolish, weak, little Chipmunk.

Bear lifted his paw just a tiny bit, and Chipmunk squirmed free and ran to his hole as quickly as someone could blink. Bear swung his paw at the little Chipmunk as it darted away. He was not quick enough to catch him, but the very tips of his long claws scraped along Chipmunk’s back, leaving three pale scars.

To this day, all chipmunks wear those scars as a reminder of what happens when one animal makes fun of another.

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