Stories To Amuse
by Bryan Knight
How Do You Hypnotize An Ant? You call Uncle Harry, the Hypno-Ant. And that's
Why Alfie Loves Hypnosis
When Alfie was a baby Ant he was afraid of the dark.
His mother tried all kinds of ways to help Alfie. She persuaded Mrs Golightly Spider to spin a special hammock for Alfie so he could drift off to sleep easily.
But that didn't stop baby Alfie being afraid of the dark. So Alfie's mother convinced Gertie the Glowworm to stay alight by Alfie's bed long into the night-time. But soon Gertie had to return to her regular work lighting the way for the Big Ants who worked the night shift in the underground Ant Hospital.
So, when there was no light again baby Alfie lay there, frightened of the dark. His mother stayed with him and gently stroked his little body with her antennae.
Although baby Alfie liked being comforted by his mummy very very much and of course would forget his fear of the dark while she was there, baby Alfie's mother couldn't stay up night after night because she got too tired. When she didn't sleep at night she was too tired to work during the day. Then one night she had a grand idea: "I'll ask Uncle Harry the Hypno-Ant to help."
Uncle Harry the Hypno-Ant was not really Alfie's uncle but everyone liked him so much and he was so good to all the Ants, Little, Big and Baby that he was known as Uncle Harry to everyone in Ant City.
His mother told Alfie she was sending a message through the Bernice Butterfly Message Service for Uncle Harry to come as soon as he could.
Alfie was very excited because he knew Uncle Harry the Hypno-Ant had helped lots of Big Ants to stop being afraid of all sorts of things like wasps and climbing high up on blades of grass and digging deep in the ground.
Uncle Harry was an expert in using hypnosis which is imagining how your life can be better. He would tell Big Ants how to pretend that they were no longer afraid of wasps or of climbing high up or of being deep in the ground.
And then Uncle Harry would teach each Big Ant how to make their make-believe bravery real. So they would never again be afraid.
As soon as Bernice the Butterfly gave Uncle Harry the message from Alfie's mother he rushed to help Alfie. Uncle Harry sat beside Alfie as he lay comfortably in his soft hammock-bed.
"Alfie," said Uncle Harry, "you often daydream don't you?"
"Sure, Uncle Harry, why do you ask?"
"Well, said Uncle Harry the Hypno-Ant, "hypnosis is a lot like day-dreaming. Like playing make-believe. You imagine something in your mind, something good that you want to happen and then, WHOOP, it becomes real."
"You mean I could imagine being brave in the dark, instead of afraid?"
"Exactly," said Uncle Harry with a big smile.
"O.K. then," said Alfie who was very smart even as a baby. Let's do it."
So Uncle Harry the Hypno-Ant began to speak to Alfie with soft, calming words.
If you'd like to know what Uncle Harry the Hypno-Ant said to free Alfie from his fear of the dark you can purchase the ebook of five illustrated stories "The Adventures of Alfie the Ant" for a very low price.
Here's a sample cover dedicated to the gorgeous, smart and adorable four-year-old granddaughter of the writer and illustrator of the ebook.
The Adventures of Alfie the Ant
(Bryan M. Knight)
Illustrated by David Reeves
Illustrations copyright (c) 2006-2017 David Reeves
Text copyright (c) 1974-2017 Bryan M. Knight
All Rights Reserved
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