Under the ground, deep in the earth among the roots of the trees, the little root children were fast asleep all winter long... They slept peacfully in their warm burrows. They were dreaming of the sunshine in which they had played all through the summer. And what wonderful dreams they were!
"Time to get up now, You've slept long enough. Spring is coming and there's work to be done."
The ladybird, the beetles, the grubs and the bumblebees had also been sleeping under the ground and had now woken up. They had to be washed and brushed, painted colourfully and made to shine so that they would look as beautiful as possible. What a hustle and bustle was going on down there!
Would the root children be ready in time?