From a story about a fox cub being chased by hounds to the tale of a baby red squirrel whose stash of hazelnuts is stolen by a cheeky grey squirrel, the winners of an RSPCA short story competition let their imaginations run riot.
The Wild About Britain contest was divided into two age groups and the winner of the 12 to 16 category was Ayasha Kawakita, a 14-year-old pupil at Hailsham Community College in East Sussex. Her story was called The Chase and related a fox cub’s terror at being chased by a hunt.
As part of her prize, Ayasha’s story has been brought to life by well-known children’s illustrator David Roberts (above). Other winning entries in the competition included Charlotte Pearce, 11, whose story A New Neighbour was illustrated by Paul Howard (below).
The RSPCA competition was inspired by classic tales like The Wind in the Willows, Peter Rabbit and Fantastic Mr Fox and challenged aspiring young writers to create a 500-word wildlife story featuring animals.
To read the winning entries, go to www.wildaboutbritain.org.uk