Grade 3 Family
The following LEGENDS are a 'Re-telling' of the legend... "The Granddaughter Who Was Eaten By A Big Fish"... from their LEGENDS Unit, in February 2004.
These versions written by members of our class family, each have different and unique ways of telling the same message...'LISTEN TO YOUR ELDERS'.
Gookum means Grandmother!
One day on a Reserve, a long time ago, Beulah came home from school. She got off the bus. She ran into the house and Gookum said,
"My child, I need some water to make a cake".
She warned her not to swim in the river alone, because there was a really big fish there.
Beulah got scared. Beulah didn't want to go to the river afterall.
"It's alright," said Gookum. "How about if I walk with you, because I have to get some firewood."
Beulah felt much better.
So Gookum got a wagon and put two buckets in there. Beulah said, "STOP!"
Gookum said, "Now what?"
"Wait! I forgot something Gookum!" answered Beulah.
"What did you forget?" Gookum asked.
"Shoes!" Beulah replied.
"Well hurry up!" Gookum added.
When Beulah was walking, she was bothered by a butterfly. She put the buckets down and she chased it. She got so hot and dizzy, that she fell.When she fell, a squirrel bit her hand. She said, "OUCH!" and the squirrel ran away.
Then there was a seagull in the sky. It landed on the ground and it started to "Caw!" at her. Then it flew away.
Beulah got hotter so she took off her stuff and went for a swim. She swam under the bridge. Suddenly, she felt something tickling her feet!
The big fish opened his mouth as wide as he could and swallowed her!
When Beulah was inside the fish, she got down on her knees and she said, "I should have listened to Gookum!"
Everytime she prayed, she would think of her Grandma. She got more and more sad.
Meanwhile, it was starting to rain. Gookum was scared and lonely. She got hungry too! She put her jacket and boots on.
When she went out, she found a nice place to sit by the river. She caught six humongous fish! The last fish she caught, was bigger than the others.
When Gookum sliced open that big fish, Beulah jumped up!
"Beulah! What did I say?"
Beulah said, "I'm sorry." Then Beulah went to wash herself off.
On the way home, Beulah said, "Gookum, I'm really sorry. I should have listened to you."
When they got home, the window was open. When they walked in the door, they saw the curtains were off and the T.V. was on. They walked around the corner and they saw Grandpa.
Gookum said, "What are you doing here?"
Grandpa answered, "I need a place to stay."
Gookum asked,"How did you get in to Beulah's house?"
"The window was open," he answered.
Gookum turned to Beulah and said, "I guess you didn't check the windows like I told you to, before we went out this afternoon, did you Beulah?"
Beulah answered, "It'll never happen again Gookum!"
They both giggled.
A long time ago, there once lived a little girl named Beulah. She lived with her Gookum.
One day her Gookum sent Beulah to get some food and water, because they had nothing to eat and drink.
Meanwhile, her Gookum got some firewood, to cook the food that Beulah would bring them to eat.
So Beulah went to get the food and water.
On her way, she met a squirrel. She said to the squirrel,
"Are you lost?"
Then she offered the squirrel to walk with her.
Next she met a butterfly. She offered the butterfly to fly with her, as she walked.
When she got to the lake, she was hot and tired. She took off her shirt and her pants, and she dived right in the lake. She wanted to swim all the way to the end of the lake, but then she saw a big splash!
Just then, a BIG fish was coming her way!
She tried to swim to shore, but it got her and ate her!!!
Her Gookum got worried (and really hungry and thirsty), so she decided to go and get some food and water.
Gookum caught a BIG fish.
When she cut the BIG fish, Beulah jumped out of the fish! Beulah was jumping all over the place!
Beulah's Gookum shook her head. She said,
"I told you not to go swimming in the lake! ...only in the summer! This is Spring!"
"What? No!" Beulah answered in shock.
So Beulah went to the lake again, just to wash off all the fish guts.
She listened to her Gookum!
Once upon a time, there was a little girl, her Grandma, and a BIG fish!
The Grandma told the little girl to go get water.
"If you don't I'll give you a spanking!"
On the way for water, the girl smelled a stinky skunk!
Then she saw a fox! It attacked her!!!
After that, she saw a hundred birds and the birds pecked her!
Finally, she got to the sea.
When she looked into the sea, she saw something silver! She decided to swim to see the silver thing. It ate her up!!!
The girl's Grandma got tired of waiting for her, so she went to catch some fish at the sea.
When Grandma cut open the BIG fish she caught...the little girl jumped out of it!
The Grandma was mad at her, so Grandma spanked her.
The little girl cried and cried. Then she went to go wash herself off.
A long time ago, there was this girl named Beulah, and her Gookum.
One day, her Gookum wanted her to get some water.
When she went to get the water, she saw something. She got closer and closer. It was a butterfly! It looked so nice! It had lots of shapes and colors on it.
Then she saw something blue. She got closer and closer. It was a Bluejay (that lights up)!
The she saw something brown. She got closer and closer. It was a squirrel! how nice and beautiful the squirrel was!
Soon, Beulah was close to the lake. She got closer and closer.
When Beulah got to the lake, she filled up the pails. She got hot, so she jumped into the lake to cool off.
A BIG fish saw Beulah! It got closer and closer. Then it gobbled up Beulah!!!
Beulah's Gookum went to go fishing, while she waited for Beulah to come back with the water. She got 5 small fish and one BIG fish.
When Gookum cut open the BIG fish, Beulah jumped out!
Gookum was very mad at her!
Beulah went to wash herself off.
A long time ago in the forest, Gookum was making cookies. The smell of it, was going outside.
Beulah ran inside. Beulah said,
Gookum said,"Not until you go and get some water from the lake!"
Beulah answered, "Okay."
"Don't swim alone in the lake. Don't swim too far!"
(Beulah doesn't listen to her Gookum.)
Beulah was walking to the lake in the mountains.
On her way to the lake, she met a squirrel. She said,
The little squirrel went away.
As she was walking down the path to the lake, on her way she ran into a Bluejay. It was singing.
"Away!" Beulah told it to go away.
So it did.
Then when she was walking down the path, she ran into a butterfly. It was flying around her. She told it to go away.
So it did.
While she was walking, she got too hot!
When she finally got to the lake, she was so, so, hot that she wanted to take a swim. She took her clothes off and dived into the water. She swam as far as she could.
The she felt something tickling her toes. She tried to swim away, but a GIANT fish opened its mouth as wide as it could, and swallowed her!!!
She was gone for days!
Meanwhile, her Gookum was getting hungry (and worried!) so she went fishing. She caught six fish; she caught five tiny fish but the other fish was GIANT!
When Gookum cut open the GIANT fish, Beulah jumped out!
Gookum shook her head and said,
"Beulah! I told you not to swim alone!"
Gookum started to laugh.
Beulah went to the lake and washed herself off.
A long time ago there lived a little girl and her Gookum. The little girl was named Beulah.
One day Gookum told Beulah to go get some water, so she went to the sea.
On her way, she saw something. It was a squirrel. Beulah went very close to it, so it ran away.
Then on her way to the sea, she saw a butterfly. She put down her water buckets and played with the butterfly.
Then she had to go to the sea!
Next she saw a bird. It was a Bluejay!
After a while, she had to go to the sea! She was late!
Beulah's Gookum was getting worried!
Finally, after eight o'clock, Beulah came home.
Gookum was happy!
A long time ago there was a little girl named Beulah and Beulah's Gookum. They lived in a little house b the lake.
One day Gookum said,
"I'm going to go fishing."
Beulah got scared at home alone, so she was trying to sleep.
Then Beulah got very, very, thirsty so she went to get some water to drink.
When she went to get the water, she got hot. She was glad she wore her hat to cover her eyes from the hot sun!
While she was walking by the water, something grabbed her and took her away for five weeks!
Gookum was worried, but still had to go fishing.
Beulah was stuck inside a fish, and it just happened to be one of the fish that Gookum just caught!
When Gookum cut the fish open...Beulah finally got out of the fish!
"I was scared inside that fish!"
After that, Beulah got sick from being inside that fish. Even when she was sick, she still had more stuff to do. She works taking care of her Gookum.
Beulah still likes to go swimming.
Gookum told her girl, not to go in the ocean, but the girl didn't listen. So Gookum said, "Go in the house or I'll smack your butt!"
Because she didn't listen, they went to the ocean together.
They went a lot of places together. They went to
the woods together.
Then, they went to the park.
Then, they went to B.C.
Then, they went on an airplane to Swan Hills.
Then, they went to Blue Rivers.
Then, they went swimming.
Then they went back home, and Gookum sent the girl to go get fish. She warned, "Don't get eaten by the BIG fish!"
On the way, a butterfly flew past the girl.
After that, a squirrel came by and scratched her.
Next, a bird followed the girl.
Suddenly, the squirrel returned and whacked her on the leg, with a stick.
Then the bird pooped on her.
Then the butterfly reappeared, and landed on her nose.
After the butterfly landed on her nose, it flew to her hand and sat there.
After a while, they all got to the ocean together. Only the girl went into the water. When she did, the BIG fish tried to eat her!
The girl had blood all over her, from being bitten by the BIG fish!
When Gookum found her, she was lying on the beach, crying.
Gookum said, "You deserve a smack for not listening...but your fish bites are worse than me smacking your butt!!!"
The girl learned to listen to her Gookum!
This happened not long ago...
Beulah was playing.
Gookum was making an apple pie.
Gookum told Beulah to go get some water, so she could make some supper.
On the way, Beulah met a squirrel. It was saying, "DON'T GO THERE...OR YOU'LL GET EATEN BY THE BIG FISH!!!"
Beulah didn't listen to the squirrel...
When she was getting the water, she got caught by the BIG fish!
The next day, Gookum went fishing. When she cut open the BIG fish she caught, Beulah got out!
Gookum sent Beulah to get water.
"Beulah...don't go swimming alone!"
Then Beulah met the butterfly.She went to catch the butterfly. The butterfly flew away.
Then she met a squirrel. She said to the squirrel, "Go away!"
Beulah got sleepy. She went to find somewhere to sleep. Then she felt hot.
She decided to go in the water to cool down. She said to herself, "I want to be the best swimmer!" and she swam so, so, so, so far!
The BIG fish came and gobbled her up!
Beulah cried. She said, "I should have listened to my Gookum!"
Then Gookum came and caught 3 fish. She got a BIG fish! When she cut the BIG fish open...Beulah jumped out and said, "Ya! Ya! Ya!"
"Beulah, I told you not to swim alone!"
Then Beulah went to clean off the fish guts!
A long time ago, a girl named Beulah and her old Gookum, lived in a small old house in the woods.
Her Gookum said, "Go and get some water from the lake or else I'll spank you in the bum!"
"O.k." said Beulah.
On her way, she met a butterfly. She chased it until it flew away.
Then she heard a Bluejay. It flew around her head. She chased it around, until it flew away.
Then she got hot. She sat on a cold rock. She started to cool down, but then she started to get hot again.
She took off all her clothes and went into the water. She thought she could swim as far as the end of the lake. Suddenly, she saw a BIG splash out in the water!
A BIG fish swallowed her up!!!
Her Gookum got so worried, but she knew Beulah could take care of herself.
Gookum was so hungry, that she went fishing. She caught 6 fish and one HUGE fish! She cut open the the little ones first, and decided to cut the HUGE fish, last.
When she cut it open...out came Beulah covered in slimy guts!
Gookum said, "Go wash off!"
Beulah was glad Gookum didn't spank her bum, for getting caught by the HUGE fish!"
Gookum called Beulah to go and get some water.
Beulah said, "O.k."
Before she left, Gookum warned Beulah to not to go swimming alone.
So Beulah left to go get some water.
When Beulah went and got some water, she met some friends.
First she met a butterfly.
Then she met a squirrel. She said, "Go away squirrel!"
By this time, she was getting hot! She thought she'd like to go for a swim. She said to herself, "I'm going to swim as far as I can!"
So she did!
"Oh no!" She cried. "The BIG fish is after me!"
The BIG fish soon caught up to Beulah and gobbled her up!
When Beulah did not return, Gookum went to look for her.
Gookum searched and searched, but never found Beulah.
Beulah was taken far away from Gookum, and is still inside that fish...swimming all over the world (trying not to get caught!)
A long time ago, a girl named Beulah wanted to go for a swim, so
she got all of her stuff ready.
Just when she was ready to leave, her Grandma walked in the girl's room. She said to the girl,
"Where are you going?"
"I'm going for a swim!" she answered.
Gookum said, "Okay. Do you got all of your stuff ready?"
"Yes, I do," Beulah replied.
"Okay you could go. But remember...BE CAREFUL SWIMMING...and don't drown yourself!" Gookum warned.
So Beulah walked out the door.
It was very nice outside. There was lots of birds flying around.
On the way there, she met a butterfly. It pooped on her, so she tried to hit it. It moved and she hit herself!
She cried and cried until she met a Bluejay. The Bluejay was cawing at her, so she said,"GO AWAY!"
Next she met a squirrel. It walked with her all of the way down the trail. She started to like the Bluejay.
Finally, she got to the river. She had started to get hot, so she decided to go swimming. She swam very, very far.
Suddenly, she saw something in the water. It gobbled her up!
It got late, so Gookum got worried. Gookum went to the river and went fishing herself. She caught two little fish and one BIG fish.
When she cut open the BIG fish, the girl jumped out saying, "I'm FREE!"
Gookum got mad and took the girl home.
A long time ago, there were two people in the woods. One was named Beulah, and the other was her Gookum.
One day, Beulah got so hot that she needed to go for a swim. She asked her Gookum if she could go for a swim and Gookum said,"NO!"
Beulah asked, "Why"
"Because there is a huge fish wandering in the lake."
So Beulah said to herself, "I don't need to listen to Gookum. I will just take a little swim".
When she was walking to the lake, a squirrel threw nuts at her.
Then a butterfly came along. Beulah tried to chase it away, but she accidentally squished the butterfly.
Next a Bluejay came along and started to rip Beulah's clothes off. Beulah hit the Bluejay.
When she got to the lake, she took off all of her clothes. She did a dive, right into the huge fish's mouth!
Beulah was gone for years.
Gookum got so worried.
One day, Gookum went to go fishing. She caught seven fish. When she cut open the first fish, it was just an old garden boot inside of the fish. Gookum said, "Oops! That's my boot!"
Finally, she cut open the huge fish she had caught. Beulah jumped out and hugged and kissed her Gookum!
Gookum said to Beulah, "I told you not to go swimming in the lake!"
Beulah answered, "Sorry Gookum".
Then Gookum said to Beulah, "Go wash off the fish guts!"
Long ago there lived a girl named Beulah, and her Gookum.
One day Gookum wanted some water, so she could make some soup.
"Beulah, go get me some water, but..." warned Gookum, "don't swim alone!" Then Gookum gave Beulah two pails.
Beulah told Gookum, "I am not afraid of a big dumb fish!" Then Beulah left to get the water.
As she was walking, a butterfly appeared. Beulah squashed it.
Then appeared a Bluejay. Beulah hit the Bluejay.
Then a squirrel came along. It was throwing nuts at Beulah. Beulah called out, "GO AWAY!"
When Beulah got to the lake, she got so, so hot gathering the water. She took off all her clothes and went for a swim. She thought she was a swimming champion!
Far from the shore, the big fish gobbled her up.
Beulah was crying. "I should have listened to Gookum!"
Gookum was worried when Beulah did not return. Gookum went fishing and caught 6 fish. One was a BIG one!
When Gookum cut the BIG fish...Beulah jumped out! Beulah was so happy to get out of the fish!!!
Gookum was laughing! Then Gookum said, "Go wash off the fish guts!"