Fish in the Forest

Watch the Story...

Basic telling

What's the best way to keep an incredible secret? How about turning it into an impossible one?! Let your children find out how in this tummy-tickling Russian folk tale.

Once they've watched this telling of the story, let them watch the enhanced version below to see if they can spot the differences – and see how many new words they can already understand without needing to use a dictionary...!

Enhanced telling

After your children have listened to this telling of the story, can they guess what some of these words or phrases mean? Let them have a think first, then check with a dictionary to see if they are right: click here for our favourite online dictionary.


And afterwards, encourage them to try using these words in their writing for their grown-ups and teachers – or even in the Epic Challenge below...!

"incandescent with rage"
"untold riches"
"natural phenomena"
This story's Epic Challenge!

This week's Epic Tale was all about finding things in unusual place. Can your children imagine something turning up in a strange place? Chip's got some ideas for them in this week's #EpicChallenge...!

Share this video with your children for some ideas to get them started, then send their creations to us for their chance to get a mention in our next #EpicSharingShpecial...!

Sharing Shpecial!

Every weekend, we post a bonus video featuring your responses to our stories, your own stories, your attempts at our Creative Challenges, and more!


In this week's "Sharing Shpecial", Chip is ready with his guitar again – as well as illustrations from among YOU, our #EpicStoryCircle, and a "shpecial announshment"...

Even more story resources...


Click the podcast link below to stream or download an audio telling of the story.

For grown-ups

Click the podcast link below to stream or download a discussion between our storytellers and some creative teachers and parents, to discover this story's links to the National Curriculum – along with fun ways to explore those links with your children.

Click the link below to download a written version of the story to read.

You can now visit our archive of past stories, or have another listen to this week's story.

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