THE CINNAMON BEAR CHAPTER BY CHAPTER
want to know exactly how THE CINNAMON BEAR story unfolds in the
26 chapters of this 63 years old children's radio drama, here is
CHAPTER 1: The Barton twins, Judy and Jimmy discover the
silver Star, which goes on the top of their Christmas tree, is
missing. It is recalled that Uncle Ned took some of the holiday
decorations up to, the attic last year and, after some pleading
with Mother, the twins are permitted to go up to search for it.
They don't find the star but they do discover a number of other
interesting things, including a tiny, 4-inch-tall teddy bear
with a green ribbon around his neck. Jimmy looks through an old
seaman’s telescope and sees the little bear move. He introduces
himself with his own song “I'm the Cinnamon Bear with the Shoe
Button eyes.” Paddy O'Cinnamon, for that is his proper name,
tells the children their star has been stolen by the Crazy Quilt
Dragon and offers to help them get it back.
CHAPTER 2: Paddy shows Judy and Jimmy how to de-grow, that
is, shrink to his own 4-inch size, so they can fit into his very
own special airplane end they set out for Maybeland. Shortly
after take off, they are overtaken by the old Stork. Terribly
thirsty, the bird taps into the plane's 'soda pop fuel tank. Out
of 'gas,' our adventurers are forced to land at the bottom of
Looking Glass Valley, whose sides are so steep that no escape is
CHAPTER 3: The Stork reappears, apologizing for causing
them problems and offering to fly them to the top of the cliffs
which overlook the Root Beer Ocean. There they discover Crazy
Quilt, with the Star, sound asleep. Awakening him with a Boo,
the frightened dragon falls over the cliff into the ocean below.
After he swims ashore, the patchwork explains in song why one
must “Never Say Boo to a Crazy Quilt Dragon." He apologizes
succumbing to the temptation to steal the shiny star.
Unfortunately though, he cannot return it because he lost it
when he fell into the Root Beer Ocean.
CHAPTER 4: Jimmy, Judy, Paddy and Crazy are
approached by a most peculiar group of people. They are the
Inkaboos, the blotter people who are a bit touchy about their
boundary lines. After a brief struggle, Crazy Quilt escapes but
our three friends are made prisoners. They are taken before King
Blotto and charged with trespassing, the penalty for which is to
be thrown into the Immense Inkwell.
CHAPTER 5: The execution is delayed when it's discovered
that the Royal Executioner is off for the day and his assistant
can’t recall the exact wording of the ceremony. While the
Inkaboos debate what to do, Crazy Quilt returns with the
Scissors Soldiers who engage them in battle. In the turmoil, our
group escape on the back of the dragon, who swims out to sea and
safety. Judy spots the Silver Star floating on the surface of
the water, but before they can recover it, the ornament is
swallowed by Wesley the Wailing Whale.
CHAPTER 6: The Wailing Whale explains in song why it
enjoys ill health. Crazy Quilt hits on the idea of tickling the
polka-dotted Wesley until he coughs up the star. It works, but
the star is, in turn, caught by Samuel the Performing Seal, who
insists on Juggling it on his nose. One final toss of the star
into the air, however, attracts Penelope the Pelican, who
catches the shiny bit in her beak and flies off.
CHAPTER 7: Crazy Quilt swims our friends to show to
dry out. They meet an incompetent magician, Mr. Presto, who, in
demonstrating his magical prowess, mistakenly pulls Penelope
from his hat. The angry bird complains that when the magician so
rudely summoned her she dropped the star while flying over the
Island of Obi. The group looks along the shore for a boat to
take them to Obi. They discover, instead, a treasure chest and,
moments later, they are surrounded by a band of Pirates.
CHAPTER 8: Crazy Quilt flees again and the rest of our
friends are hustled into the buccaneers longboat and, as
prisoners, are taken aboard the anchored pirate ship, the Suzy
Q. There they learn from Capt. Tatty that their supposed captors
are the Candy Pirates and friendly follows indeed. The pirates
agree to sail to Obi. As they approach the island's shores, they
see through a telescope a big Roly Poly Policeman patrolling the
beach. And on the lapel of his uniform is pinned their Silver
CHAPTER 9: The pirates give them a small boat to row to
shore and then sail off. But a Magic Wave prevents them from
getting through the surf. They try again a few hundred feet down
the shore and find the water calmer. Landing on the beach they
return to find the Roly Poly Policeman, but the star is gone
from his chest. The Irish-brogued cop explained that a fellow
who said he was a friend of theirs came to collect the star,
then ran on up the beach in the opposite direction. From the
policeman's description, it could have been none other than
Crazy Quilt. Our group follows but as they are running along the
sand, Paddy O'Cinnamon disappears.
CHAPTER 10: Paddy, it seems, crossed an invisible boundary
line, and so do the children, reuniting the group once again. An
educated owl. Professor Whiz tells them that he'd spotted Crazy
Quilt run into the nearby home of the feared Wintergreen Witch.
They follow but find the home empty, except for a magical
picture of a great forest. Stepping through the frame of the
Picture into the woods, they meet tiny Fraidy Cat, who in a wee
voice tells of a great giant who lives there. The trio and the
kitten try to run when the giant approaches.
CHAPTER 11: The Giant. Fee-fo is huge, but gentle and a
real friend. He takes Jimmy, Judy and Paddy to the Goody Good
Grove where they have an elegant Banquet. As night falls
suddenly on the Magic Forest, they spot two scary yellow lights
in the darkness.
CHAPTER 12: The lights are really Crazy Quilt's eyes. The
witch has put him in a trance. When they wake him, the three
friends learn to their dismay that Wintergreen has stolen the
star from Crazy Quilt. Anxious to return to the witch's home,
but lost in the woods, Jimmy recalls the whistle given him by
Fee-fo. Three blasts on the whistle will bring the gentle giant
to help. But when Crazy Quilt tries, he inhales too deeply and
swallows the whistle.
CHAPTER 13: The dragon, however, still manages to toot for
help and Fee-fo arrives to rescue them. He is too large to
return with them through the picture frame. The four
adventurers, though, confront the witch in her home. Not only
does the hag refuse to return the star, she threatens to use
magic to transform them into all manner of horrible things. She
is horrified, however, at her own reflection in Judy's pocket
mirror, and gives them back the star. The children foolishly let
Crazy Quilt put the star in his hip Pocket. And when they return
to Maybeland from Obi, the dragon sits down and crushes the
ornament to bits.
CHAPTER 14: The dragon suggests they go to the castle of
Queen Melissa to get help in repairing the star. The Grand
Wunky, the royal attendant, ushers them into the presence of the
beautiful and kindly queen.
CHAPTER 15: Queen Melissa writes special instructions and
seals them in an envelope, telling Judy and Jimmy that they will
help them to restore their precious Silver Star. But the
instructions can be read only in complete darkness. The Grand
Wunky suggests they may find total darkness in the Wishing
Woods, and directs them. Just inside the woods, they encounter
bathtub singer, Snappersnick, the Crooning Crocodile. The
friends are horrified though, when Snappersnick swallows the
CHAPTER 16: It turns out that the croc is
near-sighted, but can 'absorb' the contents of any writing by
eating it. He tells them that Melissa's note tells them to go to
the Wishing Well. En route, they meet Oliver the Ostrich, a
Cockney fellow who loves eating alarm clocks and bacon.
Eventually they reach the Wishing Well, but alas, Paddy leans
over too far and falls in.
CHAPTER 17: The only way to rescue poor. CINNAMON BEAR is
to use up the only wish allowed them. Wearily Judy Jimmy, Paddy
and Crazy Quilt trudge back to see Melissa for fresh
instructions. But they come to a river of mud and the awful
Muddlers, who toss our hero's into the quagmire.
CHAPTER 18: As they are about to sink beneath the mud,
they are rescued by the Cockle Burr Cowboys. The wanglers,
fortunately, work for Melissa and, through them the children
speak to the queen again. She is sympathetic and gives them new
directions. Leaving the cowboys behind they set out across the
Purple Plain toward the Golden Grove, where they are to find the
Singing Tree and a further clue. But, horrors, they hear
bloodcurdling War whoops. It's Indians!
CHAPTER 19: It's only Chief Cook'n Bottlewasher, who has
been attracted to Crazy Quilt's colourful pelt, which he wants.
But Judy persuades him to take her pocket mirror instead. Just
when they reach the Golden Grove, the evil Wintergreen
reappears. She demands the broken star and, since Judy no longer
has the protective looking glass, Jimmy is forced to surrender
the pieces of the star to Wintergreen.
CHAPTER 20: A still angry witch is about to turn our
friends into bullfrogs but discovers Queen Melissa has taken
away her magical powers. The Grand Wunky reappears and forced
the helpless witch to return the star and takes the old hag away
in custody on the queen's orders. Tired, the adventurers fall
asleep under a tree. When they awake, they discover a huge silk
CHAPTER 21: In the Fly Hat they take off for the Snow
Country. There, on Melissa's instructions, they hunt for someone
known as Nicky Froodle. A W.C. Fields-sounding snowman directs
them to a nearby castle and the little elf named Nicky. He tells
them that he will take them to someone who can help them mend
the broken star, none other than Santa Claus himself.
CHAPTER 22: Santa makes the group welcome and orders up
his reindeer to take the four adventurers to the shop of Jack
Frost, who quicker than quick, repairs the Silver Star as good
as new. He puts it on his window sill to get good and cold, but
when they are ready to go, they find it missing!
CHAPTER 23: Jack Frost raises the window in time to spot
the Bad Dolls dashing away with the star. Santa orders out the
detachment of tin soldiers to pursue the dolls.
But bad news, Captain Tintop radios back that the troops are
encountering difficulties. A strange creature, never before seen
in the Snow Country, is aiding the Bad Dolls.
CHAPTER 24: Back in Santa's office, things become clear.
Melissa has warned that Wintergreen has escaped from her exile
and has headed for the Snow Country. Reinforcements are sent to
the soldiers battling the witch. In the meantime, Santa takes
his visitors on a tour of the North Pole workshop. Then comes
word that Capt. Tintop has returned victorious… and with the
CHAPTER 25: It's nearly Christmas now and the intact star
is back with Judy and Jimmy. They are anxious to return to their
home. Crazy Quilt wants to remain at the North Pole, but the
children and Paddy are to return in Santa's sleigh. Jimmy asks
Crazy Quilt to hold the star as he climbs up into the sleigh.
When he turns to ask the dragon to hand him back the shiny
ornament, our friends discover he's gone... running away as fast
as he can!
CHAPTER 26: In Santa's sleigh, the all set out in hot
pursuit after Crazy Quilt, who is headed straight for the North
Pole. If the dragon can climb the pole to where the Misty Folk
live, he will escape forever with their precious star. Paddy
clutches the dragon frantically, then, in an inspiration,
hollers a loud 'boo!' Crazy Quilt tumbles down the Pole. There
is a wild scramble and... The children suddenly hear Mother's
voice saying, “Wake up! You're all tangled up in that old crazy
quilt coverlet.” Mother doesn't understand, of course, and Judy
and Jimmy wonder to themselves, was it all really a dream? In
gratitude to Paddy O'Cinnamon for his help, they vow to find the
little stuffed bear a place on their tree every year. As the
final chapter ends, they hear the feisty little fellow singing
the Cinnamon Bear with the Shoe Button eyes.”