ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A CATERPILLAR AND A GIANT

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A CATERPILLAR AND A GIANT

Written and Illustrated by Anabelle (age 7)

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There was a little lady caterpillar that was caught by a giant.  And the caterpillar had an idea.

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The caterpillar tooted on the giant.

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And so the giant threw the caterpillar, and she landed in the hard dirt.

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And she walked for eleven miles…being rained on.

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Then she met a boy caterpillar.

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And they fell in love-at-first-sight.

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And they walked until they found a beautiful land, and they bought a beautiful house with flowers and green grass.  And they lived happily together with a beautiful child.

THE END

The Loving Mommy Snake

THE LOVING MOMMY SNAKE

Written and Illustrated by Anabelle (7)

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One there was a very loving mommy snake with three loving daughters.  Her daughters’ names were Anabelle, Isley, and Evey.  And the mother’s name was Mrs. Kelly.

They heard a rustle in the bushes of their home.  They looked outside, and they saw an orange and white tail.  And they knew what it was.

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It was a fox.

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They hid from the fox and soon they grew hungry.  The fox could smell the snakes and waited for them to come out.

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Now the snakes’ tummies hurted and they hoped the fox would go away soon.

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Or else, they thought, they would starve.  When the snakes got so hungry they couldn’t help it, they went outside to look for something to eat and the fox saw them and was getting ready to leap.

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But the fox missed the snakes and hurt his leg.

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And the snakes finally got something to eat.  And then the snakes were happy again.

THE END

 

THE BABY

THE BABY
Written and Illustrated by Anabelle (7)

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One day the hippo was just walking along, minding its own business.

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And then he heard something falling out of the air.

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And when he saw the thing that dropped, he stopped.  It was a package.  He ran with it to his house.

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He picked the package up and put it on his little rock.  And he thought of what it might be.

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Then he opened it and discovered it was a baby hippo that was very ugly.

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The baby hippo – that was very ugly – sat up and danced.  The big hippo was confused.

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The baby hippo wanted to play and the big hippo did not.

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The hippo was wondering if the baby hippo would change, and it did.  It had snaky eyes, very big ears, and sharp teeth.

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And then the baby turned into a very scar monster.  The big hippo realized it was very little and the baby was very big.

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And so the big hippo ran so far…about three miles.

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When he stopped running, he saw another big monster.

THE END

 

The Reading Place

THE READING PLACE
Illustrated by Anabelle (7), Isley (4) and Luke (31)
Written by Luke Ellington

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A reading place is a special space for getting your read on.

Penelope Prim and her chicken, Big Red, had a reading place in the kitchen broom closet.  But it was a bit cramped in there.

And dark…

And the EVIL DUST BUNNIES were…evil.

Big Red fought valiantly to protect Penelope and her books, but there were just too many fuzzy foes.  The sneezing was fierce.  So Penelope and her chicken lost their reading place in the broom closet.  With no one else to turn to, they sought advice from Penelope’s big brother, Larry Hairy Longlegs.

He was locked in his room, as usual, working on another one of his projects.

Penelope tried knocking, first at her height and then way up high where her dad would knock.  Nothing.

She and Big Red knocked more…and pecked…and scratched…and hollered…and squawked…and collapsed on the floor.  Nothing.

But just as they were about to give up, a definite something slid out below the door.  A flyer.

 

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The girls were a bit perplexed.  But they had big problems…problems that needed solving.

“Thanks a million, Larry Harry Longlegs!” Penelope called.

Big Red left a present.

“Okay, Big Red, we need a new reading place and this STEM thingy is our answer.”  Penelope looked deep into her chicken’s eyes.  “I’ll just need a few minutes to learn what these words mean.”

She didn’t have to say more.  Big Red sharpened her beak on the floor and prepared for a final broom closet dust bunny battle.

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While Penelope looked up those four words in her dictionary, all was chaos and feathers and dust.  Talons ripped through the air.  Evil glowing eyes glowed evilly.  It was ONE CHICKEN standing against an EVIL DUST BUNNY HOARD!  And it was EPIC.

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The girls made it out just in time.

“Thanks, Big Red.  We did it!”

After much sneezing, Penelope explained to the chicken that Science is when you use what you know about the world to test ideas and learn more.  Technology is about finding new and better ways of doing a job.  Engineering is when you use what you know to help design and build something.  Math is all about the numbers and patterns that were used to make the world.

“You know, Big Red, I think ol’ Larry Hairy Longlegs might just be right!  We can use STEM to make our own reading place.  A better reading place!”

The two set to work outside.

They made notes in the sandbox about the Sun and passing clouds.  About people and chickens and grass.  Science!

They had a snack and talked about what kinds of tools a truly amazing reading place would have.  Technology!

They discovered the perfect ways to break cardboard boxes open and connect them into new shapes.  Engineering!

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And they measured everything in the yard to find the perfect place to build.  Math!

The new and so-totally-improved reading place had everything.  Umbrella.  Sturdy cardboard construction.  Lights.  Nesting box (for laying eggs).  Shelves (for books).  More shelves.  Special shelves for Bible stories.  A cup holder.  And awesomeness.

And yet, for all the awesomeness, the new reading place looked a bit cold and uninviting.

Big Red, who just happened to be clutching some sidewalk chalk , gave Penelope an idea.  Thirty-five chalk sticks later, Penelope had turned the entire reading place into an eye-catching kaleidoscope of color.  Art!

She hung up the flyer.

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Penelope and her chicken, Big Red, were just about to get their read on when they heard a knock at the door.  Then another…a bit lower.

“Okay, Larry Hairy Longlegs, but you’re lucky we reinforced the structure to account for your pubescent dimensions.  I knew you’d come.”

Penelope, her chicken, and her big brother all got their read on…right after testing the new Evil Dust Bunny Launcher 3000.

“Not too bad, Larry Hairy Longlegs.”

“Not too bad, Penelopoopoo.”

“Bok bok bok, bagok!”

THE END

 

Queenia of the Dragons and her Best Friend Forever

QUEENIA OF THE DRAGONS AND HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER
Illustrated by Isley (4)
Written by Luke (31)

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It is difficult for queens to keep friends.  This is especially true for dragon queens,  who like to eat their friends.

Queenia of the Dragons had never had a friend for more than a day. 

“Thanks for playing with me.   Would you like to stay for. ..dinner?” she would ask.  Or even, “let’s play restaurant.   You can be Lunch and climb on into that hot soup pot.”

Now,  dragons are nocturnal and only like go out at night.   But Queenia found it harder and harder to find friends to play with (and eat) so she had to go out in the daytime to find someone.

There,  in the daytime,  she met Mr. Golden Sun.  He smiled brightly all the time.  Queenia liked that.  He made her feel warm all over.  She liked that too.

So she tried to eat Mr. Golden Sun.  And when she couldn’t,  Queenia realized she’d met her Best Friend Forever.

THE END