#50PreciousWordsforKids: HERE ARE THE STORIES!!

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Hurray! It is time to unveil the stories for this year’s #50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge.

The stories came from all over the United States – Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, California, Iowa, Maine, and even my state of New Hampshire, plus one entry with awesome illustrations from across the pond in Northern Ireland!

I thank all of the parents and teachers who encouraged their children to participate and made it possible for us to enjoy the work of these young authors. And I thank all of the kids who shared their precious words with us!

Here were the guidelines:

 

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  • Each child, grade K-6, writes a story of 50 words or less.
  • Title not included in word count.
  • Story must have a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Happy or sad, silly or serious, true or make-believe.
  • Teachers/students choose one story to submit per class.
  • Homeschooling parents submit one story per child.
  • Please email story to: viviankirkfield@gmail.com by May 7 at 11:59pm.
  • Stories post on my blog: viviankirkfield.com on May 11.
  • Teacher receives a certificate to copy and present to each child who wrote a story.

And here are the stories!!!

I’M NENI

by Tessa

2nd grade

Maryland 

I’m Neni. I moved this summer to the United States. At my new school, Ms. Santiago told me to present a talent. I danced. A boy stood and yelled, “Hey Miss African girl–you’re hurting my eyes.” I kept dancing proudly and everybody clapped at the end. Even that boy.

 

CRYSTAL RUN!

by Claire M

Age 10 – 4th grader

Michigan

I’m running through a forest with a crystal. I need to get it to the heart of the forest. Robots are chasing me! I got it so I could save the world which is falling apart. I see the pedestal! I place it down and the robots shut down.

 

Cupcake

by Dempsey

Age 10 – 4th grader

 “I want a cupcake,” Ava yelled.

“No,” screamed her mom, “after lunch.”

“Fine,” Ava said.

So Ava ate her lunch and got a cupcake.

“I want vanilla!” Ava yelled, “Not chocolate!”

“You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit,” screamed her mom.

“AHHHHH.”

No cupcake.

 

 

The Lemonade Stand 

by Elise L.

2nd grade

Rochester Central Lutheran School in Rochester, Minnesota.


It was a hot day. I wanted to make a lemonade stand. I love lemonade! First, I got lemons, ice cubes, and sugar. Then, I made the lemonade and the stand. Next, I put up my stand. Finally, I advertised for it. Lots of customers came. Best lemonade stand ever!!!

 

RAINING CARROTS?

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Abel, Amoura, Anala, Andrew, Brandon, Briony, Carli, Eliana, Elias, George, Irwin, Josiah, Lakai, Liam, Lucy, Marvin, Nathan, Rinko, Ruca, Savannah, Sawyer, Sienna, Talia, and Wardah

Who are kindergarten students from:

David Lubin Elementary School

Sacramento, CA 

In Mrs. Catherine Hashimoto’s Class

It was raining carrots at the David Lubin playground, so the students in Mrs. Hashimoto’s class sadly went inside.  Suddenly, out came Super Bunny.  She ate all the clouds; then swept up all the carrots into the bag. The kids said, “Thank you!” and ate the carrots at the playground.

 

The Dinosaur Loved the Dog

by Keagan

7-years old 

Oklahoma

The dinosaur went through the woods.

Over the desert.

Swam the river and ate chocolate mud.

He had to take a shower.

Then he went to bed.

He dreamed he was walking with a puppy.

He woke up and found the puppy sleeping by him.

The dinosaur loved the puppy.

 

The Blue Jay Eats

by Amelia

6 years old

Oklahoma

Hi! I’m a blue jay. My name is Buster. I eat berries from the berry tree. The tree is green with lots of fruit on top. I fly around the tree. Lots of fruit is falling off to me. They are so very pink. They make juice for me.

 

The First Epic Adventure 

by Linnea

8 years old – 3rd grade

Tom Wilson Elementary, Katy, Texas

One day two adventurous bunnies went on a roller coaster. They took control of the drivers seats and blasted to Mount Everest. Then they said “one small step for bunny, one giant leap for bunnykind.” Then they flew up on stars to conquer the Moon and hopefully reunite with Kirby.

 

Ruby Kicking A Bush
by Bethany
Age 7
West Des Moines, IA
Ruby went outside to kick a dead bush. Before even the tip of her toe touched it, she fell.
When she fell, she broke her leg. She had to wear a cast. She got better soon.

 

TRAIN BLASTING OFF

by Ronen K.  

Age 6

Saratoga, CA

Once there were some trains, one had rockets on the back. The train that had rockets blasted off into space. The train never came back, ever again. The other trains were worried that it ran out of fuel. But the train did not run out of fuel, it was electric.

 

 

A Comic Strip Cartoon Between Two Dragons

by Delenne

Northern Ireland

      1. “Where’s the cookies? Humm”

      2. “I don’t see any cookies”

       3. “Well this is a job for Emerald Holmes”

       4. “Who would eat the cookies except for me?”

       5. “Ah ha!”

       “You ate the cookies, didn’t you Lavender?”

       “No, I DIDN’T!”

      6. “Did you check the cookie cam?”

          “Nope”

      7. (shows green dragon eating cookies at 2am with the date 5/5/18)

      8. “So, who ate the cookies?”

     9.  “Uhhh.”

 

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TUXEDO KITTEN

by Ariah L.

Age 9 

Biddeford, Maine

 Snowpaws, the black and white tuxedo kitten,

was nine weeks old when she got adopted at a shelter by a family.

She was curled up on a bed under an ironing board.
A seven year old girl scooped her up.
“This one,” she said, and named her
Snowpaws.
The end.
THE NOISE
by Elektrah L
Age 11 
Biddeford, Maine
 A tortoiseshell cat walked through a field with a forest of pines and birch.
Wind ruffled her fur. Then she heard a noise. It sounded like a cat!
She dashed through the forest.
A white tom stood under a pine. “I’m Glacier!”
“I’m Star,” she replied.
They became best friends.

 

FLAMINGO IS MY BEST FRIEND

by Nora
Age 7 – 1st grade
Great Mills, Maryland
Flamingo is my best friend. He wants to be a sea horse. Sea horses live in the water and Flamingo can’t swim. Flamingo will have to sit on the beach instead. I’ll bring Flamingo two scoops of ice cream with sea horse sprinkles because Flamingo is my best friend.

 

The Vacation

by Nehemiah

Age 6

North Carolina

There was a boy who loved video games, but he only had 10 minutes to play.  As soon as he started, it was time to leave for vacation.  They saw cool animals and wanted a dog for a pet.  They found one at the dog store, and they loved him.

 

 

 

The Playful Kitten

by Naomi

Age 7

North Carolina

There was a little kitten that had on mittens.  It was cute and black with green, sparkling eyes.  Her name was Sweet Pea, and she loved fish for a snack.  She loved to play with her owner where the other cute little animals were playing in the park.

Rocco
7 years old
Amherst, NH
One day, a little boy told his mother that he was going to walk to his grandmother’s by himself.  His mother told her child that he can’t go without a parent.  The boy refused.  Then, he sat down to think about what he said to his mother.  They went together.”
Dog Man
by Nico  J.
Sacremento, CA
Dog Man becomes a boxer and fights a cat fish stick man.
Chapter 1
“Ruff, ruff! You wana start reading? Here try a comic book. Bye! “Ruff, bark! Hello and welcome!  Grr! Ra! Huh? Dog man, you’re late for work. Ruff! Bye!Chapter 2
Getting Fired
Grr!  Hmm! Your’e fired!Chapter 3
The Big Blow Out
Dog man, where are you?
Dog man wins. Dog man, you’re hired.Chapter 4
Party Time!
Party at Dog man’s.

The End

Magic does happen when you make every word count…and when you encourage children to write. CONGRATULATIONS to all of these young authors – your stories were fabulous!
Have a wonderful weekend – and Happy Mother’s Day!

Short and Sweet: Creative Writing Fun

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Do you want to stretch your creative writing ability?

Here’s another fun challenge, this one offered by children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill.

Short and Sweets is a great way to get your mind thinking outside the box!

This week’s prompt, called “Saying It Without Saying It”, invites you to describe a childhood event or common childhood occurrence…such as a Birthday Party or a Camping Trip. The trick is not to use certain words that are often associated with that particular event or feeling.

If you’d like to take part, click on this link: http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2013/01/monday-short-and-sweet-saying-it.html

Here is my entry:

We hold hands…the long windowless hallway seems to go on forever.

“You’re squeezing my fingers!” I try to loosen my grip. “Sorry.”

A cloud covers the faint sliver of the moon as we enter our room and feel our way to the beds. My sister dives into hers…blankets rustle as she covers her head.

At the edge of my bed, I hesitate. “Can I sleep with you?”

“Do you have to?” comes the muffled reply.

“Please!!!”

A sudden rush of air tells me she has flung back the covers. “Alright…but stay on the edge and don’t move around!”

Arms outstretched, I shuffle over to her bed and crawl in silently…warm…safe…waiting for morning to come.

Can you guess what I am describing? Hop over to Susanna’s Short and Sweet post…I’m sure you will know which of the 15 choices I picked.

I hope 2013 has started well for you…I feel like I am digging my way out of a mountain of emails and unread blogs after having been virtually (no pun intended) computer-less for almost two weeks. Visiting with my kids was a fantastic way to start the year…I’ll share some photos in another post.

Halloweensie Contest: The Witches of Fairy Top Hill

Hurray!  It’s time for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Halloweensie Contest.

If you love to write, there is still time to enter…click on the link above…a children’s story, poetry or prose, 100 words or less, including the following three words: bat, trick-or-treat and witch.  Blog about your story and then link it to Susanna’s Wednesday post.

I love creative writing prompts…give me a title or a subject, explain the rules and away I go!  One never knows what little rhyme or story will turn into a great picture book.

Children love to dress up…pretend play and role-playing is a great way for children to express their feelings.  One day they want to be astronauts, another time doctors or princes and princesses.  They don’t need a holiday like Halloween to want to play pretend…but on Halloween, we often see lots children dressed as witches.

I began to think about what costumes witches would put on if they went trick-or-treating to get candy when their spells to produce candy failed.

And did you know that in England, Scotland and Ireland, trick-or-treating is known as ‘guising’?

The Witches of Fairy Top Hill

On Halloween eve up on Fairy Top Hill,

A trio of witches, Pam, Tamsin and Lil,

Were practicing magic and chanting out loud,

“Bat-candy, bat-candy…rain down from that cloud!”

“Kaput! and Kabob!” Pam invoked with a shout

The sky quickly filled with a hover of trout.

“Kibosh! and Pish-posh!” Tamsin yelled with finesse.

A chorus of frogs joined the fish-slippy mess.

Then bold Lil spoke up, “This is Trick-or-Treat night,

And children get candy and Turkish delight.”

Costumed as young children…with treat bags to fill,

The trio went guising, Pam, Tamsin and Lil.

Hope you all enjoyed my little Halloween story…and don’t miss reading all of the other wonderful submissions.  Just go to www.SusannaLeonardHill.blogspot.com

Show Me How is in the News!

THE SUMMER IS MORE THAN HALFWAY OVER!

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE…KIDS ARE OUT BUYING NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES….AND TEACHERS ARE GEARING UP FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.

This post is a summary of some of the projects I have underway and some of the events that have been taking place recently, here in Colorado.

WE’VE BEEN POUNDED BY TRAGEDY…FIRST THE WALDO CANYON FIRES RIGHT HERE IN COLORADO SPRINGS (AND VARIOUS OTHER WILDFIRES IN THE REST OF THE STATE) AND JUST LAST WEEK, THE AURORA THEATER MASSACRE, WHERE TWELVE PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES AND DOZENS OF OTHERS WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED.

MANY ASK…HOW CAN WE STOP THIS TYPE OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE?

UNFORTUNATELY, I DON’T THINK THERE IS AN ANSWER…NOT UNTIL EVERY PERSON’S HEART IS FILLED WITH LOVE FOR OTHERS.

WHAT WE CAN DO IS PRAY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED.  WE ARE ALL ONE FAMILY.  WE CAN REACH OUT TO EACH OTHER WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION BECAUSE, IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY, LOVE IS WHAT HEALS.

WE CAN ALSO TRY TO MAKE OUR OWN LITTLE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

SOMEONE WHO DOES THAT VERY WELL IS picture book author, SUSANNA LEONARD HILL.

DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR, SHE HOSTS A PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY  WHERE SHE INVITES OTHERS TO LINK UP WITH A PICTURE BOOK REVIEW AND RELATED ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES.

FOR THE SUMMER, SHE HAS COME UP WITH A WHOLE NEW CHALLENGE: SUMMER SHORT AND SWEETS.

DO YOU LIKE TO WRITE?  ARE YOU AN ASPIRING AUTHOR?

JOIN SUSANNA AND FRIENDS FOR THIS CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE.

I hope you will check out this fun-filled writing exercise!  Here is my entry for week #3:

I am Castle.
Gray as weathered stone in a cloud-filled twilight.
With tall turreted towers.
Decaying.
Crumbling.
Adjacent to an ancient herb garden where quartz paving stones glisten in the moonlight.
Guarding a hidden secret.
Protecting a forgotten treasure.
Waiting for eventual discovery.
Like a tightrope walker holding his breath.
I am Castle.

Another project for me this summer was to submit a picture book to Rate Your Story.  This amazing website is hosted by several children’s authors, illustrators and editors.  They provide professional manuscript critiques and other services…but will look over your story for FREE and rate it from “1”…great story, you should consider submitting…to “10”…consider this story as practice and write another one.  In addition, some of the judges may even give your story some constructive suggestions to help make it better.

A couple of weeks ago, I submitted, “The Boots of Dylan McGee”.  This is a rhyming picture book that tells the story of a little boy who wants to be a cowboy and loves his boots so much that he never wants to take them off. 

Here’s the first verse:

Dylan McGee was a cowboy-in-training.

Boots were his garb, whether sunshine or raining.

“It’s time to go nighty-night”, Momma would say.

But take off his boots?  Nada, nix, no and nay!

 When his boots begin to hurt his feet because they are too small, “he tried to remove them but couldn’t succeed…those boots wouldn’t budge ‘cause he’d grown like a weed.”

Early this week, I got the reply back…”The Boots of Dylan McGee” scored a “3”… which means: good story, get a critique or two and polish before submitting.  I was really excited because the judge gave me three awesome suggestions which I am working on implementing to make the story better and ready to put out there in publishing-land.

I’m also continuing in Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 in 2012 Picture Book Writing Challenge.

I’ve been having so much fun since January…writing a picture book draft each month.  Thanks to Julie and the encouraging group of more than FOUR HUNDRED participants, I now have seven picture book drafts waiting to be revised and polished and revised and polished and revised and polished some more.  July’s picture book draft is completed!

Another project for me is to de-clutter my garage. 

 

As the comic strip character, Cathy, would say, “AACK!!!!!!”

I know that clutter is a problem for many of us.  Objectively, I understand that clutter creates stress.  Subjectively, it is difficult to decide what to keep and what to toss.

But I have done a little work on this and plan to do more every weekend until I am done.

As Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way would say, “Aaaah, that’s better.

And now I’d like to share some lovely news.

Lovely news #1: Last week, I got an email from WordPress notifying me that I had reached a milepost in “likes”…1000 of them.

For that I have to thank all of you, my readers!  Sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to write, especially because I love to read and comment on everyone else’s posts.  I’m thrilled to have connected with so many people all over the world…what an exciting journey this has been!

Lovely news #2: I just got word from TaRhonda Thomas, Emmy-winning anchor for the 9News Morning Show in Denver.  She will be interviewing me on August 27th and we will be discussing an extremely timely topic for the opening of the new school year…how parents can detect the subtle signs of bullying.  I’ll share more details in future posts.

Lovely news #3: Diane Kress Hower over at bookwisdombydiane did an amazing review of Show Me How! and also one of Cindy Moo.  She has a spot on the local NBC affiliate KKCO TV 11 News morning show where she spotlights children’s books.  On Tuesday morning, she talked about the importance of self-esteem and how those two books were wonderful resources for parents and teachers.  Diane is offering a copy of each of the books as a giveaway on her website…you just need to leave her a comment.

Lovely news #4:  My daughter and her family will definitely be moving to Colorado Springs within the year…I can’t wait to be able to spend more time with my grandson!