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The Summer I Will Never Forget.
It was 2:59. The school bell was about to ring. It was almost summer vacation, and I had my whole summer planned out.
"5 Mississippi, 4 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi…" the whole class was chanting and counting the seconds until it was summer vacation.
At a small town with few kids in a grade summer vacation was the only thing any of the students have to look forward to.
The town doesn't have a lot of money. If they do get money they use it to fix the roads.
"It's summer, NO SCHOOL!!" everyone was cheering.
"What are you doing this summer?" my best friend Melanie came up and asked me.
I started to give her the plans and decided not to. She is a girly girl and wouldn't understand. "I am going to stay home and watch my little brother." Like there could be any other lamer thing to do in the summer. Good thing I had plans.
"Wow. Lame summer," she said harshly. "Well I am off to New York, see you soon."
On Sunday, my parents told us that they were going to start packing and that we should too. I packed every single thing I thought was needed.
The airport was very crowded. We had just got through security when we heard an announcer. We all stopped to listen. "Flight #493, on gate F6 is about to leave. Last minute passengers hurry up." We all started to run.
We arrived at the gateway, just in time. We all boarded and quickly fastened our seat belts.
"This is your captain, we are on our way to Disney World. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the flight."
"This is the beginning to a great vacation." I said out loud with a ton of confidence.
I never knew why Santa had a beard, but now I do.
Santa was looking through the naughty and nice list and found a guy by the name of Bobby Bob, he was on the naughty list.
He was in jail because he stole beards when people were sleeping. He shaved their beards off because he wanted one but he didn't have one.
Santa didn't want him to be on the naughty list. So he made a machine called the "Beard Machine". You press a button and it zaps you and you have a beard.
Well, the machine went crazy, shot Santa and that is how he got a beard.
The Case of the Monophobic Woman
By Sydney and Hailey
Ormond Beach Elementary
As I was walking through the monorail station, I heard gusts of frigid air woosh through the pitch black tunnel. Then the monorail pulled with mighty force into the station and stopped with an earsplitting screech. EEEEEEEEEEEK!
Slowly the doors opened and Sherlock Holmes appeared. Out of the blue he heard the cries of a monophobic woman.
"Ahhh!" she cried.
"What's the matter?" Sherlock asked.
She tried to answer but she was monolingual. She could only speak Spanish.
However Sherlock was bilingual so he could talk to her in Spanish. "?Que la passa?" he said. ( Which means, what's wrong ?)
"I'm alone." She said.
So Sherlock and the woman went downtown where Sherlock's monopoly was located.
They stepped into the office with marshmallow feet. Sherlock called for his assistant Harry. Harry wore a monocle. They decided to retrace their steps back to the monorail station and see what Chester, the monorail driver had to say. So they scurried to the monorail driver.
"Chester," said Sherlock in a monotone voice "have you seen this woman before?"
"Why yes, I have. She got off my train earlier this morning, in fact, I could give you a monologue but I don't want to waste your time."
"M'am" said Sherlock, "tell us your story."
"My husband decided to go back to our apartment to cook dinner, but as soon as I got off my train, there was no sight of my husband. He always meets me because I have monophobia."
"I bet your husband got off on the wrong stop." Suggested Sherlock.
"I got it! He switched the numbers around!" shouted Sherlock.
The case was solved, Now the woman only lets her husband ride monodigit monorails.
Max and His New, Cute Baby Sister
"Mommy, can you help me with the ABC's?" asked little Max.
"Sweetie, I'm taking care of your little sister, ask daddy, " said Max's mom.
Max ran all the way to daddy to ask him.
"Daddy, will you help me with my ABC's?" asked little Max again.
"Sorry Max, I'm going to the store to buy diapers for your little sister, do you want to come?" said daddy.
"No thanks." Said Max about to cry.
In his room Max cried a river. He just didn't like getting no attention from anyone! Max thought of a plan! Max would learn his ABC's by himself and that would make his parents like him again.
Max went to school the next day and practiced and practiced his ABC's.
When Max got home he went over his ABC's one last time and called "MOMMY, MOMMY, MOMMY!" louder and louder until she came.
"What, what is it little Max, are you hurt?" said Mommy worried.
"No but I have a surprise for you! Here it goes!
Max sang his ABC's as loud as he could.
"Wow sweetie, that was fantastic, but now I have to go take care of your sister." Said Mommy. Max started crying.
"What is it darling, why are you crying?"
"I, I thought that would make you love me again." Max cried.
"Why wouldn't I love you, I always loved and will always love you."
"No, you love sissy." Max cried.
"Max, I have so much love in my heart for you, sissy, daddy, grandma, and grandpa!"
"Really?" asked Max surprised.
"Of course and daddy does too."
"Hey, mommy, where's sissy?"
"She is in the baby room."
"Okay I will go play with her."
Max went into the baby room to play with his sister and she made the cutest sound he ever heard.
Once Upon a Willow
There was a little girl who liked ice cream and she had had it when she was a little girl.
But, she had never had it at all because she moved to the forest because she liked nature more than ice cream. And she was curious of nature.
What had lived beyond it? And she liked nature. And she liked animals. And she liked the whispers of the trees.
But this one tree knew that it was all dying. And the tree was a very nice willow.
The Crowning of the Monster
By A student from: (Please send me your name to add here. Roger)
Marjorie K. Rawlings Elementary School
St. Johns County School District.
Once in the very regal country of Regail, the Queen became very sick. She died quite soon, leaving a country with no Majesty.
The madness was crazy. No laws to follow? No Queen to decide what to do? The subjects panicked, until from the madness, a young boy stood up.
"I think…" he let the sentence hang, "I have a solution."
The subjects gathered near and whispered back and forth, "A solution!"
The boy continued on slowly, "The olde She-monster, Shana."
The subjects quickly withdrew. "A monster as a queen is preposterous! Young man, you were brainwashed by the evil monster!" the village chef snarled, waving a spoon at the boy.
"Jonathan! Please, stop such a show!" begged his mother, the village tavern owner.
"But mother! The idea is not preposterous! The She-monster will do us no harm! And all the village females will fight over the throne. War may break out, and all will be finished for Regail!"
A murmur swept through the crowd. "The boy has made sense to me!" shouted the village butcher.
"Me, too!" chorused among the men.
But the feminine population of Regail shook their heads.
"No! Only lovely women may be queen!" shouted the women.
But the men had the greatest influence over Regail, so it was decided that Shana would be crowned the queen the next week. But first, one had to find the monster. So a search party was sent to get the monster and bring her to Regail.
In five days the monster had returned with the search party. She was really very beautiful, with long, flowing, black locks, luminous, green eyes, and a long, flowing, golden dress.
The following week, Shana was crowned the new queen of Regail, with Jonathon at her side.
The Small Yellow Alley Cat
Marjorie K. Rawlings Elementary School
St. Johns County School District.
Once there was a small yellow alley cat named Anna. Anna lived in an alley in the back of a past shack. The owner, Fred, would always feed Anna left over pasta on Fridays. (Friday was all you can eat pasta night.) She would always look forward to her meals but one day she wasn't fed!
Anna depended on the pasta for food and needed it to survive. The only thing Anna could do was go undercover! So she gathered some supplies and waited for night to fall! Soon, the sky was dark and the moon was shinning brightly… Anna decided it was time to go.
Anna paced all over the restaurant looking for clues to the missing food mystery! She couldn't find any thing! Anna was soon at the front of the room when she spotted a small sign. The only problem was that Anna couldn't read the small red letters. Thinking of a quick plan Anna pulled out a small pair of binoculars and began to read the sign.
After gazing at the sign for a few minutes Anna found out that the sign said, " We will be closed for the holidays. " The mystery was solved! Fred was gone for the holidays and wouldn't be back for another week! Anna had to find some way to supply her own food for the next week.
Anna strolled back to the alley and tried to find the other cat's home. She soon came to a large blue dumpster. Spotting a small curled-up cat she asked for food.
The friendly cat replied softly, " Of course, come on back."
Anna had a delicious meal with her new cat friend and soon had to leave. Before leaving Anna called, " Happy Holidays & Good night!"
Warwick, New York
Hi, my name is Jenna, and I have a new dog-named Buddy. Buddy is rather small and is a white fluff ball! Sometimes it seems like he has a mean streak in him but he is only 9 weeks old and he is teething!
Yesterday Buddy was teething on everyone's fingers and toes. I thought it was funny but my 12-year-old brother didn't. He was a big baby about it and was scared of Buddy's nibbling. After a while Buddy was done chewing but my brother, Justin didn't know it. Buddy feeling playful took 2 steps towards my brother and this scared my brother so much he ran off screaming like a girl! My brother thought Buddy was going to bite him…but Buddy just wanted to play.
Later on my brother was walking in the hall and I shouted, "Look out Buddy is behind you!" My brother got so scared that he ran off screaming again. I started laughing, as did my whole family, Buddy wasn't anywhere near my brother Justin I was just playing a joke on him.
Next my brother came into the living room saying, "Very funny Jenna!" in a mad voice. I just started laughing at him. My brother than went to sit on the couch where my brother thought he was safe from Buddy. I scooped up Buddy and held him in my hands next to my brother's feet. Buddy stared at my brother's feet. Justin just sat there and said, "You better put him down." I put him on the floor and Buddy went over to his bone for a good chew. My brother's feet were safe for now!
Lo Goes to Town
Marjorie K. Rawlings Elementary School in St. Johns County School District.
Once upon a time, there was a great and mighty dragon named Lo. Okay so he wasn't so ferocious but he was scary. He lived high in a mighty cave in the mountains. Although he had everything he needed in his abode, he was often very lonely.
Once, Lo got so lonesome that he decided to go to town to make some friends. He flew over mountains and across valleys. Finally, he got to the town, where he saw some farmers.
"They look nice," thought Lo. Then, he tromped over to them and bellowed "Hello!" He gave the farmers a huge smile showing many huge teeth! The farmers were horrified! "Help! A dragon! Run away!" they screeched. Lo was puzzled to why they were so afraid but he walked on, hoping to have better luck later.
Later, he came across a blacksmith and decided that he looked pretty kind, so he decided to make friends with him. So he tromped up and bellowed "Hello!" He gave the blacksmith a huge smile, revealing many huge teeth! The blacksmith yelped
"AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! A dragon! Let's get out of here!".
Lo couldn't believe his ears. Why didn't anyone want to be friends with him? Very depressed and lonelier than ever, he slunk away heading home.
On his way, he heard a shrill cry. Lo decided to follow the noise to see what was the matter. When he arrived at the source of the noise, he was amazed at what he saw. A small girl, hanging of a fig tree root, on a cliff!
Lo immediately knew what to do! He swooped over, picked up the girl by her shirt then brought her down to safety.
While all this was happening there just happened to be an enormous crowd of people who viewed the action! When it was over, there was a great applause. The thanked Lo for his bravery and let him stay there were he lived happily.
Frogman Fred and the Fantastic Fair
Frogman Fred jumped from branch to branch looking for danger. He saw a lost kitten in a tree. He leaped once more and rescued the kitten. He was the hero of the town. Frogman was well known throughout Gardenland. If anyone could find a solution, Frogman Fred could.
One day the fair came to town and Frogman sensed danger coming. He put on his best disguise, which was a mustache, big magnified glasses, and a ballerina tutu.
The Ferris wheel looked clear, except for a bunch of big sixth graders trying to grab the other cart below it. The Twister Rollercoaster looked pretty good. Madame Zandinabo's Fortune Telling was pretty- wait! No it was not good! There, Frogman Fred saw Madame Zandinabo and another child. Madame Zandinabo looked as if she was attacking the child. Frogman Fred had to investigate.
He crept closer to the window. Madame Zandinabo was in her usual purple, navy, maroon, and green shawl that she wore every year she came. The girl, was looking a little freaked out. Frogman Fred had to find a way to get inside. But how, he asked himself.
Then he figured out a way. He had to disguise himself as a janitor. So with that Frogman Fred hopped home as fast as a jackrabbit. When he got back to the fair, Madame Zandinabo was still there with the frightened little girl. The girl had the strangest look on her face. It was as if… she was laughing. And as a matter of fact she was being tickled.
The whole time Frogman Fred had forgotten today was, 'Tickle the Little Children Day' at the fair. Fred had been so stupid! It did happen every year.
Oh well, at least that case was closed.
By a student ( May I have your name to include here? )
Marjorie K. Rawlings Elementary School in St. Johns County School District.
I'm a little Bengal named Jamal. I live in the dense forests of Africa where the wild run free. This was my home and this is my story, or maybe I should say, "my life."
One day I woke up and I was in a cage in a large truck. I figured out that I was being transported to the Bengal Zoo in Mali due to the huge sign on the truck. All of a sudden the truck stopped, and the sliding metal door on the back of the truck flew open.
The big bulky man lifted the cage out of the truck and took me to a tent in the middle of the Sahara Desert. I saw my mother in a cage! She was purring for help. Father was nowhere to be found.
"We need to make a plan to escape," I told my mom.
She worked it out with the other Bengal's. One exotic looking Bengal clashed the lock on the cage and roared to the poacher and mauled on his neck. Suddenly, the man stopped moving.
Mom got the other Bengals to open her cage. She then unlocked mine. It was a long journey home and we had many different obstacles to overcome. I knew that we had the strength to complete them successfully to return home.
After 10 miles we saw a little strip of water. We were dying of thirst. I gulped a huge gallon of water in my mouth. I had not had water in 2 days. All of a sudden a huge face appeared in the water. It was a Croc! Mom run! We weaved into the bushes.
We decided to make a run for it and find a dense area to start all over again in peace.
Turkeys Don't Do Art
Alex loved art so much! The only problem was that he was the only turkey in the world that loved to paint. He wished a lot that the other turkeys could see art as beautiful. When Alex passed his friends they called out, "Turkeys don't do art!" They laughed and hooted.
Alex would paint farmers, barns, and barn creatures, when he got home. "If only they could see the love and passion. If only they tried art," said Alex, sighing, "Turkeys DO do art."
The next morning, Alex heard noises. He heard laughing and giggling. "Yuck!" he heard. "Hideous!" he heard. "Turkeys don't do art!" he heard. The turkeys were chanting! "Turkeys don't do art." "Turkeys don't do art!" "Turkeys don't do art!" it changed quickly into a chant.
"What's that…?" said Alex, half-asleep. "Are those my friends?"
"Why are you here?" asked Alex, fully awake.
"We are just saying…Turkeys don't do art!" cried the turkeys.
"Oh, come on you guys. That is it? You could of waited to tell me when I want to be awake. Don't you have any other reason that is good," said Alex.
"We do. Turkeys don't do art. That is a better reason to come and wake you."
"Huh? What about me?" shouted someone from the crowd.
"Oh, girls. Why can't you just try art? Huh?" asked Alex.
"I don't know, maybe…NOT!" said the crowd, laughing.
"Art is great. Like they say in the Green Eggs and Ham. You never know until you try it," Alex said.
"Ha. So if I try FLYING I might be able to?" cried a turkey.
Everyone started chanting again, "Turkeys don't do art, turkeys don't do art, turkeys don't do art!"
Alex ran away from them yelling, " Try art and maybe you'll like it!"
"Okay I'll try it," cried one turkey from the crowd. "So will I," said another. A sudden gasp arose. Alex stopped running away and turned around.
"Okay, if you try art, I will!" said someone.
"Yah!" said everyone else.
The one brave turkey tried art.
"Aren't you going next?" she asked.
"Yes, I am." one turkey spoke up.
Pretty soon all the turkeys loved art and apologized to Alex.
'Turkeys DO do art!'
Eugene and the Mouse
By Aamir and Ben
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Once there was a teenager named Eugene. He lived in a giant mansion. Back in the fifties it was recorded the best pet shop in the world but ever since the man who owned the shop turned 82 everyone thought he was crazy and never went there again but it was still the best pet shop in the world. The man who owned the shop was named Joe.
One day Eugene saw a mouse he was terrified. All he could find was a fifties phonebook and called Joe's Pet Shop.
Joe picked up the phone and Joe said the solution to all your problems is a cat.
Eugene asked if they had a delivery so 90 year old Joe came running with a cat.
The cat went crazy so Joe picked up the phone and said the answer to your problems is a dog.
The dog went berserk and poor old Joe came running again with a lion.
So he got the lion back to the house. After a long time he finally got the lion in the house and as soon as the dog saw the lion it jumped out the open window and ran away… far far away. As soon as the dog ran away the lion went crazy.
Eugene got the phone and dialled the pet shop.
"Hello this is Eugene, how do you get rid of a LION?"
"To get rid of a lion you must get an elephant," said Joe. So Joe came with the elephant.
As the lion saw the elephant it sprinted outside and ran away.
As soon as the lion ran away the elephant started making loud noises and Eugene made another call to the pet shop.
"How do get rid of a ELEPHANT?"
"You need to buy a mouse," said Joe.
One cat, two cats, three cats, four cats, five cats, six cats, seven cats, eight cats nine cats, ten cats.
One walks away, and nine are left.
Another walks away and eight are left.
Four more walk away and how many are left?
Four cats are left.
That's about how many are in a litter. Then mother cat comes along and takes them away one by one by the scruff of their neck to her bed, where they will nap all night.
While the dog looks for them, they sleep in their den.
When they wake up they might eat, or sleep in the sun, maybe even play with a string or toy mouse, before settling back down to sleep.
Willamina & Her New Friend
Willamina was a cute spider who was all alone with no friends beside her. Everyday she explored the forest in search of a friend.
First she tried a bird can you be my friend? She said.
No, but why don't I have you for a snack then you can be in my belly and we then can become friends.
No thanks!!! She ran and ran through the thick brush at the strange and deadly idea.
She came to a stop at a lovely sight another spider was building a web.
Hi I am Willamina and I need a friend! You be my friend?
He laughed a deep laugh. Certainly not!!! I am never friends with creeps like you! Now leave!
So she crawled away sad as usual.
Then she came to a playground were a girl with no friends beside her sat. Hello said Willamina.
The girl looked down at her well, Hello!
Hi I know this sounds weird but can you be my friend?
Now wait a minute you want to be my friend?
Well of course I do I don't have one friend but, you seem perfect!
That's great because I also need a friend I am soooo lonely!
So they talked and talked till dark and became the best of friends and they were never ever lonely again.
Candy Cane Lane
One normal day a girl who was named Sally was hungry.
She had nothing to eat but candy cane. So she went inside to get some.
She licked it and licked it. She got tired of it and dropped it and went inside.
She had no idea what was going to happen the next day. Her mom told her to go to bed, and so she did (apparently she is obedient).
The next morning she went outside to find her street filled with candy cane she didn't know what happened but she was happy.
From now on that street is called, "Candy Cane Lane" .
Ormond Beach, Florida
Boom! I heard a loud bang coming from the living room! I stayed in a very still position for a second or two.
Then I climbed out of bed. I looked around the corner. There, I saw with my two little eyes Santa Claus!
I also saw something cool, it was a paint set! I just knew it had to be mine. It was in Santa's big red sack. So I crawled into Santa's sack. I grabbed the toy but Santa picked up the sack before I could get out! He climbed up the chimney, got into his sleigh and off to the next house he went.
A long time after that, I opened up the sack and tried to figure out where I was. Then it hit me! I noticed that almost everyone had pointy ears just like an elf! There was a guy with a beard like Santa and he dressed like Santa.
"I'M AT THE NORTH POLE!" I screamed.
All of a sudden I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned my head slowly. There I saw Mrs. Claus!
Mrs. Claus said to Mr. Claus, "Look what we have here."
The next thing I knew I was in a kitchen making cookies and cocoa. Mr. and Mrs. Claus showed me a room that had like a thousand snow globes in it. Then Santa picked up a special snow globe and handed it to me. I started to shake the snow globe and looked to see what it was.
It was a model of me making an angel in the snow.
Later I was in my bed just waking up and I thought I was dreaming. But I saw the snow globe that Santa gave me and then I knew it wasn't a dream!
The Lazy Rooster
By Chase (Age 10); and
Kolton (Age 10)
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
One hot day in Farmer John's Barn, Omar, the lazy rooster, was taking a long summer nap when Ali, the hyper armadillo woke him up.
"Omar! Omar! Guess what?" Ali exclaimed.
"I don't care!" he replied.
"Ezekiel, the king of the barn, just came back from one of his expeditions to the mountain and said that there is food and water along with pleasurable pools. And along with that he said that if you came up alone he would make you king of the barn."
"I don't care what the old owl says he is probably trying to trick me out of my bed again!" retorted Omar sleepily.
"Did you hear me? King of the barn! You get the nicest bed of hay and the most food and you get to sleep in the air conditioned house!" exclaimed Ali.
"I didn't know that he had that much! I am definitely going up there!' said Omar excitedly.
But Omar was very lazy and he couldn't fly. So he came up with a plan to trick animals into getting him up there.
He started up his trek up the mountain. About five minutes into the two-hour journey he came along Fredric the falcon.
"Wazzup! Omar, how ya' doin'!"
"If you get me up the mountain I'll share my king-hood with you." replied Omar.
"But Ezekiel is the king, fool! I'll do it anyways for my main brother!"
So they made it up the mountain and when they were reaching the top Ezekiel jumped out from a bush and said: "Omar! You cheated on the way up the mountain! You are too lazy to be king. Instead I will award Fredric the kinghood for loyalty to his friends."
Omar then learned his lesson and never cheated again.
Cut Your Coat According to Your Size
There lived a girl whose name was Melissa she was born into a poor family of Mr. & Mrs. John. Bing their first child, the parents did all they could to satisfy her.
As a girl from a poor background, she did not live a luxurious life. Although Melissa was a poor girl she was among the top pupils in her primary school. She became very famous in school, loved by everyone.
Melissa was given various prizes on the speech and prize giving day, and when it was time for the common entrance examination, she came out in flying colors and it really impressed the school authority.
On seeing how well she performed in her examination the school authority decided to sponsor her education. Melissa parents were happy with the news and encouraged Melissa.
Melissa gained admission into a very good school. Melissa once again worked very hard and was very famous. Melissa was the class captain throughout the whole year, and the best student in the whole school.
From her middle school to 10th grade Melissa maintained her position as the best in academic standard.
Then Melissa made friends with some bad girls who were children of wealthy men.
From then, her academic standard started deteriorating rapidly.
Her teachers and all who loves her warned her about the behavior, but all fell on deaf ears. Her friends influenced her to have a boyfriend because they all had one.
She started drinking and smoking and formed a habit of sneaking out late in the night with her friend to night parties.
A month later, the bombshell fell; she found out that she was pregnant along side with her friends. Her boyfriend dumped her. Her friends went for abortion in a specialist hospital sponsored by their parents. But Melissa went to a quack doctor because of her inability to pay; she ended up paying with her life.
If Melissa, had heeded to the advice given to her by her teachers and family to cut her "coat according to her size", she would not have died.
Suzie and the Surprise
By Claire and Pressly
Both age 11
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Suzie likes Chinese food. This might shock you, for Suzie is a Golden Retriever.
One day Suzie was hungry, and she was craving Egg rolls. The only problem was that there weren't any Chinese restaurants in her domain. This meant that she had to go all the way to Dinkenburg, which was 32 miles away! So she set off into the sunrise.
One hour later she arrived in Dinkenburg. There were many Chinese restaurants. The one that she went into was called After Sun. She couldn't believe her eyes they were out of egg rolls! She had to go into 5 other restaurants just to get an egg roll.
The one that finally had an egg roll was called Egg Roll World. Who would have guessed that they had egg rolls? She bought 7 egg rolls, 2 for her and 1 for each of her friends.
She had spent 5 hours in Dinkenburg and she was getting tired. Once she got home to Bubbletopia and back to her house all the lights were off. She turned them on and let out an ear-piercing shriek.
All 5 of her friends, Lucy, Louie, Shadow, Lily, and Sadie, were all their holding presents and balloons. Just then she realized that it was her birthday! She had been so worried about getting an egg roll that she had forgotten. There was even a cake; it had a picture off her on it!
As she was opening her presents she got a bone, brush, chew toy, water & food bowl, and a diamond-studded collar. After they finished playing with the chew toy everyone went home.
Suzie was thrilled because she had leftover Chinese food; she had forgotten to give it to her friends in all of the excitement.
Suzie had the best birthday ever!
One Barking Dog
Once upon a time there was a dog.
He loved to bark.
He barked in the morning. He barked at night. He loved to bark.
On Christmas Eve, he set up the Christmas tree.
On New Year's Eve, he had a party.
The dog loved to bark.
The End. (woof woof)
The Christmas Puppy
Warwick, New York
One Christmas night Santa was at the McNally family's house. He left a huge cage by the tree. The cage kept shaking and it was making a scratchy noise. I heard it from my bed and started down the stairs to find out what it was. All of a sudden the door of the cage opened and a lab puppy came out! I ran down the stairs when I saw the puppy because I knew that a puppy alone could get into a lot of trouble!
When I got near the puppy he jumped on me! I petted him all over. I gave him some water. He was so cute. I could tell we would be pals for life. I was wondering how his ride with Santa had been.
All of a sudden the puppy said, "Read the book that came with me. It's in my cage."
I was in shock for at least one minute. It was like the puppy could read my mind. It must have been the magic of Christmas. I knew it would only last for one night.
The two of us chatted about all kinds of things. He told me that Santa's dog had had puppies and that he was one of them. Gosh was I ever lucky. Soon we both got tired.
We went over to the couch and cuddled. When we woke up my mom and dad were standing next to the sofa. They saw the puppy and smiled. I tried to tell them about the night and talking with the puppy but they didn't believe me.
It didn't matter, as I was the lucky girl around to have a new puppy from Santa!
A Tale of Two Droplets
Warwick, New York
Hi I'm Spenser, a water droplet, and this is my friend, Carl, also a water droplet, we are hanging around in a puddle in Miami, Florida.
"Hey Carl, what's that hot sizzly sensation I'm feeling?" asked Spenser.
"Oh nothing, you're just evaporating," replied Carl.
"What's evaporating?" asked Spenser.
"It's something that turns you into water vapor", replied Carl.
"There must be evaporation in the water cycle!" exclaimed Spenser.
"Yeah, there is, but there are many other stages in the water cycle too." replied Carl.
"Let's go through the water cycle." said Spenser.
"Sure, and soon the sun's rays will heat us and cause us to turn into water vapor," replied Carl.
Slowly, Spenser and Carl began to rise high into the air and turn into water vapor.
"Hey Carl, I'm floating!" exclaimed Spenser.
"Yes, we both are and we've changed from the liquid state of matter to a gas," stated Carl.
"I'm feeling weird again, except this time, I feel really cooled down," said Spenser.
"That's because you're beginning to condense. You're becoming a water droplet again," said Carl.
"Hey Carl, we're water droplets again, but why are we still floating?" asked Spenser.
"That's because we've joined other droplets and formed a cloud." replied Carl.
"Man, I've gotten a lot fluffier, maybe I should lay off the chili fries," said Spenser.
"I guess that means no more tuna surprise for me," gloomed Carl.
"You still like that disgusting stuff?" asked Spenser.
" Hey, it was good!" angrily exclaimed Carl.
"So Carl, what's the next stage of the water cycle?" asked Spenser.
"The best part, precipitation!" Carl exclaimed.
"What's precipitation?" asked Spenser.
"It's when the cloud gets too full to hold anymore water droplets, and drops us!" said Carl.
"DROPS US?!" exclaimed Spenser in disbelief.
"Yeah like a roller coaster," said Carl.
"But I hate roller coasters!" exclaimed Spenser.
"Well I love 'em, said Carl.
"Let's just get this "dropping of us over with," said Spenser.
Suddenly, the cloud began shake, and then the two water droplets were shot towards the ground.
"WWWWHHHHOOOOOHHHHHOOOOO!" yelled Carl.
"I'm gonna die!" screamed Spenser.
The two droplets landed safely on the ground.
"I'm alive!" Spenser exclaimed.
"Of course we are. Why wouldn't we be?" asked Carl.
"Oh gee, maybe because we were shooting down to the ground through the air at top speed!" yelled Spenser. "Anyway, which stage of the water cycle are we going through now?" asked Spenser. mm"Well Spenser, we're actually back at the stage that we started at, the stage called runoff or ground water," said Carl.
"So our trip is over?" asked Spenser wishfully.
"Well, actually, the water cycle is a never-ending, continuous thing and that's why it's called a cycle. Carl.
"Oh boy, I think I'm going to be sick!" wailed Spenser. Here we go again!
Zoo Man Travels the World
By Anthony and J.R.
Both age 11
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
One day in Booktopia Zoo Man went to the public library. He found an atlas and had an idea. He would travel the world.
First, while he was exploring France, he met a mouse named Pierre. Pierre became his tour guide to France. Also, he became his best friend. They ate croissants together and other French food. Together they went to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Next, Zoo Man and his friend Pierre went to Spain. As they were walking down the streets, they saw a fox with a sombrero on. Pierre was afraid, but Zoo Man wanted to meet him. As it turned out the fox's name was Senor Spiffy. He showed them around Spain and even bought them sombreros.
Third, Zoo Man and his friends went to Canada. There they met a moose whose name was Hazer. He had antlers the size of a dog. Together they all made snowmen. Spiffy got covered in snow and nobody could find him. He popped out and scared everybody.
Last, because Spiffy had relatives in South Africa, they travelled there. On their way to his relatives they met a warthog named Pinky. Pinky had huge horns that were as sharp as nails. Pinky knew Spiffy's relatives and took the group to them.
Spiffy's relatives were wolves. Pierre was afraid of the wolves more than he was when he met Spiffy. The relatives took them all hunting at night. Pierre was too scared so he didn't go.
Zoo Man traveled back to his house and brought all his friends. They were all excited about making each other friends.
The Old Lion
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
An old lion by the name of George, lived in a rock on the side of a hill. He ate lily pads and apples, but never an animal. George was proud he never ate an animal because he is one too.
So what George did, he did true, he lived to help old ladies make shoes. He polished and sewed the shoes just right, until there were no more shoes to make just right. He never asked for money, but the ladies insisted," You're such a big lion and you need to eat!" So every day he would go home to his rock and eat is dinner made straight from the oven in the old ladies' house.
Soon, after noticing the chilly weather, which meant it was winter, he stopped eating and began his big hunt. He plucked apples, lilies, and all sorts of food, but one thing he didn't was eat any meat and he collected the food from the old ladies' and stored it all in his rock.
As soon as it snowed, he began to eat and have plenty of food to stay warm through the long nights. He fell right asleep when all the food was gone and stayed like that till summer was upon. when he woke up.
He was good as new and began to help the old ladies make their nice new shoes. For all the years he work for the ladies, he kept much of the food and gave it to the poor.
Everone is glad that George is here to help humans live and to have a good time.
Omar the Platypus
By Gray and Parker
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Once, there was a platypus named Omar. Now, Omar was no ordinary platypus. He was a genuine special platypus. He was such a special platypus, that he was a geologist. One day, he picked up scientific readings of a path to the center of the earth.
He immediately started his journey at the foot of Mt. Fijio. He hiked up the intensely steep slopes with a pickaxe. At the summit of the humungous mountain, he met a rabid squirrel named Earl.
Earl was a very stupid squirrel, but he knew how to get to the center. So, Omar agreed to let him guide him along and not let him lose the path. Then, Omar and Earl jumped off the edge into the abyss of darkness.
It was a long way down, and they screamed all the way. They were about to meet their doom, when a helpful pigeon named Carl appeared. Carl was very weak, so he carried them a few feet and then he couldn't hold on any longer so they fell two inches off the ground.
Even though they thought he was a useless hunk of junk, they decided to keep him with them if he came to any use.
They unsuspectingly trekked on their journey towards their horrible fate. They were nearing the core of the Earth and it was much too hot for ordinary mortal beings. They were about to burn up but, to their surprise, they didn't die. This terrible fate would have come true if not for a mystic fog of mysterious greatness, from which came a wondrous walrus named Eugene.
Eugene quickly propped them on his tail and catapulted them into a blue whale. It spouted them up to the surface onto lawn chairs on the beach where they lived happily ever after.
The Lucky Lion
One fine morning, Larry the Lion sat down on his ancient bed in his den like he did every day. He was so tired from hunting every night that he could not even move one bone. I get so tired from hunting, Larry thought. The stores sold everything except food because they knew that every animal could get its own food.
"I wish there was some way that I could get food and not have to hunt," Larry said.
So the days passed and Larry kept getting exhausted. One evening, Larry decided to go shopping. He walks into Lion Town, a grocery store, and sees a sign that says Big Cat Lottery. The sign said that you could win one billion cat - dollars. Larry was extremely amazed. He bought a ticket for three cat - dollars and looked at what it said. It said that the object of the game was to guess how many one - centimeter beads could fit in an hourglass. Larry wrote down 553 beads and then turned in the ticket to the cashier and walked outside the store.
The next morning the news were going to announce the winner of the Big Cat Lottery. Larry crossed his fingers.
"The winner is Larry the Lion!" said the news reporter.
Larry roared with joy. He then went to Lion Town to receive his prize.
Larry got his money and headed back to his den. He started to think about how he should use the enormous amount of money. After much thinking Larry knew what to do with the money. He would pay hyenas to hunt food for him. Larry also had enough money to buy a mansion, which was his dream home. From that moment on Larry lived a happy life.
A Penguin Named Kon
Once there was a penguin named Kon. He was floating along on an iceberg one day, listening to his favorite band, Led Zepplin on his iPod, when a very large polar bear came up to him.
"Hello, Mr. Polar Bear, my name is Kon, what's yours?"
The polar bear looked at him with a strange look on his face and said, "Nok!"
"Do you like music?", Kon asked.
"Yup.", said Nok. So Kon and Nok would hang out everyday listening to music while floating around on an iceberg.
One day a large ocean liner crashed into their iceberg knocking Kon and Nok off. They fell into the water and swam to the shore.
Kon looked around and saw sled dogs running and barking after them.
Kon got on his cell phone and called all of his penguin friends and in no time all of the penguin colony showed up to help. They scared off the dogs.
The penguins jumped with joy and Kon turned to speak with Nok, but he was nowhere to be found. His friend Nok was missing.
Kon was so sad, he would sit everyday on their iceberg waiting for Nok to return, not listening to music at all. One day, while waiting as usual and still feeling very sad, Nok showed up with an Orange Mocha Frappachino in his hand and a hat on his head.
"Boy those cruise ship creatures know how to have fun."
Kon laughed and hugged his friend. Now everyday, Kon and Nok sit on their iceberg and drink Starbucks Orange Mocha Frappicinos and listen to Led Zeppelin.
They are both very happy.
The Fly Lovers
Whenever most people see a fly they immediately grab their flyswatter and try to kill the fly, or they use their hands. Except for Joe, his whole family used to kill flies.
So one day in the summer a fly came buzzing through Joe's house, and his mom yelled "Joe, grab the flyswatter and kill the fly that's flying around in the house."
Joe told his mom that she shouldn't want to kill flies. Joe's mom told him to stop stalling, and get the flyswatter quickly.
Joe told her that flies were living things and they deserved to live. Joe's mom asked him if he had lost his head, and to get the flyswatter now .
Joe asked his mom if she would have killed him with a flyswatter.
"Of course not," his mom told him. "Flies and children are completely different matters. You can't compare flies and children, that's like comparing apples and oranges."
"Flies are living beings just like you and me. If you were a fly you wouldn't like it if people were always trying to kill you," Joe told his mom. Joe's mom thought about that and decided that from that point forward she would never ever kill flies again. If a fly ever came through Joe's house the fly didn't die. The fly got caught, put in a jar, and is released in Joe's backyard.
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