EXPLORING ON HIS OWN
By: Noah (age 8)
Once upon a time in a land far, far away called Sweden there lived a turtle sleeping with his family. He had a weird dream. He dreamed that that he was exploring the forest. When he woke up, his family was having breakfast. The turtle asked his mother, "Could I explore the forest?" She said, "Sure, but home before dark."
His brother and sister wanted to go too but they were too young. So, the turtle went into the forest alone. Sadly, he got lost. Then he remembered his brain is actually like a compass. He concentrated really hard and was able to find his way safely back home. He was happy to be home.
by Callie (age 10)
Once upon a time there was a magic kingdom in the sky called Lechar. One day the king and queen gave a grand ball for Princess Flower. They also invited Prince Leaf because he and the princess were madly in love at first sight. The king and queen also planned a wedding for them. While the party was going on the queen went to get the princess but she was gone.
While the queen searched the castle, the princess was outside in the flower garden picking flowers for her wedding. The princess layed down to rest in the garden. She closed her eyes and fell asleep. She was awakened by a rustling noise. She peeked through the flowers and saw a gelert (a dog with long, stringy ears). She picked up the puppy; it was a s soft as velvet. She decided to name the gelert Velvet.
The princess and the puppy headed for the castle. Out of nowhere a dragon appeared. It leaned down in front of them. They climbed on its back. The dragon flew them out of the clouds and then the princess saw the most beautiful castle ever! The dragon landed in front of the castle in a parking space with a sign that read: Reserved for Divad. The dragon landed and the princess and Velvet got off his back. A little elf was there to meet them. He was wearing a suit like one of those elevator guys. He also had a note pad.
He came up to the princess and asked her name. She said, "Princess Flower." The elf wrote it down and told her to follow him into the castle. It was even more beautiful inside than outside. They were led down a long, narrow hallway. Finally the hallway ended and they were in front of three big doors. The elf took out a big key and opened the biggest door. They walked in the room and saw a wizard sitting on a big gold throne with jewels on it. The elf walked over to the wizard and handed him the note.
"Hello Princess," said the wizard. My name is Tiodi and you are the chosen one.
"The chosen one! For what?" asked the princess. "Our castle is right under earthquake mountian and we never get any peace and quiet. So we need a better place to live. My castle is called Noiram and I would like to move it to your kingdom."
The princess promised to ask her mother and father for permission to move Noiram if Tiodi would take her back to her kingdom for her wedding. Tiodi agreed and his magic dragon Divad took her back home. She married Prince Leaf and her parents gave Tiodi permission to move Noiram next door.
The big day came. The elves secured the Noiram in Lechar. Tiodi rode the dragon over to the princess' window and told her and her family to come to a party at his castle. So they all had a party and lived happily ever after.
The Runt Who Saved the Day
By: Hunter (age 13)
Once upon a time there was a lion cub named Leo. He was the runt of the pride. No one ever needed him in any way. Yet, there was one thing that he did really well. Whenever the adults would come back with a kill, scavengers would try and steal whatever they could get, especially the hyenas. The hyenas loved to eat the lion's treasure.
Every time the hyenas approached a strange thing would happen: they would smell Leo and slowly run away in fright. The other pack members never knew who they were running away from and neither did Leo.
Many months passed and the lions decided that it was time to kick Leo out of the pack because of his lack of help. Soon after the dismissal, hyenas were taking the pride's food, left and right. The lions did not know what to do. They never imagined that it was Leo who kept the hyenas away.
Without any food nor hunting ability, all Leo could do was look around and hope things would get better. Leo stopped and looked straight at the hyena pack. He was shocked at how all of them ran away when they saw him approach. His stomach was empty. Leo didn't care if it was mean or cruel to steal the hyena's food. He started to drag it away and then wondered if he could eat this whole beast himself. He began to nibble at it but not being fully grown he barely made a dent in it.
He remembered his home and family and dragged the carcass back to where the pride was. The lions were amazed and wondered how he caught the beast. Before he gave a straight answer, the beast was already gobbled up by the lions. The meat was so delicious that they let Leo back into the pack forever. From that day forward the hyenas never bothered them again.
MY TURTLE TEMPLETON
I love my Red Eared Slider turtle. His name is Templeton.
His ears are red. He has a tree house for a bed.
He eats rocks everyday. I hope he never goes away.
Kingdom in the Clouds
by Patches (age 10)
Once upon a time there was a kingdom in the clouds called Magic Kingdom of Lechar. It was ruled by a King and Queen and they had a daughter named Princess Flower. One day the princess was kidnapped by an evil dragon. The dragon was sent by Lord Zooca because he wanted all the riches of the king and queen. The king and queen asked two genies, named Sparkle and Jewel to find their daughter. The genies flew on their magic carpet to Arual, the kingdom of Lord Zooca. But, how would they get in? Luckily they ran into two fairies who knew the way into Arual.
Meanwhile, Lord Zooca was scheming about how to get the riches. He wrote a ransom note to the king and queen.
If you don't give me (Lord Zooca) all your riches, your little princess will be fed to my evil dragon!
P.S. All your riches!
Lord Zooca sent his ransom letter and then went to check on the princess. She was gone! It seems that Princess Flower had her own plans. She was running back to Kingdom Lechar. Lord Zooca sent his army to find her.
In the meantime the fairies and the genies were trying to get into Arual. The fairies were about to say something when they overheard Lord Zooca shouting to his men: "Go and find the princess! Go north 50 steps and east 60 steps. Then you will be in the middle of the Arual and Lechar." They decided to follow the army and get to the princess first.
The genies and the fairies immediately jumped on their magic carpets and flew near the soldiers. They were careful not to be seen by the soldiers. When they saw the princess, they swooped down and picked her up before the soldiers could get her. The soldiers were shooting at them, but they got away safely.
In the end, Lord Zooca didn't get the riches and he and his dragon were turned into bunnies by Jewel and Sparkle. The king and queen had a party for the genies and Princess Flower and they were all friends forever.
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Wonder. Learn. Grow.
by Brian (age 14)
All the cats and dogs in New York City were getting very fat and lazy. The pet owners decided to make a special school where the animals could exercise. The school is called The Cat and Dog School for Fitness.
The animals go to school twice a week. The strongest dog at the school is named Bulldog. He is so tough that no animal wants to mess with him. He thinks he is so bad that he will beat up anybody who gets in his way.
One day a big dude named Pitbull challenged Bulldog to a wrestling match. Bulldog said that he would fight on Friday afternoon. Pitbull practiced all week. Bulldog thought he was too cool to practice and so he ate pizza all week instead of practicing.
Finally is was Friday. Bulldog and Pitbull entered the wrestling ring. The crowd cheered, "Fight! Fight! Fight!" Pitbull wrestled Bulldog to the mat and held him down.
"One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. And the winner is Pitbull." yelled the referee.
Bulldog learned his lesson: Never Assume You Are The Best.
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