Monday, April 03, 2006

For Your Reading Pleasure...

Here it is, folks...the award winning entry for the Young Author's contest (Kindergarten).

There Was a Woman Who Swallowed a Fly

There was an old woman who swallowed a fly.
Then she swallowed a dog.
Then she swallowed a cow. Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo.
Then she laid down.
Then she swallowed a bird. Then feathers popped out. Then she had wings.
Then she swallowed a duck.
Then she swallowed a fish. Then she grew fins and a tail, too.
Then she swallowed a tiger.
Then she swallowed an elephant. Then water came out of her nose.
Then she swallowed a balloon. Then her head turned into a balloon. She flew away.

Obviously not a totally original concept, but I enjoyed her twist on a classic! There were winners from schools all over the district. If I may, let me share with you another winning Kindergarten entry, just to give some perspective.

I love my mom.
My mom has brown hair.
My mom's favorite color is pink.
My mom has blue eyes.

Mmmmkay. That's all I'm sayin'.

We took my daughter out to a Japanese restaurant after the awards ceremony. She thinks it's so cool they cook your food right in front of you! At dinner, we heaped on the praise for winning an academic award. Maybe a little too much. At home, I told her we needed to get ready for bed, to which she replied "Young authors get to stay up late". Yeah. Not so much. THEN I asked her to grab her clothes on the way up the stairs. I wish I were kidding when I tell you this was her response: "You get 'em. I'm a Young Author." Needless to say she took her own clothes up. And note to self: scale back the praise slightly lest you give your child a ginormous head the likes of which have never been seen before!

That cracks me up!
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