"How to Pant a Dog"


How to Pant a Dog
by
Mika Raymond
(age 6)

First you get a pis of paper and get a pant brush.
Next you get a dog and look at the dog.
Then you draw and pant the dog on the paper.
I pant my paper and put it on the wol.

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"Plaing With My Brudr"




Plaing With My Brudr
by
Mika Raymond
(age 6)

I pla with my brudr Frank at my moms friend hous.
We pla tag and run utside in the sun.
Then we went insid to get popsecols.
I like the pec (pink) cind. 
My brudr Frank went in the hous to get a popsecol.
He likes bluw.


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Kate's Wish




"Kate's Wish" 
by
Brooke Bickel
(age 12)

Once there was a twelve-year-old girl named Jade Kylee Julie Kate Stevens, but people just called her Kate for short. Kate lived in Aplalachicola, Florida, in a small, boring, brown house with blue shutters. The last house on her street. She was the only girl on her road as far as she knew. Nothing exciting ever happened on her street. It was very lonely.

The only friend she had was Veggie. He was her sandy colored cat. She named him Veggie because she wanted the name to be unique, because he was unique. Veggie liked to play outside with Kate in the large, fenced in, bare, one giant climbing tree backyard. Veggie also like to splash in puddles, but not get completely soaked.

Kate's backyard was not much to look at, but to her, it was the start of many adventures. She liked to pretend that she was an explorer in the jungle searching for long lost temple treasure. Or a famous pirate name Emma the Fearsome. Or Princess Amelia trapped in her tower.

Her backyard was a great place to play, nonetheless, it needed some work. Kate had an idea! She would fix up her backyard. She thought she could plant a garden, put up a swing and a slide. the only proble was when she counted her money, she only had $2.05. Seed packets were $.10, but she also needed money for her swing. She had another idea, she could earn some more money doing jobs for people on her street.

Kate started at her end of the road and worked her way down. Mr. Jones said she could mow the lawn, and Mrs. Brown said she could organize her kitchen.

Near the middle of her road, she rang the doorbell and was amazed at who answered the door. It was another girl her same age. They were both speechless for a minute. Then the girl introduced herself. "Hi, my name is Lily. I just moved here. What's your name?"

"M- my name is Jade, but everyone calls me Kate. I thought I was the only girl on the street!"

(Kate had been in Maine last week, visiting her grandma. Otherwise, she would have noticed a moving van.)

"My family just moved here, and I thought I was the only girl on the street," said Lily.

"Do you want to come over to my house tomorrow and play?" Jade asked.

"I have to finish unpacking my room."

"Okay, I live in house number 77, in the brown house with the blue shutters. See you later!"

The next day, Lily came over to Kate's house, and Kate told her about her dream to fix up her backyard. Lily said that she had $5.00. "That brings the total to $7.05. If you and I both do jobs, we might even have enough money for two swings!" Kate said.



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The House by the Lake



The House by the Lake
by
Brooke Bickel
(age 12)

  Once upon a time, there was a large, drab, old house by a lonely lake. It was the place to be back in the day, but not anymore. You cannot swim in it now because under the water it is incredibly weedy and mucky. You cannot fish in it either because the water level has gone down incredibly far. The only things that like the lake are toads and frogs. The house, despite its outward appearance, is not too bad. The walls need paint, and there are a few small unwanted residents, but other than that, the place is charming. 
It used to be a small hotel when the lake was nice, and then a man bought the place and fixed it up. He renovated it and turned it into an extremely large house - the size of a small barn. Now the man who owned the house (which by then fell into disrepair) died and left it to his daughter, June, who lived in the city. She was married to Frank and had five children, two of which were identical twins. 
  The oldest child, James, age 17, thought that he would have lots of fun doing outdoor activities. Margaret or Meg, as everyone called her, was 16. She did not approve of the move at all. Kyle, age 14, was torn between moving and staying. He was excited to see the stars since you cannot see them in the city. He did not want to leave his science and astronomers club, although he did like the idea of having his own laboratory. The twins, Libby, and Olivia, age 11, (twenty minutes apart) loved the idea of moving to a large house with lots of places to explore! So, the family decided that they would move no matter what anyone said. So, they packed up their van and left. They arrived at the house around lunchtime. Their first impressions were not that great. 
"Maybe it looks better on the inside," said Olivia hopefully. 
No one thought it did. After they all unloaded their stuff from the car and put their suitcases in the right rooms, the family dispersed. June decided to try to get some cleaning done before dinner time. Frank, set mouse traps up and after that called the moving van. James and Kyle tried to go fishing, and when they got tired of that, they tried to go swimming, But the lake was too yucky. Meg, went up to see her ‘new’ room, sulk, and to call her BFF on her cell-phone. 
Libby and Olivia put their stuff in their room and hurried outside to explore. First, they briefly explored the giant house, which took longer than they expected. Next, they explored the lake but found that uninteresting. After that, they explored some of the other lands on their property by the lake. There must have been a farm long ago because they found rotting fences and an old dump with half decayed tractor tires and antique colored glass bottles. After all that exploring Libby and Olivia got hungry. So, they both went to the house and grabbed some apples and some granola bars and went outside on the lawn. They ate their snack and talked about what they found. Suddenly they heard a scream.
“Ahhhhhhhhhh!” 
They stopped what they were doing and rushed inside like a tornado. Then they heard it again, it was coming from Meg’s room. Everybody raced upstairs and stopped suddenly in the doorway and stood laughing, for there was Meg, standing on the bed looking hysterical, and by her bed was a mouse trap with a HUGE dead rat. 
“I was moving some boxes when that thing, scampered out of a hole in the floor and ran into the mousetrap,” Meg explained. 
 After the family finished laughing, Dad, took the rat away. Then everyone went back to whatever they were doing. 
  James and Kyle, after their fishing and swimming experience, went inside and cleaned themselves up. Then they went to their rooms and unpacked some of their things, James loved sports of all kind, so he set up all his trophies. His favorite sport was hunting, and he had lots of hunting trophies. So much so that his mom always said, that when she came into his room she would say "It looks like a forest in here!” 
Kyle, on the other hand, liked astronomy and science. He was a little nerd-y. Many hours at night either doing new experiments or on his telescope to look for the constellations, galaxies, moons, and new planets. He was a quiet boy and never did talk much. Kyle was in his room when James called him on their ‘can phone.’ The brothers hooked up two cans and some string and put it between the two room because they were next to each other.  
James said, “Come quickly I found something!”
 Kyle thundered into James’s room. When he opened the door, he stood dumbfounded staring at what he saw, for there was a hole in the middle of the room James, had found a secret-passage! 
At that moment a dozen or more questions popped into Kyle's head. How did you find it? Did you want to explore the tunnel right now? I wonder where it leads? Suddenly he voiced one of them, “How did you find this?” 
“I’m not sure, I was just putting some stuff on my shelves when a box of small trophies fell. It must have triggered some mechanism of some sort.”
Kyle, said, “Let’s go explore the tunnel!” 

Before they left, they got a flashlight and a snack. Then they set out to see where the tunnel ended.

 Meg was in her room trying to figure out a design to make her room comfortable and look more like her old room. After she did the best she could do, she turned on some music and started to dance to her favorite tunes. Suddenly she stopped, her eyes wide open. The floor, right next to her rug, began to lift. She was too speechless to say anything at first but suddenly found her words. “There is a secret tunnel in MY room. There is a secret tunnel in MY room and no one else has one!” This is amazing. She thought. This passage is in my room and can open by itself. What if someone breaks into the house through this tunnel! So, she covered the hole with one of her many stylish rugs and set a large heavy box on top of it. Then she sat down to think some more. What should I do next?
She did not want to go in there by herself. Suddenly Meg had a great idea! The twins are always exploring things, right? So, they will go with me, and they can lead the way! So, she went downstairs to find them. When she found the twins, Meg asked them if they would want to explore her passage-way. “Yes,” they said. So, after grabbing a couple of flashlights and extra batteries they set off.

After Meg and the twins had been walking a while, the ground started to be wet and soggy then hard and rocky. All the sudden they found themselves in an underground cavern of sorts. Then Libby heard something, it sounded like footsteps. They came nearer and nearer. Slowly they turned around.  There right behind them were James and Kyle! Everyone started talking at the same time, it sounded like a flock of geese. After it had quieted down a little, James, asked how they got there. Olivia told the whole adventure. Then it was their turn to tell how they came into the cavern. “We got here the same way you did - only through James’s bedroom.” They decided to explore the cavern. Everyone got out their flashlights and looked around.
 “The cavity is made of granite and limestone, and there appears to be mica here and there,” said Kyle to anyone who would listen. He took a few rock samples to take home and look at under his microscope. The twins found some plant and animal fossils. Meg was busy collecting chunks of mica to put on her windowsill in her room, so when the sun hit the rocks her room would sparkle. James found that near the back of the cavern there was a waist-deep pool. The water was very clear, and the bottom was a smooth rock in some places and pure sand in others. Overall, the spot was beautiful. Sun was streaming in through some cracks in the wall so, after their eyes were used to the light they turned their flashlights off.
  After everyone was done exploring they all got together on the edge of the pool and related what they found. Suddenly Libby had a BIG question, “Should we tell Mom and Dad about this?” Everyone agreed that it would be for the best. No one wanted to lie to their parents.
  Later that evening during their dinner the children were quiet. “So, how was your day,” Mom asked. Soon their whole adventure was told over dessert. Mom and Dad were amazed at what they found.
  The next day the whole family went down to the cavern and spent the entire day there. All of them had loads of fun.  


The End



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The Close Shave



The Close Shave
by
Jayse Bickel
(age 10)

Once upon a time, there was a weedy lake, and in the lake lived a frog who was called Fred. He lived in a nice cozy little hole in the bank. As he was taking a nap one summer day, he heard a knock at his door.

"Who is it?"

"It's Mister Squirrel. I have some news for you. Your cousin Toad is coming, but he doesn't know Mr.Heron is in town. He might get eaten!"

"I'll go meet him at the river bridge right away," said. Fred." So Fred hopped to the river bridge. On his way, he met Mr. Perch.

"Better swim into deeper water, Mr. Perch. Mr. Heron is coming!"

"Okay, thanks, Fred. I'll warn my family." As Fred began to see the bridge, he saw something tall and blue beside it. 

"Oh no, it's Mr. Heron! I hope Toad isn't eaten yet!" Fred said to himself. Just as he went around the next curve, he saw his cousin Toad hopping as fast as his stubby legs could go. 

"Oh help, Fred! I am being chased by Mr. Heron. He's going to eat me!"

"Oh, no! Quick, Toad, come with me to my house!" Once they got in, they shut and barred the door. Fred said, "All right, Toad, tell me about your journey. 

"Once I left my pond, all was good until I tripped and fell into the pond. I fell right on top of Mrs. Pike, who was guarding newly hatched eggs. She must of that I was a little thieving fish because she started chasing me, but I out-swam her. And that was close. Phew! I swam the whole pond. which brought me to the river bridge. And you know the rest of the story."  

The End

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The Wild Mustang




The Wild Mustang
by
Brooke Bickel
(age 11)


Once a long time ago there was a Paint horse named Liz. Liz's friends were helping her move her cattle to California. She was separated from her posse when Native Americans attacked them. She had been galloping terribly hard and was exhausted. She was halfway across a wide prairie. Liz slowed to a trot, "Running for a long time without water is terribly exhausting," she said. Liz was frantic. She had to find water soon or she would die.        

Thinking about what happened, she was starting to feel a little lonely. She thought about her friends, and if they would try to find her, and how all the cows were doing. Liz wondered if her friends, Olivia and Sparkle, missed her or what Dan was cooking for dinner. She was starting to get a little hungry. 

It was getting darker by the minute. She needed to find a place to bed down for the night, So after a quick dinner of plain prairie grass, (The grass she had wasn't the best ever, she wished she could've had Dan's cooking instead.) All Liz could see was grass. So she thought, and suddenly she had an idea. "Well since this grass is so tall, if I lie down here, I can tie the tops down like this, and have a makeshift 'hut."  Liz experimented with her idea and it worked!

In the middle of the night, Liz heard a strange whinny, so she went out of her shelter and looked around. Then she saw it, the legendary Wild Mustang! The stallion advanced toward her, so Liz backed away. Suddenly the Wild Mustang spoke, he said "Don't be afraid, I want to help you. I will show you where there is water, and lead you to your friends!"

Liz just stood there dumbfounded. Finally, she found her words, "Thank you kindly. Can we leave right now?" "Yes." So they went together and got water and found her friends!

The End



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Mr. Dog Saves Dan



Mr. Dog Saves Dan 
by
Jayse Bickel
(age 10)


Once upon a time by a mountain stream, there was a tiny field mouse, who went by the name of Dan. One day while he was taking a walk by the stream, he met MrBobcat who was out hunting for his supper that evening. 

Then Mr. Bobcat heard Dan talking to himself. "Hmm, I could do with a bit of cheese with nuts with some mint tea." and "Oh, there's Mr. Bobcat. Wait a minute. What is he doing? He seems to be stalking something. I wonder who it is? Ahh, don't eat me! "

"Oh, I will," says Mr. Bobcat,"I didn't have lunch yet, so I'm going to eat you." 

"Wait, before you eat me, let me play you a song.

What Mr. Bob did not know was that Dan met Mr. Dog on his walk and was close by. So Dan pulled out his reed flute and began to play as loudly as he could, so Mr. Dog could hear. 

Mr. Dog did hear and he came running as fast as he could go. Mr. Dog leaped on Mr. Bobcat. And pinned him to the ground. Don't you ever do that again especially to nice respectable mice? Ok, won't just let me go your sitting on my tail. Fine all let you go but if I or any of my friends  


 "Thank you," said Dan. "Mr. Dog, I almost didn't get away.          

    

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