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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: If Only I Could Fly
By Angie Clayton
06/01/07


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Lexi really wanted to fly. She saw birds flying around up in the sky, and thought how wonderful it would be if SHE could be that free and move that fast! Unfortunately for Lexi, she was just a little girl, and as far as she could tell, little girls did not fly.

She tried jumping as high as she could, stretching her arms up to the sky, but she just landed on her feet again.

She tried hopping up and down the stairs, hoping that would help her take off, but she just stayed on the ground.

She tried running through the grass in her backyard as fast as she could, thinking that being outside might help her fly, but she just had to stop when she got to the fence.

She even tried jumping off the wooden platform of her swing set, and for a minute she thought she was flying! But then she landed in the gravel and scraped her knees.

Lexi asked her mom, and then her dad, and then her big brother how she could learn to fly, and none of them seemed to know either. Even her grandma, who knew almost everything, didnít have any good ideas for her.

So she went to the park to think about it. She sat on the bench, and saw two little birds hop, hop, hopping along the sidewalk. Boy were they ever slow! She could run WAY faster than they could with their little tiny feet!

She jumped onto a swing and started pumping her legs - higher and higher she went. She giggled as she felt her hair flying in the wind. She felt so free! She was going so fast! She felt like she was Ö FLYING!

Later, as she walked home from the park, she saw the little birds again, hopping and hopping down the sidewalk. The more she watched them, the more she thought that would be a really hard way to move around on the ground. She tried out her running legs and whizzed past the birds as fast as the wind blows.

Maybe just being a little girl wasnít so bad after all.


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Sharon Henderson06/07/07
I can see this being read in a child's classroom. You had me jumping and swinging with her. Good job.
Emily Blakely06/07/07
I think this would be a hit with young children. I loved the descriptions, especially, 'her hair flying in the wind'; I could almost feel the wind myself. Good job!
Lisa Holloway06/07/07
This really follows the rhythms of a good children's story. The plot is simple, but descriptive--something I think young children could identify with.
Colin Swann06/08/07
I enjoyed this story - thank you very much.
Jacquelyn Horne06/08/07
Children should really enjoy this. Good writing.
Janice Fitzpatrick06/08/07
Really a darling story. Children would relate to this. Thx for sharing this with us,very cute. Reminds me of our little 6 yr old daughter.Janice