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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hmph! (03/04/10)

TITLE: Noah's Hunt
By Ken Ebright


Noah had this serious look on he said to his son, "Shem, go get your brothers we are going to have a family meeting.

"A few minutes later his wife and other sons Ham and Japheth walked over and sat on the rocks that were by there dad.

Noah took a big breath, The Lord has just decided to flood the whole earth. He has decided to preserve our family. In order to preserve our family we are going to build an ark. The Lord has given me the plan on how to build the ark. We are going to also need to preserve two of every kind of animal. Shem you and I need to go out and find cypress trees. We need to use them to build the ark. Ham and Japheth I want you to stay here with your mother. We will come and get you when we need help"

Noah and Shem went out to the forest. When they arrived at the forest Shem went one way and Noah went another way. The only way they could tell is to look at the bark and the wood.

Shem looked at one tree then Noah walked over and said, "Cut off of one of the big branches so we can look at the wood"

Shem cut off a big branch, "Is this a cypress tree?"

Noah looked closely at the wood, "Hump, I am frustrated it is so hard to tell these trees apart. This is not a Cypress tree. We need to keep looking. Go get a branch from that tree up there on the hill. I will look at these trees on the left."

Shem walked up the hill to a group of pine trees, and cut up a piece of wood and brought it to his dad. Noah got this big smile on his face, "Praise God this is a cypress tree. Son we need to cut down all of those trees over there. Go get your brothers and we will cut logs and we will have enough wood to build an ark."

So Shem rushed to get his brothers and they started to cut down trees and took the logs and built the ark. They also took tar and used it to help seal the ark to help to keep the water out. Approximately 40 days later the ark was built and there were ready to load up with the animals.

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AnneRene' Capp03/11/10
This would make a great, short and understandable story for children.

I didn't know about the Cypress trees, so enjoyed this tidbit of knowledge.

Check out Ann and Jan's Grammar classes in the forums to help you polish up the grammar. These classes have helped me tremendously!
Verna Mull 03/11/10
Yes, children would love this story but it does need a little repair here and there. Jan's classes are great. There is so much that I do not know, and this is one way to learn from a pro.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/12/10
It was a cute rendition of Noah's Ark. In the last paragraph you used there incorrectly it should be they're or they were. I would have loved to see more details. It's a great start, but I was yearning for more. I did like how you presented it from a different angle. Everyone writes about the animals but you showed the difficulty in finding the exact wood that God had requested. It could also be the start of a great devotion.