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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Once Upon a Time


Before we get to our regularly scheduled programming, I want to give everyone a head's up that the greatest, most splendiferous contest will be unveiled Tuesday.  Check back tomorrow for all the details!

And now on to today's super exciting post!

My three-year-old loves to be read to and has a gazillion books.  Some of her favorites are Green Eggs and Ham and The Three Little Pigs (the original version where the first two pigs and the wolf get eaten).  Recently, she's started some storytelling too, which is downright hilarious.

Here's her story from yesterday afternoon she told my husband and me.  This is the abridged version- I assure you the original was much, much longer.


Bella:  Once upon a time in a cottage there was a butterfly that was pink and yellow and then it turned purple.  It was wearing a costume with wings and a kitty cat on its back.  It was carrying lollipops and candy and another one was carrying toys and animals. 

Hubby:  Were they yummy animals?

Bella:  Yes.  They taste like cherries.


Hubby:  How big were these butterflies?


Bella:  About thirty inches.  The butterflies carried dolls and a kitty on a wheel.  

Hubby:  How many butterflies were there?

Bella:  Two.  And they went up and down.  They go'd to the city filled with toys.  And they lived happily ever after.  The end. 




I think she's onto something here, maybe with a niche in the sci-fi market.  Genetically modified animals that taste like cherries (I'd prefer strawberry, but whatever) and thirty inch butterflies that double as beasts of burden and change color?  Genius!  (Okay, maybe I'm a little biased.  Whatever.)

What about you?  Do you have any favorite kid's stories?


Artwork from Vladimir Kush.

19 comments:

Muse in the Fog said...

Oh I am really intrigued as to what this giveaway is!!!

What an adorable story :) My daughter is 2 1/2 and also creates some crazy things...such a fun age! (how cool...my daughters name is Belle/Bella too)

Rebecca said...

That is such a great picture. (Story too - but the picture is what caught my eye.)

Jade said...

When I was in primary school I wrote a sequel to Thumberlina ie what happened after THE END. It got published in the school's anthology!

I have no idea why I came up with that particular story though.

Mason Canyon said...

What a great imagination. Love the story.

laurel said...

What a vibrant world she's created!

When my daughter was 4, she wanted to "write chapter books like Mommy," so I'd sit at the keyboard and let her dictate stories to me. They're a mix of humor and adventure, with dragons slipping on their own drool, and 96-headed monsters journeying to the center of the earth to find jewels--and the bathroom! Fun times. Even better when I parsed out the story onto pages, leaving space for her to illustrate her work.

Susan R. Mills said...

Great story! She's obviously got talent for the creative. Can't wait to hear about the contest tomorrow.

L. T. Host said...

Sooo... when are you going to write this? :)

Clearly, the creative apple did not fall far from the tree!

Bane of Anubis said...

Vlad's an awesome artist -- I love those colors. As for kids' stories, I remember 'Whose Mouse Are You' and 'I Don't Care Said Pierre'

Valerie Geary said...

Get your daughter into a young writer's workshop ASAP!! :D I loved the story. I think with a little tweeking it would be perfection. ;)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Your daughter has a brilliant imagination. Can I borrow her for my next picture book?! Ha ha ha. :-)

Amalia T. said...

very cute!

I used to love The Forgetful Bears, and my dad would read it to me and my sister all the time. I was also a big fan of Clifford the Big Red Dog, and pretty much any book that involved people with animal friends.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Muse- The contest is similar to one you have now. I'm so excited!

Rebecca- I want a print of that picture for my daughter's room. However, when I was in Hawaii I saw the prices. Let's just say I'll need to save my pennies. For a loooong time!

Jade- That's super cool! My daughter loves Thumbelina.

Mason- Thanks!

Laurel- I told my daughter I'd make her story into a book. I think Crayola has a blank book you can buy and add text and pictures. Otherwise I'll do what you did!

Susan- The contest is going to be great!

L.T.- I think this weekend she and I will turn it into a book. Yay!

Bane- I have Vlad's book. It's stunning!

Valerie- I thought the story was uber-cute. I asked her to tell a story and that's what came out. Usually it's a Disney recap, but not this time!

Shannon- Well, I think she's brilliant, but then I'm a little biased. You can borrow her anytime!

Amalia- Isabella loves Clifford. She's got an App with him where she learns to spell. It's pretty cute.

Paul Greci said...

Favoirte kids stories--This is a little older but I love Tuck Everlasting!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I love that Bella's butterflies go up and down. I can see these giant, colorful winged creatures moving in waves. Very creative.
That painting is fabulous, too.
I can't remember any stories kids have told me, although there have been some. I do remember when my daughter was very little she was standing outside with her face lifted upwards. I asked what she was doing and she said, "The sun is kissing my face." I always loved that imagery.

Paul C said...

What a vivid imagination and wonderful image!

I once caught my five year old looking out the window. "What are you looking at?" I asked.

She said, "I'm waiting for the cow to jump over the moon."

Anissa said...

Giant butterflies! Awesome. I love the imaginations of children. Thanks for sharing. :)

Lola Sharp said...

I love, LOVE that artwork...sails made of butterflies is genius.

I also loved Bella's story!

Dangerous With a Pen said...

Didn't want to add this to your award post (soooo cool!), but I just left you an award on my blog. :)

Not enough hours! said...

Definitely another writer in the family. I think the story is adorable, and I love how you have retained the essence, without forcing your ideas of storytelling on it.