Spring Fling Contest Entry
Rules include finding or making a GIF and then writing a short children’s story to go with it—maximum word count = 150. The crocus picture is from bestanimations.com and the caterpillar is Anardi’s at gifer.com. I combined them (my first homemade gif attempt!) by using giphy.com
My entry for the Spring Fling KidLit Contest:
by Marcia Strykowski
A crinkly-skinned critter crawls across the crocus patch.
“Who are you?” chirps a cranky cricket named Frank.
The newcomer smiles. “I’m Sloan.”
Frank admires the creature’s smile but he doesn’t trust her.
“Did you say Slug?” Frank fills with fear.
“No, my name is…” Sloan’s words disappear when Frank shouts.
“Slugs are slimy!” Frank scurries away.
Feeling sad and misunderstood, Sloan snoozes beneath a leaf.
Shaded from sunlight, Sloan swings and spins.
Day turns to night and night turns to day, again and again.
Frank frets from far away. Safe, but lonely.
One day, Frank sees a beautiful butterfly flutter past.
“Who are you?” he calls.
The butterfly smiles.
“Well, I’ll be,” chirps Frank. “I know that smile!”
Sloan soars beyond the sky.
Frank follows with his eyes, then sighs.
“How I wish I’d given her a chance.”
Sloan swoops back into view. “It’s never too late to be friends!”