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

TITLE: Annie the Granny Frog's Story for Grand-Tads
By Sharon Henderson


Down into the crystal clear water went Annie the Granny Frog. Annie didn’t like the water much. From her place on her log, she could see so much more of what was going on in the pond.

Still into the water she swam. She had to. There was a whole new school of grand-tadpoles that she had to go see. “Why do they call my precious group of little ones a ‘school’? They won’t be a-learning anything for weeks!”

She swam way across the pond to where her frog-son and his lovely frog-wife lived. Just as she approached their charming lily pad, her sweet little grand-tads swam out to meet her.

“Tell us your story, Granny Annie, tell us your story!”

“Now, what story would that be my little grand-tads?” Granny Annie inquired.

“The ‘Changing Love’ story, of course! Come on, Granny Annie!”

“Now, how do you grand-tads know about that little story?”

“Mommy-Frog and Daddy-Frog told us about it.”

“OK. Gather round. Swim in real close so I don’t have to croak real loud.”

Before you were born I knew you were coming.
And that little fact got this Granny humming.
You were just little eggs and didn’t want to hatch
And Granny loved you, loved the whole batch!

Then one day you wanted the world to see
And thought to yourselves: “Tadpoles we’ll be.”
From the eggs came each and every one
And Granny loved you but you weren’t done!

You grew and you grew and changed on the way
My grand-tads grew legs and you wanted to play.
So from the lily-pad we jumped in to the water deep
And Granny loved you and hugged you to sleep.

As happens to all of us … you changed into a young frog
And before I knew it … you wanted your own log.
You still needed a Granny to teach you some things
And Granny loved you…like queens and kings!

And finally you grew to be what you were
A frog in this family, a frog that’s for sure!
Your family will grow with tads of your own.
And Granny will love them with love she has shown!

“Well, that’s Granny Annie’s story for her wonderful grand-tads!... Anyone still awake? ... Anyone need a hug?”

“But Granny Annie, we’re still tadpoles! No legs, no nothing. How can this be a story about us?”

Granny Annie pulled all her grand-tads close and said…
“Can you keep a secret?”
“YES!” the grand-tads said in unison.
“Won’t tell Mommy-Frog or Daddy-Frog or auntie-frog or any cousin-frogs?”
“NO WAY! We won’t tell an-ny-one!”
“Okay…Here’s my secret…My great-great-great-great Ganny-Frog told that story to all her grand-tads and their tadpoles too! Change happens to all of us and that’s too important to try to rewrite.”

“But, WHY? Why do we change Granny Annie?”
“Because God made us that way.”
“But, why?”
“I don’t really know for sure…but maybe…just maybe…He made us this way to show the humans that change is okay, that change can be good!”
“Really? Do you think so? Do you think God made us part of His special plan?”
“I do! I really do!”

Suddenly, grand-tad Polly, started swimming away. Swimming fast away from Granny Annie.
“Wait, Polly! Wait! Where are you going?”
“Don’t worry Granny Annie” grand-tad Polly yelled back “I’ll be fine! I’m going learn to croak and then I’m going to croak and croak and croak until the humans hear all about God’s love … ‘cause love can’t be kept to ourselves!”

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Janice Cartwright06/07/07
This child's tale really resonated for me. We raised a tad-pole once in our aquarium and I used sit and stare at it as it waited benignly for change to come.

I did then and still do believe God used that tad-pole to teach me a spiritual lesson. The Lord will use all His marvelous creation to reveal spiritual truths to those who are willing to stop and pay attention. Poems or stories like yours are an excellent way to start our kids on the right path.
Jacquelyn Horne06/07/07
Interesting story for children. Change comes to us all.
Janice Fitzpatrick06/08/07
Cutely and very wisely written. A lesson for all of us to think about. Well done. Keep up the writing. God bless your gift.Janice
Myrna Noyes06/08/07
Granny Annie is a wise old frog, for sure! :) I loved the poem she told her grand-tads, and the lesson it teaches is so true! Very nice writing! :)
Pauline TAIT06/09/07
How fabulous is there a cllection of Granny Annie's tales? I hope so!
David Butler06/12/07
Loved the play on words e.g. Granny Annie and the Grand Tads.
Appeals to the kid in me I guess. Very clever. The song was great, too.
Joanne Sher 06/17/07
So fun - and a great lesson too. This would definitely appeal to children. Great job!