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

By Kathy Harder


Benjamin Bear leaned back against the old fir tree and let out a loud sigh. He looked around the forest where he lived and said, “This hollow is more than sleepy, it’s totally boring. I’ve never been so bored in all my life.” He let out another sigh.

“What’s the matter, Ben?” asked Tommy Mouse as he scurried past. “You look awfully gloomy.”

“I’m just bored. There’s never anything exciting or even interesting around here to see or do. I’m so tired of this place,” sighed Benjamin Bear again.

“How can you say that?” asked Tommy Mouse. “My mom told me that God made a wonderful world and the harder we look, the more we will see. The only thing I can see around here that’s boring is you.”

Benjamin Bear frowned and then started to protest but Tommy Mouse continued on. “There’s so much to do around here I have a hard time doing it all. Right now I’m heading over to the robin’s nest in the next hollow. My mom heard that their eggs were hatching today. Then, there’s this chrysalis I have been watching and waiting for the butterfly to appear. Yesterday, it started wiggling. I have so much to see and do today. Hey, why don’t you come with me if you’re so bored? I’ll show you some exciting and interesting things.”

Benjamin Bear knew anything would be better than just sitting there all day so he quickly accepted the offer.

“Okay let’s go. Quick, I don’t want to miss anything,” said Tommy Mouse as he hurried down the path.

Benjamin Bear ran quickly behind and didn’t stop until Tommy came to a quick halt. “If we climb this tree over here we’ll be able to see perfectly into the robin’s nest without disturbing them,” instructed the mouse as he scrambled up the tree.

The bear followed up and then looked across at the nest. There in the nest were three little blue eggs hatching open. He could see the little heads moving as they tried to get out.

“Those can’t be birds. They have no feathers and they don’t even look like birds,” exclaimed Benjamin.

“That’s the way they all start out but they’ll soon grow feathers. The fun part is watching them when they learn how to fly. I like to pretend that birds are little angels flying around singing praises to God,” added Tommy. Benjamin smiled.

The bear and the mouse then laughed when the mother bird arrived and the little birds noisily opened their mouths wide.

“Okay. Now let’s go see the chrysalis,” said Tommy.

When they reached the spot where the chrysalis hung Tommy was so excited to see that it had broken open and a wet looking butterfly had emerged.
“Look, Ben. We’re just in time. Soon the butterfly will stretch its wings out to dry and then it will fly away.”

“That doesn’t look like the beautiful butterflies I’ve seen fluttering around. How does something so ugly become so pretty?” asked Benjamin Bear.

“Oh, God does that. He takes an ugly little worm that crawls on the ground and then He wraps it up. When He opens the little package out comes something beautiful that can now fly high above the earth.” stated Tommy admiringly.

“Wow. God does that? God’s amazing,” added Benjamin.

They sat quietly and watched with wonder as the butterfly slowly unfolded its beauty before them and then gently flew away.

“That was really interesting. Thanks for showing me,” said Benjamin Bear to his little friend.

“Okay. I’ve shown you something interesting, now how about something exciting?” Timothy asked the bear.
“Chomper the Beaver’s chewing through his biggest tree ever. Let’s go see how he’s doing. After that, the raccoon triplets are building a tree house in the big pine tree. We can see if they need help. Then, the river otters just finished making the longest, most curvy slide down the river bank. We could go give that a try and,” Tommy quickly caught his breath and continued, “Rusty Squirrel is going to try and set a record for the longest flight across the forest. Are you coming?”

Benjamin Bear thought about the things Timothy had shown him and what he had said about God making a wonderful world. There was nothing boring about it that was for sure, except maybe him.
He quickly turned and followed the mouse. He didn’t want to miss a thing. There was no time to be bored around here.

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Laisa Jones06/07/07
Good one! Nice lesson and a fun read, teaching gently.
Jacquelyn Horne06/09/07
Very good child's story. I've been scurrying through the forest too.
Jennifer Wetter06/09/07
Cute! Certainly fits the childrens genre.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/12/07
There's a Benjamin Bear in every house! Good job. I enjoyed reading it.