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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)

TITLE: Drama on Aisle 2
By Patsy Hallum


Drama in Aisle 2

George was in Stanton Library, looking very hard for a book about dinosaurs. His teacher had assigned special homework for this week, write a story about your favorite subject. It must be 200 words in length, double spaced. George had no trouble finding the books on his favorite subject,dinosaurs. He had trouble reading the big words to tell which one said Tear a dac til. He knew how to pronounce it but not how to spell it. He took two books off the shelf and went in search of someone to help him read the big names.

Harry was searching through the cookbooks, he wanted to fix a special dinner for his Grandmother. She was visiting for the first time since he could remember. Mom and Dad could not take off work everyday so he was going to fix lunch for Monday. He had found a recipe he thought would do, but it called for one ingredient that he did not recognize. What was Tarragon? I'd better find some help. He knew there was a woman working there, maybe she would know. So, he carried the book and went to find the woman.

George got to the end of aisle 1 and turned for aisle 2 at the same time Harry came to end of aisle 3 and turned for aisle 2, both were running and the collision of two bodies with books between made a very large noise. The librarian ran to see what happened. "Are You OK" she ask both boys as she picked them up off the floor. "Yeh," George said as he straightened his clothes. "No," Harry whimpered holding his arm tight to his chest. "My arm hurts."

Ms. Green, very carefully took hold of Harry's arm. Does this hurt? Is it sore here? she asked the questions as she examined his entire arm. Harry winced and said “Yes” when she pressed just above his elbow. Without further ado, Ms. Green called for her assistant .."Richard..call 911..we have an injured boy, possible broken arm on aisle 2."

"Oh no!" George sobbed, "I didn't mean to hurt anyone, I was just looking for someone to help me read dinosaur names. I am so sorry. My name is George, what is your name?”


"Does it hurt really bad? What were you trying to find? Can I help?”

"I need to know what the ingredient Tarragon is so I can cook a special recipe for my Grandmother. Now it seems I won't be able to cook while she's here without some help with the lifting and stirring. Guess I'll have plenty of time to find out what Tarragon is."

“Tarragon is a spice.” Ms. Green told him. “You can get it at the spice rack of any store. However, I suggest that you amend the recipe and use just a little cinnamon instead. You do have cinnamon don't you?”

“Yes, We do. Thank you for your help. I just don't think I'll be able to cook much. May have to make sandwiches.”

"Where do you live?" George asked.

"I live on Pine Street, 1100 block."

"I have an idea, I live on Oak,1000 block. One block up and one down. Since I caused the problem, how 'bout I come over and be your helper so you can show your Grandmother how good you cook."

"Really, You would do that? Geez, that would be great of you. Can you come over tomorrow at nine a. m.? Now, what did you need to know? I see you have books on dinosaurs, what name did you want to find. I'm a pretty good reader."

"I need to find Tear a dac tyl, I know it starts with a T but ..."

"OK, you turn the pages and I'll tell you when you come to it. There it is on page 5...”

The paramedics arrived to take Harry to hospital..as they put him on the gurney and started out the door.Harry called back,"Don't worry, I'll be OK, see you in the morning at 1105 Pine St."

In Everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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Gerald Shuler 06/10/10
These boys have a good start for a lasting friendship. I would suggest you remove the title on your next entry because it shows above the story any way (without wasting precious words in the word count). The more you write, the more you will learn how important that will be. Keep writing.
D.A. Urnosky06/10/10
A nice story about friendship. Be careful to proof your work before your final submission. (Ask should be asked and there are quotation marks missing.) Keep writing.
Elizabeth Cain06/13/10
This was a fun story! I like how the two boys were able to help each other out. I too can see a lasting friendship there.
Gregory Kane06/14/10
I liked the fun you had with the word pterodactyl. Deliciously innocent and childlike
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse06/16/10
What a sweet story.
Rachel Phelps06/16/10
Sweet story! Be careful to proofread your stories before you submit. I also suggest you read your dialogue out loud to see if it flows like a real conversation. Your use of the setting was great.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/12/10
This is a fun story, with some polishing I could easily see it in a children's magazine. I always thought Pterodactyl stated with a P:) This story reminds me I want to be a librarian when I grow up! It was a fun read and kept me entertained throughout.