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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Achoo (04/11/13)

TITLE: Henry the Turtle Learns Manners
By Emily Gillilan
04/18/13


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Henry the turtle is learning his manners.


At Breakfast Mommy Turtle passes him the orange juice.
“Bless you,” Henry says.
“Thank you, say thank you,” Mommy Turtle corrects.


At the playground Teacher Turtle blows the whistle to end recess.
“Bless you,” Henry says.
“Coming, say I’m coming,” Teacher Turtle instructs.

At soccer practice Coach Tortious tells the players to shake hands.
“Bless you,” Henry says.
“Say good game,” Coach Torious tells Henry.
Shaking hands again Henry says, “Good game,” and smiles.


At church Pastor Turtle gives Henry a hug.
“Bless you,” Henry says.
“Bless you too!” Pastor Turtle responds.
“What a nice little turtle you have,” he tells Mommy Turtle.


At bedtime Henry hugs Mommy Turtle good night and sneezes, “Achoo!”
“Bless you,” Mommy turtle says.
“Oh that’s what it was,” Henry remembers.


Henry the turtle has learned how to sneeze.
“Achoo!” Henry sneezes again.
“Bless you,” Mommy Turtle says, wiping his nose.
“Bless you too Mommy,” Henry grins.


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Bonnie Bowden04/18/13
Manners are an important concept so underappreciated in today's society.
Beth LaBuff 04/23/13
I love animal stories. Your's left me with a big smile. A few cute illustrations would be perfect for this poem.
Judith Gayle Smith04/24/13
Sweet little turtle tale . . .
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/26/13
This is a sweet story. I couldn't help but to fall in love with the little turtle. Remember to start a new paragraph each time someone different speaks. You may want to use that part to put some more action in and give the reader a peek into the MC's personality. For example Henry guzzled his orange juice.This is a nice idea to show kids manners. Congratulations on ranking 14 in a very competitive level one!