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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: Playing with the Stars
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So, one night she started off to find them. She walked and walked until she came to the lake.
“Good evening, Lake,” she said. “I am wanting the stars in the sky to play with me. Have you seen any of them?”
“Oh, yes,” said the lake. “The stars in the sky shine in my face all night. Jump in the boat and row out to the middle. You may see them.”
The little girl jumped into the boat and rowed out to the middle of the lake, but could not find any stars. So she rowed back to shore, climbed out of the boat and started on her way again.
By and by she saw some bunnies dancing.
“Good evening to you,” she said. “I am looking for the stars in the sky to play with. Have you seen any of them?”
“Yes we have, “ said the bunnies. “The stars shine on the grass at night. Dance with us and you may see them.”
The little girl and the bunnies began to dance. They danced and danced but she never saw any stars. At last she sat down.
“I rowed a boat to the middle of the lake and did not see any stars. I have danced on the grass and did not see any stars.” She was so sad she began to cry.
“Please don’t cry, little girl,” said the bunnies. “Perhaps Fox can help you. He is very wise.”
“Where can I find Fox?”
“Go on down the road until you see a fallen tree. Fox makes his home there.”
The little girl thanked the bunnies and went down the road. She found the fallen tree and knocked three times.
“Who’s there?” asked a voice inside the log.
“Please Fox, I want the stars in the sky to play with me. The bunnies said you are very wise. Can you help me?”
The fox stepped through his door. “I can not help you, but there might be someone that can. Climb on my back and I’ll take you to him.”
The little girl climbed on Fox’s back. She hung on very tight. Fox ran swiftly through the forest, through a grassy meadow and up a great mountain. He came to a stop in front of a very, very large rock. On the rock sat a huge bird.
“This is Condor,” said Fox. “Maybe he can fly you to the stars. Good night.” Fox turned and quickly ran back to his home.
“Condor, would you help me? “ asked the little girl. “I want the stars in the sky to play with me.”
Condor nodded his head forward slowly. “You want to play with the stars?”
“Very well. Climb aboard. My strong wings will fly us high into the sky.”
The little girl climbed onto the back of Condor. He stretched his long wings out and leaped from the large rock. Soon the wind whistled through the feathers in his wings and they soared higher and higher.
The little girl looked up and saw how close they were to the stars. How bright they twinkled against the deep darkness of the night.
“Oh, look at the stars!” she cried out.
Together, Condor and the girl played tag with the stars until the moon slipped away and the sun began to rise.
“Time to take you home, “ said Condor. He flew the little girl home. On the way she fell asleep. Condor tucked her safely into bed.
When she woke that morning, she thought maybe it was all a dream. But when the little girl moved her pillow, there laid a very tiny, twinkley star.
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