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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: Owl's Fruit
By Cari Weber
06/06/07


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Deep in the forest was a strong forest tree,
with branches in the middle and vines hanging free.
Wise Owl lived on the branches watching buds change into fruit.
Each time that happened wise Owl gave a HOOT.

And all the animals in the forest ran to see.

“Love!” hooted Owl.
“The first fruit is love,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Delicious!” cried the animals.
And they washed each other’s feet.

For apart from the branches of that strong forest tree,
Owl could do nothing but remain and simply be.

“Joy!” hooted Owl.
“The second fruit is joy,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Delightful!” cried the animals.
And their joy was made complete.

For apart from the branches of that strong forest tree,
Owl could do nothing but remain and simply be.

“Peace!” hooted Owl.
“The third fruit is peace,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Lovely!” cried the animals.
And their worries were obsolete.

For apart from the branches of that strong forest tree,
Owl could do nothing but remain and simply be.

“Patience!” hooted Owl.
“The fourth fruit is patience,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Tasty!” cried the animals.
And without complaining they waited for another treat.

For apart from the branches of that strong forest tree,
Owl could do nothing but remain and simply be.

“Kindness!” hooted Owl.
“The fifth fruit is kindness,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Scrumptious!” cried the animals.
And everyone was sweet.

For apart from the branches of that strong forest tree,
Owl could do nothing but remain and simply be.

“Goodness!” hooted Owl.
“The sixth fruit is goodness,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Ripe and juicy!” cried the animals.
And they cared for one another, they did not mistreat.

For apart from the branches of that strong forest tree,
Owl could do nothing but remain and simply be.

“Faithfulness!” hooted Owl.
“The seventh fruit is faithfulness,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Luscious!” cried the animals.
And they were loyal, like a shepherd with his sheep.

For apart from the branches of that strong forest tree,
Owl could do nothing but remain and simply be.

“Gentleness!” hooted Owl.
“The eighth fruit is gentleness,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Tender!” cried the animals.
And they had compassion, they did not compete.

For apart from the branches of that strong forest tree,
Owl could do nothing but remain and simply be.

“Self-Control!” hooted Owl.
“The ninth fruit is self-control,” whoo-whoo-hoot,
“Come and eat.”
“Yummy!” cried the animals.
And they didn’t over-eat!

Deep in the Forest was a strong forest tree,
with branches in the middle and vines hanging free.
Each of the forest animals cried, “Move over, Owl! Make some room for me.”

Based on the following scripture passages: Galatians 5:22, and John 15 (NIV)


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Janice Fitzpatrick06/09/07
Cutely written and I like how the Fruits of The Spirit were arranged. The repitition is a nice touch as young children like the repeated word. The only thing I would say is some of the words or descriptions are a little for an older child, but maybe could be read to a smaller one. All in all, this is really neat. I can see the wise Owl and all of the eager animals hungrily chewing away. Nice touch at the end. God bless your writing.Janice
Gregory Kane06/09/07
As an adult I really liked this, especially the ways in which the animals demonstrate their learned virtues. But I wasn't sure how it would go down with a child. So I asked my ten-year-old and he positively loved it. Very well done indeed!
Dee Yoder 06/10/07
This would be a great story to use in Sunday School or Children's Church to teach the fruits of the spirit. Good descriptions!
Rita Garcia06/11/07
Delightful teaching tool! Well written!
Lynda Lee Schab 07/12/07
Cute piece! I noticed you're from West Michigan! I live in Jenison and my brother actually lives in the same zip-code area as you do (Walker, right?) Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your work!