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

TITLE: Snuggy Bug
By Kenneth Bridge


Snuggy Bug crawled to the end of the branch, hungry eyes on the juicy leaf waving at the end of it. Sometimes he liked to show off and crawl upside down on the bottom sides of branches, but today he was hungry and he was in a hurry. He was always hungry and always in a hurry these days and he didn’t understand why.

Snuggy Bug also didn’t understand why he was called “Snuggy Bug.” One time a while ago, before he was always hungry and always in a hurry, Snuggy Bug wanted to play. He crawled up to a little redheaded girl who was playing with a ladybug, saying “Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home!” Snuggy Bug liked the little girl and wanted to play a game with her. But when the little redheaded girl saw Snuggy Bug, she screamed, “Ugh, a worm!” Snuggy Bug didn’t feel very snuggy when he heard that, and he wondered how he could really be a bug if he was a just a worm.

The cicadas were all giggling with their high screeching laughter and the grasshoppers were all banging out a mocking tune with their thick hind legs. Snuggy Bug crawled away, feeling very bad.

Snuggy Bug began chewing the leaf, remembering the little girl and feeling sad. Before he quite knew what happened, the leaf was gone, and Snuggy Bug felt warm and full and very sleepy.

Snuggy Bug let himself spin under the branch and held on tight. He began to feel something warm and sticky wrapping itself around him and he liked how it felt. So he kept spinning and soon he was wrapped so warmly and tightly he felt… well, as snug as a bug in a rug. Snuggy felt very sleepy and soon was dreaming beautiful dreams about flying in the summer sky, doing loops in the sky and dancing on flowers.

Snuggy wasn’t sure how long he had been sleeping, but now he knew he was awake and his comfortable, snug blanket felt too tight. He began kicking his way out with …legs?

Finally he crawled completely out onto the branch, covered with new green leaves, and spread his wings to dry. Snuggy felt a breeze touch him, and suddenly he was flying, doing barrel rolls and loops in the sky. He stopped to dance by a flower and saw the little redheaded girl, staring at him and smiling. “What a beautiful butterfly!” The cicadas were singing and the grasshoppers were applauding as Snuggy soared with delight into the summer sky.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 06/08/07
An excellent children's story. I can see it being read in an elementary science class to the children's great amusement.
Rita Garcia06/11/07
This will make a big hit with the children! Fun and well written!
Jan Ackerson 06/12/07
Perfect, and I like the repetition of "hungry and in a hurry" in the early paragraphs.
Joanne Sher 06/12/07
Just delightful and descriptive. I can definitely see the pictures for this one. Kids would love this.
Dee Yoder 06/13/07
Cute story that's just right for the little one's to learn about butterflies and how they grow.
Janice Fitzpatrick06/13/07
Very sweet story. I really like this and your descriptions are so colorful that they bring vivid images to the reader's mind. Oh, I see that you included the noisy little cicadas in your story too.:0) My entry was about just that, in "A Tale by Serenada The Cicada." Keep on writing, very nice! God bless. Janice
Kristen Hester06/13/07
This is a nice story. My 7 year old daughter, who is a red head, really liked this story.
Rachel Burkum06/13/07
A sweet story, that can have many applications. :)
Jacquelyn Horne06/13/07
This should have wonderful graphics to accompany it. It would be so good as a teaching for children. It has all the aspects of a wonderful child's story. Please let it grow.