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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Happy (07/12/07)

TITLE: Ginny G.
By Patty Wysong


--A children’s story.

Ginny Giraffe awoke one morning to sweet singing in the branches above her. Standing very carefully and quietly she peered through the leaves. She didn’t even need to stand on tiptoe to see Lark sitting in her nest as she sang.

“Good morning, Lark. Why are you singing?”

“Good morning, Ginny G. Why am I singing?” she chirped. “Well, because I’m just so happy.”

Ginny slowly blinked her big brown eyes. “Why are you happy?”

“It’s a beautiful morning.” Lark happily trilled.

As Ginny nibbled her breakfast leaves Butterfly danced nearby. “Good morning, Ginny G.,” she called out.

“Good morning, Butterfly. What are you doing?”

“I’m dancing in the breeze,” Butterfly answered.

Ginny lifted her nose into the breeze, smelling carefully. “Why?”

Butterfly did a double flip as she answered. “Because I’m happy, that’s why.”

Ginny slowly blinked her big brown eyes. “Why are you happy?”

Butterfly giggled as she swooped past Ginny’s nose. “Because I can fly!” Then she raced off to join her cousins playing tag.

Looking far across the grassland Ginny spotted her friend Gnu and decided to visit him. Stretching her long legs she ran swiftly, wishing that she had wings.

Gnu was playing when she arrived. He was having so much fun kicking up his heels that he didn’t notice Ginny right away.

“Oh, hi there, Ginny G. Whatcha’ doing?” Gnu asked when he finally stood still for a moment.

“I’m just watching you. Why are you playing like that, Gnu?” she asked.

“Wahoo, because I’m happy!” Gnu hollered as he spun around again.

Ginny slowly blinked her big brown eyes. “Why are you happy?”

That made Gnu stop and stare at her. “Why am I happy?” he asked, surprised. “Because I can spin and jump and kick. That’s so much fun it’d make anybody happy.” Gnu kicked up his heels and galloped a circle around her.

Ginny watched him a while longer then wandered over to Zebra who was grazing on the tough grass nearby.

“C'mon, Ginny G. Let's race to the water hole,” Zebra said with his mouth full. He ran a circle around her and took off. Ginny could hear him laughing as he galloped across the grassland. With her long legs it didn't take long to catch up to him.

“Zebra, why are you laughing?” Ginny called out as they ran together.

“Because I love running, it makes me happy.” Zebra laughingly said as they neared the water hole. He circled around it and kept running but Ginny lay down in the tall grass under a tree and rested her head on a nearby branch. She didn’t want anyone to see her.

Soon Tortoise trundled along.

“Ginny G. why is your face so long? Why aren’t you out playing with the other grassland animals?” Tortoise asked kindly. He was a wise old tortoise who cared for his friends.

Ginny sadly sighed. “Everyone else has something to make them happy, but I don’t. I’ll never be happy.”

Tortoise chuckled. “Ginny G. you have many things to make you happy, you just need to open your eyes and see them.”

Ginny slowly blinked her big brown eyes.

“God didn't give you a voice to sing, or wings to fly on, or even short legs like Gnu to spin and jump on. He gave you a long neck and long legs so you could see things far away with your beautiful, keen eyes.”

The corners of Ginny's mouth lifted in a small smile. “I have beautiful eyes?” she asked.

“Yes,” Tortoise replied, “big beautiful eyes. But even more importantly, Ginny G., God loves you. You are so special to Him that He put you here in the perfect place for a giraffe. And not only that, but He gave you your family and friends. He loves you an awful lot, Ginny G.”

Ginny slowly blinked her big brown eyes and smiled at Tortoise. “You're right, Tortoise. I can be happy because God loves me so much.”

Ginny stood up and looked around, seeing all the things God gave her because He loved her so much. She had many reasons to be happy. Lowering her head down close to the ground she gave Tortoise a special smile.

“Thank you for being my friend, Tortoise. You are a wonderful gift from God.” She bent her knees and gave him a kiss on his tough, wrinkly cheek, then turned and sailed across the grassland to join her friends in a game of tag.

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Joanne Sher 07/19/07
Absolutely charming - my kids will LOVE this when I read it to them (LOL no, haven't done it yet, but I WILL!). Love Ginny's character.
Kate Wells07/19/07
A lovely story! Good job...
Catrina Bradley 07/19/07
Awwwww...so charming! A perfect children's story. Great descriptions - especially Ginny G at the end bending down to kiss Tortoise. Great message for ALL ages. Loved it!
Kristen Hester07/23/07
This is a delightful children's story.

I may be the only one in the world, but I didn't know what a "gnu" was. I looked it up and learned something new. Perhaps a quick explanation after the word would help ignorant adults like me and also children.
Lynda Schultz 07/23/07
Others have said, but I'll say it again, cause it's worth saying — great children's story here!
Dee Yoder 07/23/07
It's wonderful and charming. Children will love it! I can imagine many colorful illustrations for this book. :)
Kevin Rodgers07/25/07
This is great! Such wonderful characters. Very creative story. I enjoyed this a lot. Well done!
Betty Castleberry07/25/07
What an adorable story, with a good, yet not preachy, message. I would love to see this illustrated.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/25/07
This is a wonderful children's story. It could bring such good discussion about what makes them special and happy.
Loren T. Lowery07/25/07
Perfect for a child, to help them to think, ream and believe. This kind of writing and talent is special. Great job.
Joanney Uthe07/25/07
Delightful children's story. I can see it in a full-color picture book. The only thing I wouyld change is that giraffes can't bend their knees -- she would spread her legs to bend down to kiss the tortose. Loved the message.
Sara Harricharan 07/25/07
oooh! Well done! I can definitely see this as a kid's bedtime story! The message is great and I love how it fits "Happy" great job here! I especially liked Ginny, I think we all can relate to her at one time or another. ^_^
LaNaye Perkins07/25/07
I love this story and it's wonderful message! Well done!
Jacquelyn Horne07/25/07
This is really cute for children, and it has a wonderful message in it. It is also well written.
Esther Gellert07/26/07
I thought this was a wonderful kids story. It reminded me of the 'Jungle Doctor' stories I have been reading to my kids lately. I might read this one to them tonight instead :)