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Awww...What a beautiful story, loved this entire heartfelt entry.

Loved the ending...

Thank you for sharing,

This is a sweet story. I could feel the suspense build as I read the first couple lines. You did a fine job of developing the characters. Some parts could use some tightening. For example, instead of the over-used small talk, try a verb like chatted, jabbered, gabbed, or even kibitz. I also spotted a tiny typo: elder's hair needed an apostrophe. Instead of telling that the youngster seemed taken with stuffed toy, show what that looks like. Perhaps something like this: The youngster wiggled out of her Mom's arms; her eyes fixated on a stuffed toy. She grabbed the penguin from its perch and cradled it in her arms while she sang softly.
This is just a quick example meant to demonstrate how you can show instead of tell. You have some great showing points in the story already, but by adding even more, you can paint a more vivid picture for the reader by adding body language, dialog, and thoughts (in italics) of the MC. The phrase Lala land would be another great spot to switch out a cliché for actions. Maybe her eyes glaze over with tears or her smile stretches across her face while she twirls holding the penguins flippers. I want to stress you have an awesome start on showing and that's part of what makes this story good, but I believe with even more verbs that pop, you'd have an amazing story. The story flows nicely at a great pace. The ending is wonderful and shows how in helping others sometimes the helper becomes more blessed than the person being helped. Great job.
Awww, what a sweet story! Fits the topic well.
Congratulations on placing 2nd for Advanced! This is a really sweet story. I love how the other patron noticed the girl looking at the penguin and decided to purchase it for her, anonymously. A gift from Jesus. :)
I love this sweet story that shows the blessing of an act of kindness, especially when done anonymously. Congratulations on your 2nd Place.
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