Saturday, December 31, 2005

Maylin and I are co-authors

Maylin and I have written two books together in the past two days. I first ask if she wants to write a book, and once she says "yes," I ask her for some characters. I type up the story on the computer, print the text, draw the pictures, and then we color the pictures together. It's a great creative partnership. My drawings are pretty amateurish (and I'm too lazy to scan), so here is just the text from each little 10-page book.

Horse and Pig
by Maylin and Caroline Armitage
December 30, 2005

Once upon a time, there was a happy pig and a grumpy horse.

The happy pig ate everything. The grumpy horse was left with just a few crumbs.

The grumpy horse was very grumpy. He called in the rooster to resolve the situation.

The rooster suggested that they eat from separate troughs.

That worked until the happy pig realized he could eat out of the horse's trough after he was done with his.

The grumpy horse was very, VERY grumpy now. The rooster was called in again.

The rooster said that the pig and horse should live in separate pens in the barnyard.

The pig became very lonely eating by himself in his corner of the barnyard. He was no longer happy.

The pig promised not to eat the horse's food anymore if they could stay together and be friends again.

The horse liked that idea. The happy horse and the happy pig lived happily ever after.

THE END

Horse and Rabbit
by Maylin and Caroline Armitage
December 31, 2005

Once upon a time, one a beautiful farm, there lived two good friends, the rabbit and the horse.

Once spring day, the rabbit noticed some delicious flowers in the garden and started eating them.

Everyday, the rabbit would eat more flowers. The horse didn't like this one bit. But he never said a word.

The rabbit continued eating the flowers, day after day. Each day, the horse got madder, and madder, and madder.

After ten days of frustration and ager, the horse BLEW UP! I mean, he was so upset that he said some very mean words to rabbit.

The two animals refused to talk to each other for weeks. Until the rooster was called in.

The rooster asked what the problem was. The horse said that the rabbit had been eating the garden flowers for ten whole days and that this was angering him.

The rooster asked the horse, "Why didn't you tell the rabbit on the first day that his eating the flowers was upsetting you?" The horse didn't know what to say.

The rooster continued. "It would have been best to let the rabbit know how you felt before your anger grew big enough to distance you from your friend."

"You're right," said the horse. The horse apologized to the rabbit for saying mean things to him, and the rabbit apologized for eating the flowers. They were good friends once more.

THE END

I especially like this second story because it's about a communication problem that affects many people, including me. I love children's books that enlighten children and adults alike.

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