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CHRISTMAS COMES TO HALIBROOK WOODS
It has been the season of contests on Twitter! Giveaways, writing contests, and more! I'm thrilled to share this story which is an on-going story of The Woodsy Woodwinds. These little characters are really capturing my heart and I'm enjoying their stories. I hope you do too! The word limit for this contest was 250 and mine checks in at EXACTLY 250! Everyone who knows me will NOT be surprised by that fact ;-). Big thanks to my critique partners Bonnie Kelso and Aundra Tomlins for helping me whip this little story into shape! Here are the deets for the contest if you're interested:
Huge thanks to Susanna for offering these writing microfiction contests! They are great fun and help us kidlit writers hone our "every word matters" skills! I'm excited to read everyone's stories. It's always amazing how differently we respond to pictures and prompts. That's the joy of creativity!
CHRISTMAS COMES TO HALIBROOK WOODS
Rudy Raccoon was excited for his first Christmas with the Woodsy Woodwinds forest band! He chatted with his fairy friend, Twink, “I’ve decorated this tree with everyone’s favorite foods as a surprise, but something is missing!”
He pulled out his list:
Peanut butter pine cones covered with bird seed - check!
Clusters of dried berries - check!
Apples - check!
Dried clover bunches and carrots - check!
Lots of nuts - check!
Strands of popcorn with cranberries - check!
“Is there something for everyone to enjoy when we untrim the tree?” Rudy asked.
Twink nodded and jingled.
Rudy looked up to the top of the tree and saw the stars in the sky!
That’s what is missing!” he said to Twink.
Twink did a sparkly somersault.
Sticks crunched as Rudy walked around, thinking.
He and Twink found the perfect twigs and glued them together with pine sap, tying the corners with pine needles.
“YES!” he shouted, shimmying up the trunk of the tree to the tippy top. He tied it on with a vine and scurried down to take a look.
“It’s not big or bright enough for anyone to see. That will NEVER do.”
Twink said, “I can help!”
There were twitters, giggles, and skitters as Twink flitted to the top and sprinkled sparkly fairy dust on the twiggy star.
As the star lit, music filled the clearing. All the forest friends were thrilled with Rudy’s surprise.
With Twink’s help, the magic (and the music) of Christmas had come to Halibrook Woods.
12/10/2020 05:09:57 am
Such a whimsical, fun story! I can tell why you have more stories for these adorable characters. I especially loved the checklist and you have a knack for writing such conversational dialogue. Best of luck!
12/10/2020 07:07:02 am
This story is delightful! I love the sweet characters, and I could picture the magical ending image.
12/10/2020 08:26:52 pm
You do a great job showing their friendship dynamic, and what a sparkling ending!
12/12/2020 07:50:59 am
Lovely Tonnye! Such a heartwarming story, with lovely lyrical language!
12/14/2020 05:58:18 pm
Aww, such a sweet story with all the good Christmas feels. Best wishes, Tonnye!
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I've been a teacher of K-3 students for over 20 years; I'm also a writer of poems, short stories, devotionals and picture books. I'm wife to an amazing husband and mom to Sparkles, Mocha, and Rusty -- our feline fur babies . I love reading, writing, singing and listening to music. I enjoy nature, Bible study and spending time with friends and family!
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