Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Thanksgiving Contest

I finally finished my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill's Thanksgiving Contest. Hooray!

One Trek of a Thanksgiving

They were supposed to go to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving, but the blizzard came in fast.

“It’s coming down hard,” said Papa Ant to his wife and kids, “that means it will not last.”

“Grandma is waiting and this looks thicker than whipped cream,”

“But it’s not cold or wet. It is something we’ve never seen.”

Soon, they all were covered with flour from antenna to feet,

Papa led the way across the table to Grandma’s house to eat.

They thought of hot sliced turkey, potatoes and crumbs of pie.

That’s when drops of water sprinkled slowly from the sky.

The water seeped in the white, turning the flour into dough,

Trapping them in a gooey mess, and they wished it was real snow.

A pair of big hands went to work, they squeezed, pressed and rolled,

And didn’t stop until the dough was formed into a mold.

Soon they would be baked inside the giant oven,

With sweet rolls, casseroles and even some stuffing.

At least they were all together, stuck inside the crust,

Papa urged, “Lets get out, we must, we must, we must!”

They started chewing, eating and biting,

They worked to get free, they never stopped fighting.

The ants made it out safety, not one with a scratch or scuff,

But all had full bellies and they told Grandma they were stuffed.

Thanksgiving night they gathered with thanks and shared a special feast.

And when it was time for pie, they served Grandma the largest piece.

The End

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

The rules (Taken directly from Susanna's Blog):
 Post your 250 (or fewer) word kids' Thanksgiving story, beginning with "They were supposed to go to Grandma's for Thanksgiving, but the blizzard came in fast..." (poetry or prose is fine, and the opening phrase counts toward the total word count) and add your link to the link list. We'll all have a great time visiting and reading your stories! (Note that if you choose to write in poetry/rhyme, you have permission to tweak the opening sentence to fit your meter/rhyme scheme, or you can begin with that sentence and then continue in rhyme. And if you'd like to participate but don't have a blog, just copy and paste your story into the comments and make sure I have a way to contact you!)

The contest is open from now until the end of Thanksgiving Day, and this post with the link list will remain up during that time. (You will recall that the powers that be (me) decided not to run Would You Read It this week because we will all be too busy cooking, traveling and visiting to give it the attention it deserves, so there will not be a new post on Wednesday.) Once the link list closes, my assistant judge and I will select three finalists, who will be posted next Monday Nov. 28 for you to vote on. The winner of the contest will receive their choice of a $15 Amazon gift card or a hardcover copy of Melissa Sweet's new picture book, Balloons Over Broadway in time for the holidays!


  1. This is such an outstanding and imaginative poem filled with adventure! "Soon they were covered with flour from antenna to feet,"is one of many memorable lines! Now I feel compassion for the ants on holidays. Thanks for following me, and I look forward to getting to know you. Happy Thanksgiving! Julie

  2. LOL! This is so awesome! What a fun way to tell this story. I love it, I love it, I love it!

    And I also love the "eye candy!" Holla! :D

  3. Such a cool poem Jennifer I loved it. Great imagination taking it from an ants pov. Yay you! Now I have to get back to work on my story so I can post it.

  4. What a fun twist with the flour and the oven! Thanks for sharing it. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Turkey Day.

  5. Loved the ant protagonists and some super visual stanzas. Great Thanksgiving poem!

  6. Jennifer - I love this entry! Good luck!

  7. I really appreciate all the kind words from everyone.

    @Empty Nest Insider- I'm so glad you stopped by and thanks for following. I look forward to getting to know you as well.

    @Abby- I'm glad that eye candy was just for me. Also, thanks for the compliments.

    @The Patient Dreamer- Thank you and good luck with your story. Can't wait to check it out.

    @Thanks Stacy! Hope yours was nice as well :)

    @Joanna- Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the kind words.

    @Maeve- Thanks Maeve, you are so sweet! Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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