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Let’s Play! by Keila V. Dawson

Let’s Play! by Keila V. Dawson

Every year author Vivian Kirkfield hosts the annual writing contest #50PreciousWords. The challenge is to write a story using 50 words or less for children under the age of 12. Below is my 2019 entry.

Anyone who has a canine family member will understand why I wrote this story! My fur son’s name is Casey.

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HELLO BABY by Keila V. Dawson

HELLO BABY by Keila V. Dawson

THE 2nd ANNUAL #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge hosted by author Vivian Kirkfield in honor of Dr. Suess is here!


The challenge is to write a story for children 12 and under using 50 words or less. YIKES!

My entry, at exactly 50 words, is about the wonder and curiosity a child has about the baby growing inside his or her mother.

HELLO BABY

You’re quiet inside mama’s belly. What are you doing in there?

Listening?

Sleeping?

Dreaming?

You’re moving inside mama’s belly. And I can feel what you’re doing in there.

Kicking.

Stretching.

Twisting.

You’re noisy outside mama’s belly. I can hear and see what you’re doing now!

Screaming!

Squealing!

Smiling!

Hello baby!

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Love Hugs by Keila V. Dawson

Love Hugs by Keila V. Dawson

What writer doesn’t like a challenge? In honor of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, fellow author Vivian Kirkfield (SWEET DREAMS, SARAH; Creston Books, 2017) is sponsoring a 50 Precious Words Contest. Everyone adores his gift for storytelling and word choice. The challenge is to write a story using only 50 words. See this post on her blog, Picture Books Help Kids Soar, for more details. And yes, there are prizes.

 

I wrote LOVE HUGS, a 49 word story. Hope you enjoy!

 

LOVE HUGS

by Keila V. Dawson

 

Would you like a hug goodnight?

Not tonight, I’m alright.

 

Would you like one when you’re sad?

Not when sad. Not when mad.

 

Would you like one for good-bye?

Not for good-bye. Not if I cry.

 

Would you stop me if I do?

Not at all, I’d like two!

 

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