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  Maurice  Hawk  School  

2nd  Grade  Writers,  2012-­‐2013  

Golden  Feather   A  literacy  magazine  featuring  writing  and  artwork     by  second  grade  students  at  Maurice  Hawk  School  

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Artwork  by  Alexandria  Solomon    


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Dear  second  grade  writers,   Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  write  and  submit  your  work  to  me.  I  hope  that  you  will   continue  to  pursue  other  opportunities  to  share  your  writing  with  others.  You  have  a  special   talent  that  you  should  be  honored  to  share  with  the  WWP  community.     Fondly,    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Toohey

ARTWORK  by:    Shreya  Tandon  

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Several  students  created  beautiful  cover  art  for  our  2nd  grade   magazine.  All  are  featured  below.

Abby  P.  

Akash  P.  

Robert  R.    

Nikhil    C.  

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Ved  R.    

Nivedhithaa  M.    

Jonathan  T.      

Rohan  S.    

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Artist  unknown    

Joshua  N.      

Akash  B.      

Hiral  S.      

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Juliana  B.  and  Joyce  Z.    

Rachel  L.    

Sankalp  S.      

Anika  S.      

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Dear WW-P Community,   The  following  pages  contain  stories  written  by  second  grade  students.  Some   writing  includes  accompanying  artwork.  Prepare  to  be  fascinated  by  the  writing   that  our  students  were  able  to  produce  in  a  short  amount  of  time.  Your  children   and  their  classmates  never  cease  to  amaze  me.       The  genres  of  writing  are  varied  and  include:   § Short  stories     o Personal  Narratives   o Realistic  Fiction   o Small  Moment  Stories     § Persuasive  Reviews     § Fairytales  &  Fables     § Poetry     § Non-­‐Fiction  Writing  

ENJOY!    

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Titanic  Exhibition   Author:  Aaron  D.   “Yay!!!”  I  shouted,  as  my  mom  told  me  that  we  were  going  to  the  Titanic  exhibition.    About  one  hour   later,  my  mom  told  me  and  my  sister  to  get  into  the  car.    Within  a  few  minutes  we  were  out  the  door   in  a  flash.    When  we  finally  arrived  at  the  Franklin  Institute  in  Philadelphia,  we  found  a  parking  space   and  then  we  went  to  the  entrance  of  the  Institute.   At  the  entrance  we  saw  this  old  plane  that  looked  like  it  was  from  the  time  of  the  Wright  brothers.     Then  we  went  inside.    We  climbed  up  a  lot  of  steps  and  then  we  went  inside  and  bought  our  tickets   and  climbed  up  the  steps  that  led  to  the  exhibition.   The  tickets  were  like  copies  of  the  real  ones  on  the  ship.    Each  ticket  had  a  real  passenger’s  name  and   the  ticket  described  their  family,  who  they  were  travelling  with  and  what  class  they  were  staying  in   on  board.    As  we  walked  round  the  exhibit  we  saw  many  precious  artifacts  that  had  been  saved  from   the  mysterious  sunken  ship  at  the  bottom  of  the  Atlantic  Ocean.    We  saw  china  teapots  and  plates,   French  money  and  a  double-­‐sided  spoon.    “Wow!”  I  said,  “those  things  look  really  ancient”.   We  saw  a  film  about  how  the  Titanic  hit  an  iceberg  and  sank,  we  also  got  to  touch  a  real  ice-­‐berg.    It   was  really  cold!    After  that  part  of  the  exhibition,  we  met  a  lady  who  was  dressed  in  clothes  that   passengers  would  have  worn  in  first  class.    We  showed  her  each  of  our  tickets  and  she  then  told  us   about  that  passenger.    My  passenger  ticket  was  for  a  man  called  Mr.  Nils  Martin  Odahl.    My   passenger  was  23  years  old  when  he  went  on  the  Titanic.    He  was  travelling  alone  from  Orsjo,   Sweden  and  was  staying  in  third  class.   At  the  end  of  the  exhibition,  there  were  two  large  boards  which  showed  the  names  of  all  the   passengers.    There  was  one  board  for  all  the  passengers  who  survived  and  one  that  showed  the   names  of  all  the  passengers  who  were  unlucky.    My  passenger  was  unlucky  and  he  did  not  survive.   This  was  a  very  sad  event  and  1,502  people  died  and  755  survived.    Ship  builders  learned  a  lot  of   lessons  from  this  tragedy  and  one  day,  I  hope  you  get  a  chance  to  go  to  the  Titanic  exhibition  and   have  a  blast!   Thank  you  for  reading  this  small  moment,  I  hope  you  liked  it.    

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Believe  it  or  not!   Author:    Aarushi  T.  

  In  a  faraway  town  in  India  called  Brahmavar  there  is  a  village  called  Aroor.  That’s  where  my  grandpa  spent   his  childhood.  It  is  a  small  village  with  only  one  school.  There  is  also  a  forest  and  in  that  forest  there  was  a   Banyan  tree.  When  I  first  heard  about  Banyan  trees,  I  thought  Banyan  was  a  specific  type  of  fruit.  Then  I   found  out  that  it  has  something  called  Aerial  roots  which  means  roots  that  grow  above  the  ground.  The   roots  grow  from  the  branch  straight  down  to  the  ground.  After  some  time  the  roots  grow  thick  enough   that  it  looks  like  a  tree  with  30-­‐40  trunks!  I  thought  trees  had  only  one  trunk.  Maybe  this  is  why  people   start  thinking  that  ghosts  and  goblins  live  there!  This  makes  me  feel  like  it’s  a  tree  from  some  fairy  tale.  So   I  think  Sundar’s  (my  grandpa)  friends  started  imagining  demons  living  in  that  tree  and  spread  the  story  so   everyone  was  very  scared.  Everyone  believed  it,  of  course  everyone  except  Sundar.   They  said  the  demon  was  red  and  at  night  he  would  scare  people  and  harm  them!  Maybe  even  kill  them!   So  people  tried  not  to  be  too  close  to  that  tree  or  walked  far  from  that  tree.  Sundar  was  curious  and   daring.  He  wanted  proof  that  there  were  demons  in  that  tree!  Sundar  was  brave,  courageous  and  did   something  no  one  else  would  dare  to  do.   That  night  my  grandpa  did  something  very  brave.  He  went  to  spend  the  night  under  that  banyan  tree.   When  I  heard  this  part  of  the  story  I  was  so  scared  I  thought  he  was  going  to  die!  He  was  alone  in  the  dark   of  the  night  with  absolutely  no  lights.  I  am  scared  even  to  go  to  the  basement  at    night  with  lights  on.  He   sat  and  sat  listening  to  the  wind  rustling  the  leaves  and  in  the  night  I  imagine  those  sounds  sound  like   there  are  ghosts  in  the  wind!  But  no  matter  what  happened  there  was  no  demon.  In  the  morning  he  told   everyone  “There  is  no  demon,  you  guys  believed  such  a  silly  story”   You  can  choose  to  believe  anything  or  choose  not  to  believe  anything  is  what  I  learned  from  this  story.   You  may  learn  something  else.    

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Jenny  and  her  Bike   Author:  Abby  P.   Jenny  was  an  8  year-­‐old  second  grader  and  she  loved  to  ride  the  bike  she  just  got  for  her  birthday.    There  was  only   one  problem  with  her  bike  –  she  had  training  wheels.    Her  friend  Mia  was  a  kindergartener  and  she  didn’t  have   training  wheels.    Neither  did  her  friend  Wilson  in  first  grade.    Almost  everyone  in  first  grade  and  older  was  riding  on   two  wheels.    Jenny  thought,  “what  can  I  do?  I  am  not  ready  to  take  my  training  wheels  off”.    So  she  walked  down  the   sidewalk  to  Wilson’s  house.    She  asked  if  she  could  go  outside  with  Wilson.    He  said  “sure”.    He  got  his  b ike  out  and   Jenny  ran  to  her  house  to  get  her  bike  out.    When  they  rode  about  2  miles,  Jenny  said  “I  want  to  ask  you  something   Wilson”.    “What”  asked  Wilson.    “How  did  you  get  no  training  wheels?”,  asked  Jenny.    Wilson  said  “it  took  a  lot  of   practice.    The  first  thing  I  did  was  raise  my  training  wheels.”    “Oh”  said  Jenny.    “Maybe  when  we  get  to  the  next  village   we  can  get  some  pizza  and  after  that  we  can  go  back  to  my  house  and  my  d ad  can  raise  my  training  wheels”  said   Jenny.    “That’s  a  good  idea”  said  Wilson  “and  I’m  getting  hungry”.    They  rode  to  a  diner,  ordered  a  pizza,  and  each  of   them  quietly  ate  a  slice  of  p izza.    After  that,  they  p aid  and  went  outside  to  get  their  bikes.    Soon  after,  they  were   riding  their  bikes  past  the  village  library.    Then  Jenny  drove  h er  bike  through  the  garage  door.    Her  dad  was  fixing  a   tool  at  the  work  bench  with  a  hammer.    Jenny  said,  “Dad  can  you  raise  my  training  wheels?”.    “Of  course”  replied  her   Dad,  “but  don’t  you  think  you  need  more  practice?”.    “No.    Wilson  has  been  riding  his  bike  since  h e  was  4!”,  said   Jenny.    “Well  OK”  answered  her  d ad.    He  set  d own  his  hammer  and  picked  up  his  wrench.    Her  dad  went  over  to  her   bike  and  twisted  them  so  they  were  higher.    Jenny  was  so  excited  that  she  jumped  right  out  of  the  garage  with  her   bike  and  started  pedaling.    She  rode  h er  bike  even  though  it  was  a  little  wobbly  until  6  o’clock  and  then  she  went   home  for  dinner.    After  dinner  she  ran  outside  and  jumped  on  her  bike  and  p edaled  till  d ark.    She  was  so  excited  that   she  rode  on  her  own  bike.    “I  want  to  do  M ORE  bike  riding”  thought  Jenny.    The  next  day  she  woke  up  and  6:15am   and  asked  h er  dad  if  he  would  take  one  training  wheel  off.    Her  dad  said  yes  and  again  got  his  wrench  and  twisted  a   training  wheel  off!    Jenny  was  a  little  nervous  but  got  on  her  bike.    She  grabbed  the  handle  b ars,  put  her  feet  on  the   pedals  and  started  slow  but  speeded  up.    She  was  a  little  wobbly  but  didn’t  fall!    She  rode  her  bike  all  the  way  to   school.    After  school,  she  went  home  and  she  read,  did  some  multiplication,  wrote  a  review,  and  did  a  balance   experiment  and  wrote  about  it.    Then  she  went  to  Wilson’s  h ouse  and  asked  if  he  could  come  outside  and  ride  bikes.     She  showed  Wilson  that  she  only  had  one  training  wheel.    Wilson’s  dad  saw  Jenny’s  bike  and  asked  her  “do  you  want   me  to  take  off  that  last  training  wheel?”.    Jenny  thought  about  it  for  a  minute  and  then  said  “yes”.    Wilson’s  dad  got  a   wrench  and  twisted  off  the  other  training  wheel.    Jenny  got  on  the  bike  -­‐  excited  and  worried  at  the  same  time.    She   pedaled  about  two  feet  and  then  oh  no…  CRASH!    CRASH!    She  wasn’t  ready…  

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My  Birthday  Cake     Author:  Abby  P.   I  was  in  the  middle  of  my  birthday  when  it  was  cake  time.    As  soon  as  I  saw  my  cake  I  gasped.    It  was   beautiful  and  wide  and  big.    I  loved  it.    It  was  so  big  I  wanted  to  grab  it.    It  was  so  beautiful  I  wanted  to   scrape  my  fingers  in  it.    I  loved  it  so  much.    As  soon  as  the  cake  was  in  front  of  me  it  was  lit.    I  wasn’t  sure  if  I   could  do  it,  but  I  was  going  to  do  it.    I  was  brave.    I  took  a  deep  breath.    OK.    I  would  do  it.    I  stared  and   stared  at  it.    I  sighed.    OK.    I  would  definitely  do  it.    Then  I  smelled  the  sweet  taste  of  the  cake.    I  heard  my   friends  singing  “Happy  Birthday”.    Then  I  squeezed  my  eyes  shut.    Then  I  took  a  deep  breath  and  let  it  out   real  hard.    Then  as  soon  as  I  opened  my  eyes  I  saw  smoke  rising.    And  grownups  handing  out  cookies  and   cake.    They  also  handed  out  drinks.    When  I  got  my  cake,  I  found  a  plastic  mermaid  toy  in  it.    I  played  with  it   a  little  but  it  wasn’t  really  fun.    But  I  felt  the  bumpy  texture  and  wrapped  my  fingers  tightly  around  it.    As   soon  as  my  piece  of  cake  was  in  front  of  me  I  looked  at  it.    Then  I  took  a  bite.    And  it  tasted  good  and  it  felt   like  the  frosting  was  sucking  up  into  my  head.    After  I  ate  all  my  cake,  I  jumped  down  from  my  seat  because  I   had  a  lot  of  energy  and  was  ready  for  fun!    Then  End.  

Oyster   Author:  Abby  P.     Rough  and  gray  as  rock   I’m  plain  as  plain  can  be   But  hidden  deep  inside  there  is  great  beauty  in  me   Who  am  I?  

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The  First  Day  of  Junior  Sailing  Camp   Author:  Cassidy  T.    

Off  I  went,  as  I  started  to  walk  to  Junior  Sailing  Camp.    The  camp  started  at  9  am  and  went  until  12   noon.    It  was  my  first  day  so  I  had  my  bag  and  life  jacket  all  ready  for  sailing.    I  walked  from  my   grandmother’s  house  to  my  yacht  club  until  I  got  there.  Inside  I  was  all  excited  about  sailing  camp.     The  first  thing  I  did  was  to  meet  the  instructors.    My  instructors’  names  were  Beth  and  Jack.    Beth   told  me  to  wait  in  the  attendance  room  (or  the  lounge  room).    A  few  minutes  later  it  was  time  to   take  attendance,  and  when  they  called  your  name  you  had  to  say  “yo”.    So  when  they  called  my   name  of  course  I  said  “yo”.    It  took  a  few  minutes,  but  after  attendance  was  over  we  met  with  our   group  and  told  everybody  our  name.    I  was  in  the  Pram  group,  which  is  a  type  of  a  boat.    We  started   to  talk  about  sailing.    Before  we  talked  about  the  boats  and  that  kind  of  stuff  we  talked  about  the   sails.    We  learned  how  to  put  the  sails  together  and  all  the  stuff  we  needed  to  know  for  sailing.    We   also  learned  how  to  get  all  the  things  ready  for  the  boat.    Then  came  the  exciting  part  where  we  got   to  go  sailing.    Everybody  helped  get  the  boats  in  the  water  and  the  teachers  helped  us  get  in  the   boats.    But  the  teachers  were  in  to  motorboats  with  us  so  if  we  tipped  over  they  could  help  us.     There  were  two  people  in  each  boat.      We  practiced  sailing  in  front  of  the  dock  first.    Then  we  could   go  up  river  or  down  to  the  bay.      We  practiced  and  practiced  until  it  was  time  to  stop  and  put  the   boats  away.      We  got  out  and  tied  the  boats  to  the  side  of  the  dock,  because  the  people  that  go  for   full  day  still  need  the  boats.  Then  sadly  it  was  time  to  go  home.      My  mom  came  to  pick  me  up  and   we  said  goodbye  and  then  left.    It  was  a  good  day  and  I  couldn’t  wait  to  go  again.  

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Garage  Sale  Hunting     Author:  Kohav  D.   It  was  Saturday  morning.  I  looked  outside  and  there  were  lot  of  garage  sales.  I  told  my  mom  “Can  we  go   to  garage  sale”.  My  mom  nodded  yes.  She  said  “Let’s  go  with  car”.  I  said  “I  want  to  be  green  and  take  my   bike”.  “OK”  said  my  mom.  Then  we  went  to  the  first  garage  sale.  Nothing  was  interesting.  After  that  we   went  to  many  more  garage  sales.  Still  we  could  not  find  anything  to  buy.    

  I  was  very  disappointed  until  we  came  to  a  sale  which  had  fun  stuff.  That  sale  had  a  bike  for  ten  dollars.  It   was  rusty,  but  the  owner  said  that  it  still  works.  My  mom  tried  it  and  she  found  it  comfortable.  My  mom   did  a  little  bargaining  with  the  owner  and  we  got  the  bike  for  seven  dollars.  But  right  after  we  bought  it,   we  noticed  that  the  pedal  was  broken  but  my  mom  said  that  we  will  repair  it.    

    I  was  so  happy  that  we  bought  it.  Then  we  rode  the  bike  back  home.  I  think  it  was  a  good  idea  to  buy  the   bike  because  it  was  cheap  and  in  good  shape.  This  bike  will  be  useful    when  go  to  park  or  run  errands.  I   love  the  bike  and  garage  sales!!  

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The  Gift     Author:  Rohan  S.       Once   I   went   to   Florida   for   my   forth   birthday.   We   stayed   in   Disney  resort  for  a  week.  I  was  very  excited  to  go  to  the  theme   parks   and   meet   all  the  Disney  characters.    One  day   I   went  to   the   arcade.  I  wanted  to  play  the  water  gun  game  but  there  was  no   one  to  play  against  me.    After  a  few  minutes  a  boy  came.  He  was   older  than  me  (might  be  10  years  old).       We  started  playing  and   he  won.     I   was   little   sad   and   walked   back  to  my  mom.     She   tried   to  cheer  me  up.  Suddenly,  I  heard  “Excuse  me.”    I  turned  back.   The  same   boy  was  there,  holding  a  black  and  yellow  frog  that  he   won  in   the   game.    He  said,  “This   is  for   you.”    I   was   surprised  and   before   I   could   even   say   thank   you   to   him   he   ran   back   to   his   mom.        

  Tom   Author:  Joshua  N.   It  was  the  world  series.  "We  are  doing  this"  Jimmy  said.  Then  he  said  "Ginny  left  field,  Tom   first  base,  Timmy  right  field,  Pall  third  base,  two  innings"  but  no  one  except  Tom  heard.  Tom   yelled  "two  innings!"  Jimmy's  team  cheered!  "We  love  two  inning"  Jimmy's  team  cheered!   That  night  they  tied.  Tom  saved  the  day!  Because  Tom  caught  a  pop  fly  that  was  almost  a   home  run  and  got  the  final  out  of  the  game.  Then  the  game  was  over  as  a  tie  with  their   opponent.      

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Bobby  And  The  Bone   Author:  Noah  W.   Bobby  was  a  small  dog  that  lived  with  Jerry,  and  Rick.  Bobby  saw  a  bone.  He  loved  the  bone;  he  wanted   to  eat  the  bone.  Suddenly  the  bone  started  to  fly.  The  bone  was  gone.   Rick  was  getting  the  mail  outside.  “WOOF,  WOOF,”  Bobby  barked.  Rick  saw  a  bone  and  he  got  it.  “I  think   this  is  my  dog’s  bone,  I`ll  give  it  to  Bobby.”   “Bobby  I  got  a  bone,”  said  Rick.  Bobby  was  happy!  And  Jerry  came  back  from  his  office.  “HI!”  said  Jerry.     Bobby  ate  the  bone.    Yummy!  And  Bobby  never  lost  a  bone  again.    

    Bobby  And  The  Flower   Author:  Noah  W.   Bobby  was  at  a  store,  for  his  first  time.  Bobby  saw  many  flowers.   “Cool,”  said  Bobby.   Rick  bought  a  flower  that  Bobby  liked.    Jerry  was  shopping  with  Rick  and  Bobby.   “Should  I  buy  another  daisy?”  asked  Jerry.   Rick  replied,  “Yes.”   Bobby  jumped,  while  Rick  was  checking  out.  They  started  to  drive  home,  and  …  the  car  took  off!  So  they   flew  home.   When  they  arrived  Bobby  was  playing  with  the  flower.  He  broke  the  daisy.  Rick  was  getting  the  other   daisy.   Bobby  said,  “WOOF,  WOOF.”   Jerry  got  mad!  And  Bobby  never  broke  a  flower  again.    

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Jessica  and  the  Necklace   Author:  Hiral  S.   Chapter  1  :  Excited   It   was   Friday   afternoon   and   Jessica   was   sitting   on   her   porch   drinking   lemonade   when   the   phone   rang   .Jessica   ran  to   her   dad.  She   sang  like  always  …there  is   a  phone  call   .Dad   picked  up  the  phone.  “Is   it  from   grand   pa”,   asked   grand  ma.   “No”,   dad   replied   “It   is   from   Jessica’s   mom”.   “My   legs   hurts   “said   grand   ma,   then   they  all   sat  down   on   the   porch.   Dad   told   Jessica   that   they   are   going   to   grandpa’s   house.   “OH   my   god!”   said  Jessica.  Just  then  grand  ma  said,  “It’s  starting  to  rain  lets  go  inside”.  They  all  went  inside  quickly  then   suddenly   thunder   rumbled   and   lights   went   out.   They   all   crouched   on  the   sofa.   “Oh   no   the   power   went   out”   grand  ma  said.  Jessica  asked  daddy  “Is  my  bunny  going  to  stay  with  aunt  Mercy  when  we  will  visit  grandpa?”   Daddy  nodded  his  head.  Just  then  the  power  came  back.  Grand  ma  gave  food  to  the  bunny  and  dad  brought   soup   and   broccoli  with   rice  for   everyone.  While  they  were   sitting   on   the  dinner  table  the   storm  stopped.   Jessica  and  Max  her  little  brother  looked  outside  the  window.  They  said  together    “oh  our  bikes  are  wet  now   we  cannot  bike  outside.”  

Chapter  2  :  Wait  ,Wait  and  Wait   Next   day   early   morning   dad   called   Jessica   and   Max   downstairs.   They   came   running   down   the  stairs.   Dad   was   standing  with  tickets  in  his  hands.  “Let’s  pack  our  bags  we   have   to   leave   for   airport   in   an   hour”,   said   dad.   Grandma   helped   Jessica   and   Max   pack   their   stuff   in   their   bags   and   dad  helped  putting  bags  in  the  car,  but  it  took  a  long  time   for  grandma  to  get  into  the  car.   Then   it  was   a  long  drive  to   the   airport   Jessica   almost   fell   asleep   when   dad   said   “we   are   at   the   parking   place”.   Jessica   and   Max   got   so   tired   standing   in   line   for   checking   their   luggage   and   going   through   the   security   check   that   when   they   boarded   the   plane  they  just  ran  to  their  seats.  Jessica  yelled  “I  got  the   window  seat”  .  “Not  fair,  ”said  Max.  Jessica  told  grandma,   “Can   I   have   something   to   eat   I   am   hungry   “.Grandma  gave   them  a  bars.  

   

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Jessica  and  the  Necklace  (continued)   Author:  Hiral  S.   Chapter  3:  Gift  From  Grandpa   After  a  long  flight  the  plane  landed  on  New  York  airport.”  I  am  really  excited  to  see  my  grand  pa”,  said   Jessica.  As  they  came  out  of  the  airport  Jessica  was  surprised  to  see  Mom  with  grandpa.  ”oh  my  god   mommy  is  here…..”screamed  Jessica.  She  enjoyed  the  car  ride  to  grandpa  house.  “This  is  the  best  day  ever   mom”,  said  Jessica.  Jessica’s  vacation  at  grandpa  house  was  full  of  fun  .  Grandpa  even  took  her  to  show  the   New  York  City  .When  it  was  time  for  Jessica  to  go  to  the  airport  grandpa  gave  her  a  gift.  He  moved  his  hand   from  his  behind  with  a  gift  rapped  in  red  with  a  purple  bow.  A  big  smile  came  on  Jessica’s  face  and  she  ran   to  give  grandpa  a  hug.  “thank  you  thank  you  grandpa.  I  love  you”.  She  carefully  unwrapped  the  bow  and   opened  the  box  .She  screamed  “Grandpa  you  gave  a  necklace”.  “Yes  a  special  necklace  for  my  special   Jessi…It  is  my  mother’s  necklace  which  I  am  giving  you  today.  Please  take  good  care  of  it.”  said  Grandpa.         Chapter  4:  Jessica’s  Birthday   When   Jessica   reached   home   she   asked   mom   to   put   the   necklace   on   her.   Mom   told   “Jessi   it   is   a   special   gift   why   don’t   you   keep   it   for   your   birthday.”   Jessica’s   birthday   was   on   Saturday  but  she  cannot  wait  till  her  birthday.  She  went  to  her   dad   “Daddy   can   you   put   it   on   me.”   Dad   help   her   put   on   the   necklace   but  he  said  “don’t   lose  it”.   Jessica   played   and  played   with   her   necklace.   When  it   was   time   for   Jessica   to   get   ready   for   her   birthday   party   she   could   not   find   her   necklace.   Then   she   remembered  her  grandpa’s   words  “please  take   good  care  of   it.”   And  her   mom’s   words   “keep   it   for  your   birthday”   and  her   dad’s   words  “don’t  lose  it.”  Tears  came  out  of   her  eyes.  Mommy  and   daddy   looked   around   the   house   for   the   necklace.   Just   then   Max   crawled   under   the   bed   and   saw   a   pink   flower  shirt  .There  was  something  bumpy  under  it.  He  pulled  the  shirt  and  yelled  “I  found  it!”  Jessica  said   “thanks   for  finding  my   necklace”  and  gave  him  a  hug.  Her  party  was  a  great  fun  .later  Jessica  smiled  looking   at  her  necklace  and  said  to  herself”  I  will  always  take  great  care  of  my  precious  necklace”      

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Jack  and  Robert  Adventures  1  &  2  Combined   Author:  Ved  R.   It  was  6:30  PM.  Jack  and  Robert  were  playing.    “Hey  look!”  Jack   yelled   to   Robert,  “I   see   a   bird!”   Robert   looked   up   he   started   to   run.  “Wait  for  me!”  Jack  said.  Jack  climbed  a  tree  and  jumped   back   to   the   ground.   Then,   he   started   to   run   too.   Jack   and   Robert   ran   so   fast,   soon   they   caught   up   with   the   bird.   Jack   and   Robert  ran   up   and   down  the   hill,   through  the   park   and   into  the   forest.   Jack   and   Robert   started   to   pant.   “We’re   losing   the   bird!”   Robert   said.   Jack   bumped   into   Robert.   “OH   NO   WE’RE   LOST!!!”  Robert  yelled,  he  began  walking  in  circles  Jack  began   counting   on   his   fingers,   “1,2,3,4,5”-­‐“would   you   please   stop?”   Asked   Robert.   “Do   you   want   to   go   home?”.   A   strange   voice   asked.  “Wh-­‐wh-­‐wh-­‐who  sssaid  that?”  Robert  quivered  and  said   in   a  shaky  voice.     “It  is  I,   The   Wish-­‐Granting  Cat.   I  will   take   you   home.”  “Please  do  that.”  Jack  said.       “  These  boys  want  to  go  home,  magic  dust.”  The  Wish-­‐Granting   Cat   said  while  holding  the  magic   dust  in  his   hand.  And  POOF!   Before   they   knew   it   they  [Jack   and   Robert]  were   safe   at   home.   Jack   and   Robert   went   to   bed,   the  next   morning   they   went   on   a   walk.   Jack   found   a   sword   that   could   shoot   fireballs,   on   the   ground.  He  picked  it  up,  and  took  it  with  him.      “Hey  look!”  said  Jack,   pointing   to   a  cave,   “Let’s   go  inside!”  Jack   and   Robert   walked   slowly   into   the   cave.  “I  can’t  see  a  thing  at  all!”  Jack  said.  “ROAR!!!”   “L-­‐L-­‐L-­‐L-­‐LION!!!!!!!”   Robert  screamed.   “ROAR!!!!”  The   voice   was  even  louder   now.  Jack   shot  a   fireball   on   the   ground.   “Hey   cool!”   Robert  yelled.   “I   can   pick   the   lion   up   without   touching  him!”   Jack   saw  the   lion  floating  in  the  air;  He  jumped  and  tried  to  cut  the  lion’s  tail  off.  The  lion   kicked   Jack  but  now  Jack   was   floating.  “ROAR!!!!!!”   The   lion   jumped  for   Jack,   but   Jack  shot   him   with   a   fireball  but  the  lion  and    Jack  fell.  Robert  picked  the  lion  up,  and  threw  him  out  of  the  cave.  The  lion   was  taken  by  surprise  and  he  ran  away.  Jack  and  Robert  jumped  with  joy.  Would  their  parents  even   believe  they  scared  away  a  lion?  Maybe  yes,  maybe  no.      

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Journey  To  Florida   Author:  Soham  S.    

I  got  out  off  my  bus  and  zoomed  to  my  house.  I  was  going  to  Orlando  Florida    !  Once  I  got  in  my  house  i  ran   to  my  room  to  pack  up.  I  was  so  excited  ,  i  wanted  to  get  there  as  quick  as  possible  !  My  mom  told  me  to   eat  food,  after  i  was  done  eating.  I  put  Tablet  plus  its  Charger,  my  favorite  toys  and  other  things  in  my   backpack.  My  parents  were  not  ready,  I  asked  them  what  are  u  doing  ?  They  told  me  to  wait.    So  i  waited   until  my  parents  were  ready  to  get  in  the  car.    I  asked  them  to  be  quick  ,  we  were  going  to  park  our  car  at   the  airport.  So  we  get  into  the  car.               The  journey  was  long  .  After  a  while  we  stopped  at  Dunkin  Donuts.  My  Dad  got  us  Hash  browns  and   Donuts  and  Coffee  (not  for  us).  We  started  eating  donuts  in  the  car.  After  a  while  my  Dad  told  me  we  were   about  to  reach  the  airport  .  I  was  glad  we  were  about  to  reach  the  airport  because  it  was  hot  in  the  car.   After  we  got  in  the  airport  we  had  to  go  through  Security  check  .  Cops  were  making  sure  none  of  the   people  skipped  them.  Then  we  bought  Pizza  to  eat  in  the  plane.   Soon  we  were  ready  to  board  the  plane.  I  started  to  play  games  on  my  tablet  .  It  took  long  before  to  plane   get  started  because  there  were  other  people  who  needed  to  get  on  the  plane.  I  looked  at  flight  map  bunch   of  times.  I  wanted  to  know  where  in  the  world  we  were  .  The  plane  was  the  air.  We  also  ate  pizza.  I  also   continued  playing  on  my  tablet  .But  after  two  hours....  We  finally  reach  Florida!  

  Learning  Tennis   Author:  Jonathan  T.     On  a  Saturday  morning,  when  my  sister  and  I  were  having  breakfast,  my  mom  asked  me  if  I  wanted  to  play   tennis.  “Yeah!”  I  said  cheerfully.  Finally  I  have  something  to  play  on  Saturday  morning.  But  then  my  face   turned  worried.  My  mom  must  have  caught  the  look  on  my  face.  She  asked:  “What’s  wrong?”    I  mumbled:   “What  if  I  am  not  good.”  “It’s  OK.”  My  mom  said,  “Nobody  plays  tennis  very  well  in  the  beginning.”  “Right.”   I  said  mumbling  again.    So  my  mom  signed  me  up  for  the  tennis  program  run  by  the  Princeton  Tennis   Association.  My  teacher  was  Coach  Joan.  On  the  very  first  day  of  my  tennis  class,  I  realized  everyone   except  me  already  knew  how  to  play  tennis.  I  was  shocked.  I  thought  everyone  should  be  at  my  same  level.     I  even  saw  some  9  years  old  in  my  class!  “OMG!”  I  felt  fainted.  “I  want  to  go  home!”  I  cried  in  my  heart.   But  I  never  said  it  out  loud.  I  was  nervous.  I  didn’t  want  to  get  teased  for  not  playing  well.  I  didn’t  want  to   be  embarrassed  either.  When  it  was  my  turn,  I  was  so  nervous  that  I  felt  cold  sweat  went  down  my  neck.   The  ball  was  coming  toward  me.  Wham!  I  hit  it!  I  felt  really  happy.  Playing  tennis  is  so  fun!  Now,  I  am  so   looking  forward  to  playing  tennis  the  next  season!  

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Lost  in  the  Supermarket   Author:  Eeshaan  C.   “Hey  kiddos,  look  at  this”,  mom  said.  Emily  Young,  the  nine  year  old  bookworm,  barely  took  her  eyes  off  her   Nancy  Drew  mystery  –  grunted  in  response.  On  the  other  hand,  Chris,  Emily’s  twin  brother,  who  was  busy   pushing  the  shopping  cart  so  far,  readily  enquired,  “What  mommy?”  Emily,  Chris  and  their  mother  were  at   the  Whole  Basket  –  the  local  grocery  super  mart.  The  twins  were  home  from  their  boarding  school  for  the   holidays,  and  mommy  had  kind  of  forced  them  to  join  her  for  the  grocery  trip.   “Look  at  this  fruit  salad.  Doesn’t  it  look  yummy?”  mommy  asked.  “Oh  mom!  Let’s  not  talk  about  fruits,   please”,  begged  Chris  and  Emily  at  the  same  time.  If  there  was  one  food  item  that  Emily  and  Chris  despised,   it  had  to  be  fruits.  It  was  almost  as  if  fruits  were  their  worst  enemy!  At  home  or  at  school  or  just  about   anywhere  else  they  would  prefer  to  eat  anything  over  fruits.  And  that  included  fruits  in  any  form   whatsoever.  Fruit  juice  –  no,  thank  you.  Fruit  cake  –  thanks,  but  no  thanks.  Fruit  salad  –  may  we  please  be   excused?  So  their  response  did  not  surprise  mommy.  “Honeybunches,  will  you  please  just  try  this  fruit  salad   once  in  your  life?  The  Whole  Basket  prepares  the  most  delicious  fruit  salad  I’ve  ever  tasted”,  mom  pleaded   while  moving  on  to  the  vegetable  section  of  the  store.   Chris  was  not  even  planning  to  look  at  the  fruit  salad  box,  when  a  picture  on  its  label  drew  his  attention.   “Hey  sis,  take  a  look”,  Chris  waved  his  palm  between  Emily’s  eyes  and  her  beloved  story  book.  “C’mon  Chris,   give  me  a  break!  Nancy  is  just  about  to  go  down  the  dark  stairs”,  Emily  whined.  “Who  cares  about  Nancy   Drew?  She  knows  no  magic.  But  look  at  this”,  Chris  impatiently  pointed  out.  “Whatever”,  said  Emily,  and   looked  up  from  her  novel.  “Cool”,  she  cried  out.  “Ha  ha  ha!  Look  at  that  strange  fruit  with  a  magic  wand”,   she  wondered  aloud.  “That  isn’t  just  any  fruit,  Em.  That  is  a  dragon  fruit!”,  replied  Chris.  “Why  does  it  have  a   crown  on  its  head”,  asked  Emily.  “Don’t  know.  I  wish  we  could  find  out”,  Chris  added.  “Wouldn’t  it  be  fun  to   actually  see  a  fruit  like  that?”  Emily  questioned.   Just  then,  Chris  realized  he  did  not  have  the  grocery  cart  with  him.  Instead,  he  and  Emily  were  holding  a   wheel  barrow  loaded  with  watermelons.  He  tried  guessing  what  was  going  on.  They  seemed  to  be  in  a   different  world.  It  seemed  like  forest  land  all  around.  And  what  was  interesting,  they  seemed  to  have  fruits   just  about  everywhere  they  could  see.  But  there  was  a  difference.  All  the  fruits  seemed  to  be  walking  or   jumping  or  even  running  around  them.  The  bananas  were  jumping  from  one  vine  to  another,  like  monkeys.   Hundreds  of  apples  were  running  past  them.  The  strawberries  were  skipping  along,  hand  in  hand.  All  fruits   seemed  to  have  body  parts  like  humans  do  –  complete  with  nose  and  eyes  and  ears  and  what  not.  But  what   was  all  the  noise  around  them?  It  seemed  all  fruits  had  grim,  determined  faces  and  were  proceeding   somewhere  with  a  purpose.      

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Lost  in  the  Supermarket  by:  Eeshaan  C.  (continued)   Soon   Chris   and   Emily   heard  three  loud   blows   from  what   seemed   like  a   trumpet.   That   was   followed   by   a   series  of  French  Horn  toots,  and  finally  a  chorus  of  drum  beats.  They  seemed  to  have  all  gathered  in  the   clearance  of  a   humongous  field.   All   fruits  were   standing   all  around  in   a   gigantic   circle.  And  in  the   center   of   the  field  was  the  fruit  they  saw  on  the  label  of  the  fruit  salad  box  –  a  big  and  clearly  royal-­‐looking  dragon   fruit!  He  was  perched  on  top  of  his  royal  throne  with  a  magic  wand  held  in  his  thorny  hand.   The  deafening  noise  all  around  suddenly  calmed  away  after  the  music,  and  there  was  muted  silence  circling   the   field.   King   Dragon   Fruit   slowly   rose   to   a   standing   position.   Emily   was   amused   to   see   him   hold   a   microphone  in  his  other  thorny  hand.  “My  fellow  citizens  of  Fruity  Land”,  the  dragon  fruit  began,  “We  are   under  tremendous  threat.”  “The  kingdom  of  Sugar  Land  is  trying  to  conquer  our  country  and  make  us  all   rot.   They   are   trying   to   take   over   the   kids   on   earth   by   producing   more   sugary   products.   The   kids   are   increasingly  eating  that  sugary  stuff,  and  are  getting  less  and  less  healthy  by  the  day.  We  need  to  defeat  the   Sugar  Land  enemies.   We,  fresh  fruits,  have  so   much  more  to  offer  than  the  Sugar  Land  products.   We   have   vitamins  and  minerals  and  fiber  and  anti-­‐oxidants,  whereas  they  have  none.  Just  empty  calories,”  the  king   paused.  “We  have  to  persuade  the  kids  on  earth  that  fruits  are  way  better  and  healthier  than  those  ugly   items.  I  have  personally  brought  in  two  kids  from  earth  to  take  our  message  back  for  the  rest  of  the  kids.   Step  forward  please,  Emily  and  Chris”.   The   twins   were   surprised   to   hear   their   names.   Why   us,   they   both   thought.   They   went   forward   in   slow,   cautious   steps,   trying   not   to   crush   any   blueberry,   and   not   knowing   what   to   expect.   Just   then   it   started   raining.   But   this  was   no  ordinary  rain.   Colas  and   lemon-­‐lime   sodas   were  pouring  from   above.   “We’ve   been   attacked”,   shouted   king   dragon  fruit.  “Load  the   canon   with   the   watermelons  and  let’s   take  the   fight  to   the   enemy  camp”,  he  roared.   “Onward   ho”,   he  instructed.  Emily   and   Chris   started   marching   behind   the  king   along  with  the  rest  of  the  fruits,  not  knowing  what  lay  ahead  of  them.  Will  the  fruits  survive  the  battle?  Will   the  twins  be  able  to  take  King  Dragon  Fruit’s  message  back  to  earth?  They  had  so  many  questions.     Soon  they  reached  what  seemed  to  be  the  outside  perimeter  of  a  monstrous  fortress.  And  standing  right   outside  that  with  a  wicked  smile  on  his  face,  was  none  other  than  a  huge  lump  of  sugar.  “King  Dragon  Fruit,   it’s  all   over  for  you”,   the  lump  of  sugar   said.  “We’ll   see  about  that,  King  Sugar  Rush”,  replied  the  king  of   fruits,  “I  have  two  special  weapons.”  “Attack,  Chris  and  Emily”,  he  ordered.  But  before  the  kids  knew  how   to   launch   an   attack  on   the   king  of   the   Sugar   Land,  King   Sugar   Rush   shot   out   two   spears   of   sugar   –   one  with   his   each   hand.   The   spears   headed   straight   towards   Emily  and   Chris.  “No-­‐o-­‐o-­‐o-­‐o-­‐o-­‐o-­‐o-­‐o-­‐o-­‐o”,  they   cried   out  together.     “Are   you   kids   ok”,   asked   mom,   who   seemed   to   have   hurried   back   to   the   fruit   section   looking   for   the   twins.   “Um,   we’re  ok,   mom”,   replied   Chris.  “Yes,  we’re   alright.   Just   dozed  off   for   a   bit,  I   guess”,   said   Emily  still   holding  on  to  her  book.  “Alright  kiddos.  It’s  time  to  check  out  from  here,”  said  mommy.  “Let’s  go”,  she  said,   “we’ve   more   errands  to  run   “One   second   mom”,   chipped   in   Chris,   “Can   we   buy   a   box   of   the   fruit   salad,   please?”    

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ELIZEBETH’S  BUNNY   Author:  Samirah  H.   One  breezy  Saturday  afternoon  there  was  an  8  year  old  girl.  Her  name  was  Elizabeth.  She  was  a  very   beautiful  girl.  At  lunch  she  asked  to  her  mom  “can  I  get  a  bunny?”    Mom  whispered  back  “no.”  Lizzy  threw   her  hands  in  the  air  “why  not??!!!”  screamed  Lizzy.  “Because”  answered  her  mom.  “Because  what?”   asked  Lizzy.  “BECAUSE  IT’S  TOO  MUCH  WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Lizzy  ran  upstairs  to  cry.  I  guess  I'm  not  getting  a   bunny  after  all.  The  next  day  while  mom  was  cleaning  the  dishes  Lizzy  asked  if  she  could  have  a  bunny.   “NO!!!!  FOR  THE  LAST  TIME  NOO!!!!”  mom  threw  her  hands  in  the  air  and  left.  Mom  is  as  angry  as  an   angry  bird.  Lizzy  screamed  back,”fine  I  guess  I  won’t  get  a-­‐“  don’t  even  say  it”  mom  whispered.  Lizzy  got   scared  and  ran  upstairs  again.   The  next  day,  when  Lizzy  got  up,  she  brushed  her  teeth,  got  dressed,  found  a  suitcase,  packed  her  clothes,   dolls,  electronics  and  hollered  “MOM,  PLEASE  GIVE  ME  A  YEARS  SUPPLY  OF  FOOD  I’M    MOVING  TO   CALIFORNIA!!!!”  “YOU’RE  WHAT”  screamed  mom.    “what  I'm  moving  to  California”   Mom  put  her  hands  on  her  hips,  “why?”  she  said  firmly.    “Because  you  won’t  let  me  get  a  bunny.”  Mom   thought  about  it,  Lizzy  got  excited  Mom  sighed  “Fine  you  can  get  a…”   “THANK  YOU!!!”  Lizzy  interrupted  ““Go  get  ready”  mom  said  miserably     Lizzy  did  not  go  she  ran  and  she  wore  her  outfit  with  bunnies  on  it.  When  lizzy  got  downstairs,  lizzy  ran,   lizzy  jumped  and  lizzy  skipped.  Lizzy  thought  I'm  so  lucky.    Then  Lizzy  said  “Thank  you”  When  lizzy  got  in   the  car  mom  asked  her  “  aren’t  you  forgetting  something”     “mom,  I  don’t  want  to  use  my  own  money”  lizzy  whined.   “Seriously”  mom  said  sternly  “Then  what”  said  Lizzy  “Your  seatbelt”  she  said  annoyed   When  Lizzy  got  to  the  store  she  saw  where  the  bunnies  were.  She  looked  at  them  ,  they  were  all  so  cute.   Then  finally  she  chose  the  white  baby  bunny  with  black  spots.  The  they  bought  clothes,  food,  water   bottle,  a  hat,  and  a  cage.  Then  when  it  was  time  to  pay.  The  sale  clerks  asked  “is  this  your  first  pet.”  Lizzy   nodded   “Then  this  is  your  lucky  day,  you  get  it  for  free.”  Said  the  sales  clerk   Lizzy  named  him  oreo.  “I  will  put  him  in  my  room”  But  here  is  the  weirdest  part,  mom  sounded  happy!  Let   me  tell  you  something,  she  is  very  bizarre.  She  was  as  weird  as  a  monkey  who  knew  234+365.    

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My  Memories  of  San  Diego   By  Shreya  T.   Before  I  moved  to  New  Jersey,  I  lived  in  San  Diego  for  3  years.  I  had  lots  of  fun  exploring  the  city.   There  are  many  theme  parks,  beaches,  museums,  a  harbor,  an  aquarium  and  the  famous  San   Diego  Zoo.  I  would  often  go  to  these  places  with  my  family.   At  the  zoo  I  loved  hearing  all  the  sounds  the  animals  made  as  I  walked  from  one  exhibit  to  the   other.  My  most  favorite  exhibit  was  the  bird  feeding  landing.  It  was  a  place  where  you  would   feed  nectar  to  the  birds.  I  would  hold  my  arm  out  with  a  cup  of  nectar.  The  birds  would  perch   onto  my  arms  and  drink  the  nectar  out  of  the  cup.  It  was  scary  to  me  because  I  was  afraid  of  the   claws  on  my  skin.  But  I  had  fun  at  the  same  time.   The  SeaWorld  is  an  enjoyable  place  with  lots  of  shows  and  splashy  rides.  I  would  go  there  to  see   my  most  favorite  animal,  the  dolphins,  perform  the  most  amazing  show.  Some  of  their  tricks   were  breaching,  splashing,  tail-­‐hopping,  and  jumping  through  very  high  hoops.  There  were   fireworks  every  night  during  summertime  that  made  the  place  more  exciting.   A  beach  close  to  my  home  was  my  family’s  favorite  weekend  spot.  It  was  the  Torrey  Pines  Beach.   I  loved  feeling  the  warm  sand  between  my  toes,  building  sand  castles  with  my  brother,  walking   over  sea  weeds  to  collect  sea  shells,  seeing  surfers,  boogey  boarders,  and  people  playing   volleyball.  My  most  favorite  thing  was  seeing  the  water  waves  come  and  go,  and  not  to  miss  the   sunset  against  the  horizon.   The  San  Diego  harbor  was  a  busy  colorful  place.  Along  the  harbor  there  was  a  park  where  kids   flew  kites  and  one  could  see  horse  drawn  buggy  go  by.  I  would  run  around  and  climb  tress  with   my  brother  and  hearing  the  soft  music  of  the  carousel  close  by.  I  couldn’t  resist  having  a  few   rides.   I  have  fond  memories  of  San  Diego  and  I  really  wish  to  visit  this  city  again.  

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My  New  Bed   Author:  Kimberly  L.     When  the  pretty  golden  sun  was  just  beginning  to  peek  out  between  the  puffy   clouds  and  it  was  about  seven-­‐thirty,  my  mom  came  in  to  wake  me  up.    I  felt   tired,  but  I  felt  very  good!    Because  I  knew  that  I  had  woke  up  in  my  new  bed  for   the  first  time!    It  was  clean  white  with  purple  knobs,  it  also  had  drawers,  a  shelf,   two  cubby  spaces,  a  pull  out  desk,  (with  a  thin  cubby  space  and  two  drawers)   and  three  steps  up  to  the  bed!    I  had  my  pink,  blue,  green,  and  yellow  Shnooks   and  cuddly  pillow  pets  next  to  me  and  my  blanket  folded  at  the  end  of  the  bed   so  I  didn’t  really  need  to  fix  it.    But  I  didn’t  want  to  get  up.    “Do  you  want  to  go   snuggle  in  my  room  a  little  bit?”    my  mom  asked  me  softly.    “Yes!”    I  replied   “This  is  going  to  be  so  much  fun!”  I  thought.  “I  love  having  snuggle  time  with   Mommy  in  the  morning!”    I  climbed  down  the  steps  of  my  bed  and  down  to  the   ground.    I  put  on  my  monkey  slippers  and  shuffled  into  my  mom’s  room  with   her  and  my  dog  Beauty.    In  my  mom’s  room  I  saw  my  dad.    “Yay!”    I  thought.     “Daddy’s  going  to  be  here  all  day!    I  love  having  Daddy  take  off  from  work!”    My  dog  came  over  and  sniffed   him,  it  was  cute  and  funny!    I  climbed  into  bed  and  we  all  fell  asleep  my  dad,  my  mom,  my  dog,  and  me.    

  On  the  First  Day  of  Skating   Author:  Rachel  H.       On  the  first  day  of  skating,  I  was  skating  around  the  rink.    There  was   a  kid  section  and  a  grown  up  one.    At  first  I  didn’t  know  it,  but  I  went  to  the   grown  up  section.    I  kept  on  bumping  into  classes.    But  then  a  Mr.  came  up   to  me.    He  said  something,  but  I  didn’t  listen  obviously.    That’s  when  I  went   to  that  same  ol’  place  again.    He  told  me  again,  “All  right,  I’ll  take  your   badge  off  if  I  say  this  the  3rd  time,  “this  is  the  adult  side,  so  stay  on  yours.     So,  bye.’”    And  I  never  went  to  the  adult  side.    Ever.      

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The  Golden  Feather     Author:  Alexandria  S.      

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One  day  a  beautiful  golden  bird  was  gliding  through  the  sky.  He  was  twirling  and   dropping  and  spinning.    All  the  kids  in  the  park  started  to  look  at  him  because  his  dancing   looked  very  magical.  He  dropped  a  few  feathers,  and  a  few  kids  started  catching  them.   There  were  only  three  lucky  kids  who   caught  the  feathers  that  day.  I  saw  it   with  my  own  eyes.  One  girl  turned  into  a   princess  with  a  golden  dress  when  the   feather  touched  her  nose.  When  the   second  kid  caught  the  feather,  the   feather  turned  into  a  golden  retriever   that  had  golden  sparkling  eyes.  When   the  last  kid  caught  a  feather,  he  started   flying,  and  as  he  was  flying  he  left  an   awesome  golden  trail.  Nobody  in  the   crowd  could  believe  what  they  saw  that   day,  so  they  started  to  try  to  explain   what  happened.  Some  people  said  that   when  you  catch  a  golden  feather  you  catch  the  bird’s  magic.  Other  people  said  that  you   will  get  the  birds  power.  And  a  few  people  said  you  would  get  the  birds  talent.  But  a  wise   old  woman  stood  up  in  the  crowd,  and  in  a  screeching  faint  voice  she  said,  “  Legend  says   that  when  you  catch  a  golden  feather,  your  dreams  will  come  true.”  Everyone  believed   the  old  lady  and  all  the  people  started  to  walk  away,  except  for  one  little  girl.  She  looked   up  and  saw  one  more  golden  feather  falling  from  the  sky.  She  reached  up,  caught  the   golden  feather  and  made  a  wish...   /

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Coralyn   Author:  Regan  W.   “Tell  me  again  why  you  have  to  move”.    “Because  my  dad  got  a  new  job!  Rrrrrrrr!”     She  was  as  mad  as  an  angry  lion  mom.    Honk!  Honk!    “That’s  my  mom,  Bye!”   Coralyn  stomped  in  the  house.  “Why  do  you  look  so  grumpy?”  inquired  Coralyn’s  mother.  “Jack’s  moving”   yelled  Coralyn.    “You  will  find  new  friends.”  Coralyn  felt  rage  shoot  up  her  back.  Her  face  was  red  hot.  “How   could  you  do  this  to  me?”  shrieked  Coralyn  as  she  slammed  the  door.     She  was  as  angry  as  a  dinosaur.    She  really  wanted  to  jump.  She  wanted  to  scream.    She  wanted  to  pound  the   world  to  smithereens.  And  then  her  anger  slowly  turned  to  sadness.  She  knew  it  wasn’t  her  mom’s  fault.  She   started  to  cry.  Boo  hoo.  “Coralyn!”  called  her  mother.    I  baked  some  cookies  for  the  new  neighbors.     Coralyn’s  mom  made  the  best  cookies.  They  were  absolutely  wonderful,  positively  perfect,  and  especially   delicious.    “OK”  sobbed  Coralyn.    When  they  were  at  their  new  neighbors  house  they  rang  the  bell.  Ding   Dong!    A  lady  answered  the  door.  “Hello,  we’re  your  new  neighbors.  We  brought  you  some  cookies.”  “How   nice.”    “Abby”  called  the  lady.  Soon  a  pretty  blond  girl  came  downstairs.    She  was  about  Coralyn’s  age.    “How   about  you  two  go  run  along  then.  Coralyn,  you  can  show  Abby  around”.     “OK”.  They  ran  outside.  They  talked.  “You  just  moved  here,  eh?”  “Yeah.”     “Hey,  I  have  an  idea.  Why  don’t  you  come  to  my  house  to  play”.  “OK”  They  ran  up  Alexander  Road  and  made   a  left  on  Medick  and  raced  into  Coralyn’s  backyard  and  climbed  into  her  tree  house.  It  was  very  nice.  The   neighborhood  is  a  very  nice  place.  “So  what  do  you  want  to  do?”  “Do  you  like  catch?”  “Yeah.”   They  played  catch  and  hoola  hooped.  “Hey,  I  think  my  mom  has  more  cookies”.  So  there  you  have  it.  Those   girls  became  best  friends.    “I  hope  you  don’t  move”.  

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Nellie’s  Big  Problem   Author:  Becca  S.     Nellie  was  in  love  with  art.  At  home  she  played  with  Scratch  Magic.  At  recess  she  sat   down  at  the  picnic  table  and  sketched.    In  art  class  she  made  the  best  pictures.  At  recess   Joe  ran  to  Nellie.  “Do  you  want  to  play?”   “No,”  she  said.   Joe  looked  upset  and  ran  away.    Nellie  felt  bad.  She  decided  she  would  play.    She   thought  for  a  second,  will  someone  take  my  supplies?    Will  they  leave  it  alone?  They’ll   leave  it  alone.  She  ran  after  Joe.   “Wait,”  she  cried,  “I  can  play,”.   She  ran  to  Joe.  She  left  her  supplies  o  the  bench.    Joe  was  playing  ball  with  Jenny  and   Eddie.     Nellie  gave  Joe  a  big  smile,  “Can  I  play?”  she  asked  anyway.       Joe  sighed.  Jenny  looked  at  Eddie.  Eddie  looked  at  Joe.   “Ok,”  sighed  Joe.   They  bounced  the  ball  back  and  forth.  Up  and  down.  Side  to  side.  They  had  lots  and  lots   of  fun!  Nellie  forgot  all  about  her  supplies  because  she  was  having  so  much  fun!   Bring  went  the  bell!    Joe,  Jenny,  and  Eddie  raced  to  the  classroom.  Nellie  ran  to  the   bench  and  get  her  stuff.     “No,  “  she  cried.   Jenny  came  rushing  over.       “What  happened?”  she  asked.    

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Nellie’s  Big  Problem  (continued)   Author:  Becca  S.    “My  stuff  is  gone,”  she  hollered.   Jenny  gasped.    Jenny  and  Nellie  looked  everywhere.    Nellie  was  sad.  It  was  the  best  art  set  ever.     It  had  everything:  pencils,  crayons,  Sharpies,  good  erasers,  paints,  brushes,  stencils,  markers  and   colored  pencils.  She  loved  it.       The  next  day  Nellie,  Joey,  Jenny  and  Eddie  walked  to  school  together.    Jenny  and  Nellie  told  Eddie   and  Joe  about  Nellie’s  supplies.   “Wow,  that  weird,”  said  Eddie   “Yeah”said  Joe,  “it  is.”   They  walked  into  the  classroom.    They  saw  on  Jillian’s  desk  something  that  wasn’t  hers.     “There’s  my  supplies,”  Nellie  screamed.   Mrs.  Lane  came  rushing  over.   “Ms.  Lane,  Jillian  stole  my  supplies!”   Ms.  Lane  frowned.    Jillian  was  drawing  with  Nellie’s  markers.  Nellie  grabbed  her  supplies.   “I  am  sorry,”  said  Jillian  “it  was  an  accident.”   “I  thought  you  didn’t  want  it,”   Then  Nellie  realized  something.    Jillian  did  not  have  any  crayons  or  anything.   “You  can  have  it.  Sorry,”  she  said.   She  shoved  the  art  supplies  into  Jillian’s  desk.    Nellie  felt  horrible.  But  also  she  felt  good.     She  helped  a  friend.    She  went  through  a  lot  of  trouble  trying  to  find  that  thing  but  it  was  worth  it.    

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My  First  Experience  as  a  Reporter   Author:  Emma  K.     I  am  writing  about  my  first  experience  as  a  reporter.  I  was  selected  by  our  Children's  pastor  to  interview   the  people  of  our  church.  The  reason  I  was  doing  the  interviews  was  for  the  monthly  show  we  have  for   the  Children's  Ministry.  Every  month  we  have  a  virtue  we  focus  on.  The  virtue  of  the  month  was   cooperation.  Cooperation  means  to  work  together,  to  help  each  other,  and  to  build  each  other  up.  Two   people  are  better  than  one.  They  had  me  interview  different  people  with  different  jobs  to  see  how  they   cooperate  and  work  with  each  other.   I  felt  nervous  and  my  stomach  curled  up  inside  me  as  we  walked  inside  the  church.  I  felt  like  running  back   toward  the  car,  but  it  was  too  late.  I  could  hear  Pastor  Shaun  and  Miss  Amy  (Miss  Amy  is  the  Director  of   the  Children's  show)  welcoming  my  Mom.  "Too  late  to  run  back  for  sure,"  I  thought.  As  we  walked  in,   Pastor  Shaun  told  my  Mom  that  she  can  just  drop  me  off  and  come  get  me  later."Darn  it!"  I  thought  to   myself.  I  became  anxious  and  started  to  think  about  how  I  may  mess  up.  Then  my  thoughts  got   interrupted  by  a  loud,  "Hello,  Emma!  Are  you  ready  to  start  your  job  as  a  reporter?"  That  was  Pastor   Shaun.  He  gave  me  the  script  and  we  headed  off.   The  first  person  I  interviewed  was  a  person  named  Giovanni.  I  felt  my  heart  pumping  in  my  chest.   Butterflies  were  flying  around  in  my  tummy.  I  asked  my  first  question,  "What  do  you  like  most  about  your   job?”  While  I  was  waiting  for  an  answer,  I  thought  to  myself,  "This  isn't  so  bad!"  Giovanni  answered,  "I   like  my  job  because  I  get  to  help  people  in  this  church."  I  started  to  pepper  him  with  more  scripted   questions.  "This  is  actually  really  fun!"  I  thought.  Then  it  was  time  to  start  asking  my  own  questions.   Yeah!  I  thought  hard  and,  the  first  question  that  came  to  my  mind  was,  "What  is  the  letter  of  the  week?"   Giovanni  looked  startled  and  a  little  confused.  He  slowly  answered,  “G?"  I  know  that  question  is  a  little   odd  but  my  Mom  asks  my  little  brother  that  question  all  the  time  so  I  decided  to  use  it.  I  just  couldn't   think  of  anything  else  at  that  moment.  This  was  my  first  interview  and  I'm  still  new  at  this.  As  we  walked   toward  our  next  interview,  I  prayed  that  I  will  get  better  with  the  questions.   We  had  five  or  six  more  people  to  interview,  and  my  prayers  were  answered!  I  got  better  with  each   interview.  It  also  became  easier  to  think  of  questions  as  I  interviewed  more  people.       After  we  finished  the  interviews,  they  had  me  report  from  behind  a  desk  and  discuss  what  I  had  been   doing.  They  also  wanted  me  to  speak  about  the  real  purpose  of  the  interview  exercise.  I  practiced  with   Pastor  Shaun  a  few  times  before  they  took  a  final  take  and  we  were  done.       By  that  time,  my  Mom  had  come  back  to  pick  me  up.  We  went  into  Pastor  Shaun's  office  and  reviewed   and  edited  the  entire  tape  together.  Wow,  the  final  tape  was  awesome!  I  was  so  excited  and  couldn't   wait  for  the  rest  of  the  church  to  see  it.       As  my  Mom  and  I  walked  back  to  the  car,  I  asked  my  Mom,  "I  love  this!  What  can  I  report  on  next?"

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Sharing  Food   Author:  Joyce  Z.     Once   there  were   two  BFFs  named:  Melody  and   Alison.  One   day  Alison   brought  chocolate   chip  cookies  and   Melody  brought  potato  chips  for  snack.  At  snack  time  they  were  talking  about  a  play  date  with  two  girls  name   Emily  and  Elizabeth,  until  their  teacher  said...     “Melody  and  Alison  come  here  now.’’    They  were  scared.  What  if  something  really  bad  happened?  But  they   still  went  to  Ms.  M  (the  teacher)   Ms.  M  asked  them,  “Do  you  share  food  in  school?”  They  both  said,  “No.”       “Then,  why  did  you  just  share?”  Asked  Ms.  M.        “But  but  but  we...”     Before  they  could  finish,  Ms.  M   said  with   anger,  “No  buts  and  go  to   the  principal’s  office   NOW,  take  this  note   with  you.”       As   they   walked  down   the   hallway,  they  trembled   with  fear.  When  they  reached   the  principal’s  office,   they   gave  her  the  note  and  sat  down  nervously.  They  crossed  their  fingers  that  they  won’t  get  in  big  trouble.  As   the  principal  read  the  note,  she  got  madder  and  Madder  and  MADDER  until  she  said,  “You  can  not  share  food   in  school.  Do  you  understand?”       “Yes.”  Melody  and  Alison  said  softly  and  sadly.     “I  want  you  two  to  write  an  apology  card,  and  at  the  end  of  the  day  I  want  you  to  read  it  to  the  class.”  Said   the  principle.      Then  Melody  said  shyly,  “But  but  but…”   “No  buts  and  get  to  work  NOW!”  The  principle  said  as  she  handed  them  an  index  card.     At  the  end  of  the  day,  Melody  and  Alison  presented   their   apology   card.  After  they   were  done,   Emily  stood  up   and  said,  “I  was  sharing  food  with  Elizabeth  at  snack  time  today.  Shall  we  go  see  the  principle  now?”  Little   tears  came  down  Elizabeth’s  cheeks.  She  nodded  and  said,  “Yes.  We  were  sharing  food.”       Ms.  M  turned  to  Melody  and  Alison  and  said,  “So  it  was  Emily  and  Elizabeth  who  was  sharing  food,  not  you   guys.  Am  I  right?”  Melody  and  Alison  nodded.       Then  they  said,  “We  were  trying  to  tell  you  that  we  were  not  sharing  food  but  you  didn’t  listen.”     “I’m  sorry  I  didn’t  listen.  I  promise  I  will  listen  to  everything  you  say  starting  now.”   Melody  and  Alison  smiled.    Then  Mrs.  M  turned  to  class  and  said,  “There  is  no  sharing  food  in  school.  Does   everyone  understand?”  Everybody  nodded.     The  next  day,  Mrs.  M   called   Melody,  Alison,  Emily,   and   Elizabeth   to  her   desk.  Guess   what  she   gave  them?   That’s  right!  A  star  student!  They  were  extremely  happy!  

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HARLEM  GLOBETROTTERS     Author:  Lucy  S.     I  went  to  a  basketball  game  at  nighttime.    It  was  very  dark  when  Dad  and  I  got  there.    It  was  not  only  my   dad  and  I,  we  went  with  some  other  people  who  gave  us  their  extra  tickets!  Can  you  believe  that?!  We   went  to  Wendy’s  before  the  game  but  that  is  another  story.   Can  we  just  go  on  with  the  story?   Ok....   “Beep”  They  just  scored  a  basket!    My  dad  and  I  were  really  excited!   One  of  my  favorite  jokes  was  when  one  of  the  players  threw  the  ball  to  the  referee  on  purpose.     “Why  did  you  the  throw  the  ball  to  me?”  yelled  the  referee.   “‘Cause  you  were  wide  open,”  joked  the  player.   So,  “no  points!”  yelled  the  referee.  but  that  wasn’t  part  of  the  story;).   Can  we  just  go  on  with  the  real  story?!   Ok....   The  Harlem  Globetrotters  are  really  funny.    “Ha  Ha!”  I  laughed.   I  ate  cotton  candy,  funnel  cake  and  drank  lemonade.    I  also  got  a  basketball  and  at  the  end  of  the  game  I   got  it  signed  by  firefly!   Can  we  just  go  on  with  the  story?!   Ok....   Then  the  game  was  over  and  the  Harlem  Globetrotters  won.   Can  we  just  go  on  with  the  story?   Well,  that  was  the  end  of  the  story.  

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DAREDEVIL  DRAGONS     Author:  Srujan  K.     Once  upon  a  time  a  long  long  time  ago  in  a  deep  forest  there  lived  two  dragons.  They  were  Ally  and  Hale,   they  were  best  friends  .Ally  was  big  and  fat  and  Hale  was  tiny  and  brave.  Once  when  they  were  playing  hide   and  seek  a  huge  cloth  fell  and  they  both  were  searching  with  the  fire  light  breath.  Then  they  came  out  of  the   cloth,  they  saw  evil  dragon  ninjas  were  surrounding  them  ,  they  were  flapping  their  wings  because  they   were  afraid  and  the  mama  and  papa  dragons  were  baking  ginger  bread  man’s  and  then  the  children  dragons   shoot  fire  and    they  go  back  two  steps,  and  they  got  some  tricks,    and  then  the    children  dragon  took  a  soda   can  and  they  throwed  it  on  to  evil  dragon  ninjas,  then  from  the  soda  can  all  the  gas  came  out  and  they   couldn’t  see  nothing,    and  the  children  dragons  called  in  their    own  language  for  “mama  and  papa”    and  they   all  scared  ,  and  they  played  another  trick  of  making  a  fire  with  two  rocks  and  made  the  evil  dragon  ninjas   escaped  .    And  they  all  lived  happily  ever  after.    

Test  of  Taekwando   Author:  Rohan  A.     “Rohan”  announced  Master  Steven.  Excitedly  I  got  up  and  walked  to  the  middle  of  the  room.  I  saw  many   people  looking  at  me.  I  was  anxious.  My  body  was  shaking.  “Do  a  Front  Snap  Kick”  Master  Steven   demanded.  I  first  got  in  my  position.  My  feet  were  balanced  and  my  fists  were  clenched.  I  slowly  bent  my  leg   and  snapped  the  kick.      Kea!  You  say  kea  so  somebody  punches  you  or  kicks  they  do  not  knock  the  air  out  of   you.  Confidently  whenever  time  they  said  a  number,  I  used  to  kick.  I  raised  my  leg  bent  and  kicked.Kea!  I   quickly  found  my  balance.  I  was  looking  at  the  mirror  and  staring  at  my  reflection.  I  could  hear  Master   Steven,  “Do  a  roundos  kick”.  Immediately,    I  raised  my  foot  ,  took  it  back  and  extended  it  to  the  side.  Kea!  I   took  a  deep  breath  and  exhaled….I  was  relieved.   “Axe  Kick”.  I  heard  the  other  students  talking…I  had  to  stay  focused.  I  lifted  foot  up  and  kicked  it  straight   down  as  if  I  was  chopping  something  in  half”Kea!”.  I  was  satisfied  that  my  hardest  kick  was  over.  “First  form”   yelled  Master  Steven.  The  first  form  is  a  combination  of  sixteen  easy  movements.  It’s  my  time  to  show   people  how  great  I  am.  Although  I  am  the  highest  belt  in  my  class  but  I  am  ready  to  go  to  the  next  belt.  I   completed  the  first  form  successfully.  I  was  nervous  if  I  passed  or  not.  “Rohan  you  passed”  said  Master   Steven.  I  sighed  in  relief.        

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Our  Burning  Smokey  Problem!   (a  realistic  fiction  story  about  a  global  issue)  

Author:  Swadesh  S.   There  is  too  much  pollution  in  the  world.  Thousands  of  industries  produce  carbon  emission  that   depletes  our  ozone  layer.  This  leads  to  global  warming  and  the  Greenhouse  Effect.  Let  me  tell  you   how  it  all  came  to  me.       Last  summer  I  was  in  Australia  visiting  some  of  my  friends  on  a  farm.  It  was  a  hot  summer   afternoon.  Me  and  my  three  other  friends  were  playing  on  the  farm.  At  the  farm  there  were  lots  of   animals  such  as  Dingoes,  Kangaroos  and  Tasmanian  Devils.  Due  to  scorching  heat,  all  the  animals   looked  very  pale  and  sluggish.  While  we  were  playing,  one  of  the  smallest  Dingoes  abruptly   fainted.  We  all  rush  to  the  poor  animal  and  took  him  into  a  shade.       "I  think  its  too  much  radiation  and  heat  caused  by  Greenhouse  Effect  and  global  warming",  I  said.   "What  is  that  supposed  to  mean?"  my  friend  Eric  asked.       Well,  I  said,  Greenhouse  Effect  is  when  the  thick  smoke  from  pollution  blocks  and  traps  the  Ultra   Violet  (UV)  radiation  on  the  Earth's  surface.  Global  warming  caused  by  depletion  of  ozone  layer  is   certainly  not  helping.  We  should  do  more  research  about  it  on  our  uncle's  Computer.       While  our  Uncle  took  care  of  the  fainted  Dingo,  we  went  to  his  Computer  room  to  search  for  more   information.  Nowadays  you  can  find  everything  and  anything  on  Wikipedia.    

 

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(Our  Burning  Smokey  Problem)  continued     Author:  Swadesh  S.   You  see,  there  is  layer  of  gases  in  the  stratosphere  called  the  Ozone  layer.  The  Ozone  layer  protects  our   world  from  the  Sun's  UV  rays.  When  carbon  emission  enters  the  atmosphere  it  eats  away  the  Ozone.  That's   when  Global  Warming  occurs.  The  Greenhouse  Effect  is  a  process  when  UV  rays  get  trapped  under  the  thick   smoke  and  increases  the  earth's  surface  temperature.     Isn't  that  scary?  I  said.      Yes,  very  ....how  can  we  solve  this  problem,  Swadesh?  My  friend  Tom  asked.     Well  ....umm  ....there  is  a  lot  of  research  going  on  at  Universities  and  companies  to  solve  this  problem.  I   recently  ran  into  a  company  -­‐  Damascus  Fortune  (http://www.damascusfortune.com/)  that  is  turning   carbon  emission  into  carbon  nano  material  at  the  factories  where  they  produce  this  pollution.  Once  this   technology  and  other  technologies  become  widely  available,  we  might  reduce  carbon  pollution.  This  will   also  help  reduce  Greenhouse  Effect  and  Global  Warming.     Wow  .....that  would  be  awesome!  Said  my  other  friend  Tyler.     I  think  all  of  us  should  do  additional  research  and  solve  this  problem  for  the  future  as  we  grow,  I  said.  We   enjoyed  the  rest  of  the  Summer  playing  and  learning  more  about  Global  Warming  and  the  Greenhouse   Effect.      

Sam   Author:  Aditya  S.   One  sunny  day  a  mouse  named  Sam  came  out  of  his  hole,  "What  a  good  day!"  he  said.  Then  he  saw  his   enemy  it  was  grumpy  Mat  the  cat!  "I'm  going  to  the  city  hall  and  steal  the  shiny  gizmo  rock  !      ''You   can't!''Cried  Sam.But  then  it  was  too  late!  Because  the  evil  Mat  the  cat  already  stole  the  special  rock.  And   he  escaped  with  the  rock  on  his  bike.   "Why  did  he  steal  the  rock?"  I  have  to  be  a  detective  Sam  thought.  Sam  raced  on  his  scooter  following  Mat.     A  lady  spotted  Sam,  she  said''What  are  you  doing  in  such  a  hurry.  "  Did  you  see  a  cat?"  Asked  Sam.   "Yes"    replied  the  lady.Sam  raced  down  the  road.  And  finally,  he  caught  Mat.And  he  called  the  police  to   catch  Mat  the  cat.Then  Mat  ended  in  jail.The  police  gave  the  special  rock  as  a  reward  for  catching  the  thief.   "It  sure  is  good  to  be  a  detective."  said  Sam  Happily.      

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The  Big  Game   Author:    Justin  H.     Jermey  was  changing.  The  coach  came  over.  He  handed  him  a  folded  piece  of  paper.   Jermey  unfolded  the  paper.  He  gasped.  I  am  replacing  both  injured  centers,  he  thought.   Suddenly,  He  turned  pale  because  it’s  a  big  game.     When  they  called  his  name  on  the  loud  speaker,  Jermey  the  star  forward  came  on  the   court  a  bit  nervously.  He  faced  O.J.  Bernard,  the  future  hall  of  fame  from  the  Jems  for  the   jump  ball.  When  the  referee  threw  the  jump  ball,  Jermey  jumped  and  then  tipped  it  to  his   team  mate  side.  O.J.’s  eyes’  widened  when  Jermey  tipped  the  jump  ball.     Game  started.  Jermey  burst  into  five  blocks  and  six  three  pointers,  giving  his  team  the   Chaser’s  18  points  right  before  half  time.  The  Jems  was  leading  by  two  though  because   Jermey  fouled  O.J.  and  O.J.  made  both  of  the  free  throws.  At  the  last  second  of  the  game,   Jermey  made  the  winning  hook  shot.  When  the  game  ended,  the  Chasers  had  won  by  two.   Jermey’s  coach  gave  him  a  high  five  and  said:  “Good  job!  I  knew  you  can  do  it!”  

     

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The  Lost  Necklace     By    Satvik  D.    

One  bright,  sunny  morning  near  the  African  Savannah,  Jake  and  his  family  were  getting   ready  for  a  safari.  Jake  is  9  years  old  and  reads  tons  of  mysteries  and  from  that  knowledge  he  is  a   good  problem  solver.       After  they  got  ready,  Jake  and  his  family  went  on  a  jeep  that  had  a  driver.  They  went   around  seeing  animals  like  rhinos,  buffaloes  and  lions.  They  had  enjoyed  the  trip.    After  the  safari   Jake’s  mom  made  a  yummy  dinner.  After  dinner  Jake’s  mom  realized  she  wasn’t  wearing  her   lucky  necklace  on  her  neck.    She  screamed  “Where’s  my  lucky  necklace!”    Everyone  began   searching  but  they  couldn’t  find  it.    Jake  suggested  searching  the  jeep.    Since  it  was  night  and  dark   everywhere,  Jake  and  his  family  decided  to  search  the  next  day.     The  next  day  they  began  searching.    They  couldn’t  find  the  necklace  but  Jake  spotted  a   stone  that  similar  to  the  stones  on  his  mom’s  necklace.    So  Jake  thought  the  driver  could  have   stolen  the  necklace  after  it  fell  in  the  jeep  from  his  mom’s  neck.    Jake  started  looking  for  more   clues  to  find  where  the  necklace  is.    As  he  was  searching  he  found  another  stone,  it  led  to  another   jeep.    He  was  thinking  that  the  necklace  would  be  in  the  other  jeep.  As  he  was  walking  around  he   saw  a  stone  and  next  to  it  was  the  necklace!     To  prove  that  the  driver  was  the  culprit,  Jake  came  up  with  a  plan.    He  ran  to  the  nearest   police  station  with  the  necklace.    He  was  wearing  gloves.    He  shared  the  plan  and  what  happened   with  the  police.    Jake’s  plan  was  for  the  police  to  search  for  fingerprints  on  the  necklace  and  the   steering  wheel  of  the  first  jeep.    They  were  the  same  and  matched  the  driver  of  the  jeep.    The   driven  went  to  the  jail.    Jake  was  happy  he  solved  the  problem  and  his  family  gifted  with  a   mystery  book.  

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MY  PINK  JACKET   Author:  Riya  K.       One  day  my  mom  put  my  white  jacket  in  the  washing  machine  with  my  sisters  pink  shirt.     While  I  was  playing  outside,  my  mom  called  me  in  for  a  second.   "Riya!"  my  mother  cried.  "Yes!"  i  answered.     "Come  look!!"            Dun  dun  dun...   "Come  look!"  My  mother  shouted.    "I  am  in  the  Family  room."  "What  happened?"  I  asked.   I  took  my  first  step  into  the  family  room  when  I  saw  my  Mom  holding  what  used  to  be  my     White  jacket.    "I'm  sorry  honey,"  she  said.          "OH  NO....  IT  IS  NOW  PINK!!!"  I  shouted.     "Why  don't  you  try  it  on?"  my  mom  requested.   "Ok"  i  agreed.    "It's  worth  a  shot,"  I  said  as  I  slipped  my  arm  through  the  sleeve  of  my  jacket.   "WOW!!"  my  mom  exclaimed.  "You  are  dazzling!"      "Thanks,  I  actually  do  like  it!  It's  kinda  cute."   I  ran  outside  to  see  how  my  sister  Jiana  liked  it.    "Wow  where  did  you  get  that  jacket?"  she  asked.   "I  didn't  buy  it  silly!    Mom  accidentally  washed  it  with  your  pink  shirt."  I  explained.   When  my  Dad  got  home  from  work,  he  saw  my  jacket  and  asked,  "Did  you  Girls  go  shopping     today?"     "Not  quite."  I  said.  "It  turned  pink  in  the  wash."   "Cool."  he  said,  and  headed  inside.   When  he  got  in,  I  heard  him  and  my  mom  discussing  getting  it  back  to  white.   "You  don't  have  to!"  I  quickly  responded.  "This  one  is  my  favorite  jacket!!"  

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SANJANA  AND  THE  LOST  DOG   Author:  Neena  N.     Sanjana  loves  feeding  her  pet  dog  Ruby.  Ruby  likes  to  play  a  lot  and  sleep  too.  Every  4  hours  Sanjana  takes  her   dog  for  a  walk.  One  day  Sanjana  took  her  out  for  a  walk.  Her  friend  Samantha  came  along  too.  They  went  to   the  end  of  the  road  and  came  back  to  eat  lunch  at  Sanjana’s  house.  Ruby  kept  running  around  the  whole   house.  By  that  time  they  almost  finished  their  lunch.  When  the  dog  was  taking  a  nap,  they  decided  to  play   outside.  After  a  while,  Sanjana’s  mom  called  her  and  said”  Could  you  please  take  Ruby  out  for  a  walk?”     “Okay”  said  Sanjana.   When  Sanjana  came  inside  she  couldn’t  find  Ruby.  She  and  her  friend  Samantha  started  looking  everywhere   but  they  couldn’t  find  Ruby.  Sanjana  was  very    sad.  She  kept  thinking  where  she  could  be?  She  did  not  here   any  barks.  Sanjana    told  her  mom  that  Ruby  was  missing.  Her  mom  asked  her  to  check  the  yard  but  she  was   not  there  either.  It  was  almost  dinner  time.  Samantha’s  mom  called  her  back  home.  Samantha  said  “Good  luck   finding  Ruby”.     After  Samantha    left,  Sanjana  heard  a  noise  outside.  She  followed  the  noise  and  she  kept  following  it  till  all  of  a   sudden  “RUBY”  Sanjana  yelled.  Ruby  had  her  babies.  She  was  very  happy  to  see  Ruby  and  her  puppies.  She   went  inside  and  told  her  mom  she  found  Ruby  and  her  babies  in  their  neighbor’s  backyard.  They  are    so  cute!   They  are  cuter  than  little  kittens.  Her  mom  was  so  happy  to  hear  about  it.   Samantha  called  and  asked  “Did  you  find  Ruby?”    Sanjana  replied  “Yes”  and  she  added  “She  also  had  babies.”     She  invited  Samantha  to  see  the  puppies.  Samantha  thought  they  were  cut  e  too!  She  wished  she  had  a  puppy   .  She  played  with  the  puppies  for  a  little  while  and  went  back  home.   Sanjana  was  glad  to  have  Ruby  back!  

        THE  TIME  I  HURT  MY  LEG  

Author:  Roshni  S.     I  was  running  out  of  the  library…   “EKK!...  Meep.”  I  started  to  explode  with  tears.  My  knee  was  completely  bloody.     I  fell  off  the  side  walk  and  scrapped  my  knee  very  badly.   It  burned  so,  so  much!   When  my  dad  saw  me,  his  face  flashed  in  horror.    He  zoomed  up  to  me  and  put  me  in  the  car.     I  soon  found  out  that  the  blood  was  dripping  down  my  leg  onto  my  shoe.  I  started  to  cry  even  louder.   I  just  hoped  my  dad  could  get  home  very  quickly.  My  leg  was  killing  me!   When  I  got  home,  my  mom  quickly  cleaned  up  the  blood  and  put  a  bandage.  Before  going  to  bed,  my  dad  told   me  a  great  story  to  make  me  feel  better  but  my  leg  was  so  painful  that  I  ended  up  sleeping  with  my  mom  and   dad.    

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Touring  Around  Paris   By  Thara  E.     I  went  on  a  vacation  to  Paris  and  some  of  the  sights  I  saw  were  different  than  the  sights   here  in  Princeton.  Here  are  the  sights  that  I  would  like  to  tell  you  about.     Tuileries  Gardens  was  a  place  filled  with  flowers,  people  relaxing  and  ducks  in  a  pond.  It   was  a  gorgeous  day  so  it  made  Tuileries  Gardens  even  prettier  with  the  sun  peeking   through  the  trees.  I  had  never  seen  such  a  big  park  before.   Sacre    Coeur,  which  means  Sacred  Heart  is  a  large  church  on  top  of  a  hill  in  Paris.  We   climbed  300  steps  up  the  dome  but  it  was  worth  it!  I  saw  an  amazing  view  of  Paris  from   the  dome.  When  we  went  into  the  church,  there  was  a  priest  conducting  a  mass  in   French.  They  had  beautiful  stained  glass  windows.     Luxembourg  Gardens  was  a  beautiful  place  with  lots  and  lots  of  statues  and  I  know  that  it   is  famous  for  all  of  its  statues.  Many  of  them  were  of  former  queens  of  France.  There   were  lots  of  pretty  flowers  and  the  trees  were  trimmed  to  look  like  rows.  Lots  of  people   were  sitting  on  the  grass  with  towels  and  they  were  chatting  and  relaxing  as  well  as  eating   because  it  was  a  nice  day.   Versailles  was  a  palace  with  crazy  luxurious  rooms.  Most  of  the  rooms  had  gold  covered   walls  and  chandeliers.  My  favorite  room  was  the  Hall  of  Mirrors  because  I  could  almost   feel  that  people  were  dancing  and  could  admire  themselves.     I  had  a  wonderful  time  going  to  Paris  and  it  was  a  lovely  visit.  It  was  very  interesting  to  see   all  of  the  large  buildings  and  they  looked  like  they  were  glued  together.  I  will  always   remember  this  fun  trip  because  it  was  so  different  from  the  sights  I  normally  see  around   Princeton.  

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WE  CAN  STILL  BE  FRIENDS!   Author:  Nikhill  C.     “And  Spiderman  saves  the  day!”  screamed  Joe.  “Quit  it!”  said  Joe's  big  sister.  Joe  was  playing  with  his  toy   Spiderman.  And  Spiderman  had  just  defeated  the  bad  guy.  “Dinner!”  called  Joe's  mother.  “Coming!”   replied  Joe,  excitedly  (he  loved  eating!).  For  dinner  they  had  pizza,  Joe's  favorite!   After  dinner,  the  doorbell  rang.  Ding  dong!  It  was  Joe's  best  friend,  Tom.  Tom  was  holding  Spiderman  in   one  hand  and  in  the  other  hand,  he  was  holding  Batman.  “What's  that?”  Joe  asked,  pointing  to  Batman.   “You  don't  know  him?”  said  Tom  shocked.  “He's  on  all  the  commercials!  He's  the  famous  superhero   named  Batman.  He's  the  best!  You  have  to  get  him!”  “Okay,”  said  Joe.  “I'm  going  to  try.”     The  next  day,  after  pleading  with  his  father  for  a  long,  long  time  (and  agreeing  to  clean  his  room),  Joe   finally  got  his  own  Batman.  But,  to  his  surprise,  he  did  not  want  to  play  with  him  much.  Suddenly,  the   doorbell  rang.  Ding  dong!  It  was  Tom.  This  time  he  only  had  Batman  in  his  hand.  “Did  you  watch  the  TV   show?  It  was  awesome!  Remember  when  the  -­‐  ”  “I  didn't  watch  that  show.  I  don't  like  Batman  much.”   “You  don't?”  asked  Tom  with  his  eyes  almost  popping  out.  Then  he  pushed  Joe.  Joe  started  to  cry.  “Cry   baby,”  Tom  whispered  as  he  walked  away.     Seconds  later,  Joe's  mom  came.  “Honey,  what  happened?”  she  asked.  “I  don't  like  Batman,  so  Tom   pushed  me,”  Joe  said.  “It's  okay  to  not  like  something  that  others  like.  Because  we're  all  different,”  his   mother  explained  to  him.  “Ah,  I  get  it,”  said  Joe,  thinking.  “I  get  it.”     The  next  time  Tom  came  over,  Joe  opened  the  door  and  said,  “We  are  all  different.”  Suddenly  Tom   understood  not  to  bother  Joe,  simply  because  he  did  not  like  Batman.  “It's  okay  for  us  to  be  different.   We  can  still  be  friends,”  Tom  agreed.     ~~~~~~   Do  you  like  Batman?  Or  Spiderman?  Or  both?  And  what  about  your  best  friend?  What  does  he  or  she   like?  Does  it  matter?  

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CINDER  LILY   Author:  Sneha  D.   Once  upon  a  time  there  was  a  beautiful  girl  named  Lily.  Lily,  her  mom  and  dad  lived  in  a  small,   old,  dirty  cottage  with  only  three  tiny  rooms  in  it  and  had  little  flower  beds  in  it.  All  the  rooms   had  small  fireplaces  with  burnt  fire  wood  in  it.  One  day  Lily’s  father  went  to  work  and  died  while   cutting  wood.  Lily’s  mother  remarried.  Her  new  husband  had  two  sons,  they  were  ugly  and   mean.    They  were  jealous  of  Lily.  One  day  Lily’s  mom  went  to  work  and  was  never  seen  again.   After  this  Lily  was  sitting  by  the  fire  when  her  brothers  came  in  and  said  “you’re  mother  died”   Lily  was  very  sad  to  hear  this  and  she  started  crying.  Then  her  brothers  yelled  “Dad  weird  Lily  is   sitting  by  the  fire  again!”  Her  step  dad  yelled  at  her  and  said  “from  now  on  we  will  call  you  Cinder   Lily  and  you  will  work  for  us  like  a  slave”.   She  had  to  work  for  them  from  morning  till  evening  like  cleaning  the  house,  cooking,  washing   dishes  and  washing  their  clothes.  She  had  no  time  for  herself  and  they  made  fun  of  her  food  and   teased  her  for  all  the  things  she  did.  Her  friends  were  never  allowed  in  the  house  and  she  was   not  let  to  have  any  free  time.  She  was  very  unhappy  with  her  new  life.   Then  one  day  there  was  a  fair  in  the  town  and  Cinder  Lily’s  brothers  were  invited  to  the  fair.  They   said  Cinder  Lily  cannot  go  to  the  fair  as  she  had  to  stay  home  and  do  house  work.  After  her   brothers  left  she  started  to  weep.  Her  friend  saw  her  sitting  outside  and  weeping.  Her  friend   asked  her  why  she  was  crying.  Lily  said  “my  brothers  get  to  go  to  the  fair  and  have  fun  but  I   don’t”.  “Oh!  Don’t  worry  “said  her  friend,  “you  can  go  to  the  fair  and  your  brothers  will  not  know   about  it,  I  will  give  you  some  clothes  and  shoes  to  wear  they  will  not  recognize  you”.  There  is  one   condition  “you  have  to  be  home  by  midnight  as  your  brothers  will  come  home  by  then  and  I  have   to  go  to  the  movies  at  that  time  and  I  need  those  clothes,  but  you  can  keep  the  shoes,  because  I     do  not  fit  into  it”  she  said.  Lily  went  to  the  fair  and  had  so  much  fun.  There  she  met  Prince  Max   and  she  went  on  all  the  rides  with  him  and  ate  ice  cream.  She  lost  track  of  time.  Then  she  heard   the  big  fair  cock  strike  twelve  and  she  ran,  Prince  Max  ran  behind  her  but  could  not  get  her.   While  she  was  running  she  dropped  her  shoe.  Prince  Max  got  the  shoe  and  he  promised  that  he   would  marry  whoever  fit  into  the  shoe.  Then  he  started  looking  for  the  person  who  would  fit  into   the  shoe.  While  searching  he  came  to  a  tiny  cottage  (Cinder  Lily’s  Cottage).  She  tried  the  shoe  on   and  it  fit  her.  The  Prince  was  happy  to  see  Lily,  they  got  married  and  her  friend  got  married  to   Max’s  brother  and  they  lived  happily  ever  after!!!!  

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Day  Dreaming  Devatha   Author:  Nivedhithaa  M.     Once  upon  a  time  there  was  a  man  named  Devatha.  He  was  very  poor  and  he  spent  all  his   time  day  dreaming.  One  day,  a  generous  man  gave  him  a  pot  of  flour.  Devatha  accepted  the   flour   with   pleasure   and   placed   it   besides  the   bed.   After  a  while,   he   lay   down   in   his   bed   and   started   day   dreaming.   In   his   dream,   he   sold   the   flour   and   bought   two   goats.   He   fed   the   goats   well   and   made   them   plump.   He   sold   the   goats   and   bought   a   pair   of   cows.   He   also   made  lots  of  cream,  butter  and  milk.  He  sold  a  part  of  them  for  money  and  the  rest  he  used   it  to   open  a  sweet  shop.    Soon,  he  became  a  rich  business  man   selling  precious  stones  to   the   king.   He   also   started   advising   the   king  about   the   precious   stones   and   how   to   use   them.   The   king  was  very   pleased   with  Devatha  and  gave  his   daughter  to  him  in   marriage.  Devatha   had  two   children  and   he  dreamed   as  if  his  children   were   running  around   and  making   lot   of   noise.   To   silence   them,   Devatha   waived   his   hand   around   madly   in   the   air.     Suddenly,   one   hand  stuck   the   pot  of  flour.   CRASH!  The   pot  fell  down  and   broke   into   tiny  pieces.  The  flour   was  scattered   on   the   floor.   “What   was   that   noise”,   he   said   jumping   up   and   looking   around.   His   dreams   were   shattered.   There   were   no   goats,   no   cows,   no   milk,   no   sweet   shops,   no   princes   and   no   children.   All   that   Devatha   saw   was   a   floor   covered   with   flour.   Devatha   realized   how  foolish  he  had   been.  He  wished   he   had  never  day  dreamed.   Then   onwards,  he   never  day  dreamed  again  till  the  end  of  his  days.   Moral:  Don’t  waste  your  time  in  idle  Day-­‐Dreaming  

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The  Greedy  Brother   Author:  Aditya  S.   Once  upon  a  time,  there  were  two  brothers.  One  brother  was  greedy  and  the  other  not  so  much.  One   day  the  brother  who  was  not  greedy  got  fed  up,  from  the  other  brother’s  greediness.  So  the  other   brother  decided  to  teach  the  other  greedy  brother  a  lesson.  So  the  brother  said  to  the  greedy  brother   ‘’Brother,  eat  this  cake’’  the  greedy  brother  replied  ‘’it  is  all  mine!  So  the  greedy  brother  started  eating   rapidly.  The  greedy  brother  ate  the  cake  with  one  bite!  So  the  brother  gave  the  greedy  brother  another   cake!  The  greedy  brother  ate  cake  all  afternoon  until  at  midnight  the  greedy  brother  said  in  a  moaning   voice  ‘’No  More!’’  ‘’Yes  More,  because  you  are  very  greedy!’’  The  other  brother  replied.  Then  the  greedy   brother  realized  that  he  should  not  be  that  greedy.  So  from  that  day  on  he  never  became  greedy  again!   The  end!   And  the  moral  of  this  story  is:  do  not  be  greedy  and  think  about  your  self.    

  ONE  FLOWER   Author:  Amanda  L.        

One  day  a  flower  named  Lily  was  all  alone  in  a  shady  pond.  She  was  not  like  the  other   Water  Lilies  that  had  dried  out.  She  felt  very  alone  so  she  came  up  with  an  idea!  She  could   pretend  she  was  dried  out  too  so  that  she  did  not  feel  alone.  But  she  still  felt  alone.  Then  she   said  to  herself,  “I  should  move  to  another  place.”  But  something  bothered  her.  It  was  a  bee  that   was  flying  near  her!    “I  knew  I  was  not  totally  alone!”  she  shouted.    “I  wonder  if  I’m  the  only   flower  left  on  earth.  It  can’t  be.”    She  looked  around  the  pond.  Nothing  was  there  any  more,  just   two  more  bees.    But  then  she  heard  something!  It  was  another  bee.  “I  wish  I  were  a  bee  so  I   wouldn’t  be  alone  anymore,”  she  thought.  Sadly  she  didn’t  get  her  wish.  However,  three  days   later  she  saw  two  stems.  “I  am  not  alone!”  she  screamed  with  joy  and  hope!    

 

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Power  vs.  Peace   Author:  Sankalp  S.   Long  ago  there  were  two  kingdoms,  Andaman  and  Nicobar.  George  was  the  king  of  Andaman   and,  Patrick  was  the  king  of  Nicobar.  Patrick  was  the  noble  king,  George  was  the  cunning  king.   Patrick  always  thought  about  peace  and  prosper,  and  at  the  same  time,  he  maintained  a  group   of  a  well  trained  army  to  protect  the  kingdom,  from  enemies.  He  was  very  enthusiastic,  and   wanted  to  learn  new  things  every  day.  He  had  established  many  schools  to  educate  its  kingdom   people.  King  George  was  a  dishonest  king.  His  motto  was  to  only  fight  and  capture  other   kingdoms.  He  had  many  kingdoms  in  hand,  but,  he  always  had  agreed  to  capture  the  most   organized  island,  Nicobar.    In  order  to  occupy  Nicobar,  he  sent  one  of  his  messengers  to  King   Patrick.  King  George  gave  the  messenger  a  3  ft.  tall  glass  bottle,  filled  with  sand  and  asked  the   messenger  to  convey  the  message  to  king  Patrick,  I  have  these  many  uncountable  soldiers,  so,   surrender  or,  be  ready  for  war.    When  the  messenger  told  King  Patrick,  what  he  was  told  to  say,  King  Patrick  burst  out  laughing.   Then  he  gave  the  messenger  a  bottle  that  was  identical  to  the  other  one  in  the  messenger’s   hand,  which  was  filled  with  water,  and  told  the  messenger,  “Tell  your  majesty  It  is  his  decision   but  I  have  these  many  soldiers  which  are  uncountable  and  always  united.  So  if  your  majesty  still   wants  to  have  a  war,  then  we  shall  do  so.”  Later  the  next  day  after  returning  from  Nicobar,  “He   told  his  King,  King  Patrick  has  given  me  this  bottle  full  of  water”-­‐the  messenger  held  it  up  to  the   king-­‐  “And  this  is  what  he  told  me  (the  messenger  continued  to  tell  what  King  Patrick  had  said).”   Then  King  George  understood  that  King  Patrick  was  a  wise  and  a  strong  king  and  he  knew  that  if   he  had  war  with  Patrick  he  would  be  defeated.  So,  instead  of  declaring  war,  he  asked  to  be   friends,  and  as  a  wise  king,  King  Patrick  accepted  the  offer.  Then  both  kings  lived  happily  ever   after.  

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The  Three  Little  Pigs   By  Kamran  V.     There  were  once  three  little  pigs  who  left  their  mother  and  set  out  to  make  their   fortune.  The  little  pigs  ran  this  way  and  that  way,  looking  for  something  to  build  their  houses   out  of.     The  first  little  pig  decided  to  make  his  house  out  of  paper.  The  second  little  pig  decided   to  make  his  house  out  of  leaves.  And,  the  third  little  pig  decided  to  make  his  house  out  of   metal.  So,  the  three  little  pigs  each  built  their  houses.   Now,  one  day,  it  just  so  happened  that  the  Big  Bad  Wolf  was  walking  by  the  first  little   pig’s  house  and  smelled  pork!  He  followed  his  nose  and  came  to  a  house  of  paper.  He  said,   “Little  pig,  little  pig,  let  me  in!”   The  first  little  pig  said,  “No!  Not  by  the  hairs  on  my  eardrum,  eardrum,  eardrum!”   So  the  Big  Bad  Wolf  said,  “Then  I  will  huff  and  I’ll  puff  and  I’ll  blow  your  house  away.”   And  the  wolf  blew  the  paper  house  in.   The  first  little  pig  took  the  paper  and  made  it  into  the  first  getaway  thing  he  could  think   of  –  a  paper  airplane.  He  got  on  the  paper  airplane,  and  when  the  wolf  blew  at  him  again,  he   blew  the  first  little  pig  and  the  airplane  to  the  second  little  pig’s  house.   The  second  little  pig  said,  “Come  in!  Come  in!  The  Big  Bad  Wolf  is  coming!”  So,  they   went  into  the  leaf  house  and  closed  the  door.   Soon,  the  Big  Bad  Wolf  came  to  the  second  little  pig’s  leaf  house  furious  at  how  he  had   been  tricked.  He  said,  “Little  pig,  little  pig,  let  me  come  in.”   The  little  pig  said,  “No!  Not  by  the  hairs  on  my  eardrum,  eardrum,  eardrum!”      

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Three  Little  Pigs  (  continued)   Author:  Kamran  V.  

  So,  the  wolf  said,  “Then  I’ll  huff  and  I’ll  puff  and  I  blow  your  house  in.”  So  he  huffed  and   he  puffed  and  he  blew  the  leaf  house  in.   Quickly,  the  two  pigs  taped  a  bunch  of  leaves  together  and  both  got  on  the  giant   leaf.  When  the  wolf  blew  the  giant  leaf  one  more  time,  the  two  little  pigs  sailed  to  the   third  pig’s  house  of  metal  and  landed  right  on  the  doorstep.   The  third  little  pig  shouted,  “Come  in!  Come  in!  The  Big  Bad  Wolf  is  coming!”  And   they  closed  the  door  just  in  time.       “Little  pigs,  little  pigs,  let  me  come  in,”  cried  the  wolf.   “No!  No!  No!  Not  by  the  hairs  on  our  eardrums,  eardrums,  eardrums,”  said  the   three  little  pigs.   So,  he  huffed  and  he  puffed  and  he  huffed  and  he  puffed,  but  the  house  wouldn’t   budge.  “I  am  coming  up  the  chimney,”  said  the  wolf.   Meanwhile,  the  third  little  pig  taped  a  knife  to  the  bottom  of  the  chimney,  and   when  the  wolf  came  down:  “Ouchies!!!”     He  cleaned  the  wolf  up  and  sold  him  to  the  butcher’s  market  for  $1,000.  And  that   was  the  end  of  the  Big  Bad  Wolf.   The  two  little  pigs  whose  houses  got  knocked  got  down  built  new  houses  out  of   metal,  too.  And  they  all  lived  happily  and  safely  ever  after.    

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The  Beautiful  Wish   Author:  Akash  B.       Once  upon   a   time   there   lived  a  golden   phoenix   that   was   magical.  One   day  the   phoenix   accidentally   dropped   one   of  its   feathers   without   knowing.   The  night  has   fallen   and  there   was  a  poor  man  who  found  the  golden  feather.  He  picked  the  feather  and  then  figured   out  that  he  can  make  3  wishes.  He  went  ahead  and  wished  to   be  wealthy  and  rich.   His   wish   was  granted  and  from  nowhere  popped  out  billions  of  dollars.  The  man  enjoyed   all   his   wealth   for   many   years.   Then   the   man   remembered   about   the   second   wish   and   he   wished   for   a   mansion   this   time.  He   was   happy  to   live  in   the   mansion  and   he   helped  a   lot   of  poor  people  who  were  in  need  of  money.  The  last  wish  he  wished  for  was  to  become  a   good  citizen  in  life.  After  he  got  all  his  wishes  which  came  true  he  was  happy  forever.  

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                                     The  Story  of  the  Guineapus  and  the  Platypig   Author:  Reed  H.   Once  upon  a  time,  there  was  a  platypus  and  a  guinea  pig  and  they  were  best  friends.  They  met  when  they   were  two  years  old  on  a  ride  at  the  Santa  Monica  Pier  in  California  where  they  lived.         “Hi,  I’m  Waddle,”  said  the  platypus  to  the  guinea  pig.  They  were  sitting  next  to  each  other  on  a   ride  with  swings.      

“Hi,  Waddle.  My  name  is  Fluffles,”  said  the  guinea  pig.      

From  then  on,  they  were  like  two  peas  in  a  pod.  They  ended  up  going  to  the  same  elementary  school  and   until  they  were  in  second  grade,  they  walked  to  school  together  everyday.  After  school,  they  went  over  to   each  other’s  houses  for  play  dates  where  they  would  read,  color,  and  dye  their  hair  together.     Then  one  day  in  second  grade,  they  were  in  the  same  class  with  an  armadillo  named  Shelly.  Shelly  said  to   the  guinea  pig,  “Hey,  snaggle  tooth,  why  are  you  eating  carrots?  You’ll  lose  all  your  teeth!  That’s  gross!”    

Then  the  platypus  stood  up  for  his  friend  Fluffles  and  said  to  Shelly,  “Stop  teasing  my  friend!”  

Shelly  said  in  front  of  everyone,  “Who  cares?  I  don’t  see  why  you’re  friends  with  that  silly,  snaggle-­‐ toothed  guinea  pig.  You  have  nothing  in  common  with  her!”  Everyone  in  the  class  laughed  a  very  loud   laugh  that  shook  throughout  the  whole  school.  Fluffles  was  so  upset  she  cried  and  ran  out  of  the   classroom.     Instead  of  sticking  up  for  Fluffles,  Waddle  agreed  with  Shelly  and  laughed  along  with  all  of  their   classmates.    He  was  thinking  about  how  silly  Fluffles’  snaggle  tooth  looked.     Waddle  walked  home  that  afternoon  by  himself  and  a  big  part  of  him  was  missing  Fluffles’  company.     Once  he  got  home,  his  Mom  asked  him  if  anything  happened  at  school  because  Fluffles  was  supposed  to   go  back  to  his  house  for  a  play  date.      

“Something  happened  at  school,  but  I  don’t  want  to  talk  about  it,”  he  said.  

Waddle’s  Mom  responded  by  saying,  “We  can  talk  about  anything.  If  it’s  something  bad,  I  know  we  can   work  it  out.”   Waddle  knew  he  had  done  the  wrong  thing,  so  instead  of  telling  her,  he  shrugged  it  off  and  ate  his  snack.   He  knew  that  he  would  be  in  trouble  if  he  told  his  Mom  what  he  had  done  to  Fluffles.  The  next  day  at   school,  Fluffles  didn’t  talk  to  Waddle  and  sat  all  by  herself  during  snack  time.    When  Waddle  walked  into   the  cafeteria  for  lunch,  he  looked  around,  searching  for  Fluffles.  She  hadn’t  spoken  to  him  all  day!   Someone  must  have  told  Fluffles  that  he  didn’t  stick  up  for  her  when  she  left  the  classroom.      

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The  Story  of  the  Guineapus  and  the  Platypig    (Reed  H.)  continued     Maybe,  Waddle  thought,  Fluffles  is  eating  her  lunch  with  the  teacher.     For  the  rest  of  the  week  nothing  changed.  Fluffles  didn’t  talk  to  Waddle  and  Waddle  was  too   embarrassed  about  what  he  did  to  talk  to  Fluffles.  When  Waddle  walked  home  after  school  he  was   lonely.  When  Waddle  walked  to  school  he  was  also  lonely.  When  he  had  finished  his  homework  and  had   no  one  to  play  with,  he  was  still  very  lonely  without  Fluffles.  Sometimes,  things  would  happen  to  him   during  the  day,  like  he  would  think  about  the  book  he  was  reading  or  he  would  remember  something   funny  his  Mom  did  in  the  morning,  and  he’d  want  to  tell  Fluffles,  but  couldn’t.       By  Friday,  he  decided  it  was  enough!  After  school,  Waddle  ran  to  Fluffles’  house  and  knocked  on  the   door.     “Hi,  Waddle.  What  do  you  need?”  Fluffles’  Mom  asked.    “Hi,  Mrs.  Flower,”  Waddle  said.  “I  really  need  to   talk  to  Fluffles.”   Mrs.  Flower  let  Waddle  into  the  house  where  Fluffles  was.    The  two  of  them  went  upstairs  to  Fluffles’   room.  Waddle  could  tell  that  Fluffles  was  still  upset  because  she  was  pouting  and  putting  her  face  down   on  her  bed.     “Fluffles,  I  have  to  tell  you  I’m  sorry  for  laughing  when  you  left  the  classroom.”  “I  never  thought  you   would  laugh  at  me,”  she  said.   Waddle  felt  sad.  He  didn’t  mean  to  be  a  bad  friend  and  he  could  tell  he  hurt  Fluffles’  feeling.  “Every  day   I’ve  had  to  eat  my  lunch  in  the  bathroom  stall  because  I  am  too  upset  to  eat  in  the  cafeteria  with   everyone,”  Fluffles  went  on.  “I  really  needed  my  best  friend.”   “I  know  I  wasn’t  a  good  friend.  I  promise  to  always  stick  up  for  you.  I  will  never  laugh  at  you  again,”   Waddle  promised.     Fluffles  smiled  and  agreed  to  forgive  him.    “I  don’t  think  we  are  so  different  anyway,”  said  Waddle.     “We’re  not!”  Fluffles  exclaimed.  “We  are  such  good  friends  that  I  think  I’m  half  guinea  pig  and  half   platypus.”  “You’re  a  guineapus!”  Waddle  screamed  with  laughter,  but  the  good  kind  this  time  because   they  were  laughing  together.     “And  you’re  a  platypig!”  Fluffles  screamed.    They  gave  each  other  a  big  hug  and  promised  to  always  stick   up  for  each  other  no  matter  what.     The  moral  of  the  story  is  that  it’s  okay  to  be  different.  The  author  got  this  story  idea  from  his  own  life.    

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The  Three  Little  Pteradadons   Author:  Riya  L.     Once  upon  a  time  there  was  a  mother  pteranodon.   The  mother  sent  children  to  seek  there  fortune  and  told  them  about  the  BIG  BAD  T  REX  .The  next  day  they   set  off  to  find  their  fortunes.  She  also  told  them  to  build  their  house  out  of  strong  material  and  to  stick   together.   They  came  to  a  place  where  there  were  three  roads,  each  in    different  directions.  Each  pteranodon  went  in   a  different  direction  but  there  houses  were  close.   The  first  pteranodon  just  finished  his  grass  house,  when  the  T-­‐Rex  came.  The  first  pteranodon  rushed   inside  and  shut  himself  in.  The  T-­‐Rex  said,  “Open  up,  or  I’ll  push  your  house  down!”   “Not  by  the  skin  on  my  skinny  skin  skin”  howled  the  first  pteranodon!     “Then  I’ll  push  and  shove  your  house  down,”  said  the  T-­‐Rex,  and  he  did.  The  first  pteranodon  was  sad.   Then  he  escaped  to  the  house  of  the  second  pteranodon.  The  second  pteranodon  was  watering  her  plants   and  along  came  the  big  bad  T-­‐Rex!  As  he  came  the  first  and  second  pteranodons  rushed  inside  the   sandhouse  of  the  second  pteranodon.  The  T-­‐Rex  said  “Open  up,  or  I’ll  push  and  shove  your  house  down!”    “Not  by  the  skin  on  my  skinny  skin  skin,”  howled  the  first  and  second  pteranodons!     “Then  I’ll  push  and  shove  your  house  down,”  said  the  T-­‐Rex   The  first  and  second  little  pteranodons  escaped  to  the    house  of  the  third  pteranondon.  The  third   pteranodon,  who  had  been  putting  the  last  brick  up,  listened  as  the  first  and  second  pteranodons  told  her   about  the  T-­‐Rex.  She  locked  her  doors  and  windows.  By  mistake,  she  forgot  to  close  one  of  the  windows,   which  was  right  above  the  pot.  All  of  the  Pteranodons  huddled  in  the  corner,  as  the  T-­‐Rex  said,  “Little   pteranodons,  little  pteranodons,  let  me  come  in.”     “Not  by  the  skin  on  my  skinny  skin  skin,”  said  the  pteranodons.    “FINE!  THEN  I’LL  PUSH  YOUR  HOUSE  DOWN”  said  the  T-­‐Rex.   The  T-­‐Rex  pushed  and  shoved  with  all  his  might,  but  the  house  wouldn’t  budge.  He  saw  the  window,  right   in  front  of  the  kitchen,  and  the  T-­‐Rex  put  his  head  through  the  window.  But,  pteranodons  had  heated  up   the  pot.His  head  fell  in  the  steaming  pot!  Then,  they  lived  happily  ever  after  (without  the  T-­‐Rex).  

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The  Magic  Jewel   Author:    Navya  A.     Once  upon  a  time  there  lived  a  girl  named  Bella.  She  was  a  nice  girl  and  had  good  manners.  One  day  after   rain  she  saw  the  end  of  the  rainbow  in  her  backyard,  but  instead  of  a  pot  of  gold  there  was  a  passageway.   So  she  went  in  and  was  lifted  up  in  a  cloud  and  saw  thousands  of  fairies  painting,  flying  and  having  fun.   Then  a  beautiful  light  purple  unicorn  appeared  in  front  of  her.  She  said  that  her  name  is  Mimi  and   explained  why  she  came  there.  She  said  that  it  is  because  the  magic  jewel  was  missing  from  fairyland  and   the  fairy  queen  thought  that  Bella  was  kind  and  smart  so  she  chose  her  to  help  find  the  magic  jewel.  And   she  said  the  same  thing  to  me  and  other  fairies.  We  are  all  going  to  be  your  partners  so  hop  on  my  back   and  I  will  take  you  to  the  other  fairies.  They  are  really  nice.  So  she  took  Bella  to  Rose  &  Rachel;  the  other   two  fairies.  They  had  a  great  time  and  helped  her  make  a  cottage.  They  said  that  we  should  stay  here  for   a  week.  So  Bella  stayed  for  a  week  while  the  fairies  showed  her  around  the  fairy  shops  and  the  kingdom   and  many  other  areas.  At  the  shops;  they  got  her  dresses,  a  wand  and  wings.    When  they  went  to  the   kingdom;  the  queen  asked  Bella  what  type  of  magic  she  wants.  She  said  anything  you  wish  your  Highness!   The  queen  was  so  impressed;  she  said  that  you  have  the  magic  of  all  magic  where  she  can  choose  any   magic  that  she  wants;  any  time.   The  week  was  over  and  it  was  time  to  go.  So  everyone  got  ready  to  leave.  They  went  to  the  Kingdom  to   say  goodbye.  The  Queen  told  them  that  the  jewel  is  somewhere  in  a  cave  in  a  forbidden  forest.  Bella  was   scared  and  excited.  Mimi  felt  uneasy  and  the  fairies  were  anxious.  Bella  calmed  Mimi  and  got  everyone   ready  and  they  set  off.  As  they  were  flying  Mimi  realized  that  danger  was  coming.  She  told  Bella  and  they   decided  to  land.  And  sure  enough  danger  came.  There  was  a  giant  troll  twenty  times  bigger  than  a  dragon   and  was  stomping  near  them.  The  fairies  were  scared  and  so  was  Mimi.  Bella  knew  that  she  had  to  do   something  so  she  told  her  wand  to  give  her  the  power  of  fire.  She  slayed  the  troll  in  half.   Everyone  was  really  happy.  So  after  all  the  excitement  was  over;  they  walked  till  night  and  they  made  a   tree  house  to  spend  the  night  in.  The  next  morning  they  walked  again  and  they  met  a  Phoenix;  who  said   he  was    nice  and  bring  them  no  harm.  He  led  them  a  step  closer  towards  the  jewel.  They  were  hungry  so   they  had  a  feast  and  they  went  on.  Then  Rachel  said  that  we  have  reached  Snake  Valley  and  snakes  would   wrap  around  and  sure  enough  the  snakes  started  wrapping  around  them  .Then  Bella  used  her  magic  to   get  them  off!  They  walked  till  midnight.  The  next  morning  they  got  to  the  area  of  the  magic  jewel  but  they   had  to  answer  a  question  like  what  goes  on  four  legs  then  two  legs  and  then  three  legs.  Hmm.....  aha!   Bella  had  got  it.  It  was  a  human.  Because  when  humans  are  babies  they  use  their  hands  and  legs  which  is   like  four  legs  and  when  they  are  older  they  use  two  legs  and  when  they  are  really  old;  they  use  two  feet   and  a  walking  stick.  When  she  went  to  the  Castle;  she  was  crowned  and  everyone  was  happy.    

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The  Three  Little  Fish  and  the  Big  Bad  Shark   Author:    Aspara  S.     Once  upon  a  time  there  lived  3  happy  fish.  They  were  happy  until  a  shark  came  .  Every  time    the   shark  came  near  the  fish,the  fish  used  to  swim  away.  One  day,    the  fish  moved  to  a  tropical  reef  .   The  fish  made  new  friends.  The  next  day,  the  shark  came  again.  But  the  shark  brought  another   shark  with  him  !  Now  the  fish  were  really  scared.  They  made  a  plan  .  Their  plan  was  that  they   would  bring  food  that  would  last  a  year  .  They  would  stay  in  their  home  for  a  year.  A  year  passed   they  got  out  of  their  home  and  saw  the  2  sharks  were  still  there  !  So  when  the  fish  got  out  of  their   home,they  saw  millions  and  millions  of  sharks!  ''Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh''  screamed  the   fish.  The  fish  swam  for  their  lives.  All  the  fish  were  gone  because  the  sharks  ate  the  fish.  The  fish   went  out  the  back  door  .       Once   the   fish   left,   sharks   broke   into   their   home   and   damaged   it.   When   the   fish   went   out   the   tropical  reef,  they  couldn't  find  any  of  their  friends  that  they  made.    Then   they   saw   a   den   they   went  into   the   den.  They   wondered   whose   den   it   was.   2  seconds  later     they   found  out   whose   den   it  was,it  was  the  king  of  the   seas  den.  They  told   the   king  of  the  sea  about  the  sharks.  He  said   they   could  stay  with  him.      

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American  Girl  Dolls   Author:  Sangeeta  Q.   Do  you  have  an  American  Girl  doll?    If  you  do,  this  is  the  perfect  book  for  you.    This  book  will  tell  you  how   to  pick  an  American  Girl  doll,  safe  places  to  keep  it,  and  what  types  of  personalities  they  can  have.    All   these  tips  will  help  you  take  care  of  your  American  Girl  doll.    If  you  do  not  have  an  American  Girl  doll,  that   is  fine,  you  can  read  this  book  and  wait  until  you  get  one.    I  prefer  to  write  down  these  tips.  Enjoy!   Personality   Is  it  smart?    Does  it  wear  glasses?  Does  it  play  a  sport?  When  you  pick  your  American  girl  doll  you  have  two   choices  for  your  doll’s  personality.    Choice  one,  your  doll  comes  with  a  personality.  These  types  of  dolls  are   girl  of  the  year  dolls  or  historical  character  dolls.    They  also  come  with  their  name  and  where  they  come   from.   Choice  two,  is  my  American  Girl  doll  also  known  as  “just  like  me  doll”  which  looks  like  you.    This  type  you   get  to  pick  its  personality.    I  have  one  just  like  me  doll  and  a  girl  of  the  year  doll.  My  doll’s  personality  is   nice,  creative,  smart,  calm,  and  friendly.  If  you  are  stuck,  Inner  Star  University  can  help  you.    I  got  help  from   them.   Safe  Places  to  Keep  It   “Mom!    She  touched  my  American  Girl  doll.”    That  is  one  thing  that  you  don’t  want  to  happen.  Instead  of   you  leaving  your  American  Girl  doll  on  your  bed  or  someplace  someone  who  you  don’t  want  to  touch  it  will   get  it.    Some  safe  places  to  keep  your  doll  are  in  your  closet  or  in  a  box  you  can  put  under  your  bed  and  in   your  mom’s  closet  or  with  your  mom.    When  you  are  done  playing  with  it,  put  it  in  your  safe  place.    I  keep   my  American  Girl  dolls  in  my  room.    My  sister  can’t  touch  it  because  I  also  tell  her  she  can’t  touch  it.    You   can  try  that  strategy  too.  Anywhere  which  is  safe  is  fine.   How  to  Pick  an  American  Girl  Doll   There  are  so  many  dolls  to  choose  from.  Which  one  will  you  choose?   Step  1:  Look  around  the  store  checkout  which  American  Girl  doll  is  like  you  or  which  ones  you  like.  Step  2:   Pick  up  a  small  paper  with  the  name  of  the  doll  and  the  picture  of  the  doll  and  the  price  of  the  doll.     Step  3:    Then  look  through  your  papers  and  pick  one  go  back  and  get  your  doll  or  bring  the  paper  to  the   desk  to  check  out   I  hope  you  liked  this  book.    You  learned  about  safe  places  to  keep  it,  how  to  pick  an  American  Girl  doll  and   Personality.    If  you  want  more  information  or  how  to  log  on  to  log  on  to  inner  university  you  can  go  to  the   American  Girl  doll  store  or  online.    Thank  you  for  reading.  

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How  to  Understand  and  Take  Care  of  A  Baby     Author:  Faiz  M.   I  have  a  baby  sister  (her  name  is  Anarkali  but  I  call  her  Anar)  who  is  one  year  old.  I  wanted  to  share   an  instruction  manual  for  how  to  understand  and  take  care  of  a  baby  based  on  my  experience  with   my  sister.   1. You  must  have  patience  and  perseverance  (I  know  that  means  keep  trying  until  you  are  successful).   2. Babies  can  feel  many  things.  When  the  baby  shows  his  or  her  emotions:       a. If  the  baby  is  crying  (or  wailing,  you  might  say),  then  they  are  lonely  or  uncomfortable.     b. When  they  are  very  loud,  they  want  something,  such  as  their  toys,  an  iPod  or  computer,  say.   c. Or  when  they  are  smiling,  they  are  happy.     3. If  the  baby  is  behaving  oddly  or  funnily  (like,  scratching  themselves),  then  they  might  want  their   food  or  milk.   4. You  can  communicate  with  a  baby  by  doing  actions  –  like  if  the  baby  is  trying  to  climb  hardwood   stairs,  they  might  fall  off,  so  lift  the  baby  off  the  stairs  and  bring  her  or  him  upstairs  or  downstairs   (depends  on  whichever  floor  they  want  to  be  on).     5. I  expect  you  will  already  know  what  to  do  with  a  baby’s  diaper.   6. When  it  is  eating  time,  if  the  baby  is  not  eating  (I  mean,  refuses  to  eat),  then  it  means  they  don’t   want  any  more  (because  I’m  sure  they  are  not  hungry).  You  should  feed  the  baby  baked  potatoes,   pasta  WITHOUT  sauce,  and  French  fries  (which  is  basically  fried  potato).  The  baby  can’t  have  any   candy  (for  example,  chocolate,  marshmallows,  lollipops,  or  ice  cream).  They  can  have  some  sweet   things  like  fruit  (like  apples  –  but  make  sure  it’s  apple  SLICES  and  NOT  a  full  or  half  apple).   7. Make  sure  the  baby’s  clothes  and  shoes  are  the  right  size.  Usually  size  one  or  two  will  fit  them  but   not  size  ten  or  twelve.  Sizes  are  important.  I  am  a  size  seven  or  eight  but  my  shoe  size  is  twelve  or   thirteen.    

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Taking  Care  of  a  Baby  (Faiz  M.)  continued   You  can’t  play  violent  games  with  a  baby  because  they  are  so  delicate.  You  should  play,  for   example,  pat-­‐a-­‐cake,  or  ‘who  is  the  loudest’  (which  is  a  game  I  made  up).   You  should  put  the  baby  in  a  crib  for  sleeping.  Or  a  bed  that  has  bars  around  it.  Otherwise  the   baby  might  fall  out  while  sleeping.     Babies  can  play  with  rattles,  toy  cars  (for  driving,  not  for  throwing),  and  balls,  like  a  tennis  ball   (but  not  small  ones  that  they  can  choke  on).  The  baby  also  may  like  musical  animals  that  when   you  press  the  buttons,  they  play  music.   They  CANNOT  play  with  a  basketball  hoop.   Babies  are  small,  cute,  and  lovable.  They  can  be  very  VERY  fun  to  play  with.     Let’s  discuss  where  babies  can  play  and  where  it’s  dangerous  for  them  to  play.  They  CANNOT   play  on  the  sidewalk  or  on  the  road  (because  in  the  road,  a  car  or  bicycle  can  run  over  them).   They  CAN  play  on  the  grass  or  on  a  carpet  (as  long  as  they  don’t  spit  up  on  it).   Make  sure  they  don’t  get  near  electronics  because  those  might  break  (for  example,  a  laptop  or   iPad  or  an  iPod).   To  put  the  baby  to  sleep,  sing  them  a  gentle  song  or  put  on  their  mobile.  If  the  baby  does  not   like  sleeping  in  the  dark,  you  can  put  them  in  bed  with  the  lamp  on.   These  are  my  suggestions.  I  hope  they  will  help  you  in  taking  care  of  your  babies.      

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Fire   Poet:  Albert  Zhou   Fire  burns  in  the  sun,   fire  is  there  when  you  are  mad,   fire  is  there  when  you  camp.   Fire  is  there  when  you  smoke,   fire  is  big,  hot  and  red,   fire  can  be  anywhere!      

  Tree   Poet:  Allison  S.   Whispering  softly  in  the  wind   Leaves  gliding  off,  searching  for  homes;  their  transportation:  Wind   Glistening  with  perfect  white  snow  in  the  winter.   Blooming  with  cherry  blossoms,   white  tulips  and  creations  of  all  kind  is  their  spring  routine.   I’ve  waited  so  long  to  climb  him  in  the  summer  and  I  happily  do  so.   Crunch,  crispy  gold  and  brown  creatures  sit  below  me  in  fall  since  he  has  let  them  free.   He’s  been  a  white  monster,  a  colorful  bouquet,  a  summer  climbing  ladder,  and  a  beautiful  giver.   I  wait  again  to  see  his  next  cycle  of  beauty.    

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BUBBLEGUM   Poet:  Caitrin  G.   Bubblegum,  bubblegum,  oh  what  fun!!   I  will  get  a  pink  one.   I  chew  and  chew  and  then  Pop!  Pop!   I  get  another  one.   1…2…3…  POP   EXPLOSION!!!!  

I  Love  Spring   Author:  Nivedhithaa  M.     Beautiful  flowers,   Of  different  colours,   Are  in  full  bloom   Taking  us  away,  from  winter’s  gloom.   I  love  spring,   And  all  that  it  brings.   The  cool  breeze,   Wiggles  the  flower,   Petals  falling,   And  swirling,  like  snow  shower.   I  love  spring,   And  all  that  it  brings.  

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Harry  Potter   Author:  Aarushi  T.     Do  you  have  trouble  thinking  about  what  book  to  read?  If  you  do,  Harry  Potter  books  are  the   books  for  you!  Harry  Potter  is  an  exciting  book  series     written  by  J.K.  Rowling,  and  it’s  the  best!  If  you  want  to  read  a  exciting    series,  read  Harry  Potter!   Harry  Potter  is  amazing  for  3  main  reasons:  it’s  exciting,  interesting,  and  it’s  kid  friendly!                          Harry  Potter  books  are  exciting.  It’s  about  a  young  boy  (almost  a  teen)  who  gets  sent  to   Hogwarts  School  of  Witchcraft  and  Wizardry.  At  Hogwarts,  Harry  has  lots  of  specials  and  Quidditch   matches-­‐  and   still  finds  time  to  fight  Tom  Riddle  (a.k.a.  Lord  Voldemort,  the  Dark  Lord  )!Don’t  you  want  a  book   filled  with  witches,  wizards,  and  their  magic?    Of  course  you  do!  Since  you  want  books  like  that,   read  Harry   Potter!   Harry  Potter  is  interesting.  For  example,  100%  of  the  people  in  my  family  think  Harry  Potter  is   phenominal  (including  me!)!  Before  I  started  reading  Harry  Potter,  I  thought  it  was  weird.  But  my   parents  kept  on  begging  me  to  it  until  one  day,  we  went  to  the  library.  My  dad  went  straight  to  the   HARRY  POTTER  section  and  said,  “You’ll  read  Harry  Potter  when  we  get  home.”  I  was  so  angry,   Harry  Potter  was  the  last  book  I  read!  But  as  I  read  it,  the  book  became  even  fun!  Later,  I  got  the   next  book!  That’s  why  you  should  read  Harry  Potter.     Harry  Potter  is  kid  friendly.  When  I  read  it,  I  feel  like  the  main  character(  a  wizard  who  fights  evil   and  plays  Quidditch  ).  Can  you  imagine  a  whole  school  full  of  witches,  wizards,  and  their  magic?   That’s  what  I  imagine!  Since  you  want  a  book  like  that,  read  Harry  Potter!       In  conclusion,  Harry  Potter  is  exciting,  interesting,  and  kid  friendly.  You  should  read  Harry   Potter!  

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Book  Review:  James  and  the  Giant  Peach   Author:  Aditi  P.   Do  you    like  adventurous  stories?      If  you  do  then  James  and  the  Giant  Peach  is  the  best  book  for  you.     When  I  am  reading  James  and  the  Giant  Peach  I  feel  like  I’m  entering  another  world.    James  and  the  Giant   Peach  about  a  boy  named  James  who  goes  on  an    adventure  with  his  friends  The  old  green  grasshopper,   Miss  Spider,  the  Ladybird,    the  centipede,  the  earthworm,  the  silkworm  and  the  glowworm  on  a  peach.     Along  the  way,  James  escapes  from  his  horrible  aunts  Aunt  Sponge  and  Aunt  Spiker.    I  love  this  book  for   three  main  reasons.   It  is  very  funny.    For  example,  the  centipede  (a  huge  pest)sang  a  really  funny  song  about  all  the  disgusting   foods  he  ate.  (When  I  first  read  James  and  the  Giant  Peach,  the  song  seemed  more  disgusting  then  I   thought  it  would  actually  be.  Then  I  read  it  over  again  and  then  it  seemed  pretty  funny  to  me.    Some  of  the   other  funny  foods  the  centipede  ate  were  Ladybug  burgers  and  grasshopper  soup.    Another  funny  part  was   when  James  and  his  friends  were  on  the  peach,  flying  high  above  the  ocean,    there  happened  to  be  ship   sailing  below  the  peach  and  the  captain  of  the  ship  saw  the  big,  round  ,  yellowish  ball.    He  screamed  when   he  saw  what  was  on  the  peach.    His  screams  seemed  really  funny  to  me.   I  like  that  James  is  a  really  caring  friend.    For  example,  when  the  centipede  fell  of  the  side  of  the  peach   when  he  was  singing  a  song  with  his  eyes  closed,  James  jumped  of  the  side  of  the  peach  and  swam  in  the   middle  of  the  Atlantic  Ocean  to  find  him  and  bring  him  up  back  on  the  peach.    He  is  a  caring  friend  to  the   earthworm.    For  example,  when  there  were  sharks  on  the  side  of  the  peach,  James  had  a  great  idea  but  the   earthworm  was  scared  the  seagulls,  which  were  part  of  James’s  great  idea,  would  come  swoop  down  and   eat  him.    But  James  comforted  the  earthworm  that  it  would  be  all  right.   I  like  that  everyone  has  a  part  in  everything  when  someone  is  in  need.  For  example,  when  the  centipede   fell  of  the  peach,  everyone  had  a  part  in  trying  to  get  him  back  up  onto  the  peach.    And  also  when  Miss   Spider  went  down  on  the  other  side  of  the  peach  everyone  helped.     Everyone  will  love  this  book  because  there  are  many  exciting  moments  that  both  kids  and  adults  will  enjoy.     I  give  this  book  a  million  out  of  a  million  peaches!    Thank  you  very  much.    So  what  are  you  waiting  for?    Go   to  the  nearest  bookstore  and  buy  a  copy  of  James  and  the  Giant  Peach!           P.S.    After  you’ve  read  the  book,  you’ll  want  to  see  the  movie.   The  movie  is  not  better  then  the  book,  but  you’ll  love  it  anyways.    

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Movie  Review:  Guardians   Author:  Aditi  P.     Do  you  like  fun  and  awesome  movies  to  watch?   If  you  do  then  I  have  a  great  recommendation.    RISE  OF  THE  GUARDIANS!!!    I’ve  watched  many  other   movies  and  Rise  of  the  Guardians  is  definitely  the  best!    This  movie  is  about  Jack  Frost  and  his  friends   Tooth  Fairy  and  her  babies,  Santa  Claus,  Easter  Bunny,  and  Sandman  and  their  adventure  to  make  the  kids   believe  in  them  and  in  what  they  do.    Along  the  way,  the  tooth  fairy’s  babies  get  captured  by  the  evil   Boogie  Man.      And  also  after  that,  the  Sandman  gets  defeated  by  the  Boogie  man  (named  Pitch).    Boogie   man  uses  his  evil  powers  to  makes  kids  have  bad  dreams  and  drain  out  all  the  power  which  gives  kids  good   dreams  from  the  Sandman’s  body.  Will  the  Guardians  defeat  the  Boogie  man  and  get  the  kids  to  believe  in   them  and  in  what  they  do?  You  will  have  to  watch  the  movie  to  find  out.  I  love,  love,  love  this  movie  for   three  main  reasons:   1) It  has  many  funny  parts  that  make  me  laugh  out  loud.  For  example,  when  Santa  Claus  accidentally   lands  in  the  Easter  bunny’s  home  and  sees  what  it  looks  like,  he  comes  out  and  shouts  NIKOLAY-­‐ RIMSKY-­‐KORSAKOV!!!  One  would  expect  him  to  say  Oh  my  god  or  OMG,  instead.  It  is  funny  that   NIKOLAY-­‐RIMSKY-­‐KORSAKOV  is  a  famous  composer  and  pianist.       2) All  good  characters  in  the  movie  stand  up  for  each  other  when  they  are  in  need.  For  example,  at   the  end  of  the  movie  when  Jack  Frost  fights  with  the  Boogie  Man  with  his  staff,  the  Boogie  Man   challenges  him  to  figure  out  who  will  take  the  place  of  the  Guardians  if  they  get  defeated  and   amazingly  all  the  kids  who  believe  in  the  Guardians  came  out  of  their  houses  and  showed  lot  of   support.     3) It  puts  you  on  the  edge  of  your  seat  to  find  out  what  happens  next.  It  is  very  mysterious  and   exciting.  Especially  during  the  climax  of  the  movie  where  Jack  Frost  fights  with  the  Boogie  Man.  It   makes  you  very  curious  if  the  Guardians  will  defeat  the  Boogie  Man  and  get  the  kids  to  believe  in   them.     Kids  of  all  ages  will  love  this  movie  and  maybe  adults  will  like  it  too.  Everyone  will  love  this  movie  because   the  mysterious  parts  are  fun.  I  give  this  movie  5  out  of  5  Guardians!  Hope  you  will  be  able  to  catch  this   movie  soon.  

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Book  Review:  Tale  of  Despereux     Author:  Anzana  B.   Parents,   are   you   looking   for   a   great   book  to   read   tonight?     The   Tale   of   DESPEREUX   by   Kate   DiCamillo   is   a   very   serious   book   that   teaches   your   child   love,   honor,   and   courage.     It   is   about   a   tiny   mouse   with   very   big   ears   that   goes   on   a   adventure   to   save   the   Kingdom   of   Dor,   from   the   dark   clouds   and   to   save   the   princess   from   Botticelli   and   his   rats.     The   problem   is   Botticelli   and   his   rat  might  eat  the   Princess  Pea!   If   this   sounds   like  a   good   story,   you  can  buy  the  movie  or  get  the  book.    In  my  opinion,  I  think  the  book  is  better  because   you   can   make  your   own   picture   in   your   mind.     That’s  important   because   it   will   make  more   sense  and  so  it’s  more  fun.   I  have  the  Deluxe  Movie  Story  Book.    It  has  the  pictures  from  the  movie  and  it  has   the  same  detail,  but  is  shorter  than  the  original  book.    It  also  has  some  pop  up  pictures  and   a   flipbook,   which   are   great   because   kids   like   pictures.    A   young   child   might   not  understand   the   story   without   the   pictures.     It   would   be   more   complicated   if   there   was  a   sentence   that   didn’t   really   make  sense.     So   parents,   make  sure  you  read   your  child  this  book!  I  HIGHLY   RECOMMEND  IT!!!        

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Book  Review:  BHAGVAT  –GITA     Author:  Ansha  S.   Do  you  enjoy  reading  books  that  are  ancient?  Do  you  want  to  live  a  peaceful,  good  life?  If  your   answers  are  "YES"  then  this  might  be  the  best  book  for  you.   This  book  is  a  book  that  is  godly  and  Shrila  Prabhupad  wrote  it  (  he  is  a  great  devotee  of  Lord.)  This   book  is  basically  telling  you  how  to  live  life  ...    how  to  live  a  nice  one,  a  peaceful  one,  it's  taking  you   to  the  right  path  of  life.       What  basically  is  happening  in  the  book  is  Arjuna  (  best  friend  of  Lord  Krishna)  is  in  the  biggest   event  of  his  life  ...  a  war!  When  he  sees  his  relatives  on  the  other  side  he  doesn't  know  what  to  do   so  he  asks  Krishna(  God)  what  to  do  ...  And  this  BIG,  HUMUNGOUS  book  is  what  Krishna   responded.  If  you  don't  like  reading  and  you  like  T.V.  then  you  can  watch  the  MahaBaharat,  its   bascially  the  same  thing  but  more  details  and  stuff  like  that.     If  you  want  or  choose  to  read  it  you  are  on  the  right  path  to  the  right  life!    

Book  Review:  Rainbow  Magic  Series   Author:  Amanda  L.     Rainbow  Magic  is  a  series  of  books  that  I  am  sure  you  will  enjoy.    Daisy  Meadows  ,  who  is  the   author,  writes  magical  stories  about  different  kinds  of  fairies,  pets,  and  places.    There  are  also  two   characters  in  all  her  stories.    Kirsty  and  Rachel  who  are  best  friends  go  on  adventures  together.     Very  often,  the  girls  need  to  help  the  fairies  because  there  is  an  evil  man  named  Jack  Frost  who   wants  to  capture  the  fairies.    He  wants  them  because  the  fairies  have  special  powers  that  he   wants.    I  would  rate  this  series  with  four  stars.    I  hope  that  you  get  the  opportunity  to  read  the   series.    Hopefully,  you  will  get  to  read  the  whole  series  and  enjoy  them  as  much  as  I  did.    

 

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Game  Review:  MineCraft   Author:  Brian  L.   Do  you  know  what  Minecraft  is?    Minecraft  is  a  game  where  you  are  a  guy  named  Steve   who  lives  in  a  world  of  blocks  called  Minecraftia.    I  think  Minecraft  is  awesome!    Minecraft  is   awesome  because  of  three  main  reasons:     1. You  get  awesome  material.       2. You  can  build  amazing  things.       3. Minecraft  is  about  survival.       Minecraft  has  awesome  materials.    For  example,  you  get  netherack  which  can  burn   forever.    Even  in  water!    You  can  also  get  glowstone  which  can  glow.    This  gives  you  light  so  that   you  can  see  better  in  dark  places.    It’s  so  much  fun  to  get  the  awesome  materials  because  you  can   build  with  them  and  they  are  really  useful.       You  can  build  amazing  things  in  Minecraft.    Once  I  built  an  amazing  Greek  temple.    It  had  a   pool  and  4  arrow  dispenser-­‐cannons.    It  also  had  a  lava  moat!    Parents  know  that  you  should  get   more  creative,  and  Minecraft  is  a  very  creative  game!       Minecraft  is  the  best  because  it’s  about  survival.    For  example,  you  have  to  defend  yourself   against  monsters  and  mobs.    Survival  mode  is  hard,  but  you  can  explore  and  travel  in  Minecraftia.     Gamers  think  that  survival  games  are  more  interesting  because  you  have  to  be  clever  in  order  to   be  successful  and  that  takes  more  skill.     If  you  like  to  build  amazing  things  and  play  entertaining  games,  then  Minecraft  is  for  you!     I  give  Minecraft  5  out  of  5  blocks.  

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Golden  Feather,  2013   Food  Review:  Macaroni  and  Cheese   Author:  Caitrin  G.  

Do    you      like      healthy    food?    If  you  do,    I    think      that    its    time  for  you    to    have  macaroni    &  cheese.   Macaroni  &  cheese  is  melted  cheese  on  pasta.  It  is  served  in  different  places    such  as    McCffreys  or   Fridays.it  can  even  be  home  made!    I  have  tried  different  types    of  macaroni  but    I  can’t  decide  which  type  I   like  better  because  I  love  them  all!  Macaroni  and  cheese  is  a  perfect  snack  for  3  main  reasons:    

 

1. You  can  make  it  with  different  types  of  pasta.   2. You  can  make  it  with  different  types  of  cheese.   3. You  can  include  it  as  part  of  your  healthy    diet!   The  pasta  used  in  macaroni  has  different  types  like  wheat  or  grain.  

That’s  good  for  adults  because  most  kids  like  unhealthy    food,  but  kids  will  love  the  healthy  food  in   macaroni  and  cheese.  There  can  also    be  different    shapes  like  rainbow,  bowtie,  twisty,  straight,  doughnut   shaped  and  square.     The  cheese  on  macaroni  is  scrumptious  because  there  are  different  types  like    feta,  swiss,  provolone,   muenster  or  American  cheese.    If  you  want  macaroni  and  cheese    you  need  to  pick  out  which  cheese  you’ll   like.  My  favorite  cheese  is  muenster  or  chedder.     There  are  really  healthy  stuff  in  pasta  that  includes  calcium  and  fiber.there  is  also  healthy  stuff  in  cheese   like  vitamins.  In  conclusion,    macaroni  and  cheese  is  so  great  that  I  give  it  10  out  of  10  mac  and  cheese.If     you  like  macaroni  and  cheese  soooo  much  then    why  don’t  you  try  it?    

Toy  Review:  American  Girl  Dolls   Author:  Jasmine  Z.       Do  you  like  dolls?  If  you  do,  I  encourage  you  to  go  to  an  “American  Girl”  store!  One  reason  you   should  go  to  an  American  Girl  store  is  because  there  are  a  lot  of  options.  Also,  if  you  buy  the  doll   that  is  not  the  girl  of  the  year,  you  can  buy  them  accessories  whenever  you  want.  Lastly,  you   should  go  to  the  American  Girl  store  because  if  you  buy  any  one  of  the  American  Girl  dolls,  it   comes  with  a  book.   You  can  find  “American  Girl”  stores  in  New  York,  Chicago,  Boston  and  many  other  places.  I  hope   you  enjoy  the  American  Girl  dolls!    

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Movie  Review:  Harry  Potter  and  The  Sorcerer’s  Stone   Author:  Charlie  W.     Flash!  Something  came  out  of  a  wand!  Do  you  want  to  know  the  best  movie  in  the  world?  Harry   Potter  and  the  Sorcerer’s  Stone.  It  has  friendship.  It’s  action-­‐packed.  And  it’s  funny.       Its  funny  because  when  Ron  says  “Sunshine,  daisies,  bottom-­‐yellow.  Turn  this  stupid,  fat  rat   yellow!”  it  made  me  laugh  so  hard  I  fell  off  the  couch,  especially  because  the  rat  didn’t  turn   yellow.       It  has  friendship  because  Ron,  Harry  and  Hermione  are  friends  who  look  after  each  other  when   they  need  it.  And  together  they  fight  off  the  bad  guys  such  as  Lord  Voldemort.       It  is  action-­‐packed  when  Harry  goes  into  the  Dark  Forest  and  he  sees  a  shawdowy,  dark  figure   and  a  horseman.  The  shadowy  figure  was  drinking  unicorn  blood  and  Draco,  who  was  with  Harry,   starts  running.  The  shadowy  figure,  who  was  Lord  Voldemort,  followed  them  and  the  horsemen   saved  Harry  by  running  towards  him.  How  often  do  you  see  a  horseman?  His  body  is  attached  to   the  horse  and  Lord  Voldemort  is  scared  of  horses.  I  don’t  want  to  give  away  of  the  good  parts   such  as  Fluffy,  the  three-­‐headed  dog  so  I  won’t  say  more  about  the  action.     I  think  this  movie  is  great  because  it  teaches  you  about  friendship  and  people  that  are  always   there  for  you.  And  it’s  funny  and  full  of  action.  It  keeps  you  on  the  edge  of  your  seat  like  you   want  to  jump  onto  the  TV  and  scream  “HAHA!”       I  give  this  movie  5  out  of  5  wizard  spells!  

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Restaurant  Review:  Conte’s  Pizza     Author:  Sophie  H.     Do  you  like  pizza?  If  you  do,  then  go  to  Conte’s  pizza.  If  you  like  Capuano’s  then  you   would  like  Conte’s  pizza  better.  Are  you  ready  for  cheesy,  yummy,  saucy  pizza?  Then  get  in  the   car  right  after  you  read  this!    One  reason  you  should  go  to  Conte’s  is  because  their  pizza  is  awesome  in  my  opinion.   You  can  get  different  toppings  on  your  pizza.  You  can  get  any  topping  you  want.  For  example  you   can  get  plain  pizza,  pepperoni  pizza,  pineapple  pizza  and  a  lot  more.  I  personally  like  the  plain   pizza  because  I  don’t  like  any  toppings  on  my  pizza.  “The  best  crust  in  the  world,”  says  Eli  Herbst,   my  brother.  You  can  get  different  sizes.  If  you  are  really  hungry,  I  suggest  you  get  the  large  pizza,   if  you’re  hungry  then  I  suggest  you  get  the  medium  size.     Another  reason  why  you  should  go  to  Conte’s  pizza  is  because  there  is  a  bar  to  get  drinks,   before  you  sit  down.  You  can  also  eat  at  the  bar  but  I  suggest  you  don’t  because  it  is  more   comfortable  to  sit  at  the  table.  Here’s  a  suggestion,  my  family  and  I  decided  to  go  to  Conte’s  and   also  decided  to  go  early  because  that  is  when  it  gets  crowded.  You  should  probably  go  there   around  5:00  to  5:30  because  that  is  when  it  starts  to  get  crowded.  Also  you  order  your  pizza   when  you  enter  and  before  you  sit  down.    What  also  happened  to  us,  since  we  went  early  we  got   to  sit  down  and  get  our  food  in  less  time.  If  the  door  is  open  when  you  walk  in  look  to  your  right   and  you  might  see  the  chefs  making  the  dough  and  putting  yummy  delicious  cheese  on  the  pizza   and  sauce  and  also  putting  it  in  the  oven.   Lastly  you  should  go  to  Conte’s  is  because  you  can  watch  television  while  you’re  waiting   for  your  food  or  eating  your  food.  Usually  on  television  there  is  sports,  so  if  you  like  sports  than   put  your  eyes  on  the  TV.  One  time  my  brother  and  dad  watched  TV  the  whole  time  until  our   food  came  and  they  were  happy.  For  example  the  sports  on  the  TV  are  tennis,  baseball,  football,   golf  and  sometimes  swimming.   Are  you  ready  for  cheesy,  yummy,  saucy  pizza?  You  can  also  get  take  out.  Their  phone   number  is  (609)-­‐921-­‐8041.  Conte’s  pizza  is  at  339  Witherspoon  Street  in  Princeton,  NJ.  What  are   you  waiting  for  get  in  the  car  and  go!      

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Book  Review:  The  Mark  of  Athena   Author:  Eeshaan  C.     The  Mark  Of  Athena  is  an  excellent  book  in  a  series  called  The  Heroes  of  Olympus.    It  is  based  on  ancient   Greek  mythology  and  ancient  Roman  mythology.  The  book  is  about  some  kids  with  amazing  abilities   because  they  are  demigods,  which  means  they  are  half-­‐god,  half-­‐human.    This  group  of  friends  named   Annabeth,  Leo,  and  Jason  go  to  a  Roman  camp  and  find  Annabeth’s  long-­‐lost  friend  Percy.    I  love  The  Mark   Of  Athena  for  so  many  reasons,  and  here  are  just  a  few.    It  is  funny,  mysterious,  very  exciting,  and  has  a  lot   of  knowledge  in  it.    In  this  persuasive  review  I  am  going  to  persuade  you  that  The  Mark  Of  Athena  is   awesome!       The  Mark  of  Athena  is  funny  because  the  author,  Rick  Riordan,  makes  funny  little  quotes.    For   example,  Coach  Hedge  keeps  on  singing  the  theme  songs  of  TV  shows.    Another  example  is  when  Jason   gets  knocked  out  cold  twice  in  a  row!    This  book  is  so  funny!    

       

The  Mark  Of  Athena  is  a  mysterious  book  because  it  has  a  bunch  of  twists  and  turns.    For  example,   after  Annabeth  defeats  the  giant,  she  falls  into  Tartarus  with  Percy.       The  Mark  of  Athena  is  exciting  because  it  has  a  lot  of  battles,  prophecies,  and  really  brave   characters!    An  exciting  battle  is  when  Leo  gets  possessed  by  a  bread  spirit  (it’s  really  weird)  and  starts   attacking  his  allies’  camp  for  no  reason!    One  prophecy  is  when  seven  half-­‐bloods  shall  have  to  save  the   world,  and  the  prophecy  was:   “Seven  half-­‐bloods  will  answer  the  call,     to  fire  or  lightning  the  world  must  fall.”   One  of  the  bravest  characters  in  this  book  is  Percy  Jackson,  the  main  character.    Percy  is  very  brave   because  he  always  takes  risks.    For  example,  once  he  actually  went  into  Tartarus  with  Annabeth  to  save   their  friend  Grover.    It  was  so  exciting  because  Tartarus  is  a  pit  where  no  mortal  has  ever  escaped!     So  now  are  you  convinced?    I  really  hope  so.    I’ll  see  you  at  the  bookstore  to  get  The  Mark  of   Athena!      

I  give  The  Mark  of  Athena  5  out  of  5  Riptides  or  5  out  of  5  ballpoint  pens!  

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Restaurant  Review:  Cheesecake  Factory   Author:  Gianna  D.   Are  you  thinking  about  what  to  eat  for  dinner  tonight?  If  you  are,  then  think  about   the  Cheesecake  Factory!  The  Cheesecake  Factory  is  a  nice  restaurant  that  has  lots  of   locations.  You  can  pick  anything  you  want!  I’ve  been  to  many  restaurants,  and  the   Cheesecake  Factory  is  one  of  the  best!  The  Cheesecake  Factory  is  awesome  for  three   main  reasons:   1. The  food  is  delicious,   2. The  waiters  and  waitresses  are  nice,  and   3. The  restaurant  is  pretty.       The  food  is  delicious!    My  favorite  is  the  kids  chicken.    When  you  bite  into  their   food,  you  feel  a  wave  of  happiness.    All  of  the  menus  are  delicious!  (  including  the   desserts!  )    If  you  want  to  have  delicious  food,  go  to  The  Cheesecake  Factory!   The  waiters  and  waitresses  are  very  nice.    If  you  take  a  long  time  choosing,  they  wait  for   you.    If  you  have  a  spill,  they  help  you  clean  it  up.    They  can  balance  a  lot  of  things  at  a   time.    If  you  want  nice  waiters  and  waitresses,  go  to  The  Cheesecake  Factory!        The  Cheesecake  Factory  is  very  pretty.    There  are  stain  glass  windows;  there  are   marble  floors,  and  colored  lights  everywhere.    If  you  want  pretty  things,  go  to  the   Cheesecake  Factory!     Do  you  want  to  go  to  The  Cheesecake  Factory?    If  you  do,  I’ll  see  you  there!  Come  on,   what  are  you  waiting  for,  your  child?     On  a  scale  of  1-­‐5,  I  give  The  Cheesecake  Factory  a  100!    

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Game  Review:  New  Super  Mario  Brothers   Author:  Faiz  R.     This  game  has  excitement  and  adventure  as  you  travel  to  eight  worlds  from  valleys  to  roaring   volcanoes.  In  this  game  you  have  a  verity  of  super  powers.  In  each  level  there  are  three  star  coins.   If  you  collect  them  you  can  get  toad  houses  and  secret  levels.   You  could  play  two  player  games  and  collect  stars.  Whoever  has  the  number  of  stars  you  need  to   collect  they  win.  There  are  five  courses  you  can  pick  from.  You  also  have  super  powers.  If  you   collect  one  hundred  coins,  you  get  a  lives  or  super  powers.     The  goal  of  the  game  to  save  princes  peach  because  she  was  kidnapped  by  bowser  Jr.  There  are  a   lot  of  bad  guys  in  every  world.  In  the  first  boss  castle,  you  have  to  fight  with  bowser  Jr.  In  the   second  boss  castle,  you  have  to  fight  with  bowser  or  other  characters.   Have  fun  playing  this  game.  It’s  a  five  star  game  to  me!  

    Book  Review:  Stanley  and  the  Magic  Lamp   Author:  Kevin  S.    

Stanley  and  the  Magic  Lamp  is  great!    It’s  about  a  kid  named  Stanley  meeting  a  genie  and  makes  wishes.    I  like  this  book  because  there  are  lots  of  strange  things  that  happen.    For  example,  the  genie  makes     a  liophant  (its  basically  a  lion  mixed  up  with  an  elephant)!       Kids  will  like  it  because  it’s  funny.    Parents  will  like  it  because  you  can  read  it  as  a  bedtime  story.       I  give  this  book  5  out  of  5  lamps!    

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Book  Review:  Jack  Stalwart     Author:  Jonah  L.                                                                                                                                                               Jack  Stalwart:  The  Caper  of  the  Crowned  Jewels  is  the  best!    And  why  is  that  so?    Well,   because  a  guy  named  Jack  Stalwart  lives  in  England,  and  he  is  a  secret  agent  that  has  to  catch   these  bad  guys  that  are  trying  to  steal  the  crown  jewels.  But  Jack  doesn’t  now  who  the  thieves   are.  I  know  what  you’re  thinking,  it  takes  place  in  England  and  you  will  think  it’s  boring  because  of   all  the  kings  and  queens  live  or  used  to  live.  But  that’s  not  true!  Jack  Stalwart  is  awesome  because   of  three  main  reasons:    

 

1. It’s  surprising!                     2. It  has  a  lot  of  action!       3. There’s  a  lot  of  chasing  bad  guys!    

     

     

           

     

Jack  Stalwart  is  surprising.    For  example,  Jack  Stalwart  doesn’t  know  who  did  the  crime,   stealing  the  crown  jewels.    Everyone  knows  that  it’s  tempting  to  read  a  book  when  there’s   something  that  you  don’t  know,  like  who  did  it.    You’ll  be  tempted  to  read  this  book  so  you  can   figure  out  who  stole  the  jewels.     Jack  Stalwart  has  a  lot  of  action.    For  example,  he  uses  a  lot  of  gadgets.    You  know  that  kids   like  gadgets  and  stuff.    Gadgets  are  awesome  because  people  use  them  to  catch  bad  guys  or  see   where  the  bad  guys  are.    Jack  Stalwart  uses  one  gadget  to  look  behind  the  curtains  in  a  magic   show.    I  would  use  that  gadget  to  see  through  walls,  like  if  my  sister  was  in  my  room  I  could  use  it   to  make  sure  she  isn’t  horsing  around  on  my  bed  with  my  toys.     Jack  Stalwart  starts  chasing  those  bad  guys  again,  but  he  trips  and  falls  on  his  bottom.  Will   he  catch  the  bad  guys,  or  will  he  keep  falling  on  his  bottom?  You  will  have  to  read  it  to  find  out!      

I  give  Jack  Stalwart:  The  Caper  of  the  Crowned  Jewels  100  out  of  100  jewels!  

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Book  Review:  Wemberly  Worried   Author:  Julia  M.       Wemberly  Worried   is  the   most   awesome   book  in   the  world!       Wemberly     Worried  is   a  book   about   a  girl  named   Wemberly  who  did  not   want  to   go   to  school.    The   problem   is   Wemberly  worries  way  too  much!    For  example,  she  worries  about  if    her  parents  were  still   at   home   over   night   and   she   worries   about   what   would   happen   if   she   spills   juice   on   her   favorite  doll.    Will  she  ever  stop  worrying?    You’ll  have  to  read  the  book  to  find  out!    I  think   Wemberly   Worried   is   awesome  because  it   has   little   pictures   to  go  with   every   sentence,  it’s   from  my  favorite  author  (Kevin  Henkes),  and  Wemberly  is  a  mouse  and  I  love  mice.   Wemberly   Worried   has   awesome  little   pictures.    For   instance,  there  is  a  little  picture   of   Wemberly   and   another   mouse   named   Jewel   peeking   at   each   other.     This   picture   is   awesome  because  it  shows  that  they  both  have  a  little  doll  and  that  makes  me  think  that   they  are  a  lot  like  each  other.   Wemberly   Worried   is   from   my   favorite   author,   Kevin   Henkes.     He’s   my   favorite   because  he  writes  funny  books.    For  example,  the  book  Lilly’s  Purple  Plastic  Purse  is  a  really   good  book  also.    If  you  liked  that  book,  then  you  will  like  Wemberly  Worried.   In  this  book,  Wemberly  is  a  mouse  and  I  love  mice!  Wemberly  is  a  little  cute  mouse   and  so  is  Jewel.    I  love  mice  because  they’re  small  and  cute.    If  you  like  mice,  then  you’re   going  to  like  Wemberly  Worried.   I  give  this  book  a  big  thumbs  up!    So  what  are  you  waiting  for?    Get  in  the  car  right   now  before  it’s  too  late  to  go  and  buy  the  book!      

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  Food  Review:  Tacos   Author:  Karsten  G.   Do  you  like  crunchy  healthy  food?    If  you  do  tacos  are  the  perfect  food  for  you!   Tacos  are  a  U  shape  chip  that  can  fit  many  healthy  foods  in  side!    I’ve  had  other  foods   and  they  where  good,  but  to  me  tacos  are  the  best!    Tacos  are  the  best  for  3  solid  reasons-­‐ yummy,  healthy,  and  easy  to  make!       Tacos  are  healthy.    For  example,  it’s  loaded  with  chicken,  cheese,  lettuce,  and  tomatoes!    I   know  that  tacos  are  a  couple  chips  combined  into  a  U  shaped  chip!  Therefore  it’s  a  good  and   crunch  chip  that  has  food  inside.    Don’t  you  want  good  crunchy  healthy  food?    Of  course  you  do!   Since  you  want  to  eat  healthy  food  eat  tacos!     Tacos  are  yummy.    For  example,  the  hard  crunchy  taco  shell  is  hard,  crunchy,  and   delicious!    I  know  that  a  lot  of  people  love  chips,  a  taco  is  shell  is  the  same  thing  except  a  little   more  bigger.    Therefore,  if  you  eat  tacos  they  will  be  so  yummy  you  will  want  more  and  more!     Don’t  you  want  a  good  yummy  food?    Eat  tacos!     Tacos  are  easy  to  make.    First  you  get  the  taco  shells,  then  you  make  the  chicken,  next  you   chop  the  lettuce,  then  slice  the  cheese,  and  next  you  chop  the  tomatoes  last  you  put  the  chicken,   lettuce,  cheese,  and  tomatoes  in  the  taco  shell!    I  know  that  people  don’t  have  a  lot  of  time,  so   you  can  make  it  in  a  few  minutes!    There  for,  if  you  want  some  time  to  do  some  thing  else  it   would  be  very  helpful  to  make  tacos!    Don’t  you  want  to  cook  some  thing  easy  to  make?    Of   course  you  do!    Since  you  want  a  good  food  easy  to  make  eat  tacos!       Tacos  are  so  good!    They’re  yummy,  healthy,  and  easy  to  make.    I  highly  recommend  that   you  consider  eating  tacos!!!!!    

 

 

I  give  tacos  5  out  of  5  tacos  because  I  LOVE  TACOS!  

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Book  Series  Review:  Unicorns  of  Balinor   Author:  Kimberly  L.       Unicorns  of  Balinor    is  an  awesome  series  by  Mary  Stanton,    and  I  so  adore  it.    In  this  series,  an  evil  force   called  “The  Shifter”  stole  Princess  Arianna’s  parents  and  her  brothers.    To  protect  her,  the  unicorns  of  the   celestial  valley  send  her  to  another  world...  our  world.    Princess  Arianna  and  her  bonded  unicorn  The   Sunchaser,  Lord  of  the  Animals,  have  to  go  on  quests  for  magical  items  such  as  the  royal  scepter  and  The   Sunchaser’s  horn.    I  love  this  series  for  three  main  reasons:  it  has  daring  adventures  and  missions,  it  has   cool  twists,  and  it’s  not  all  unicorns  and  princesses  -­‐  despite  the  fact  that  there  is  magic  and  dragons,   there  is  danger  as  well.     Unicorns  of  Balinor  has  daring  adventures  and  missions!    Kids  know  that  adventures  and  missions   make  stories  so  much  more  fun  and  exiting!    For  example,  fifteen  out  of  eighteen  respondents  in  my   survey  said  that  they  really  liked  adventures  and  missions,  and  the  other  four  said  they  liked  adventures   and  missions  a  little.    None  of  them  even  said  “not  sure.”    Therefore,  you  probably  love  it  if  you’re  a  kid,   and  you  should  read  it.     Unicorns  of  Balinor  has  cool  twists.    For  instance,  you  do  think  Lori  will  be  sent  through  the  gap   but  you  don’t  think  Arianna  and  The  Sunchaser  will  be  sent  through  the  gap.    “I  feel  so  surprised  when   the  twists  come!”    said  Aarushi,  age  seven  of  West  Windsor.    You’ll  love  the  cool  twists  and  surprises,  too.     Unicorns  of  Balinor  has  magical  danger.    For  instance,  in  one  book  Arianna  and  The  Sunchaser   have  to  sneak  past  The  Shifter’s  gaurds  and  get  the  last  piece  of  The  Sunchaser’s  horn  and  have  to  walk   through  the  fiery  field.    You’ll  feel  scared  and  full  of  suspense  just  like  I  do  when  I  read  this  series,  and   want  to  keep  reading!     In  conclusion,  Unicorns  of  Balinor  is  awesome!  It  has  adventures  and  missions,  it  has  cool  twists,  it   has  magical  adventures.    I  highly  recommend  that  you  consider  reading  this  series,  because  I  give  it  ten   out  of  ten  horns  up!     Unicorns  of  Balinor  is  fantastic   With  magic,  and  dragons,  and  adventures,  and  missions   Long  may  the  princess  rein.    

 

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Movie  Review:  Life  of  Pie   Author:  Akash  B.   I  will  give  “Life  of  Pi”  a  5  star  rating.  It  has  amazing  animation  and  it  has  awesome  photos.  “Life  of  Pi”  was   also  a  very  interesting  story.    “Life  of  Pi”  was  about  a  boy  with  a  family  and  the  whole  family  was  moving  to  Canada.  There  was  a  storm   and  the  boat  sunk!  Pi’s  family  died,  but  Pi  was  still  alive.  This  movie  is  how  Pi  survived.    I  think  this  movie  was  a  total  success.  And  if  you  like  tigers  you  will  love  this  movie.  There  was  a  good  part   when  flying  fish  started  to  attack.  There  was  a  good  part  when  Pi  was  little  when  everybody  teased  Pi  and   called  him  pee-­‐pee.  And  when  Pi  wrote  the  number  Pi  everybody  cheered:  “Go  pee-­‐pee!”  “Go  pee-­‐pee!”   “Life  of  Pi”  won  many  Oscar  Awards.  The  actors  and  the  creator  did  a  great  job  of  making  the  movie.   At  the  end  they  might  surprise  you.    

A  Place  Review:  Dance  Corner   Author:  Juliana  B.     Are  you  tired  of  just  doing  plain  ballet?    If  so,  come  to  the  Dance  Corner!    At  the  Dance   Corner  you  can  do  ballet,  Hip  Hop,  tap  and  more!    I  have  gone  to  the  Dance  Corner  since  I  was  two   and  I  have  always  loved  it!     One  reason  you  should  go  to  the  Dance  Corner  is  that  they  include  children  of  all  ages.     Even  grown-­‐ups  who  aren’t  children  can  take  classes  at  the  Dance  Corner!     Another  reason  you  should  go  to  the  Dance  Corner  is  that  the  teachers  are  SO  nice.    I  have   had  a  lot  of  teachers  there  and  they  are  all  nice…  and  funny!     Lastly,  if  you  are  really  good  at  dancing,  you  can  be  in  dance  competitions.    The  Dance   Corner  has  dance  teams  for  ballet,  tap,  jazz,  Hip  Hop  and  more!     As  you  can  see,  there  are  many  teachers  and  students  who  love  the  Dance  Corner.    You  will   too!    See  you  there!      

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Review:  Shows  are  Awesome,  and  helpful  too!   Author:  Lucas  P.     Do  you  like  comfortable  things  to  put  on  your  feet?    If  you  do,  then  let  me  give  you  some  advice:    Go  to  a   shoe  store!  Shoes  are  very  helpful.  For  example,  you  never  get  your  feet  dirty.  When  you  go  to  a  shoe   store,  they  always  have  your  size!  Therefore,  I  personally  think  you  should  get  some  shoes.   Did  I  mention  that  having  no  shoes  on  outside  is  very  uncomfortable?  Shoes  are  very  useful  because  1:   You   hardly  get   your   feet   dirty.   For   example,   if   you  want  to   play  in   the   rain,   you  should   wear  your  shoes.   [Or  your  boots.]  2.  You  never  get  your  socks  wet!  3.  if  you  don’t  wear  shoes,  your  feet  will  be  freezing!  4.   If  you  wear  only  socks,  they  will  go  squish,  squash!  And  it’s  very  annoying.  5.  There  are  many  types  of   shoes.   Like   Velcro,   and   laces.   Velcro   is   for   children   who   can’t   tie   laces   yet.   Laces   are   for   children   and   adults  who  graduated  from  Velcro  when  they  were  little.     Since  it  is  very  likely  you  will  like  shoes,  go  to  your  local  shoe  store  and  let  me  give  you  your  last  bit  of   advice:  Get  some  shoes!     Well,  I   know  what   you   are   thinking.   Shoes  can  be  stinky  and  dirty.  But  turn   “stinky   and   dirty”   over   to   your   feet.   Do   you   want  your   feet   to   be   stinky  and   dirty?   Duh,   of   course   you   don’t!   Well,   I   guess   it’s   okay   to  take  your  shoes  off  once  and  a  while.   Can  you  remember  5,859-­‐  I  mean  3  reasons  why  shoes  are  AWESOME??  I  bet  you  can.  Shoes  are  fun,   comfortable,  and   well,  great!   So  don’t   forget.   OKAY??!  I   don’t   want   to   be   staring   at   your   toes   all   day,   so   what  are  you  waiting  for?  GET  SOME  SHOES!!  I  give  shoes  10  of  10  shoes!  And  besides,  you  could  put   powder   in  your  shoes  to   make   them  smell   better.   If  you   go  to   a  shoe   store,   they   give  you  a   balloon  or  a   lollipop   once   you’ve   gotten   your   shoes.   So   I’m   telling   you,   If   you   don’t   like   shoes,   YOU   ARE   MISSING   OUT!     I  don’t  want  to  end  this  review  now,  so  I  will  keep  on  typing.  When  you  walk  into  a  shoe  store,  there  is   almost  always  a  nice  man  or  woman  waiting  for  you.  They  help  you  find  the  shoes  that  you  want.  So  I   want  you  to  put  getting  shoes  on  the  top  of  your  priority  list.   The  good   news   is  that  you   can   pick  whatever  shoes  you  want.   They  can  be  light-­‐up,  laced,  or  even  Glow-­‐ in-­‐the-­‐dark.  So  for  the  third  time…   GO!  GO!  GO!  Please!  Now  I  am  begging  a  little.  [By  the  way,  I  am  going  to  end  this  review  so  you  have   some  spare  time  to  get  some  shoes.]  So  good  bye!   If  you  already  have  shoes,  congratulations!    

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Transportation  Review:  Airplanes   Author:  Marc  B.     Do  you  like  fast  traveling?  If  you  do,  you  would  love  airplanes.    Airplanes  are  the  best  way   to  travel!      If  you’re  planning  on  a  trip  to  Europe,  Asia,  Africa  or  Australia  don’t  go  with  the   slower  car  or  boat,  go  on  an  airplane!    The  first  jet-­‐engine  planes  were  built  starting  in   1944  and  they  went  100  miles  per  hour  -­‐  think  how  fast  modern  planes  go!  Airplanes  are   great  for  three  main  reasons:  they  are  fast,  comfortable,  and  they  are  almost  any  were  in   the  world!     When  something  is  fast,  you  can  have  more  time  on  your  vacation.  Who  wouldn’t  want   more  time  on  their  vacation?     Who  wouldn’t  want  to  travel  on  a  soft  chair  where  you  can  sit,  relax,  and  even  lay  down   and  sleep!  You  can  also  look  out  the  window  at  the  view,  or  you  can  pull  a  plastic  shield   over  the  window  so  there  is  less  light  if  you  would  rather  sleep  on  the  plane!     Trust  me,  worrying  about  finding  an  airport  is  not  a  problem.  America,  Europe,  Asia  and   Australia  are  full  of  airports!  Besides,  which  other  way  would  you  go  to  all  those  places   besides  by  a  slow  boat?    On  an  aircraft,  of  course!    You  would  sometimes  rather  fly  over   the  ocean,  not  sail  on  it.       So,  the  next  time  you  are  planning  a  vacation,  pack  your  suitcase,  get  your  passport  and   head  to  the  airport!    

 

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Book  Review:  Beezus  and  Ramona   Author:  Mira  K.   Beezus  and  Ramona  is  a  great  book!    It  is  about  a  four  year  old  girl   named  Ramona  who  exasperates  and  bothers  her  older  sister  named  Beezus   in  many  different  ways.    For  example,  one  time  Ramona  was  pretending  that   she  was  Gretel  from  the  fairy  tale  Hansel  and  Gretel,  so    she  shoved  her  doll   in  their    oven.    I  thought    this  part  was  really  funny.    I  like  this  book    because   it  has  more  than  one    problem  (not    like  most  other    books).    Along  the  way,     Ramona  does  more  crazy  things  such  as    throwing  1,000    tantrums.    I  think   this  book    is  just  right    for  kids  from    ages  5-­‐18    because  it  has    words  that   are    not  too  easy    and  not  as    tricky  as  some    other  books.    It  may  also   interest  parents/adults  too,  because  Ramona  is  cute,  funny,  and    very   exasperating  in  her  books.    This  will  entertain  you  and  interest  you.    I  give   this  book  5  out  of  5  stars  so    go  to  the  library  or  a  book  store  and  get  Beezus  and    Ramona  today!        

  Place  Review:  The  Opera   Author:  Maria  M.     Do  you  like  to  go  to  the  movies?  If  you  do,  you  will  like  the  opera!  I’ve  been  to  the  opera  many  times,  and   I’ve  always  had  a  good  experience.   For  example,  I  went  to  The  Magic  Flute  and  I  loved  it!  It  is  a  story  about  a  girl  how  she  went  with  a  prince   she  loved,  but  her  mother  was  angry  with  her.  Her  mother  was  evil  Queen  of  the  night,  and  the  prince  was   Sun’s  son.  And  there  was  also  a  man  who  played  the  magic  flute  and  he  was  saved  by  three  maiden.   Reason  why  you  should  go  to  the  opera  is  because  if  kids  go,  they  get  pillows  to  sit  on.  When  I  go  to  the   opera,  I  always  get  a  pillow  to  sit  on.  In  my  opinion,  the  opera  is  better  than  the  movies  because  in  the   opera  you  can  sit  on  a  balcony.  Another  reason  why  you  should  go  to  the  opera  is  because  if  you  don’t   understand  what  they  are  singing,  they  have  translators.  They  are  so  helpful!  Lastly,  you  can  get  a   sandwich  or  a  snack  when  the  act  ends.  I  always  get  a  cookie  when  the  act  ends!  Some  flavors  are   chocolate  chip  and  oatmeal  raisin.     What  are  you  waiting  for?  Hurry  up  and  get  to  the  opera!  It  is  a  lot  of  fun  and  it  is  not  what  just  grown-­‐ups   do.    

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Book  Review:  Percy  Jackson  and  the  Lightning  Thief   Author:  Guhan  H.     Hey  kids!  Are  you  looking  for  the  best  book  in  the  world?  Well  stop  looking  because  it  has  been   found!  Percy  Jackson  is  one  of  the  many  series  written  by  Rick  Riordan.  He  also  writes  other   astounding  series  like  The  Kane  Chronicles,  The  Heroes  of  Olympus  and  many  others.  There  are   five  books  in  this  series:  The  Lightning  Thief,  The  Sea  of  Monsters,  The  Titan’s  Curse,  The  Battle  of   the  Labyrinth  and  The  Last  Olympian.    I  have  read  only  the  first  book,  The  Lightning  Thief.  I  got  it  from  the  Maurice  Hawk  Library.  It  is   about  Greek  Gods  like  Zeus,  the  sky  God,  Ares,  the  God  of  War,  and  Poseidon,  the  Sea  God  and   also  the  father  of  Percy.  Percy’s  real  name  is  Perseus.  At  first,  he  was  just  a  normal  kid  in  a  normal   world…  until  he  figured  out  that  his  teacher,  Mrs.  Dodds,  was  a  hag!  A  hag  is  a  type  of  witch.   During  that  time,  Mr.  Brunner,  his  history  teacher,  gave  him  his  bronze  sword,  Riptide.  Percy   swung  the  sword  and  his  teacher  became  no  more  than  a  pile  of  dust!  The  most  important  part  in   the  middle  was  that  he  went  to  Camp  Half-­‐Blood.  Half-­‐blood  means  that  you’re  half-­‐god  and  half-­‐ human.  Percy  soon  figures  out  that  his  best  friend,  Grover,  is  a  satyr.  A  satyr  is  half  goat  and  half   human,  so  Grover  is  also  counted  as  a  half-­‐blood.  Percy  also  spends  the  book  searching  for  his   mother  who  disappears  in  the  beginning  of  the  book.  Will  he  find  her?  If  you  want  to  know  the   rest,  read  the  book  to  find  out!     Rick  Riordan  has  included  amazing  descriptions  of  Gods  and  people.  A  good  example  is  the   description  of  Thalia,  daughter  of  Zeus:  “She  had  unruly  black  punk-­‐style  hair,  lots  of  eyeliner   around  her  stormy  green  eyes,  and  freckles  across  her  nose”.  That  description  was  so  good  that  I   could  imagine  exactly  how  she  looked.  I  also  liked  another  description  which  was  the  description  of   Medusa.  Here  it  is:  “Medusa  had  a  pale  face  and  on  top  of  that,  she  had  writhing  serpents”.    That   was  also  very  good  and  I  could  imagine  how  icky  she  looked.  Rick  Riordan  has  also  put  lots  of   dialogue  in  his  book.  There  is  no  page  without  dialogue  in  the  Lightning  Thief.  There  is  also  lots  and   lots  of  adventure.  If  you  like  adventurous,  get  Percy  Jackson!  It  is  adventurous  because  the  three   main  characters  Percy,  Grover  and  Annabeth  go  to  many  different  kinds  of  places  such  as  Olympus.   How  do  you  get  there?  The  answer  is  simple:  just  take  a  special  elevator  up  600  floors  to  the  top  of   the  New  York  Empire  State  building  and  you’ll  find  yourself  sitting  amongst  the  Gods.       So,  if  you  like  cool  characters  and  crazy  adventures,  this  is  the  book  for  you!  Don’t  leave   Percy  Jackson  hanging  out  in  the  library;  go  grab  it  before  anybody  else  gets  it!  I  love  it  and  you  will   too!    

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Review:  Puppies   Author:  Julia  M.     Do  you  like  cute  little  animals  with  soft  fur?  I'm  sure  your  probably  thinking  ohhh  if  your  talking   about  chinchillas  than  I  am  not  reading  this  book.  Good  news  I'm  not  talking  about  chinchillas!   I'm  talking  about  cat's  .  Ha  ,ha,  ha  I  tricked  you  today  we  are  talking  about  puppies  !   I  like  puppies  for  many  reasons  but  I  will  only  share  1.  I  like  puppies  for  their  cuteness!!  I   personally  think  that  puppies  are  adorable!  I  like  when  you  call  their  name  they  come  running  to   you.   I  also  like  the  amazing  tricks  they  know.  I  give  this  book  a  big  thumbs  up.  So  what  are  you  waiting   for.  Get  in  the  car  right  now  before  it's  to  late  to  get  a  Puppy!!!!!!!    

  Movie  Review:  Shrek   Author:  Navya  A.     Shrek  Forever  After  is  an  awesome  movie!    This  movie  takes  place  when  it’s  Shrek’s  baby’s   birthday  and  he  gets  angry    (you  will  find  out  why  in  the  movie)  so  he  smashes  the  cake  and  he   goes  out  to  get  calm.  He  finds  Rumplestiltskin,  who  says  he  can  make  Shrek’s  life  better  -­‐  but   then  Shrek  is  sent  to  a  different  world  where  nobody  knows  him,  not  even  his  closest  friends!   Rumplestiltskin  said  that  he  has  to  get  a  true  love’s  kiss  from  his  wife,  Fiona  but  she  doesn’t   remember  him!    Will  he  live?    Will  he  get  his  wife  back?    You’ll  have  to  find  out  what  happens   next  by  watching  it!                 I  love  this  movie  because  it’s  adventurous,  funny,  and  cool!        It’s  adventurous  because  he   went  to  a  dungeon!    It’s  funny  because  there  are  tricks,  such  as  jokes  and  lots  more!  It  is  cool   when  Shrek  goes  to  the  other  world!                 Shrek  Forever  After  is  the  movie  for  you!    I  give  Shrek  Forever  After  100  out  of  100  ogres!                                                            

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Movie  Review:  Rainbow  Tribe   Author:  Hope  P.   Bored?    Looking  for  a  movie  on  Netflix?      How  about  Rainbow  Tribe?    Rainbow  Tribe  is  a  movie   that  kids  of  all  ages  will  love.      It  is  about  a  man  who  has  cancer  and  needs  to  find  his  happiest   memory.    His  happiest  memory  is…  summer  camp!      He  goes  to  a  summer  camp  as  a  counselor   where  you  pretend  that  you’re  a  Native  American  Tribe.      There  are  seven  kids  in  his  tribe  and   they  all  have  a  different  personality.    His  tribe  is  the  Apache.   This  movie  kids  ages  eight  and  older  may  like  because  it  is  funny  and  sometimes   inappropriate.    Younger  kids,  like  three,  may  cry  because  of  the  inappropriate  parts.      That’s  why  I   would  give  this  movie  five  stars!       This  is  a  movie  that  your  whole  family  can  enjoy!    

Restaurant  Review:  Macaroni  Grille   Author:  Anika  S.   Do  you  like  eating  out  at  restaurants?  Well,  if  you  do,  you  will  LOVE  MACARONI  GRILL!!  I  have   been  there  a  Lot  of  times  and  always  had  a  good  experience.  This  is  why  I  am  here.  So,  my  first   reason  you  should  go  to  Macaroni  Grill  is  just  after  you  walk  in  you  are  seated  at  your  table.  So,   are  you  thinking  about  going  there  yet?  Well,  if  you  aren’t  then  here  is  another  reason:  you  should   go  there  because  the  second  you  are  seated  they  give  you  your  menu  and  tell  you  their  name.  So,   if  you  are  not  thinking  about  going  there  yet,  I  will  give  you  a  few  more  reasons  you  should  go   there.     1. 2. 3.

The  tablecloth  is  paper  and  you  get  crayons  to  draw  with  so  your  child  will  be   occupied  while  you  order  your  meal.   They  always  give  you  an  appetizer  of  bread  and  oil  for  dipping.     Macaroni  Grille  is  an  Italian  restaurant,  and  does  not  keep  you  waiting  for  your   food.       Macaroni  Grille  is  located  on  Route  One  right  next  to  On  the  Border.  I  hope  to  see   you  at  Macaroni  Grille!    

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Food  Review:  Chicken   Author:  Rithvik  B.     Do  you  want  something  that  is  healthy  and  yummy?    Do  you  want  something  that   your  family  will  love?    Well,  if  you  do,  chicken  is  wonderful  for  you.    Chicken  is  healthy,   yummy,   and   amazing.     8   out   of   10   people   in   Mr.Wilson’s   class  like   and   eat   chicken.   ”I   like   chicken,  but   not  too   much”  says   Aditya,   age   7   from   West   Windsor.     I  love  chicken,  too!     I   love   chicken   for   three   main   reasons.     It’s   healthy,   it   can   be   spicy   or   mild,   and   they’re   different  kinds.     Chicken   is   the   best  because   it   is  very   healthy.     Chicken   is  healthy   because  it  gives   a   lot  of  protein.    Protein  is  good  for  you!    If  you  want  something  that  is  healthy,  chicken  is   right  for  you!        Chicken  is  the  best  because  it  can  be  spicy  or  mild.    The  more  gravy  you  put,  the   spicier  the  chicken  will  be.      Be  sure  to  not  feed  babies  spicy  chicken  feed  them  mild.      The   less  gravy  you  put  the  more  mild  it  will  be.    Maybe  a  kid  could  have  spicy  chicken.        Adults   can   also   have  spicy   chicken.     If   you   want   something   like   that     chicken  is  spectacular   for   you.    Now,  are  you  convinced?          Chicken  is  the  best  because  they’re  different  kinds.    I  had  many  different  kinds  of   chicken   and   I   loved   them   all!!!     Each   kind   of   chicken   has   a   fantastic   taste.     If   you   want   something  like  that,  chicken  is  awesome  for  you.    Now,  are  you  convinced?    I  hope  so,  but   if  not,  I  hope  my  last  paragraph  will  convince  you.      I   know   what   you’re   thinking.     Too  much   protein   makes   you   fat.     And   I   know   you   don’t   want   to   be   fat,   do   you?     Well,   if   you   exercise   and   eat   chicken,   you   will   get   fat   MUSCLES.    And   some  type  of  spicy  chicken  is   healthy.    So  what   are  you  waiting   for,  get   chicken!    

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Sports  Review   Author:  Siya  J.   Do  you  like  sports?    You  should  -­‐  I  love  sports.    I  love  sports  because  they  are  so  much  FUN!!!    Sports  are   something  to  play.  I  have  3  favorites:  soccer,  dance,  and  gymnastics.  I  love  sports  for  three  main   reasons:     1.  Sports  can  give  you  energy,     2.  You  can  get  strong  from  playing  sports.   3.  Sports  are  super  duper  fun!!!   Sports  can  give  you  energy.    For  example,  when  you  play  sports  you  run.  And  kick  the  ball  in  soccer,   right?  You  get  energy  because  of  all  the  fast  things  you  do.    Energy  is  important  because  if  you  don’t   play  sports  you  will  get  week.   You  can  get  strong  from  playing  sports.  For  example  sports  can  make  you  stronger    because  of  the   bar.like  when  you  go  up    and  down.    

Sports  are  super  duper  fun!!!  Because  of  all  the  people  is  1  of  the  reasons  but.  

For  example  8  years  old  Anzana  SAYS  soccer  is  fun!   Sports  are    very  fun.  For  example  all  of  the  kids  in  Mr.  Wilson’s  class  LOVES  sports  .  SO  WHAT  ARE  YOU   WAITING  FOR  GO  PLAY  SPORTS!!!!!!!!    

  Book  Review:  The  Sisters  Grimm   Author:  Rishabh  K.   Everyone   should   read   “The   Sisters   Grimm”   because   the   books   are   awesome.   It’s   really   a   good   book   because   it   is   long   and   interesting.   It’s   about   two   girls   Sabrina   and   Daphne   that   are   like   detectives   because   they   want   to   find   their   parents.   Charming,   the   mayor   tries   to   be   as   good   as   he   can   to   help   Sabrina  and  Daphne  find  their  parents.     So   my   advice   is   to   read   “The   Sisters   Grimm”   for   as   many   series   as   possible.   If   you   read   “The   Sisters   Grimm”  and  “The  Magic  Tree  House”  in  comparison,  you  will  notice  that  “The  Sisters  Grimm”  is  better   and  I  indeed  enjoyed  reading  the  books.  

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Pet  Review:  Spiders   Author:  Sophia  K.     Do  you  like  creepy,  crawly,  and  scary  things?    If  you  do,  a  pet  spider  is  absolutely  perfect  for  you!    I   know  you  are  probably  thinking  “Ew,  I  do  not  want  a  pet  that  is  creepy,  crawly,  and  most  of  all  scary!     Okay,  I  understand  –  but  even  though  they  are  creepy,  crawly,  and  scary  things  on  the  outside  they  are   really  cool  on  the  inside!!!    Spiders  are  cool  pets  for  three  main  reasons:  you  can  see  how  they  grow,  their   silk  is  very  strong,  and  spiders  help  the  environment!   If  you  have  a  pet  spider  you  can  see  how  it  grows  and  see  its  life  style  without  wasting  your  time   reading  a  book.    I  mean,  books  are  okay,  but  seeing  a  spider  is  better.    For  example,  you  can  see  them   growing  by  when  spiders  are  little  to  when  they  have  babies.    This  is  scientific  because  you  can  write  your   own  book  and  learn  new  stuff,  too.     Spider  silk  is  very  strong.    You  know  what  silk  is,  right?    For  example  if  you  braid  a  huge  clump  of   spider  silk  it  will  be  stronger  than  a  gorillas  bone!!!!    This  is  scientific  because  if  you  get  a  pet  spider  you   can  try  it  your  self!!!         Spiders  help  the  environment!  You  are  probably  thinking,  but  how?    Well,  you  hate  mosquitos.     Right?    Well  spiders  love  them.    Spiders  love  them  so  much  they  eat  them!    That  means  you  will  not  get   bitten!   In  conclusion,  you  can  see  how  they  grow,  spiders,  silk  is  very  strong,  and  spiders  help  the   environment.    I  give  spiders  8  out  of  8  spider  legs!!!    SO  WHY  ARE  YOU  WAITING  GET  A  PET  SPIDER!!!!!  

             

               Food  Review:  Soda   Author:  Jahnavi  S.     Do  you  like  healthy  food?  If  you  answered  yes,  you  will  probably  agree  with  my  advice.  Soda  is  in  the  junk   food  category.  If  you  try  to  make  a  balanced  diet  you  should  NOT  pick  soda  as  one  of  any  of  your  drinks.   Soda  has  so  much  sugar:  it  can  make  you  have  diabetes  and  make  you  fat!  Next  time  you  drink  soda,  MAKE   UP  YOUR  MIND!!!  Soda  has  a  lot  of  flavors  like  Fanta,  Ginger  Ale,  Cola,  Coke,  Sprite,  etc.  Even  though  it  has   a  lot  of  flavors  doesn’t  mean  you  should  drink  it.  If  you’re  going  to  a  party  and  you  see  soda  as  one  of  your   drinks,  you  should  just  take  a  little  bit  of  ginger  ale  because  ginger  settles  down  your  stomach.  This  is  why  I   would  give  soda  a  zero  out  of  five  stars.    

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Sports  Review:  Trenton  Thunder  Baseball  is  Terrific!   Author:  Robert  R.     If  you  are  bored  on  a  weekend  the  perfect  thing  to  do  is  go  to  a  Trenton  Thunder  baseball  game!!!     One  reason  you  should  go  to  a  Trenton  Thunder  game  is  in  the  7th  inning  stretch,  some  people  get   tennis  balls  and  throw  them  on  to  the  field  and  there  is  a  hula-­‐hoop  and  that’s  your  target.    The   second  reason  you  should  go  to  a  Trenton  Thunder  game  is  the  tickets  are  cheap.    For  example,   the  tickets  for  kids  are  only  8  dollars.    Can  you  believe  that?    The  third  reason  you  should  go  to  a   Trenton  Thunder  game  is  if  you  have  your  birthday  party  there,  you  get  to  throw  the  first  pitch  on   the  field.    For  example,  I  went  there  for  my  friend’s  birthday  party  and  I  got  to  see  him  on  the   field  get  to  throw  the  first  pitch.    It  was  cool  seeing  my  friend  throw  the  first  pitch!    The  fourth   reason  you  should  go  to  a  game  is  every  Saturday  night  they  have  fireworks  after  the  game,  and   you  are  so  close  to  the  fireworks!    The  final  reason  that  Trenton  Thunder  baseball  games  are   terrific  is  that  they  have  very  cool  mascots  named  Strike  and  Boomer!    These  mascots  like  to  visit   kids  in  the  stands,  and  they  might  even  give  you  a  high-­‐five  when  they  walk  by!   I  hope  I  encouraged  you  to  go  to  a  Trenton  Thunder  baseball  game.    See  you  there!  

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Place  Review:  Trader  Joe’s   Author:  Kevin  S.   Do  you  like  shopping?  If  you  do,  try  the  best  shopping  place  in  west  Windsor,  TRADER   JOE’S!  Trader  Joe’s  is  an  awesome  shopping  place  located  in  many  places,  my  favorite  is   the  one  in  west  Windsor.  I’ve  been  to  many  shopping  places  and  Trader  Joe’s  is  the  best!   They  should  call  it  Trader’s  Best!  Trader  Joe’s  is  the  perfect  shopping  place  for  three  main   reasons:  it’s  cheap,  you  don’t  need  to  worry  about  your  kids,  and  there  is  almost   everything  you  need.   Trader  Joe’s  is  cheap.  For  example  one  fruit  strip  is  only  forty  nine  cents!  People  know   that  cheaper  is  better.  Therefore  if  you  go  to  Trade  Joe’s  you  could  be  saving  money!   Don’t  you  want  to  be  saving  money?  Of  course  you  do!  Since  you  want  to  save  money,  go   to  Trader  Joe’s!   At  Trader  Joe’s  you  don’t  need  to  worry  about  your  kids.  For  example,  they  give  stickers   to  your  kids!  Parents  know  that  stickers  make  kids  happy.  Therefor  if  you  go  to  Trader   Joe’s  your  kids  may  be  the  happiest  in  there  whole  life!  Don’t  you  want  your  kids  to  be   happy?  Of  course  you  do!  Since  you  want  your  kids  to  be  happy  go  to  Trader  Joe’s.   Trade  Joe’s  has  almost  everything  you  need.  For  example,  when  you  go  in  there  you  see   crackers  and  flowers  and  lots  of  other  things!  People  know  that  a  store  has  almost   everything  you  need  is  a  place  that  they  want  to  go.  Therefore  if  you  go  to  Trader  Joe’s   you  could  get  more  things.  Don’t  you  want  to  get  more  things?  Of  course  you  do!  Since   you  want  to  get  more  things  go  to  Trader  Joe’s.   In  conclusion  Trade  Joe’s  is  the  best!  I  know  what  you  are  thinking.  Why  don’t  you  go  to  a   place  like  Weagman’s  and  Sam’s  Club?  Because  again  Trader  Joe’s  is  cheap,  you  don’t   need  to  worry  about  your  kids,  and  there  is  almost  everything  you  need.  I’ll  be  waiting  for   you  at  Trader  Joe’s.    

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Restaurant  Review:  PF  Changs   Author:  Vaanya  M.     Welcome  to  P.F  Changs!  P.F  Changs  is  a  Chinese  cuisine  restaurant.    When  you  walk  in,  usually  it   has  a  lot  of  people.  It’s  a  large  restaurant.  There  are  many  tables  packed  together.  There  are   mothers,  fathers,  kids  and  grandparents  all  enjoying    happy  meals.  You  would  like  it  there.  The   waiter  comes  and  gives  you  a  tasty  selection  of  P.F  Changs’  sauces.  Then  you  choose  an  appetizer.   Some  of  the  appetizers  are:  Bang-­‐Bang  shrimp,  dumplings,  pork  ribs,  and  chicken  lettuce  wraps.  I   love  the  steamed  chicken  dumplings.  You  must  try  it.  After  that,  you  get  the  main  course.  You  can   choose  from  a  variety  of  rice  or  noodles  preparations.  I  would  recommend  the  Singapore  Street   noodles.  The  dessert  menu  has  some  very  yummy  stuff  like  fancy  cakes  and  ice  creams.  The  part  I   look  forward  to  is  the  end  of  the  meal  when  each  person  gets  their  own  fortune  cookie!   It  is  always  fun  to  celebrate  birthdays  here.  The  nice  waiters  surprise  you  with  a  cake  and  even   sing  for  you.  I  would  suggest  you  not  to  try  this  if  you  are  easily  embarrassed  J   You  must  have  realized  by  now  that  PF  Changs’  is  one  of  my  favorite  restaurants.  I  hope  that  you   like  it  as  much  as  I  do.  Bon  Appetit!    

  Review:  Reading!   Author:  Nivedhithaa  M.     I   love   reading!  I  sometimes   wonder   why   I   love  reading  so   much.   When   I   read   a   book,  it   makes   me   feel  as   though  I  am  a  part  of  it.  I  come  across  new  words  that  help  me  improve  my  vocabulary.  Reading  cheers   me  up  when   I   am   sad.  I  always  carry  a  book  with  me  wherever   I   go   and   read   it  whenever  I  want  to.  Books   are  a  great  company  when  I  am  traveling,  waiting  for  the  doctor,  on  vacations  and  best  of  all  when  I  am   sick.   I   think   everybody   should   cultivate  the   habit   of  reading  at   least   a  few  minutes  every   day.   Books   truly   are  man’s  best  friend!  

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Restaurant  Review:  Taco  Bell     Author:  Varun  K.       Do  you  like  good  food?    If  you  do,  you’ll  love  Taco  Bell,  the  best  food  in  America!     Taco  Bell  is  even  one  of  the  greatest  places  in  the  world!    Taco  Bell  is  the  one  for  you!    They   have  yummy,  cheesy  food.    I’ve  had  many  meals,  and  Taco  Bell  is  the  best  places  that  I  have   ever  had  in  my  life  for  three  main  reasons:  They  have  shiny,  clean,  polished  floors!,  They   have  tasty,  cheesy  veggies,  They  have  cool  prizes!   Taco  Bell  is  the  cleanest  place  because  they  sweep  and  polish  their  floors.    Kids  know  they   don’t  like  dirty  floors.    For  example,  every  weekend  they  clean  the  floors.    Every  weekend!     Can  you  believe  it?!    Whenever  you  don’t  know  what  to  eat,  go  to  Taco  Bell.    Ask  your   parents  to  go  to  Taco  Bell  today!   Taco  Bell  is  also  tasty.    Everyone  knows  that  melted  cheese  is  delicious  and  tasty.    For   example,  melted  cheese  and  sauce  is  wonderful  for  food.    When  you  want  tasty  food,  go  to   Taco  Bell  for  tasty  food.    Whenever  you’re  sick  of  home  food,  go  to  Taco  Bell!    Don’t  you   want  tasty  food?    Of  course  you  do!    Ask  your  parents  to  go  to  Taco  Bell!   Taco  Bell  has  cool  prizes,  such  as  tops,  little  board  games,  and  tiny  skateboards.     Whenever  your  parents  order  toys,  you  get  to  choose  a  toy  that  you  want!    Cool  prizes   make  it  more  fun  to  go  to  Taco  Bell!  Now  you  know  that  Taco  Bell  is  the  one  for  you!    I  give   Taco  Bell  5  out  of  5  golden  nachos!              

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  Movie  Review:  Ice  Age  Continental  Drift   Author:  Vrutika  S.       Ice  Age  Continental  Drift  is  an  awesome  movie!    It’s  about  a  mammoth  named  Manny   with  his  gang-­‐  Diego  the  saber-­‐toothed  tiger,  Sid  the  sloth,  and  Sid’s  grandma,  along  with  Elle  the   mammoth,  and  Manny  and  Elle’s  teenager  mammoth  daughter,  Peaches.    Plus  they  go  on  many   adventures.    But  there  is  also  a  squirrel.  He  has  his  favorite  acorn  but  the  squirrel  puts  the  acorn   in  the  earth-­‐  CRASH!    BOOM!    He’s  in  the  center  of  the  earth!    Then  he  makes  the  whole  world   crack  into  half!    Meanwhile,  the  gang  is  having  fun  when-­‐  CRASH!    BOOM!    They  are  spread  out   with  the  gang  but  only  leaving  Elle  and  Peaches  alone  when  the  whole  world  is  cracking  in  half   (that’s  how  the  countries  and  continents  were  made)!    Then  all  of  them  go  on  many  adventures   including  meeting  COTS  (  A.K.A  Captain  Of  The  Seas  )    who  is  a  gorilla  who  thinks  he  is  a  COTS  +   his  gang  all  fight  and  if  Manny  and  his  gang  win  they  go  back  to  home  and  if  COTS  and  his  gang   win,  they  will  really  be  COTS  and  Manny’s  people  will  not  get  home.    Will  Manny’s  friends   survive?    Or  will  they  be  dead  meat?    Find  out  when  you  see  the  movie!           I  love  this  movie  because  it  shows  how  many  mistakes  you  make  even  when  you  are  an   adult.  For  example,  Manny  made  a  mistake  when  he  hit  the  gorilla  but  it  worked  out.    Now  you   can  also  tell  your  child  that  it  is  ok  to  make  a  mistake  and  things  still  work  out.       This  movie  is  great  for  kids  because  it  shows  how  much  parents  are  and  how  much  you   have  to  respect  your  parents.    Like  for  example,  Peaches  didn’t  like  her  dad  bumping  in   conversations  and  after  that,  she  didn’t  see  her  dad  for  about  3  more  days!    This  important   because  you  might  not  respect  your  family  and  the  next  day,  something  bad  happens.    This   movie  is  also  great  for  parents  because  it  would  teach  them  how  much  your  child  is  important.     For  example,  Elle  hardly  took  care  of  Peaches  and  then,  bad  stuff  happened.      

I  love  this  movie  so  I  give  it  5  out  of  5  acorns!  

 

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Restaurant  Review:  Macaroni  Grill   Author:  Ved  R.     Many  people  go  to  Olive  Garden,   but   I  think  you  should  go  to  Macaroni   Grill.  I  have   been  there               many   times.   It   is   in  the  Market  Fair   on  Route  1.   One  reason   why   you   should   go  to  Macaroni  Grill   is  because  you  are  seated  right  away.  For  example,  most  times  that  I’ve  been  there  my  family   and  I  didn’t  need  to  wait  for  our  table.       Another  reason  why  you  should  go  to  Macaroni  Grill  is  because  you  will  be  occupied  while  you   wait  for  your  food.  For  example,  if  you  have  a  kid,  he  or  she  can  color  on  the  paper  tablecloth.   Also,  the  waiter  will  give  you  delicious  rosemary  bread  to  eat  with  olive  oil  while  you  wait.  The   next  reason  why  you   should  go   to  Macaroni  Grill  is  because  their  food  is  yummier  compared  to   Olive  Garden.  My  dad  says,  “Macaroni  Grill’s  Bruschetta  is  much  tastier  than  the  Bruschetta  at   Olive   Garden.”   I   personally   think   the   pasta   at   Macaroni   Grill   tastes   delicious.   In   fact,   you   can   create  your  own   pasta.  You  can’t   create  your  own   pasta   at  Olive  Garden.  Macaroni  Grill’s   create   your   own   pasta   has   many  options   such   as,   different   types   of   pasta,  toppings   and   sauce.  Their   Chicken   Marsala   and   Lasagna   are   also   good.   I   personally   enjoy   the   pasta   with   chicken.   The   fourth   reason   why   you   should   go   to  Macaroni   Grill   is  because   their   food   isn’t   too  expensive.   For   example,  their  meals  are  mostly  $13.00  or  less  and  their  appetizers  are  mostly  $5.00-­‐$6.00.       The  last  reason  why  you  should  go   to   Macaroni  Grill  is  because  there   are  special  menus  for  food   allergies   and   diets.   For   example,   if   you   have   a   certain   food   allergy   the   waiter   will   give   you   a   menu   with   food   that   doesn’t   contain  the  food   you’re  allergic  to.  If  you  decide   to  go   to  Macaroni   Grill  you  should  go  on  your  birthday  because  they’ll  sing  Happy   Birthday  to  you  in  Italian!  Hope   to  see  you  there!  

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GOLDEN  FEATHER  LITERACY  MAGAZINE  

JUNE  2013  

Thank you to all of the second grade writers and artists who submitted their work.

Thank you to the teachers who inspired their students to become writers through their guidance and support.

Thank you to the parents who helped students to submit their work electronically and for encouraging your children to share their work with others.

   

 


Golden Feather June 2013  

A 2nd Grade Literacy Magazine featuring writing by students at Maurice Hawk School.

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