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#50 Precious Words Entry - New Neighbors

To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Vivian Kirkfield created a challenge, "based on Bennet Cerf’s challenge to Seuss to write a children’s book using only 50 words" - #50 Precious Words.

Here are the rules:

You have until March 6th at 11:59pm to post your story. Here are the guidelines:

  1. Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, using only 50 words…they can all be different words, or you can use some of them over and over…just as long as the total word count of the story is 50 or less.

  2. It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.

  3. Title is not included in the word count.

  4. No illustration notes please.

  5. Between March 2nd and March 6th, post your story on your blog if you have one and want to and put the link in the comments of this post. Or copy and paste the entire story in the comments of this post. I ask for the link so that people will visit each other and find new friends in the kid lit community. Please make sure you put your name in the post. If you have any trouble at all posting the link or the story, please email me and I will be happy to do it for you:

  6. Deadline for posting the story or the link in the comments is Monday, March 6, at 11:59pm.

  7. Winners will be announced in a special blog post on Thursday, March 9.

  8. Wnners? Of course, there will be winners…and prizes, too!

So, here it goes. My entry for the #50 Precious Word Contest:

This picture has haunted me for months and this seemed the perfect time to try to put words to it. These front two giraffe are just so humorous, I didn't really expect it to have such a commentary of society. 😊

NEW NEIGHBORS (50 words)

They stretched for leaves,

when . . .

Lions roared past, tails tucked.

Hyenas slunk by,

Cheetah’s sprang into trees.

“What’s with them?”

Curious, Gina and Jerry strained their long necks.

“Howdy,” said an extra-long legged, neckless giraffe.

“Cheers,” said a giraffe, with stubby legs.

“Well aren’t you two handy.”

Maria Marshall

 Photograph © A. Marshall

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