My Entry in the Susanna Leonard Hill 4th Annual Holiday Contest!!!

10 Dec

Hey! Look! It’s snowing on my blog!

WOO HOO! It’s time for the Susanna Leonard Hill 4th Annual Holiday Contest!!!

4thannualHere are the rules (from Ms. Hill’s blog) –

“Write a children’s story (children here defined as approximately age 12 and under) in which wild weather impacts the holidays!  Your story may be poetry or prose, silly or serious or sweet, religious or not, based on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate, but is not to exceed 350 words.  Any kind of weather will do: sun, rain, sleet, heatwave, blizzard, tsunami, monsoon, hurricane, hail, tornado, etc!  No illustration notes please.” – To see the complete rules click HERE.

To check out all of the AWESOME entries in the contest, click HERE!


Here is my entry. It is 345 words. I hope you like it!

 Fox’s Party

[By Me]

Once upon a time, there lived a friendly fox. You may say to yourself, “Foxes are not friendly,” but this fox had a change of heart after having an argument with a very angry, somewhat huge bunny three seasons ago over what to have for dinner (the fox wanted to eat the bunny and the bunny disagreed). The bunny, having won the argument, made the fox promise to eat only fish and vegetables from then on, and so he did. Since then, fox’s dinner parties have become legendary in the hollow.

This year Fox planned to have his Christmas feast early, before it got too cold, so that the creatures who hibernate could be at the party.

Fox couldn’t wait for the animals to arrive. Bunny, Deer, Squirrel and Turkey were coming, as well as Bear, Chipmunk, Toad and Raccoon!

The fruit punch was iced, the Jell-O cubes were stacked. The broccoli soup was… cold? The fish tart was… FROZEN!

A wintry wind sent a shiver through Fox. “It shouldn’t be this cold.” Then Fox felt something. SNOW! Something was wrong. “If winter sets in now, my hibernating friends will not come to my party.”

Everything was frosting over- FROST! That was it, JACK FROST!

Fox ran up Mount Shivery to Frost’s Palace.

“Excuse me Mr. Frost,” Fox said. “You don’t seem to realize that it is a bit early for this wintery cold. I was about to have an early Christmas feast and-“

“Yes, but it is winter, Fox,” Frost snapped. “So, toddle back to your hollow, and leave me alone.” The icy Jack wouldn’t budge.

Fox dragged his tail down the mountain. The celebration was ruined. But Fox, even though he was friendly, was still sly. Fox saw Sun behind the clouds and he got an idea.

“Sun!” Fox called out. “Sun, would you like to come to our Christmas feast? It is in the hollow! Please stop by. You will be our guest of honor!”

Sun smiled at the invitation and her glow warmed the hollow just long enough for the feast.

87 Responses to “My Entry in the Susanna Leonard Hill 4th Annual Holiday Contest!!!”

  1. sallyodgers December 10, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Nice one!

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  2. Beth Stilborn December 10, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    Great solution, Erik! I enjoyed this story so much.


  3. LRWLee December 10, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    Great creativity, Erik! I have to say, I’m with you in terms of Jack Frost. He and I are not friends, which is why I live in Texas 😃


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 11, 2014 at 7:45 am #

      Ha! Great comment! Right now, it is snowing, and we have at least 3 inches. 😉


  4. rnewman504 December 10, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Erik, This is super clever and cute! Love the idea of a sweet clever fox having the last word. Good luck in the contest!


  5. Lynn December 10, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Yay! for sun! Clever fox, and clever Author Erik. Good job!


  6. Catherine Johnson December 10, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    What a clever clever story, Erik! This has to be published somewhere it’s awesome!


  7. teresarobeson December 10, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I wish the sun would be as obliging when I invite him out to play! 🙂 Jack can be a bit chilly, can’t he? LOL!


  8. kdveiten December 10, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    What a great story! Loved the twist at the end!


  9. Christie Allred December 10, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Good job, Erik. That was a creative ending. I’m glad to hear the fox still maintained his slyness. 🙂


  10. Patricia Tilton December 10, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    Very foxy ending Erik. Great clever story.


  11. Alan Tucker December 10, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    I wish the sun were always so obliging! Maybe I need to invite it to parties more often 😉


  12. Tracey M. Cox December 10, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    Sly ol’ fox!!! Very nice.


  13. KidLitReviews December 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Very good Eric. I love that you used the word toddle.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 11, 2014 at 8:09 am #

      Thank you Ms. Morris. 🙂 I like fun-sounding words, and toddle came to mind. 🙂


  14. Ariel Bernstein December 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    A clever fox + a Christmas party = an awesome story! I loved reading this!


  15. elainekielykearns December 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    You’ve done it again, Eric! Great story! SO clever!


  16. Sylvia Liu December 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Very fun. Glad Sun came to the rescue.


  17. Joanna December 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Haha, great veggie feast with sunshine!


  18. Alayne Kay Christian December 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    I love how the bunny changed the fox’s diet. I like the generosity of the fox wanting to have his party early enough that “all” his friends can come. Nothing like a sly fox to find a way to save the day.


  19. macjam47 December 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Great story. I enjoyed reading it.


  20. Genevieve Petrillo December 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

    Ha! Great story, E. That fox was tricky. If only he could come to my house and bring the sun along with him….. Good luck in the contest!

    Love and licks,


  21. Angela Brown December 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

    I really enjoyed this story, Erik. Wonderful job 🙂


  22. writersideup December 10, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    Erik, this is GREAT! 🙂 The humor is just fantastic, along with your solution. I mean—(the fox wanted to eat the bunny and the bunny disagreed)—hilarious! Mount Shivery? Classic! Really wonderful stuff, kiddo. I think you have quite a shot at this 🙂


  23. Jilanne Hoffmann December 11, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    I love your story, Erik! You’ve got quite the sense of humor. Good luck in the competition!


  24. Pragmatic Mom December 11, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Love it! Reminds me of Little Bear stories!!


  25. heylookawriterfellow December 11, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    I love this story! Great job, Erik! Five Bookworms for you!


  26. Darlene December 11, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Perfect! I love a vegetarian Fox!!


  27. Michelle Isenhoff December 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Hee, hee, hee! Very clever, Erik. I always look forward to your surprise endings.


  28. Mishka Jaeger December 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

    Very clever. It reminds me of more old fashioned fairy tales where you can jam a lot of action into very few words (including a story within a story – I’d love to hear how the bunny won that arguement!). Well done!


  29. Elle Carter Neal December 12, 2014 at 2:37 am #

    Ah, that made me chuckle! Lovely story. And, yes, I’d noticed it was snowing on your blog! How very clever 😀


  30. tinamcho December 12, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    What a cute story! I like this fable-like style. Great ending!


  31. LovableLobo December 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    I’m dragging my tail…toddling over… to say that we love your story! Super job, SuperKid!


  32. Robyn Campbell December 13, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Hehehehe-toddle. I’ve been saying that a lot since I read this. I had to come back to it (washed dishes first). Cleverly written with fantabulous characters. That ol’ icy Jack. Just what I’ve come to expect from you. Have a donut!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      I’m glad that you washed your dishes. That means you have more time (and plates) to eat donuts with! 😉 I’m glad you like my story, Ms. Campbell! That means a lot to me! 😀


  33. Susanna Leonard Hill December 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    Very entertaining, Erik! Love that Fox was so changed that he was polite to Jack Frost… but not so changed that he lost his slyness – very nice twist 🙂 Favorite line: “Toddle back to your hollow” 🙂 Glad that Fox and all his forest friends got to enjoy their Christmas feast! Thanks so much for joining in the holiday fun!


  34. Lauri Meyers December 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Erik, your voice for Fox and Jack Frost was very strong. Fox is a complicated character too- friendly from his life change a few years back, but when he needs to, he can still turn on the sly. Well done!


  35. Carrie Charley Brown December 13, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    Great story, Erik! I love how Fox used his sly internal quality for something BIG at the end! 🙂 Clever!


  36. Margaret Greanias December 14, 2014 at 1:12 am #

    Cute story! I love the twist — that fox is so sly!


  37. readingwithrhythm December 14, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Good one Erik!!


  38. Cecilia December 14, 2014 at 4:55 am #

    fabulous fox. I do like a clever chap


  39. Penny Parker Klostermann December 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Fox is sly! Fun story Erik! And this line cracked me up! “So, toddle back to your hollow, and leave me alone.” LOL


  40. viviankirkfield December 14, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    So happy that Fox has not lost his cleverness. 😉 What a great story, Erik…with twists and turns and a happy ending…a perfect Christmas story in my book. 🙂


  41. julie rowan zoch December 16, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    This is why I don’t like to nap! I might miss a great party! Heehee! Nice entry with my favorite animal, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Thank you Mrs. RoZo!
      P.S. Foxes ARE cool, aren’t they? 🙂 It would be interesting to own one. Hmm… 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • julie rowan zoch December 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

        We have one missing its tail in the neighborhood! Can’t help but think of Fantastic Mr. Fox when I see him!


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