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

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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.



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  1. Nice one!

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

  3. 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 😃

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

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

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

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

  10. Very foxy ending Erik. Great clever story.

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

  12. Sly ol’ fox!!! Very nice.

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

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

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

  16. Very fun. Glad Sun came to the rescue.

  17. Haha, great veggie feast with sunshine!

  18. 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. Great story. I enjoyed reading it.

  20. 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!

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  21. I really enjoyed this story, Erik. Wonderful job 🙂

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

  24. Love it! Reminds me of Little Bear stories!!

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

  26. Perfect! I love a vegetarian Fox!!

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

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

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

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

  32. 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!

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

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

  37. fabulous fox. I do like a clever chap

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

  39. 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. 🙂

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

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