There’s a lovely little contest hosted by children’s author, Vivian Kirkland, going on right now for children’s writers, and there’s still time to enter through 3/7/21 if you’d like to join! The rules are quite simple to follow. Write a story with a beginning, middle, and end appropriate for children 12 and younger in 50 words or less. That’s it! And did I mention there’s prizes? You can find information and read everyone’s entries by following this —> here!
And here is my entry called The Kindergarten Train. The first lines came to me years ago — left in a notes file incomplete. I’d imagined what the first day of school for my nervous new students would be like and how there might be a story that would help with that transition. The visual imagery of a train that all the kids climb aboard while their parents waved goodbye came to mind as an analogy about the new journey they were embarking upon —an adventure and their opening to the wide world of school. Vivian’s contest provided the perfect opportunity to complete this story idea!
The Kindergarten Train
Christine Marie Alemshah
When the kindergarten train whistle sounds — Choo! Choo!
Will you be ready?
Along the way, you’ll pick up new friends. They’ll have lunch boxes, backpacks, and smiles – just like you.
Finally, you reach your destination.
“Choo-Choo!” your teacher will say. “Your kindergarten adventure is about to begin.”