A Fishy Father’s Day – Maria Deitrick
500 words Children 4 – 6 years
When Molly gives her dad a homemade coupon book for Father’s Day, she can’t wait for him to use the Buddy For a Day coupon. The problem is Molly hates fishing, which is exactly what her dad wants to use his coupon for. Molly’s attitude and events make the day horrible, until she realizes how her behavior affects her dad.
“Come on, Dad, just open it,” Molly squeaked. She couldn’t wait for him to open the Father’s Day present she made him. “I’m trying, but you wrapped it too good, Molly,” Dad teased. When he finally got it open, Molly dove right in to show him everything.
The Green Thumb Project – Mariah Deitrick
510 words Children 6 – 10 years
When Max is sick, his friend Devon brings his assignments home for him. Included in Max’s homework is a class project. Max is thrilled when he finds the perfect object to help him get an easy A. But when he stands in front of the class and shows off his project, he realizes he misunderstood the assignment.
“Here’s your homework,” Devon said. “What’d I miss?” I asked. “We have a new project due Monday,” Devon said. “The papers are in here.” He tapped the folder holding my assignments. “Thanks,” I said. “You’re so lucky, Max,” Devon said. “You get to miss a whole week of school.”