2021 Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Challenge – Week 2!

Writers, start your computers!

It’s time for Week #2 of the 2021 Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Challenge!

WOOHOO!

Mix ‘n’ Match Mini is a writing challenge for anyone who needs a little boost or a little encouragement to get writing….or maybe just a little fun!

You get to write your own story, enjoy and be entertained by everyone else’s stories, and get yourself in the running for some awesome prizes (please see the end of the blog post for a list of all the prize goodies…which keeps getting added to!)

For a full description of the challenge or to enter your Week #1 entry, please go HERE.

Let’s jump into Week #2!

Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Prompt #2 for Week of May 17:

Last week we played with character needs, an important thing to keep in mind when you’re writing because characters should always need or want something desperately – a goal, an object or possession, a role, a quality, to prove something (to herself or someone else), to overcome something. . . You all did splendidly!

This week we’re going to play with a specific story type: the cumulative tale!

Cumulative stories build and build, growing sillier, or more chaotic, or more outrageous, or more complicated with each new addition, as in There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.

She swallowed the goat to catch the dog …
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat.
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wiggled and wiggled and tickled inside her.
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.


Some published examples of clever re-tellings are:

There Was An Old Dragon Who Swallowed A Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann
There Was An Old Monster (Who Swallowed A Tick) by Adrian, Rebecca & Ed Emberly
There Was An Old Gator Who Swallowed A Moth by B.J. Lee

Your mission, should you choose to accept it 😊 is to choose an adjective from Column A, a character from Column B, a verb from Column C, and a noun from Column D. Mix ‘n’ Match and write your own version!

e.g. There Was An Old Cowboy Who Lassoed A Bear
There Was A Huge Baby Who Lived On A Boat
There Was A Shy T-Rex Who Wished For A Friend

Column A – Adj.Column B – CharacterColumn C – VerbColumn D – Noun
OldMonsterTurned IntoGhost
SmartGrandmaFollowedToad
BraveWarthogFought With/BulliedFriend
ShyT-RexRan From/Ran To/Ran UpSword
HugeKittenPlayed Tricks OnBear
SmallPythonWished For/Wished OnMoon/Star
MeanCowboyLassoedBee
StrangeBabySwallowedWitch
WildZookeepTauntedTree
CuteLionLived With/Lived In/Lived OnBoat

If choosing from all 4 columns is more than you want, or if you don’t like any of the words but the list inspires you to think up your own words, feel free to use as many or as few from the columns as you like and supply the other words yourself, but you must follow the format:

There Was A(n) ___ADJ___ ___CHARACTER___ Who ___VERB___ A(HIS, HER, THE) ___NOUN___

and it must be a cumulative story!

  • Stories can rhyme or not – totally up to you!
  • You can go under or over 100 words if you want to – also totally up to you! – 100 is just a guideline
  • If you’re deeply inspired by another set of words, go for it! – the purpose here is inspiration and to get you writing!
  • For simplicity’s sake (and to aid skimming readers who might be interested in a particular thing) please say which column items you’re using at the top of your entry along with your name, title, and word count.
    For example:
    There Was A Cute Kitten Who Followed His Nose
    by Marcia Writer
    107 words
    cute, kitten, followed

So come join the fun! Get some writing done! Encourage your kids (or students) to give it a try! Or just have a good time together reading what other folks have written!

Post your Week #2 story in the comment section below, or, if you have trouble for any reason and can’t post yourself you may email it to me using the Contact Form and I will post it for you.

Ready, set, WRITE! 😊

(And remember, for full details on the 7 week challenge you can check HERE)

Check out the Week #2 stories!

There Was A Small Baby Who Wished For A Star – Sue Lancaster

There Was A Wild Warthog Who Wanted To Dance – Sally Yorke-Viney

There Was A Shy Monster Who Followed A Toad – Jen Subra

There Was A Young Cowboy Who Lassoed A Bee – Rose Cappelli

There Was A Strange Witch Who Turned Into A Bee – Candice Marley Conner

Who Might She Be? – Dawn Young

There Was A Brave Grandma Who Followed A Star – Erin Cleary

There Was An Old Grandma – Isabel Cruz Rodriguez

Where Is Baby’s Bear? – Hannah Roy LaGrone

There Was A Smart Grandma Who Bullied A Bee – Kimiko Wadriski Lumsden

Traffic Jam Baby – Elenore Byrne

There Was A Huge Monster That Lived In A Tree – Erika Romero

There Was A Huge Baby Who Followed A Bear – Leslie Degman

I Know A Small Baby Who Swallowed Some Milk – Lauri Meyers

There Was A Mean Cowboy Who Lassoed A Bee – Aly Kenna

There Was A Huge Heron Who Followed A Toad – Jill Lambert

There Was An Old Cowboy Who Wished For A Boat – Candace Kubinec

There Was A Shy Kitten – Nicole Loos Miller

There Was A Shy Monster Who Lived On A Star – Susan E. Schipper

There Was A Small Kitten Who Followed A Toad – Barbara Farr Renner

There Was A Weird Warthog Who Lassoed A Bear – Lyn Jekowsky

There Was A Brave Baby Who Followed A Bee – Deb Sullivan

There Was A Wild Warthog Who Wished For A Witch – Susan Summer

There Was A Young Writer Who Wrote A Great Word – Sarah Meade

Wishing Kitten – Julie Kurtz

There Was An Old Monster Who Wished For A Boat – Brenda Whitehead

The Nose Of A Kitten – Elizabeth Volkmann

There Was A Mean Monster Who Swallowed A Toad – Laura Bower

Come To My Party – Ashley B. Pedigo

There Was A Brown Cow Who Lived In A Tree – Marty Bellis

There Was A Strange Cowboy Who Wished For A Friend – Sophia Zafra

There Was A Shy Lion Who Wished For A Friend – Marta Cutler

There Was A Brave Woman Who Wrote Down A Note – Ashley Sierra

The Hungriest Python Turned Into A Boat – Allison Strick

There Was An Author Who Got Stymied By The Prompt – Joyce Uglow

There Was A Small Kitten Who Followed A Bee – Diane Irving

Are you New? – Marla Yablon

There Was A Shy Lion Who Wished For A Friend – Lauren Scott

There Was A Strange Kitten Who Lassoed The Moon – Linda Schueler

There Was A Smart Baby Who Followed A Star – Elizabeth Meyer zu Heringdorf

There Was An Old Grandma Who Followed A Ghost – Marta Cutler

There Was A Brave Grandma Who Lassoed A Witch – Jeannette Suhr

There Was A Brave Zookeeper That Taunted A Bear – Sarah Hawklyn

There Was A Wild Zookeeper Who Ran From A Bear – Jana Mattern

There Was A Smart T-Rex Who Played Tricks On A Witch – Bevin Rolfs Spencer

A Huge Baby Swallowed A Witch – Bru Benson

There Was A Brave Baby Who Followed A Bee – Jamie Bills

The Old Cowboy – Katie Schwartz

There Was A Cute Baby Who Charmed A Mommy – Christine Alemshah

There Was A Brave Baby Who Followed A Bee – Sara Kruger

There Was A Strange Cowboy Who Lived On A Boat – Michelle S. Kennedy

The Grandma Who Bullied A Bear – Lynn Katz

There Was A Brave Baby Who Followed A Witch – Padgy Soltis

There Was A Shy Monster Who Taunted A Tree – Amy Leskowski

A New Friend – Mia Geiger

There Was A Smart Grandma – Marty Findley

There Was An Old Cowboy Who Lassoed A Star – Melissa Wrex

There Was An Old Cowboy Who Wanted A Friend – Robin Currie

Not Guilty – Colleen Owen Murphy

There Was A Wild Warthog Who Ran Up A Tree – Deb Buschman

There Was A Wild Grandma Who Turned Into The Moon – Brenna Jeanneret

There Was An Old Cowboy Who Lassoed A Friend – JC Kelly



PRIZES & PRIZES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES!

When it comes time for prizes, names of all those who complete the challenge will be drawn randomly and matched with prizes drawn randomly until we run out! 😊

Please join me in thanking these very generous authors and other writing professionals for contributing their books and writing expertise as prizes by visiting their websites and blogs, considering their books and services for gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazone, B&N, or anywhere else if you like them, suggesting them for school visits, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊

⭐️ Picture Book Critique from Penny Parker Klostermann, the lovely and talented author of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT (Random House 2015) and A COOKED-UP FAIRY TALE (Random House 2017)

⭐️ 30 Minute Q&A with Penny Klostermann

⭐️ Picture Book MS Critique OR Query Letter Critique (Winner’s Choice) from Jennifer Buchet, debut author of LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA (Clear Fork/Spork May 11, 2021)

⭐️ Picture Book MS Critique from Jen Raudenbush, agented writer of picture books, middle grade, and poetry. (Represented by Natascha Morris of The Tobias Literary Agency)

Jen Raudenbush

⭐️ 30 minute Zoom chat about anything industry related (manuscript, query letter, best practices for querying) with Becky Scharnhorst, amazing author of MY SCHOOL STINKS (Philomel Books, July 6, 2021)

⭐️Picture Book Manuscript Critique with Audio Recording by author and poet Sarah Meade (details coming)

⭐️ Webinar: How To Write Powerful First Pages Like A Pro by author and editor Alayne Kay Christian

⭐️ A copy of Mary Kole’s Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Writers, donated by Nicole Loos Miller

⭐️ A personalized signed copy of SASSAFRAS AND HER TEENY TINY TAIL (MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing 2021) by Candice Marley Conner

⭐️ Making Picture Book Magic Self Study Class (any month)

⭐️A copy of A FLOOD OF KINDNESS by Ellen Leventhal

⭐️A copy of MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe by Vivian Kirkfield

⭐️A copy of THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT by Penny Parker Klostermann

⭐️A copy of SLOTH AND SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE by Cathy Ballou Mealey

⭐️ Magnetic Poetry – Little Box of Happiness

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377 thoughts on “2021 Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Challenge – Week 2!

  1. Sue Lancaster says:

    There was a Small Baby who Wished for a Star
    (Small / Baby / Wished For / Star)

    At bedtime, Evie’s Mummy said:
    “Sweet baby girl, I love you so much. Anything you wish for I’ll get you.”

    “I wish for a teddy to snuggle with,” said Evie.
    The next day, Mummy pedaled to the toy shop.
    “Here is your teddy,” she said to Evie at bedtime. “It’s the snuggliest there was.”

    “I wish for a kitten to play with,” said Evie.
    The next day, Mummy drove to the pet shop.
    “Here is your kitten,” she said to Evie at bedtime. “It’s the fluffiest there was.”

    “I wish for a unicorn to ride on,” said Evie.
    The next day, Mummy rode in a hot air balloon to Unicorn Land.
    “Here is your unicorn,” she said to Evie at bedtime. “It’s the rarest there was.”

    “I wish for a pterodactyl to fly on,” said Evie.
    The next day, Mummy took a time machine to the past.
    “Here is your pterodactyl,” she said to Evie at bedtime. “It’s the fastest there was.”

    “I wish for the shiniest star from the sky,” said Evie.
    The next day, Mummy rocketed into space.

    At bedtime, Mummy wasn’t there.
    She wasn’t there the next morning.
    Or the following afternoon.

    “I want Mummy!” Evie sobbed at bedtime.
    Her teddy, kitten, unicorn and pterodactyl all stared at her blankly.
    The shiniest star in the sky shimmered from afar.

    Mummy finally returned three days later.
    “I’m sorry baby girl,” she said. “I’ve let you down. I could not get the shiniest star in the night sky.”

    “I don’t want it anymore,” said Evie. “Or the other things. I just want you Mummy. You’re all I need.”
    “I’m here for you,” said Mummy.
    “Thank you,” smiled Evie.

  2. syorkeviney says:

    There Was a Wild Warthog
    (Wild/Warthog/Dance/Sweat Pants)

    There was a wild warthog who wanted to dance
    He couldn’t prance, but he wanted to dance
    In his sweat pants!

    There was a wild warthog who wanted to dance
    He couldn’t prance, but he wanted to dance,
    He wanted to dance and took a big chance
    In his sweat pants!

    There was a wild warthog who wanted to dance
    He couldn’t prance but he wanted to dance,
    He wanted to dance and took a big chance
    He took a big chance and went into a trance
    In his sweat pants!

    There was a wild warthog who wanted to dance
    He couldn’t prance but he wanted to dance,
    He wanted to dance and took a big chance
    He took a big chance and went into a trance,
    He went into a trance and made his advance
    In his sweat pants!

    There was a wild warthog who wanted to dance
    He couldn’t prance, but he wanted to dance,
    He wanted to dance and took a big chance
    He took a big chance and went into a trance,
    He went into a trance and made his advance,
    He made his advance, hoping he enchants
    In his sweat pants!

    There was a wild warthog who wanted to dance
    He couldn’t prance, but he wanted to dance,
    He wanted to dance and took a big chance
    He took a big chance and went into a trance,
    He went into a trance and made his advance
    He made his advance, hoping he enchants
    Hoping he enchants, he did a break dance,
    In his sweat pants!

    So if you’re a wild warthog who’s yearning to dance,
    Who cannot prance, just take a big chance,
    Go into your trance and make your advance!
    For everyone enchants, when you do your own dance
    In comfy sweat pants!

  3. jensubra says:

    THERE WAS A SHY MONSTER WHO FOLLOWED A TOAD by Jen Subra
    (shy/monster/followed/toad)

    There was a shy monster who followed a toad.
    He followed that toad out into the road.
    “Say, Toad,” said shy monster when Mr. Toad slowed,
    as they stood in the road by the river that flowed.
    “What is it, shy Monster?” said Toad in the road
    by the river that flowed past the grass neatly mowed.
    “This road,” said shy Monster, “by grass neatly mowed
    by that river that flowed is about to explode!”
    And with that the shy monster scooped up Mr. Toad
    who stood in amazement on the road to explode
    by the river that flowed past the grass neatly mowed.

  4. rosecappelli says:

    Joining in the fun this morning. Thanks, Susanna!

    There Was a Young Cowboy Who Lassoed a Bee
    (young, cowboy, lassoed, bee)

    There was a young cowboy who lassoed a bee.
    I don’t know why he lassoed the bee, perhaps we’ll see.

    There was a young cowboy who lassoed a bear
    right out of his lair.
    He lassoed the bear to chase the bee.
    I don’t know why he lassoed the bee, perhaps we’ll see.

    There was a young cowboy who lassoed a jay
    to show bear the way.
    He lassoed the bear to chase the bee.
    I don’t know why he lassoed the bee, perhaps we’ll see.

    There was a young cowboy who lassoed a steed
    that was not known for speed.
    He lassoed the jay to show bear the way.
    He lassoed the bear to chase the bee.
    He lassoed the bee to sting the steed—
    which started a wild stampede.

  5. candicemarleyconner says:

    There Was A Strange Witch Who Turned Into A Bee
    By Candice Marley Conner
    80 words; strange, witch. turned into, bee

    There was a strange witch who turned into a bee.
    She turned into a bee so she could wiggle and dance.
    She wiggled and danced to find the sweet flowers.
    She found the sweet flowers to gather the nectar.
    She gathered the nectar so she could spit in the combs.
    She spit in the combs to make the gold honey.
    She made the gold honey to go in the tea
    that boiled and bubbled in a cup just for me!

  6. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR DAWN

    #2 shy, t-rex, swallowed, pea 96 words

    WHO MIGHT SHE BE? by Dawn Young

    A shy t-rex swallowed a pea. Who knows why she swallowed a pea?

    I guess we’ll see!

    A shy t-rex swallowed a pea. She swallowed the pea then drank some tea. Who knows why she drank the tea?

    I guess we’ll see.

    A shy t-rex swallowed a pea She swallowed the pea, then drank some tea. After her tea, she sat under a tree.

    Who knows why she sat under a tree?

    I guess we’ll see.

    A tall dark handsome t-rex joined shy t-rex under the tree.

    Now we see …

    a PRINCESS she might be!

  7. Erin Cleary (ClearyWriter) says:

    There Was a Brave Grandma Who Followed a Star
    by Erin Cleary
    160 words: Brave/Grandma/Followed/Star

    There was a brave grandma who followed a star.
    She traveled far to follow the star.
    She followed the star to gather the light
    that sparkled in the dark of night.
    She gathered the light to pull the thread.
    She tugged and pulled with arms outspread.
    She pulled the thread to spin the yarn.
    She spun the yarn to weave a story.
    She wove the story to tell the child,
    to calm the child so he could dream
    of skies of pie and clouds of cream,
    and mountains made of chocolate cake,
    and candy fish in a caramel lake.

    There was a brave grandma who so loved a child
    that off she ventured into the wild
    and unknown world of distant stars,
    beyond the moon and even Mars,
    where stories come from starlight threads
    to comfort children in their beds.
    She wove her tale of sweetest place.
    Then, with a smile upon his face,
    he rested in her warm embrace.

  8. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR ISABEL

    There was an Old Grandma
    By Isabel Cruz Rodriguez

    There was an old Grandma
    Who Lived with a toad
    Who swallowed the bee
    That was biting her knee.

    The bee on her knee
    Had zoomed down from the tree
    Where old Grandma’s kitten
    Was fleeing a flea.

    The flea was so small
    It hid under the toad
    That swallowed the bee
    On Old Grandma’s knee.

    The flea bit the toad
    That jumped on the kitten
    And now you know why
    Grandma’s knee got bee-bitten.

  9. Hannah Roy LaGrone says:

    Where is Baby’s Bear?
    By Hannah Roy LaGrone
    WC: 130
    (sweet, baby, lost, bear; note–this started out as cute, baby, followed, bear, but the story had a mind of its own!)

    There was a sweet baby who lost his stuffed bear;
    I don’t know where he lost his stuffed bear…
    Look everywhere!

    There was a big brother who followed the baby;
    Will he catch the baby? I don’t know, but maybe!
    He followed the baby to find the stuffed bear,
    I don’t know where he lost his stuffed bear…
    Look everywhere!

    There was a big sister who followed that brother;
    She was quite used to them chasing each other.
    She followed the brother to find the baby,
    followed the baby to find the stuffed bear
    I don’t know where he lost his stuffed bear…
    Look everywhere!

    There was a smart Grandma who found the stuffed bear;
    “Of course, it must be in my old rocking chair…”
    Oh yes, right there!

  10. Kimiko Wadriski says:

    Smart/Grandma/Bullied/Bee
    by Kimiko Wadriski Lumsden

    There was a smart grandma who bullied a bee
    I don’t know why she bullied a bee – to feel some glee?

    There was a smart grandma who grew some flowers
    Which she planted at every hour.
    She planted the flowers to bully a bee.
    I don’t know why she bullied a bee – to feel some glee?

    There was a smart grandma who watered the blossoms.
    You think she’d be awesome to water the blossoms!

    She watered the blossoms to grow the flowers,
    Which she planted at every hour.
    She planted the flowers to bully a bee.
    I don’t know why she bullied a bee – to feel some glee?

    There was a smart grandma who waited with much restraint.
    A whole seven years! Without a complaint!

    She waited as she watered the blossoms.
    She watered the blossoms to grow the flowers,
    Which she planted at every hour.
    She planted the flowers to bully a bee.
    I don’t know why she bullied a bee – to feel some glee?

    There was a smart grandma who sat partially in shade,
    And there she stayed, sat in the shade.

    She sat in the shade to wait with restraint.
    She waited as she watered the blossoms.
    She watered the blossoms to grow the flowers,
    Which she planted at every hour.
    She planted the flowers to bully a bee.
    I don’t know why she bullied a bee – to feel some glee?

    There was a smart grandma who monitored soil.
    She measured and watched so her plants wouldn’t spoil.

    She monitored soil and sat in the shade.
    She sat in the shade to wait with restraint.
    She waited as she watered the blossoms.
    She watered the blossomed to grow the flowers,
    Which she planted at every hour.
    She planted the flowers to bully a bee.
    I don’t know why she bullied a bee – to feel some glee?

    There was a smart grandma who made corpse flowers bloom;
    she felt some glee sniffing rank perfume.

  11. elenorebyrne says:

    Traffic Jam Baby
    Elenore Byrne
    Word Count 220
    Using brave, baby, drove.

    There was a brave baby who drove a front loader.
    He hopped in the cab with a can of fruit soda.
    He hooked up the jack to the front-loading hitch,
    until its wide bucket got stuck in a ditch.

    There was a brave baby who drove an earth mover,
    with oversized earmuffs he bopped like a groover.
    He pressed on the pedal and pushed the mud through,
    until it got stuck – and then there were two.

    There was a brave baby who drove a bulldozer,
    with tinted sunglasses he looked quite a poser.
    He flattened a path, to set the truck free,
    until it got stuck – and then there were three.

    There was a brave baby who drove a tall crane,
    with hoist rope and wires and thick solid chain.
    The bridge crane can carry, lift, load and more,
    But IT got stuck too – and then there were four.

    There was a brave baby who drove a red tractor,
    with hydraulic motor and five safety factors.
    He reeved up the engine and pushed over drive,
    until it got stuck – and then there were five.

    There was a brave baby who followed a whim,
    driving machines that were bigger than him.
    His tampering triggered a truck traffic jam.
    He might have done better to stick with his pram!

  12. Erika says:

    There Was a Huge Monster That Lived in A Tree
    By Erika Romero
    Huge, Monster, Lived in A, Tree

    There was a small monster who lived all alone.
    She had no friends and had just lost her home.

    She traveled the forest and looked all around.
    She ran and she jumped until she heard a great sound.

    The monster saw the newly fallen tree.
    She decided to ask for help from a bee.

    “Dear bee, do any birds with huge beaks live in this tree?”
    “No, no birds live in this tree.”

    “Dear bee, do any birds with huge beaks and huge eyes live in this tree?”
    “No, NO birds live in this tree.”

    “Dear bee, do any birds with huge beaks and huge eyes and huge claws live in this tree?”
    “NO, NO birds live in this tree!”

    With the facts gained and the tree free,
    The monster knew what her next actions would be.

    She transformed her small mouth, small eyes, and small feet.
    She grew pretty feathers the color of beets.

    The monster pecked a great hole in the roots of the tree.
    And now, there was a huge monster that lived in a tree.

  13. Leslie Degnan says:

    THERE WAS A HUGE BABY WHO FOLLOWED A BEAR (WC:110)
    Leslie Degnan
    (huge, baby, followed, bear)

    There was a huge baby who followed a bear.
    He followed that bear but I don’t know where.
    And I don’t know why.

    He followed that bear through forest and swamp.
    His huge baby feet shook the earth with each stomp.
    I must know why.

    Those huge baby feet stayed so close behind
    Either bear didn’t notice, or he didn’t mind.
    Do you know why?

    The search led to something up high in a tree.
    There was a small hum like the buzzing of bees.
    Who knew why?

    The bear only got a wee drop of that honey.
    ‘Cause what happened next was not very funny!
    Can you imagine why?

  14. Lauri Meyers says:

    Okay, these stories are so cute! I tried many times and all of mine went completely off the rails!
    Lauri Meyers
    I know a small baby who swallowed some milk
    246 words
    small, baby, swallowed
    I know a small baby who swallowed some milk
    She swallowed the milk to grow and big and strong…
    Unless I’m wrong.
    I know a small baby who swallowed some bread
    She swallowed the bread to please her dad
    She swallowed the milk to grow and big and strong…
    Unless I’m wrong.
    I know a small baby who swallowed some ham
    She swallowed the ham to please her gram
    She swallowed the bread to please her dad
    She swallowed the milk to grow and big and strong…
    Unless I’m wrong.
    I know a small baby who swallowed a crow
    She swallowed the crow to please her bro
    She swallowed the ham to please her gram
    She swallowed the bread to please her dad
    She swallowed the milk to grow and big and strong…
    Unless I’m wrong.
    I know a small baby who swallowed some geese
    She swallowed the geese to please her niece
    She swallowed the crow to please her bro
    She swallowed the ham to please her gram
    She swallowed the bread to please her dad
    She swallowed the milk to grow and big and strong…
    Unless I’m wrong.
    I know a small baby who swallowed a car
    She swallowed the car to get really far
    From the niece with the geese
    From the bro with the crow
    From the gram with the ham
    From the dad with the bread
    She wanted the mom with the milk
    To grow big and strong…
    Unless I’m wrong.

  15. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR ALY

    There Was A Mean Cowboy Who Lassoed a Bee
    By Aly Kenna
    128 words
    mean, cowboy, lassoed, bee

    There was a mean cowboy who lassoed a bee.
    He lassoed a bee to get honey you see.
    He needed the honey to capture a bear.
    He needed the bear to trade for some hair.
    He needed the hair to disguise his bald head –
    to attract a lady willing to wed.
    He wanted a wife who was willing and able
    to cook, and to clean and put food on the table.
    Now wives do not bargain to labour you know.
    She threw up a fit, locked him out in snow.
    He should have stopped searching when he caught a bee
    At least he’d have honey to drink in is tea.
    Oh, what he’d give for a bearskin right now
    The only thing warm was his head and eyebrow.

  16. Jill Lambert says:

    There Was a Huge Heron Who Followed a Toad.
    By Jill Lambert
    WC: 227 Options: huge, heron, followed, toad

    There was a huge heron who followed a toad.
    I don’t know why it followed a toad to its abode.

    There was a huge heron who followed a frog.
    It spotted the frog immersed in the bog.
    It followed the frog to find the toad.
    I don’t know why it followed the toad to its abode.

    There was a huge heron who followed caecilians.
    It tracked one caecilian… there used to be billions!
    It followed the caecilian to find the frog.
    It followed the frog to find the toad.
    I don’t know why it followed a toad to its abode.

    There was a huge heron who followed a salamander.
    The sly salamander had to meander.
    It followed the salamander to find the caecilian.
    It followed the caecilian to find the frog.
    It followed the frog to find the toad.
    I don’t know why it followed a toad to its abode.

    There was a huge heron who followed a newt.
    The well-worn route permitted pursuit.
    It followed the newt to find the salamander.
    It followed the salamander to find the caecilian.
    It followed the caecilian to find the frog.
    It followed the frog to find the toad.
    I don’t know why it followed a toad to its abode.

    Newt, salamander, caecilian, frog, toad.
    Is this their final episode?
    Tune in to solve the mystery–
    of amphibians’ declining history.

  17. Candace says:

    There Was an Old Cowboy Who Wished for a Boat
    by Candace Kubinec
    103 words
    old, cowboy, wished, boat

    The cowboy was tired of riding a horse, so
    He traded his horse for a pair of skates
    He traded the skates for a shiny red scooter
    He traded the scooter for a fun unicycle
    He traded the unicycle for a old blue bicycle
    He traded the bicycle for a hover board
    He traded the hover board for a fast motorcycle
    He traded the motorcycle for a big black car
    He traded the car for a sleek new kayak
    He traded the kayak for a dented rowboat
    He traded the rowboat for a seaworthy craft, then
    The cowboy found out he gets seasick

  18. Nicole Loos Miller says:

    THERE WAS A SHY KITTEN
    By Nicole Loos Miller
    159 words (Shy/Kitten/Friend)

    There was a shy kitten who wanted to see beyond her basket.
    So, one morning, when the sun shone bright, she climbed out of her basket and
    PLOP onto the gleaming wood floor.

    There was a shy kitten who wanted to know what was behind that door.
    So, one morning, when then the sun shone bright over the gleaming wood floor, she slipped and slid
    PUSH right through that door.

    There was a shy kitten who wanted to know who was in the chair.
    So, one morning, when the sun shone bright over the gleaming wood floor and a door softly swished behind her, she tip-toed to the chair and
    LEAP… almost made it

    There was a shy kitten who was very surprised when, one morning, as the sun shone bright over the gleaming wood floor and a door softly swished, two arms reached down and picked her up.
    PURRRRRRR

    There was a shy kitten who found a friend.

  19. seschipper says:

    Prompt #2 Mini Writing Challenge
    May 17, 2021
    There Was A Shy Monster Who Lived On A Star
    By Susan E. Schipper
    WC – 100
    Shy, Monster, Lived On, Star

    There was a shy Monster who lived on a star.
    She lived on a star so she could be far
    from the people and things who she might scare,
    including a bear!
    There was a shy monster who lived on that star.
    She thought it was far!
    But when she looked down, she saw him there.
    It was the bear!
    He didn’t care, he wanted a friend.
    There was a shy monster who in the end
    Wanted a friend so she could spend
    Time away from the star, and not be so far
    Away from a pal on the moon

  20. Barbara Farr Renner says:

    I don’t know if this is right, but it sure was fun.

    THERE WAS A SMALL KITTEN WHO FOLLOWED A TOAD
    160 Words

    There was a small kitten who followed a toad;
    They crept and they crawled right down a long road.

    The kitten and toad turned down a long trail
    And started to follow a plump and fast quail.

    The quail was quick, so they had to keep up,
    Until they picked up a frisky young pup.

    The four of them peeked into a small lair
    And woke up a sleepy and furry old bear.

    They marched and they followed in their own small parade,
    Until they entered a lovely green glade.

    They positioned themselves from largest to small
    And started to sing, each one with its call.

    A meow, woof, ribbit, a squawk, and a roar.
    The forest animals clapped and hollered for more.

    There was a small kitten who followed a toad,
    Who followed the quail who traveled down the road.

    They picked up a pup and a sleepy old bear;
    Their voices in harmony they all wanted to share.

  21. lynjekowsky says:

    There Was a Weird Warthog Who Lassoed a Bear
    by Lyn Jekowsky
    215 words
    weird, warthog, lassoed, bear

    WEIRD WARTHOG LASSOED A BEAR

    Weird Warthog lassoed a bear
    when he breezed on through the fair,
    to stuff in his huge plastic sac
    he was hoping to fill for his snack..

    Weird Warthog lassoed a fox
    that he spied inside a box,
    to join bear in his huge plastic sac,
    a treat to add for his snack.

    Weird Warthog lassoed a rabbit
    he knew ‘twas a terrible habit,
    to join fox and bear in his sac
    that was filling up for his snack.

    Weird Warthog lassoed an owl
    he found wrapped up in a towel,
    to join rabbit, fox and bear
    who were stuffed in his sac for a snack.

    Weird Warthog lassoed a mouse
    running out of her house,
    to join owl, rabbit, fox and bear
    in his sac for his eccentric snack.

    Weird Warthog lassoed a bee
    who was buzzing around carefree,
    to join mouse, owl, rabbit, fox and bear
    in his plastic snack sac about to burst.

    The bee stung the bear
    who clawed open the sac.
    Mouse, owl, rabbit and bear
    ran out behind warthog’s back.

    Weird Warthog opened his sac
    to dine on his snack.
    Nothing was there,
    not even the bear, or the fox, or rabbit, or owl, or mouse or bee!
    Woe is me.

  22. sullyweston says:

    There Was a Brave Baby Who Followed a Bee
    by Deb Sullivan
    100 words
    brave, baby, followed, bee

    The sun beamed on Baby Bob’s head.

    He tossed his empty bottle.

    And that’s when he saw it.

    ZZZ!!!

    Baby Bob wanted the bee. Now.

    So he followed it. Until a gardener came by with a hoe.

    WHACK!

    The bee stuck to the hoe’s metal blade, which was held by hairy arms.

    One arm hurled the hoe into a shed. Baby Bob snuck inside before the door closed.

    SLAM!

    Everything went dark.

    The shed, the hoe, the bee and Baby Bob went up, up, up in a tornado.

    Until….

    PLOP!

    All was calm.

    Baby Bob finally got the bee….

    OUCH!!

  23. susaninez0905 says:

    There Was A Wild Warthog Who Wished for a Witch
    By: Susan Summers
    WC:106

    There was a wild warthog that wished for a witch,
    because of an itch he got from a ditch.
    The ditch was discovered after a run,
    with wild warthog friends who wanted some fun.
    But the fun turned to trouble when the friends fell into
    a deep dirt-filled ditch with ivy that grew.
    The ivy caused itching, and scritching was heard,
    across the savannah by a witch and her bird.
    The witch flew on over to rescue the pack,
    and give them some ointment to stop itch attacks.
    The warthogs were happy and thanked the kind witch,
    and forever remembered to avoid that deep ditch!

  24. Sarah Meade says:

    There Was a Young Writer Who Wrote a Great Word
    By Sarah Meade
    Word Count: 151

    There was a young writer who wrote a great word.
    She whirled and read it to a bluebird in her backyard.

    There was a young writer who wrote a smart sentence.
    She sashayed and read it to a bunch of birds and a squirrel in her backyard.

    There was a young writer who wrote a great page.
    She plied and read it to the birds, a squad of squirrels, and a mole in her backyard.

    There was a young writer who wrote a charming chapter.
    She clapped and read it to the birds, squirrels, a mass of moles, and a fox in her backyard.

    There was a young writer who wrote a beautiful book.
    She bowed and read it to the birds, squirrels, moles, a pack of foxes and a deer in her backyard.

    There was a young writer who stepped beyond her backyard. . .
    to share her story with the world.

  25. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR JULIE KURTZ

    Wishing Kitten
    There was a small kitten who wished on a star,
    I don’t know why she wished on a star,
    She didn’t think it would go far.
    She wished for some milk, just a little wish
    And “POOF” there it was in her dish.

    There was a small kitten who wished on a star,
    I don’t know why she wished on a star,
    She didn’t think it would go very far.
    But this time she wished for food to go with the milk.
    A little bit bigger wish and “POOF”fancy fish filled her dish.

    There was a small kitten who wished on a star,
    I don’t know why she wished on a star,
    She still didn’t think it would go far.
    So this time she wished for a diamond collar to wear when eating the
    fish that went with the milk that was in her dish.
    And “POOF” this time too she was granted her wish.

    There was a small kitten who wished on a star,
    I don’t know why she wished on a star
    But she now knew wishes could go far
    And this time she wished for a new sports car to drive while
    wearing the collar after eating the fish, that went with the milk
    That was in her dish but no”POOF”, no big wish!

    There was a small kitten who wished on a star,
    And found out sometimes you can take wishes too far
    And you need to be happy with things as they are!

  26. brendawprof says:

    There was an Old Monster who Wished for a Boat
    By Brenda Whitehead
    97 words
    (old, monster, wished for, boat)

    There was an old Monster who wished for a boat.
    A boat for the moat—he wanted to float!
    A boat for the moat and his snack of gray goat—it came in a tote!
    A boat for the moat and his tote-riding goat—the goat wrote a note?
    A boat for the moat and the note-writing goat—he wrote and I quote:
    “A goat-snack will just make you bloat in your moat-floating boat!”

    There was an old Monster who ATE a gray tote-riding, note-writing goat—no bloat with no moat-floating boat!

    And now for that boat…

  27. lizluvselephants says:

    Whew! Mine is over 100 words AND I don’t think I followed the rules exactly (at all?!) but I did SOMETHING and that was my goal! Cumulative in the traditional sense was too puzzling to my brain! – Beth

    small-kitten-ran up-tree

    E. Volkmann (100++)
    The Nose of a Kitten

    There was a small kitten who ran up a tree
    She ran up a tree to follow a bee
    A bee that had buzzed at her little pink nose
    A bee who’d mistaken her nose for a rose.

    The bee who’d mistaken her nose for a rose
    Was inside the hive wiggling ‘round on her toes
    Her toes were a’tapping first left and then right
    Tapping the tale of her small kitten fright.

    Her small kitten fright unsettled her so
    She stayed in the hive and watched her mates go
    Go the flowers with nectar so sweet
    Returning with pollen all over their feet.

    “The kitten is gone! We only found flowers!
    We need your help in these waning warm hours!”
    The bee who’d mistaken the nose for a rose
    Screwed up her courage and stood on her toes.

    She stood on her toes at the door of the hive
    She took a deep breath and counted to five
    She lifted her wings and swiftly took flight
    Leaving behind her small kitten fright.

    And down in the garden, the bee buzzed around
    She buzzed here and there, she buzzed ’til she found
    A wee little rose as pink as the nose –
    As pink as the nose of a kitten … BUZZ!

  28. Laura Jensen Bower says:

    There Was a Mean Monster Who Swallowed a Toad
    By Laura Bower
    (mean, monster, swallowed, toad)
    153 words

    There was a mean monster who swallowed a toad
    but spit him back up to make toad “a la mode.”
    Scooped ice cream, found syrup and green sprinkles too.
    He stacked up his sundae, his appetite grew.
    He added a cat, and a Dalmatian dog –
    a cow, and a horse and a Spring Peeper frog.
    The frog spooked the horse, which then frightened the cow,
    who stepped on the dog with an “Owww!” and “Bow-Wow!”
    His bark made the cat hiss and arch up its back.
    She pounced on the toad in a full-on attack.
    Toad wiggled away and with one mighty hop,
    sprang into the air, while the sundae went “plop.”
    The frog, and the horse and the spotted brown cow,
    the dog, and the cat and the toad – Hurry! Now!
    Escaped just in time down the old dusty road,
    leaving the monster with mess “a la mode.”

  29. ashleybpedigo says:

    Come to my Party!
    -Ashley B Pedigo
    (smart, plays tricks on, bee)

    Clever Spider spun his web next to a patch of wildflowers. He knew that wildflowers were sure to bring him his favorite food— bees. Bees were very easily tricked.

    Before long a bee flew by. “I’m having a party,” Spider called to the Bee. “Please come!”
    “A party?” Said Bee. “Will there be any games? Bees love a good game.”

    Spider hadn’t thought of that. He scuttled away to find some games, while Bee gorged himself on nectar.

    “Come to my party,” said Spider when he returned. “I’ve got lots of games.”
    “A party?” Said Bee. “What kind of party favors will you have? Bees love party favors.”

    Spider hadn’t thought of that. He scuttled away, while Bee rolled in wildflower pollen.

    “Come to my party!” Spider said, panting. “I’ve got lots of games, and party favors.”
    “Will there be any music?” Bee asked. “Bees love to dance.”

    Spider hadn’t thought of that. He scuttled away while Bee sipped on a dewdrop.

    “Come to my party,” spider cried, dragging a cricket orchestra behind him. “I’ve got lots of games, and party favors, and a whole bug band.”

    “Wow, what a party!” Bee said. “But do you have any decorations? Balloons? Streamers? Confetti?”

    Spider’s stomach rumbled. He hadn’t thought of any of that. He crawled away while Bee took a nap in the sunshine.

    Spider set up the decorations and the balloons. Then, he called out, “PLEASE come to my party! I’ve got lots of games… and party favors… and a whole bug band… and decorations… and—”

    SNAP!!

    The balloons Spider had tied to the edges of his web pulled it up, up, and out of the wildflower patch, taking the games and the party favors and the whole bug band and the decorations and SPIDER with it.

    Bee shook his head, watching the balloons float away. “Too bad. It sounded like a great party.”

  30. marty says:

    Wow, this was a challenge and a half! I’m impressed with everyone’s entries. Mine took me forever. I love this structure and am in awe of anyone who does it well. It’s not easy 🙂

    There was a brown cow who lived in a tree
    by Marty Bellis

    There was a brown cow, who lived in a tree.
    She moved there to have a view of the sea.
    How she got up there’s a mystery to me.

    Determined to ask her,
    I started to climb
    but bumped into pig
    who’d come to fetch sheep
    who’d been sent to meet goat
    who was there to find horse
    who’d been asked by the farmer
    to bring home the cow
    who lived in the tree with a view of the sea.

    I bypassed them all,
    till I reached the tiptop
    where I came to a stop.
    Where was cow?

    An owl flying past
    told me cow had departed
    Just packed up and left
    for someplace less crowded
    So now I’m back
    to the point where I started.

    Except for the fact that
    it’s me in the tree.
    And I like being high with a view of the sea.
    And off in the distance, I believe I see cow,
    boarding a boat.
    What’s she up to now?!

    • Barbara Farr Renner says:

      Very cute, Marty. I can just see all the animals in the tree – and then the cow left – out to sea.
      Susanna’s writing challenges are fun. It’s nice to see you participating.
      Barb

  31. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR SOPHIA

    There Was A Strange Cowboy Who Wished For A Friend
    By Sophia Zafra
    103 words
    Strange, cowboy, wished for, friend

    There once was a cowboy
    Who wished for a friend
    He was dearly so nice
    And was always ready
    To lend you a hand

    He wished for a friend
    Cause he was ever so lonely
    Except his pet pony
    Was always there for him

    He was ever so lonely
    Cause he tripped on baloney
    In front of a crowd
    That was so very loud

    That baloney was there
    Cause someone in the crowd
    Threw their baloney
    Square on the ground

    They threw the baloney
    Right on the grass
    Cause I guess they didn’t like
    The cowboy named Mike
    Who wished for a friend

  32. Marta Cutler says:

    Wow – this one was challenging. And fun! It’s been a long time since I tackled prose. Here goes!

    There Was a Shy Lion Who Wished for a Friend
    (147 words – I tried!)

    There was a shy lion who wished for a friend
    He asked Hyena who hid in his den
    Who texted Gazelle who hid in her glen
    Who called Zebra who hid round the bend
    Who emailed Warthog who kept up the trend
    To share lion’s wish again and again.

    Poor Lion, he searched every inch of the ground
    Not one single friend was there to be found
    He hung his great head; a tear rolled down
    The animals felt awful and gathered around.
    “Dear Lion, forgive us – we made you frown!
    Please don’t eat us and friends we are bound!”

    Shy Lion’s small heart lifted and grew
    His wish for a friend had finally come true
    He roared in delight, feeling no longer blue
    Away through the plains the new friends flew
    Hyena, Gazelle, and Zebra, too
    But one less Warthog…who ended up in his stew.

  33. Ashley Sierra (@AshleySierra06) says:

    THERE WAS A BRAVE WOMAN WHO WHO WROTE DOWN A NOTE
    by Ashley Sierra
    96 words
    brave, woman, wrote, note

    There was a brave woman who wrote down a note. She sighed and smiled, then put it in her coat. 

    There was a brave woman who walked very far. She walked very far ’cause she didn’t have a car.

    She walked very far to deliver that note that was taking up space inside her coat.

    There was a brave woman who arrived at a place, where joy and hope spread throughout her face. 

    She arrived at a place that was very far, to deliver that note, which was inside her coat . . .

    to cast her first vote.

  34. byallisonstrick says:

    The Hungriest Python turned into a Boat
    By Allison Strick
    WC: 261
    Python, turned into, boat

    The hungriest python turned into a boat
    To capture some lunch down his long winding throat.
    I hope he’ll float!

    He called to a bee, “Come sailing with me!
    There’s a valley of flowers across the wide sea.”
    He swallowed the bee down his long winding throat.
    I hope he’ll float!

    He called to a lizard, “Have a breakfast of bees!
    Please, come have a feast as we cross the wide sea.”
    The lizard slipped down Python’s long winding throat.
    I hope he’ll float!

    Python called, “Kitten! Come sail and be free!
    Dine on some lizard and bob on the sea.”
    He opened the jaws of his long winding throat.
    I hope he’ll float!

    An eager coyote requested, “Bring me!
    I’ve long dreamed of crossing this turbulent sea.”
    He hunted the cat down the long winding throat.
    I hope they’ll float!

    “The cleverest trick!” Python giggled with glee.
    “My tummy is full. Now I’ll sail the high sea!
    Perhaps one more snack down my long winding throat.
    I’ll surely float!”

    He called to a granny, “Hello! Have some tea!
    And tell me your tale as we cross the wide sea.”
    Gran clambered into that scaly-wag boat.
    “I hope you float!”

    But Gran was a pirate, not gentle or frail.
    She picked Python up by the tip of his tail
    And freed all the captives with one mighty flick–
    The cleverest trick!

    She gathered them up, used her shawl as a kite
    They floated away through the breezy-black night
    and landed with grace on the far distant bank.
    And Python…
    sank.

  35. Joyce Uglow says:

    There Was an Author Who Got Stymied By the Prompt by Joyce Uglow

    There was an author who got stymied by the prompt.
    That prompt clompt, chompt, drompt, and reslompt.
    That writer’s block made her stuck, stuck, stuck.
    Perhaps we’ll see what ran amuck.

    There was an author whose fog clogged her brain.
    But research wriggled and jiggled and jump-started her train.
    She swallowed the tidbits to bring her good luck.
    Perhaps we’ll see what got her unstuck.

    That research wriggled and jiggled and started to rain.
    She swallowed the factoids to lessen the strain.
    She swallowed the tidbits to bring her good luck.
    Perhaps we’ll see what got her unstuck.

    That research took her to parts unknown.
    Research showed truths she knew she should NOT postpone.
    She swallowed the factoids to lessen the strain.
    She swallowed the tidbits to bring her good luck.
    Perhaps we’ll see what got her unstuck.

    That research unveiled the Isla Escudo de Veraguas, Panama.
    She took in the research and an important “ah ha”.
    She swallowed the factoids to lessen the strain.
    She swallowed the tidbits to bring her good luck.
    Perhaps we’ll see what got her unstuck.

    That research revealed a sloth – that may soon cease to be.
    An endangered pygmy sloth still hangs from the red mangrove tree.
    There she hangs upside-down – and sleeps even more than me.
    It’s on the list of the world’s most threatened species, you see.
    Even with its strong grip on the branches of the red mangrove tree,
    It is threatened by loss of habitat. We must serve as trustee.

    This research wriggled and jiggled and cleared her foggy brain.
    She swallowed the research that made the truth plain.
    Less than 79 magnificent pygmy sloths remain.

  36. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR DIANNE

    There was a small kitten who followed a bee
    By Dianne Irving
    132 words
    small, kitten, followed, bee

    There was a small kitten who followed a bee through the woods and up a tree.

    The bee looked down at the kitten on the ground and looked happy as could be.

    A squirrel scampered past, running so fast and accidently dropped his nut by the tree.

    The squirrel looked around at the nut on the ground and was not as happy as could be.

    A birdie flew by, followed by the bee, and could see from the sky the squirrel, the nut, and the kitten on the ground and looked as smug as could be.

    A bunny hopped along to see what was going on and the bunny, the birdie, the bee, and the squirrel all played around with the kitten on the ground and were as happy as could be.

  37. Marla Yablon says:

    Susanna, thanks for the writing push. This is so much fun! Here’s my slightly snarky entry.

    Are You New? (109 words – young, puppy, chewed, shoe)

    There was a young puppy who chewed on a shoe.
    Why? It’s what they do. They chew. Are you new?

    There was a young puppy who wanted to play.
    She wanted to play with the shoe all day.
    Why? Were you not listening? They chew! Are you new?

    There was a young puppy who wanted to by the slide.
    She wanted to play all day with the shoe, outside.
    Why? You really don’t listen! They chew! Are you new?

    There was a young puppy who wanted to play all day,
    outside by the slide, with the shoe to chew.
    Why? I give up! Just put your shoes away!

  38. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    POSTED FOR LAUREN

    There Was A Shy Lion Who Wished For A Friend
    Lauren Scott

    There was a shy lion who wished for a friend

    There was a shy lion who wished for a friend
    (We hope this friend will live till the end!)

    He wanted a friend to help practice his roar
    so he could be heard from behind the den’s door.

    He hoped to be heard so his Dad would then say
    “Son, all of this will be yours one bold and new day.”

    He wanted that day when he would be King
    so memories of his shy days were no longer a thing.

  39. Linda Schueler says:

    There was a Strange Kitten who Lassoed the Moon
    by Linda Schueler
    100 words
    strange, kitten, who lassoed, the moon/star

    There was a strange kitten who lassoed the moon.
    She lassoed the moon to light up her room.
    She lit up her room to find the witch’s broom.
    She found the witch’s broom to go for a flight in the night.
    She went for a flight in the night looking for fun.
    But when she was on her night flight she bumped into a tree.
    She bumped into the tree, because it was too dark to see.
    It was too dark to see, because she had lassoed the moon.
    So that strange kitten lassoed the moon back into the sky.

  40. Elizabeth Meyer Zu Heringdorf says:

    Elizabeth Meyer zu Heringdorf
    There was a smart baby who followed a star.
    Smart, baby, star
    WC: 132

    There was a smart baby who followed a star,
    She wanted to see her own world from afar.
    She packed up her trunk with the things she would need
    Should she ever be thirsty or cranky indeed.
    She put in a bottle with plenty of tea,
    Which sloshed and rattled like a miniature sea.
    So she put in a teddy to muffle the sound,
    Which whimpered and cried like a dog in the pound.
    So she put in a stuffed goat to comfort the teddy
    (She wondered if ever she’d finally be ready)
    By the time she was ready to go on her quest,
    The moon had just set in the lightening west!
    By the time the sun had come up on it’s creep
    The baby was sleeping and dreaming of sheep.

  41. Marta Cutler says:

    Well, I had so much fun with this one, I did another! I’m not sure it’s exactly “cumulative” but it does build into silly, at least I hope!

    There Was an Old Grandma Who Followed a Ghost
    By Marta Cutler

    There was an old Grandma who followed a ghost
    Who haunted her grandkids, small Stuart the most
    She waited one midnight, flashlight in hand
    To catch the pale trickster and set her demands

    Like clockwork, the ghost loomed out of thin air
    With vapour and mischief, he turned up the stair
    “Got you!” yelled Grandma who pinned him with light
    And that was the start of a most ghoulish fight

    Ghost feinted left with a terrible yowl
    Grandma jabbed right with her own fearsome growl
    They rumbled and tumbled; Grandma never backed down
    ‘Till she had that old phantom pinned to the ground

    “Stay away from my grandkids!” brave Grandma declared
    “Your haunting is finished. Enough of your scare!”
    She gave that vile ghost an ignominious boot
    And that was the last they saw of the brute

    How do I know what happened that terrible night?
    Because I am the ghost who conceded that fight
    A warning to wraiths with children in mind
    If they’re staying with Grandma, leave well behind

  42. Jeannette Suhr says:

    There Was a Brave Grandma Who Lassoed a Witch
    Brave – Grandma – lassoed – witch
    Jeannette Suhr w/c 146

    There was a brave Grandma who lassoed a witch.
    She lassoed a witch to hitch a ride.
    The witch twitched.
    The broom itched.
    The Grandma held on tight.

    She hitched a ride to the witch’s dungeon.
    A cauldron of potions and a library of spells.
    The witch cursed.
    The cauldron boiled.
    The Grandma studied the spells.

    She studied the spells to conjure up grands.
    Not one, not four, but ten boys and girls.
    The witch protested.
    The spell book resisted.
    The brave Grandma recited the spell.

    The grands appeared from around the world.
    They hooted and hollered and caused quite a stir.
    The witch lost control and fled the scene.
    The spell book collapsed on the floor.
    The brave Grandma stretched out her arms.

    There was a brave Grandma who lassoed a witch.
    A twitch. An itch. A curse. A spell. Grandchildren. Grandma.
    All is well.

  43. Grinny Butler says:

    Yes, this was the hardest I have done. Also I am not used to rhyming.
    (Brave, Zookeeper, Taunted, Bear)

    There was a Brave Zookeeper that Taunted a Bear.
    by Sarah Hawklyn(Grinny Butler)

    There was a brave zookeeper who taunted a bear.
    Why taunt a bear on a chair? Do you care?
    There was a brave zookeeper who taunted a fox.
    In a box he did taunt this poor fox dressed in socks.
    The bear on the chair and the fox dressed in sox did talk with a seal.
    They talked about taunting and bullies for real.
    One should care that to taunt is not brave, so behave!
    The talk with the seal did seal the deal.
    Next time the fool, who thought it was cool
    Would find that to bully a snake was a mistake!

  44. Jana Mattern says:

    There Was a Wlid Zookeeper Who Ran from a Bear
    by: Jana Mattern

    There was a wild zookeeper who ran from a bear.
    He mistakenly hid in the lion’s lair.
    Then from both animals he tried to escape,
    but ended up next to a big, scary ape.
    He yelled as he ran from the three “See ya later!”
    But suddenly joining the chase was a gator.
    He ran from the gator, ape, and 2 more,
    rounded a corner, and then saw the boar,
    who joined with the others, hot on his tail.
    The man was exhausted, his face was all pale.
    “I give up! Just eat me! I’m tired of tryin’!”
    He said to the boar, ape, bear, gator, and lion.
    “We’re not gonna eat you!” promised the bear,
    “Here is your hat back—you dropped it back there!”

  45. Bevin Rolfs Spencer says:

    There Was a Smart T-Rex, Who Played Tricks on a Witch
    Bevin Rolfs Spencer

    There was a smart T-Rex, who played tricks on a witch.

    He tamed her spiders to be polite and serve tea.
    He took her fine brooms and set them all free.

    He painted her cat to look like a cow.
    She then plum forgot, how to meow.

    Oh, T-Rex is clever, a smart cookie is he.
    But playing tricks on a witch, comes with a fee.

    T-Rex would not stop, to think on his games.
    He kept right on going and fanning the flames.

    He stole witch’s brew and left bottles of cider.
    That itched and bubbled and tickled inside her.

    He swiped her black hat and filled it with glue;
    that clung to her hair like stinky shampoo.

    Then Witch hid outside her spooky, old house.
    She watched and she waited for the trickster to pounce.

    T-Rex crept through the woods, a trick up his sleeve.
    This time with friends, a whole pack of thieves.

    The witch saw them coming and conjured a spell.
    T-Rex and his friends became very unwell.

    They sneezed and they coughed and blew their noses—
    That dripped and ran like water from hoses.

    The witch cackled and laughed, “I’ve got you,” she said.
    “No more silly tricks, you’re all going to bed!”

    T-Rex learned a lesson, that he often retells.
    “To play tricks on a witch, first get her book of spells!”

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