Alexandria LaFaye wants us to reminisce about our favourite candy…how can we refuse?


Author friend, Alexandria LaFaye, has set us a new writing challenge!

“Who is ready for some creativity calisthenics? Inspired by Kenvin Henkes genius book about the life of a marshmallow chick as a friend. Share a narrative poem or short story about a food who becomes a child’s friend. (100 words or less)”.

For more information visit her blog at http://alafaye.blogspot.ch/2017/03/feeling-creative-about-your-favorite.html 

I love these challenges and couldn’t resist putting together a little poem about growing up with my Grandad’s favourite sweets, as we call them in England. 

The humble jelly baby was first manufactured by Fryers of Lancashire who created them in 1864. They were supposed to be jelly bears, but the resulting sweets looked more like newborn infants and were subsequently given the ghoulish name, ‘Unclaimed Babies’. The invention was revived by Bassett’s of Sheffield, England who were responsible for mass producing jelly babies from 1918. These sweets are a British classic!

Happy reading everyone…



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Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge 2017


March 2nd is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better known to young readers as Dr Seuss, and once again Vivian Kirkfield (www.viviankirkfield.com) is hosting a 50 precious words challenge!

The challenge is to write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, using only 50 words…they can all be different words, or you can use some of them over and over…just as long as the total word count for the story is 50 or less. For more information pop over to Vivian’s website (https://viviankirkfield.com/2017/03/02/50preciouswords-writing-challenge-is-open/#comments)

This year I was inspired by a very noisy crow and his find…happy reading everyone!



(40 words)

Crow found a nut…
“My nut!” he cawed greedily.

Jay squawked loudly as crow flew over his tree.
Crow dropped the nut!

Jay caught the nut.
“My nut!” he squawked cheekily.

Squirrel bounced along the branch.
Jay dropped the nut!

Squirrel caught the nut.
“My nut!” he squeaked gleefully.

Woodpecker hammered!
Squirrel dropped the nut!

The nut
to the ground.

Pig walked under the tree.
“My nut!” he grunted and gobbled it up!


Thanks for stopping by. I’m off to read the other entries…good luck everyone!