WillowWood Gift Shop sponsored a Holiday Writing Contest for all Delta area students grades 4 thru 8. Eleven students submitted stories. All participants received a certificate, notebook and flashlight. First and Second Place boys and girls all received certificates, notebooks, flashlights, and medals, however, First Place received an extra item….a large plush Eagle for the winning boy and a large plush Dachshund for the winning girl. Elaine from WillowWood Gift Shop would like to thank the students for some really good creative writing, and the judges for helping in determining the winners.
The Bear :
A Story of Friendship
Written by: Carmen Bryant
In the Alaskan wilderness, alone in the forests lives a bear named, Sam. Sam is a brown bear with large claws and big teeth. He seems mean but he’s not. He is lonely and has a big, loving heart. Sam has been alone since the great f ire killed his mother and father. Everyday Sam follows the same routine; he wakes, he hunts, drinks water f rom the river and goes home.
Before his mother was taken by the great f ire she told Sam Adventure is scary. Sam, only do so when you are absolutely ready and until then follow your habits, they will not lead you astray.” So when Sam opens his eyes he asks himself, ‘ Am I ready for adventure?’ and the answer is always the same: ”Not today, Sam” so he follows his very typical routine.
On one regular Saturday as Sam walked lazily down to the river a crazy looking, crossed eyed, out of breath turkey came running out of the bushes! Ruby was running f or her life and shouted ”There’s a fox looking for a turkey for his dinner and it ain’t this turkey!’ Sam was in shock. In his short lif e alone without his mom and dad, Sam had never seen such a creature. Ruby wasn’t at all pretty she was brown but had magnificent feathers coming out of her hind end.” I’m Sam’ he says, to Ruby. Ruby is still screaming like a crazy turkey and shouts ”No time for introductions, bear, I’m about to be eaten but I’m Ruby!” Right then a fox shoots out of the bushes, with his mouth wide open and watering for his meal. Sam sticks out his paw and trips the red fox before Ruby is gobbled up. Sam instantly wants to protect Ruby and begins to growl and swat at the fox. ” Hey now bear, we can both share this f at turkey for dinner and go to bed f ull” says the fox to Sam. ”I don’t eat friends’ growled Sam. The bear, the turkey and the fox argue, talk, laugh a bit, argue some more and decide on a truce – no turkeys will be eaten while Sam is around. Sam invites everyone back to his cave even though he has never had company before. They talk about the most important thing in their future:
WINTER! Sam explains that he has to build up as much fat as possible and has to basically eat everything he can so that he can hibernate throughout winter. The fox, Paul, talks about winter and how hard it was to find food but he loved to eat Ptarmagin and hares. Ruby also talks about how hard it is to find food and a place to stay in the winter. So they made an agreement that the new friends would help Sam fatten up for his winter ‘s sleep and in turn Ruby and Paul would be able to come and go as they wish in Sam’s cave during winter.
Morning came and the three friends set out to find food and get Sam nice and fat for winter. As they walked they heard laughs from different parts of the wilder ness. The other animals had never seen such an odd group of friends ; a bear, a turkey and a fox. Ruby found a large area of tundra with juicy blueberries, one of Sam’s favorite berries. As he ate as many as he could an old cranky bear with scars and missing claws walked up to the group. ”Young bear you should have eaten this turkey already and driven away this silly fox” said the old bear to Sam. Sam replies with a mouth f ull of berries ” Ruby is no easy meal, this turkey is a fast runner !” The three friends all laughed so hard remembering crazy Ruby running wildly away from Paul.
Days turned to weeks and Sam was having the best time of his life with these two friends. Sam was able to put on hundreds of pounds by the end of summer with these two showing him special places for berries, great fishing spots and even where he could find some small and tasty Alaskan animals to eat. When Sam finally felt comfortable to share his story with Ruby and Paul he told them about last summer how a fire was started in the woods by some campers. They left their campfire burning when they finished camping and the winds had carried lit embers into the dry grasses which set the forest on fire. Sam and his parents were sleeping in their cave w hen they smelled smoke. They tried to run and to escape but the f ire blocked them in. The only way to escape the blaze was to cross the river but it was very deep. Sam’s father found a log that he laid f rom bank to bank over the river but it wasn’t thick enough to hold the bigger bears, only Sam. So Sam crossed the river on the log and has been alone ever since. Ruby and Paul were so saddened for Sam. They knew they would all stay friends forever.
Alaska began to get colder and the light of day shorter and Sam grew very sleepy. Ruby, Sam and Paul began their long walk back to Sam’s cave for his winter ‘s hibernation and they swore to Sam that as he slept they would watch over him.
This story is just the beginning of a friendship of a bear, a turkey and a fox who came to find each other in the most unfortunate of events only to make the most amazing adventures together. Today, if you go out deep onto Alaska’s tundra you w ill find these three friends still playing and laughing together. The moral of this story is that we can all find friendship even in the most unlikely of friends. We are more alike than different and should always be kind and accepting of other people’s differences.
By: Patrick Attungana
One day, at feeding time, one of the zoo workers opened the cage door and Willy escaped by running out the back door. Willy was amazed at the frosty snow. “Burr, its cold” Willy said.
He was looking around and he saw a tall, long legged brown animal with shiny black hooves, wide horns and long puffy nose.
Willy asked, ”What are you, and where am I?”
“Well, first I’m a moose, and were in Anchorage Alaska,” the moose replied.
“Oh well let me introduce my self. I’m a lion, and my name is Willy. What’s yours?”
“My name is Al, and I’m a moose.”
”Ok” Willy replied.
Al showed Willy out of town. They headed to the mountains. A couple of years pass, and Willy and Al live in the woods on the outskirts of Anchorage. They became best friends.
a group of bad teenagers started throwing rocks at him. Then, Willy came to the rescue from out of the woods roaring his loudest, meanest and scariest tone. The teenagers ran away as fast as they could.
Willy supposed that the kids would probably tell someone, so Willy Said to Al, ”We should run out of town!”
to take a nap.” Al looked around and he saw a car with a red and blue flashing lights with a crying sirens on it.
UP! I think there coming for us,” Willy woke up. Then they ran away as fast as they could.
“Phew,” Willy said,” I hope they don’t find us.”
“Yes, I agree.” They both went to sleep.
Then Willy heard howling from a nearby pack of wolves.
Willy whispered, “Al wake up.” Al woke up.
“Uh oh, we need to start running fast but quietly,” Al said.
Al said, “We need to start jogging a little bit faster.”
“Ok,” Willy replied.
The wolves were less than one hundred yards. Then another wolf howled.
“WE NEED TO START RUNNING AS FAST AS WE CAN!” Al said.
“ Ok, you sure that you want me to go?” said Al. “ Yes, just hurry!”
pine cone on Al’s head, and said obnoxiously, “Hey your under my tree!”
“Oh sorry, I’ll go,” Al said.
“OK, Ok, I’ll go, geeze!” Al tried to look at Willy. Then he saw him he was right by the wolves. The wolves looks were scary. They had beady eyes and dirty white fur, and looks like they didn’t take a bath for forever. Willy saw the wolves and they were surrounding him. Al was scared for Willy, so he had to jump in and save him.Al thought about the squirrel and thought, maybe they can distract the wolves by encouraging the squirrel to tease them by going near them and running away and hope they chase them. So he went to the squirrel and asked for help and they replied, “Yes”.
So Willy was bleeding a lot of blood. The squirrels did their job of
distracting. All the wolves chased the squirrels. Willy was just laying there
all worn out and bleeding.
Willy said,” I’m hurt, but ok.”
“ Phew,” Al said. “ Ok you are going to lean on my back, but go on slowly.”
He went on his back slowly, his leg was limping so it made it hard to carry
Al saw a red sleigh with a fat guy with a long white beard and with a huge bag of toys saying HO, HO, HO, MERRY CHRISTMAS . Then he crash landed in the street, so Willy and Al ran to the crashed sleigh.“Hey, are you Dancer?” Santa said to Al.
“No I’m a moose not a reindeer.”
“Oh sorry, do you want to meet Dancer?” Santa suggested.
“ Yes,” replied Al.
Santa introduced Willy and Al to Dancer and all of the other reindeer. Santa gave Al a place on Santa’s sleigh. Al said, “yes”. Now we know him as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
Santa gave Willy the gift of being strong, and we now know him as the King of the Jungle. And they all lived happily ever after.