Imaginative Minds: Writing By Children

These stories and poems are written by children of all ages. Hearing stories from the perspective of children refreshes one's soul with their innocence, their creativity and their wonderfully fresh ideas.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

The Bear That Got Stuck In The Woods

by Gabriella, 7 years old

Once upon a time, Santa was flying to Alice’s house. Alice always put “teddy bear” on her Christmas list, but she never got one. This time, Santa remembered the teddy bear. Santa’s sack was too heavy to carry, so he tipped the toys onto the roof.

Suddenly the teddy bear tumbled off the roof. The bear fell into the forest and she got stuck in a tree. She looked down. She was too far to jump down. It was a good thing the branches made steps. She climbed down and ran all the way to Alice’s house. She wrapped herself up and crept under the tree.

On Christmas morning, Alice opened her present and then she saw the teddy bear!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

The Magic Tree

The Magic Tree
by Gabriella, age 7

Once in the night, I snuck outside. I went next door to the back garden. I went to the tree that was in the garden. It had doors. I crept inside the very top door. In that door was a panda bear who could speak English.

I said, “Hello,” to him.

He said, “Hello,” back.

The panda bear told me that he had always been very lonely, so he was happy that I came. I knew it was too late for me to be out and I needed to get home, so, after politely chatting with him for a short time, I told the panda bear, “Goodbye.”

I went to the bottom of the tree. I opened the door that was at the very bottom. I saw a different world. There was a sign above the door that said, “Welcome to Fairytale Land.” I said out loud, “Fairytale Land! Wow!” I couldn’t resist entering Fairytale Land, just for a bit before I went back home.

In Fairytale Land, I saw Sleeping Beauty, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and Jill.

I heard my mom calling for me, but I couldn’t see the door I had come through, so I asked Jack and Jill the way out of Fairytale Land. But they didn’t know the way out.

So I went to the Three Little Pigs’ house and asked them how to get out of Fairytale Land. They said that they only knew how to go through Fairytale Land, not how to leave.

I then went to Sleeping Beauty and asked her the way out of Fairytale Land. She said, “I don’t know, but Prince Phillip does,” and she took me to Prince Phillip.

Prince Phillip knew the way back to the door in the tree that led out of Fairytale Land, and he showed me the way.

When I got out, I ran back into my house. I went to bed, and I wondered when I would go to Fairytale Land or visit a different door in the magic tree again.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A Good Summer With Teddy

A Good Summer With Teddy
by Gabriella, age 7

One day, I was going to the beach for the whole summer. I had to pack loads of clothes and things. I didn’t forget to bring my teddy bear. His name was Teddy, and he was very special to me. When it was time to go, we took a truck to the beach, because we had lots of boxes of our things to bring with us for the summer.

It took four hours to get there. During those four hours, I did some drawing and I played with Teddy and some of my other toys. I also read a book that took me a whole hour to read.

When I got to the beach, we parked the truck and then had to walk a small distance to the hotel. The hotel manager said we had to go to room 616 on the top floor. We opened the door, and we unpacked our things. It took us a whole afternoon to unpack out things.

After we unpacked our things, I picked up Teddy and he was alive! I was very surprised to see him moving on his own! He spoke to me and we had a long chat. He explained that sometimes on very special days during the summer toys can come alive.

We went to the beach again, and we started to build sand castles. When it was 7:00pm, we went back to the hotel because it was bed time. It was a wonderful day playing with Teddy on the beach, and I hoped that he would be able to come alive again someday.

Fairy Wings

Fairy Wings
by Isabella, age 4

There was a little fairy named Lea who wanted to fly like the other fairies, but couldn’t because she had no wings. Another fairy who did have wings lifted her up and flew her around.
She loved being flown through the air, but she wanted to be able to fly without help.

She asked other fairy how she got her wings. The other fairy said, “I have several pairs. I’m the Wing Fairy, and I am the one who gives other fairies their wings.”

The Wing Fairy found a pair of wings for Lea and put them on her. And then little fairy Lea could fly! She flapped her wings and flew high in the sky. She was happy.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

The Mermaid & The Boy

The Mermaid & The Boy
by Isabella, age 4

There was a pretty mermaid named Jackie and she saw a boy sleeping on the beach. The ocean’s waves were getting closer to him. The ocean wanted to sweep him away, but she didn’t want him to drown. She couldn’t go on the beach so she sang a song to wake him up.

She sang the “Happy Birthday” song but with different words. She sang,
“You are asleep,
And the ocean
Is coming.
You are asleep,
But you need to
Wake up soon.”

He woke up and saw the waves getting close to him. He stood up, but slipped as the water reached his feet and fell into the water. The ocean’s waves quickly tried to pull him out to sea.

As he swam back to shore, he saw the pretty mermaid Jackie and he knew it had been her song that woke him up and saved him from being swept out to sea while he slept. He never forgot her.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Harvest Day

My daughter Gabriella wrote this poem for her school's Harvest Day performance. She read it outloud to the audience today.

Harvest Day
by Gabriella, 7 years old

Harvest time to share
Harvest food for you and me.
Animals munching food,
It’s harvest time.
Harvest food for you and me.
Farmers collecting veg,
Apples, green or red,
Harvest food for you and me.
Oranges, juicy and sweet,
Apples, falling from the trees,
Harvest food for you and me.
Watermelons, big and heavy,
Bananas, yellow and delicious,
Harvest food for you and me.
I love Harvest.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Princess Kolluna

by Isabella, age 3

There was a princess who lived in a nice castle. Her name was Kolluna. She liked playing with balloons. One day while at the beach, she blew up some balloons to play with, and a big monster showed up. He was a bad monster. He had yellow scales, two tiny eyes and tiny little baby teeth. He had noticed her because of her bright balloons. He wanted to eat Princess Kolluna. The princess ran into the ocean and some mermaids came and rescued her. She was so happy that the mermaids helped her that she gave them each one of her balloons as a thank you.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

The Butterfly Learns About The Kindness Of Others

by Gabriella, age 6

Once upon a time, there was a little butterfly. The butterfly was orange and blue. The butterfly had a big surprise one day. A little boy came along and thought she was just a leaf, and he stood on one of her wings. The butterfly tried to get home but she couldn’t. Her wing hurt and she couldn’t fly. A worm had built a cave home in the ground and he let her stay there. He made her a blanket out of soil to keep her warm. She was there, nursing her wounded wing, for eight days. Then a caterpillar came by. The caterpillar was really clever. He put the butterfly on his back and took her home. The next day, there was a very big surprise; her wing was better! She was so happy that she flew all the way to space and back again.

The Mermaid & The Sea Monster

by Isabella, 3 years old

Once upon a time, there was a pretty mermaid named Playna. She lived with all of the other mermaids in the sea. One day, she was exploring when she heard a baby mermaid crying. She found little baby mermaid Cameron in a cave, but when she got there, she was captured by the same sea monster who had captured the baby mermaid. She knew they needed to sneak away from the sea monster before he decided to eat them, so she found some seaweed for the baby to suck on to keep him quiet, and then she waited for the sea monster to fall asleep. As soon as the sea monster fell asleep, she picked up the baby and swam away really fast until they were safe.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

The Tangle Fairies

This is a little story that Isabella made up to explain the tangles in her hair today. She even found a tiny scrap that she rolled into a ball and told me that it was the "Tangle Fairy." She soon had a whole collection of them in her purse. I love the imagination involved in this idea, so I asked her to tell me about the "Tangle Fairy" as if she was telling me a story. This is the result.

The Tangle Fairies
by Isabella, 3 years old

A little girl named Bella had long blonde hair, and her mommy brushed her hair every night before bed. Bella still woke up every morning with lots of tangles in her hair. It hurt to have the tangles brushed out. Bella decided to find out why her hair would get so tangled every night.

She went to bed that night but only pretended to be sleeping. Soon, she felt something tugging on her hair, so she grabbed her hand to that part of her hair. She felt something in her hand and then heard something say, “Ouch!” She looked at what she had grabbed. A tiny fairy sat in her hand. The little fairy had blue wings, was sparkly and had messy hair.

“Why are you tangling up my hair every night?” she asked the tiny fairy.

The fairy said, “Because I’m a Tangle Fairy!”

Bella could see that the Tangle Fairy was a very naughty fairy. Bella put the Tangle Fairy in her purse so that it couldn’t tangle her hair anymore. But the next morning, her hair was tangled again. Again, she set a trap. Again, she caught a Tangle Fairy. Soon, she had lots of Tangle Fairies in her purse.

She felt bad for the Tangle Fairies being trapped in her purse, so she let them all go and her mommy kept having to brush the tangles out of her hair every morning.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009


Gabriella, 6 years old, decided to write a poem/song today about Summer.


I see sun
in the sky.
It sings
Summer's here.
It's coming
Back for you.

Summer, Summer,
Summer, s-Summer.

You might have a holiday,
Out in the sun,
But you know you know
That it's Summer.

Summer, Summer,
Summer, s-Summer.

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Story Magic

Another story that Isabella told me was a dream she had last night.

Story Magic
by Isabella, 3 yrs. old

There was an evil magician who was short and fat. He got his magic from his magic wand. He liked doing evil things. Because unicorns were full of good magic, he found a unicorn and used his wand to send it into the pages of a story. I tried to stop him by telling him he was a naughty man, so he sent me into the story too. From inside the book, I tricked him. First, I asked him what his evil plan was. When he tried to tell me, I pretended that I couldn’t hear him. He zapped himself into the book to explain his plan to me. I grabbed his magic wand and used it to send the unicorn back into the real world and then I sent myself out of the book too. The evil magician was trapped in the book forever.

Friday, 10 April 2009

The Fire Girl

The Fire Girl
by Isabella, 3 years old

There once was a girl made of fire. Her name was Isabella and she had orange hair. She took care of dragons.

She saved a baby from the dragons when the dragons tried to blow fire on him. The baby started to cry, so she danced and sang for him and he stopped crying.

When the dragons flew away, she would be sad until they returned, but she played with the baby she had saved and it made her happy again.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

A Ladybug Named Docky

by Isabella (age 3)

Once there was a little tiny ladybug. Her name was Docky and she twirled around. A fairy turned her into a frog, and she hopped around saying, “Ribbit.” She didn’t like being a frog. After a while, she turned back into herself again. She was so happy to be herself again that she started dancing on her toes, twirling and kicking her legs.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

The Giant Teddy Bear

Isabella, my three year old, told me a story today based on a dream she had last night.

The Giant Teddy Bear

There once was a giant teddy bear. It hugged me. It hugged me so tight that I couldn't breath. I needed to get away, so I turned myself into a monster. When the giant teddy bear didn't run away, I stomped my feet fast and loud on the ground. I scared the giant teddy bear away.

A little boy who had been scared of the giant teddy bear came over and thanked me. I turned back into a girl again, and the little boy kissed me on my cheek.

We both grew wings and flew away.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Marbles & Flowers

Gabriella wrote this when she was three years old (almost four). It is one of my favorite stories from her that she wrote at that age. (She dictated the story to her daddy and he typed it up.)

Marbles & Flowers
by Gabriella

There once was a really beautiful fairy named Gabriella. She was playing marbles in the sky with God. Rumbles of thunder could be heard as marble crashed against marble. Later, she found a flower that belonged to her friend and had been left by her friend for Gabriella to find. Gabriella wanted to show God her flower. When she got to his house, she had a nice cold drink as it was a hot day.

October 2nd, 2006


You can purchase a book by Gabriella with this story and others, along with many drawings, all done while she was the tender age of three, here in my on-line book store. Moonduster's Books. Her book is titled Dreams Of Three.