Entry nickname: Sand Dollar
Title: Sand Dollar Shopper
Word count: 200
Genre: Picture Book (humorous, lyrical)
A young boy’s imagination soars as he and his mother collect Sand Dollars at the beach. “Sand Dollar, Sand Dollar, what will I buy?” With his “dollars,” he imagines buying a
surfboard-turtle, a singing teacher seal, or a treasure boat to hoist up sunken jewels. When the boy discovers he can trade his Sand Dollars for real dollars at the beachside store, he makes a surprising and heartwarming choice that brings the story full circle. Sand Dollar Shopper is a humorous and lyrical 200-word picture book that would appeal to children ages 2-6.
(Art: Beach, breezy. Mom presses hat to head)
The wind blows.
The waves push to the shore,
And pull out again.
Seashells sparkle on the sand.
I pick them up, one by one.
White shells, brown shells,
Scallops and snails.
My favorite is the Sand Dollar!
Sand Dollar, Sand Dollar, what will I buy?
Entry Nickname: Change the Alphabet, Please
Title: Ben Franklin's ABDs
Word Count: 590 words
Genre: Nonfiction PB
"I before E, except after C." "The C is soft when followed by the E, I or Y." These rules wouldn't be necessary if Ben Franklin had gotten his way. Even in Colonial times, learning to spell wasn't easy. Ben had a solution: he proposed getting rid of six letters—the C, J, Q, W, X & Y—and adding six new letters to the alphabet so spelling would make sense.
From the time Ben Franklin was a child, he devoured words. He borrowed books and bought them. He read words and wrote them. . . every chance he got. When he grew up, he printed them so more people could read words. But, as much as Ben Franklin loved words, he did NOT love the alphabet.