|We are a second grade class at the Clinton Avenue Elementary School in Port Jefferson Station, L.I., N.Y. and have just completed a Beatrix Potter Week. The following original stories are an outgrowth of our reading. Special thanks to Susan Silverman, my colleague and mentor, for helping make it possible.|
WHY THE BUNNIES HAVE SHORT TAILS
Once upon a time there was a bunny that had a long tail. The
bunny used its tail to fly. It was bunny season. The bunny had a house in the tree. He
called it his Chunky Donkey House. There was a hunter. He saw the rabbit flying away over
the water. The hunter shot his gun. He hit the rabbit's tail and it fell off. He couldn't
fly anymore so he fell in the water. He drifted to shore. The hunter went to a tree that
fell into the water. He went on the tree and climbed to the end of it. The hunter fell in
the water. The rabbit was on shore and the hunter was in the water. The rabbit ran to his
house but he could not get inside because he couldn't fly up in the tree to get there. He
made a new one under the ground. That's why bunnies have short tails.
WHY BUNNIES HAVE SHORT TAILS
Once upon a time there was a bunny named Hopper. He always
wanted a short tail like all of the other bunnies. Every time the bunnies saw Hopper they
would make fun of him and say,"Long tail! long tail,! long tail!" Hopper ws mad
and sad. Hopper had an idea! He went to the phone and called his friends; Fox, Bear,
Raccoon and Tiger. Hopper said, "Meet me in the woods." When they got to the
woods, Hopper said, "Pull my tail hard!" They all pulled! They said, "We
can't pull anymore." Beaver heard all the racket. She had an idea! She ran and slowly
and carefully Beaver bit Hopper's tail off. Hopper said, "Ouch!" Hopper
said,"Thanks Bear, Fox, Beaver and Raccoon." Hopper had a short tail.
WHY BUNNIES LOVE CARROTS
Once upon a time bunnies loved to eat steak. They ate steak
three hundred years. One bunny said, "I am sick of steak." The king bunny
said,"You have to eat steak"". The bunny was a bad bunny. He ate a carrot
and said, "These are good". He took one to the king and said, "Try
one." The king tried one and said, "This is good". The king said, "We
will eat carrots forever." That is why bunnies eat carrots.
WHY BUNNIES LOVE VEGETABLES
Once upon a time a rabbit named Cuddle was in her den eating
junk food. Her Mom came and said, "This is your junk food soup."
"Yum! Yum!" She was tricked. It was vegetable soup. "This is good. What is
it?" asked Cuddle. "It is vegetable soup" That's why rabbits eat vegetable.
WHY BUNNIES HAVE SHORT TAILS
Once upon a time there was a bunny with a long tail. He was
walking to karate class. He walked in the door. He started. Tom Bunny kicked him in the
tail. It got pushed in. Now all bunnies have short tails.
WHY DO BUNNIES HAVE PINK NOSES
Once upon a time there was a bunny named Jewel. She had a
black nose. She would always ask her Mom, "Why do I have a black nose?" Her Mom
said, "Your nose is like that." Jewel said, "I wish I could have a pink
nose." She ran to the pond and there she saw pink paint. She opened it and
accidentally dipped her nose in. She had a pink nose! She ran hometo tell her Mom. Her Mom
said,"We have to clean it off in the bathtu;b tonight". Jewel said, "I
don't think it is going to come off." "Yes it will," said her Mom. It
was night time. Jewel went to the bathtub. Her Mom washed her nose but the paint didn't
come off because it dried. Her Mom said, "I am going to teach the bunnies to paint
their noses and I am going to paint mine too." That is how bunnies got pink noses.
WHY DO BUNNIES HAVE SHORT TAILS
Once upon a time there was a bunny. He had a very long tail.
He had done walking back to his house. His tail got caught in a log. It got shorter and
shorter. When he got home his Mom said,"What happened?" He said,
"Nothing". His Mom said, 'Look behind you." He looked. He started to cry.
He went to bed and fell asleep. His Mom made him some food. That's why bunnies got short
WHY BUNNIES HAVE BIG FRONT TEETH
Once upon a time there was a mother and a father who had
three little baby rabbits. The family started to wash their teeth and went to bed. The
next morning the father was brushing his teeth. He was finished. Then he said,"My
teeth are growing." He went to have breakfast. Mother rabbit said, "You have big
front teeth. You have no work today because it is Sunday." He took a nap. When he
woke up he checked his tootpaste. "This is why my teeth got big. It is the wrong
tooth paste," he said. That's why bunnies have big front teeth.
|New York State Standard 2:
Language for Literary Response and Expression