Monday, March 18, 2013

Susanna Hill's Spring Contest

I've entered a spring contest :)  Susanna Hill

I had to write a spring story and here's my entry.  Susanna has written a few books about Phyllis so I thought I'd have Phyllis and Rilla meet. :)


Rilla Meets Phyllis



“Mooommy!” Rilla stared out the window at the snowy scenery. “I want winter to stop! I want to plant flowers and follow bees to their homes and dance with the butterflies. Winter is BORING!”

“Soon dear,” Mama said, “One more day and the groundhog will tell us if there will be more winter.”

Rilla grinned. “I know! I’ll trap the groundhog!”

She put on her winter gear, then while a fluffy snow fell, Rilla headed to the groundhog hole and danced and shoveled a path around it. “Hey. These shovelfuls of snow are like blocks. I could make walls with these.”

Up went the walls.

“Now to cut some limbs from the trees to make sure the sun shines through and the groundhog will see his shadow.” As Rilla cut the limbs, they fell inside the walls. “Hmmm, they would make a good roof and I could have a fort!”

Up went the roof.

With the last limb in place, Rilla jumped when she heard a voice.

“Who is making all this racket?” A groundhog with her arms on her hips stared at Rilla.

“What have you done to my home?”

“I…ah…um..,” stammered Rilla. “I wanted to make sure you saw your shadow tomorrow. But aren’t you supposed to be a boy?”

The groundhog waddled around checking Rilla’s work. “Uncle Phil is retired. I’m Phyllis and it’s my job now. What’s your name and why go through all this trouble?”

“My name’s Rilla and…well…winter is boring. I want spring to hurry up.”

“This isn’t going to stop me, you know. I’d just use my back door.”

“Ugh.”

“Besides, this is a pretty good fort AND it sure sounded like you had fun making it.” Phyllis said.

“Welllllll.” Rilla looked around and smiled. “It was fun making the fort.”

“So you still think winters boring?” Phyllis asked.

“Haha! No,” Rilla said. “Winter isn’t boring after all.”

“Yay!” said Phyllis. “So, let’s have some more fun and decorate this new home of mine!”

“Okay,” Rilla said. “I like winter now, and one day, I know Spring will be here!” 

24 comments:

  1. Talking groundhogs make life FUN!

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    1. They do lol Rilla was so happy to meet Phyllis lol

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  2. How cute! I love that Phyllis and Rilla met in your creative story!

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  3. Very cute, Denise! I like that RIlla accidentally had fun in winter :) Phyllis likes that you put her in your story :) Now, if we can just get her to work her magic tomorrow and see if spring will really come, that would be awesome! Thanks for a fun entry!!!

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    1. We so need Phyllis! Snowstorm is hitting us tomorrow. BUT then winter will be so tired and leave old PEI alone :) we hope! lol

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  4. Another fresh slant which I'm sure any kid will love.
    You have a real gift, and it's the fort that counts ... (Sorry, couldn't resist it.)

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  5. What a cute meeting between Phyllis and Rilla! And I am glad Phyllis never actually got trapped in there. ;)

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    1. lol Me too! Thanks so much, Teresa :)

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  6. What a creative spring story, Denise! I love that Rilla meets Phyllis...and helps her to see that to everything there is a season...and she can find joy no matter what the weather. You are probably used to a more extended winter...I'm in Colorado now, and we've had some amazingly beautiful days of warmth...but, you just never know around here...a warm sunny spring day can turn into a blizzard pretty quickly.:)

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    1. Hi Vivian, It's been springish weather for 3 days now :) we're so loving it! I hear you have snow again which is great for your drought :)

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  7. Fun story Denise! hope Phyllis brings Spring tomorrow :)

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    1. It took a while, but it arrived 3 days ago lol Thanks Nata :)

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  8. It would be fun to befriend a groundhog :) Thanks for the creative story combo.

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  9. hahaha, love this! I was hoping someone would have Phyllis in their story. Rilla and Phyllis have become fast friends it seems. Good job, Denise.

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  10. Rilla sounds just like my daughter haha! Love that name by the way!

    Lovely job Denise :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer :) I've known she was going to be my daughter even before I had her :)

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  11. Lovely story Denise. Can just imagine the cute pictures to go with your story.

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachel. I can easily see the illustrations as I wrote lol funny how that happens :)

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  12. Yea! for talking groundhogs!
    Fun story.

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