It’s that time of year for jolly, holly fun! After a recent revision on one of my manuscripts, I needed to take a break, try something new, and recharge. So why not enter a holiday writing contest? Perfect! This one is put on by the fabulous picture book writer Susanna Leonard Hill.
- It must be kid-friendly
- 250-words or less
- About a holiday hero or act of heroism
Thanks, Susanna for putting on another fun writing contest!
Inspired by my family’s recent trip to the Christmas tree farm, here is my submission. Happy reading and happy holidays to you!
Out in the country and high on the hill sprawled a Christmas tree farm. Hidden among the tall, perfectly shaped Evergreens, grew the short, and crooked trees that no one wanted.
“It’s not fair.” Little Spruce shook. “I’ll never find a good home. I’m too small.”
“But you have strong branches,” said a Fir tree.
“Perfect for hanging ornaments.” swayed another.
No one would ever want a tree like me. Little Spruce thought.
Just then, he heard a voice. “Over here, Grandpa!”
A young girl in a knitted hat popped out from behind Little Spruce. Not far behind an exhausted old man followed. “I think we’ve tested every tree,” Grandpa laughed. “How about we take this one?”
Molly waved the branch up and down. “No. Too wobbly.”
She tried another.
Suddenly, Little Spruce felt a tug.
“It’s perfect!” said Molly. “Grandma will love it!”
Little Spruce shook with excitement. Was he finally getting a home? He wondered.
After arriving at the hospital, Molly carefully hung each ornament on Little Spruce’s branches.
“I knew you were strong enough,” Molly whispered to Little Spruce.
Little Spruce didn’t care about being small anymore. Instead, he was mighty.
“Are you ready?” the nurse peeked in.
The nurse slowly pushed Grandma in her wheelchair.
Grandma’s eyes lit up. She waved for the nurse to push her closer. “So strong.” Grandma marveled at Little Spruce. “And beautiful.”
“Just like you,” said Molly.