The Valentine’s Day Story


Woo-Hoo! It’s time for another of Susanna Leonard Hill’s  Annual Writing Contests! This time it’s a Valentine’s Day theme, appropriate for children 12 and under, 214 words or less, and…..wait for it….





What the What?

I know, me too!

Here. Goes. Nothin.



(WC, 214)

BY: Angela Hawkins


My teacher said to write a Valentine’s Day story. Easy for her to say. If she had Alligator sitting next to her always asking for biscuits and jam she’d have trouble writing a story too. Only it’s not just Alligator. Chicken and Owl have been arguing all morning about what’s on the other side of the road, and Bear won’t stop dancing around my tube of glue. “I must get that part in the ballet!” she reminds me. Donkey thinks he’s a dragon and must fight the fiery eraser flames, and Octavia the Penguin is rearranging my color box, darkest to lightest. But it’s not until Flamingo sends Pig flying across the room on a ball of rolled up tissue that I start to think I might not ever get that Valentine’s Day story written! Pig slams into the blackboard causing dust bunnies to scatter about and my teacher lets out a scream in fear of a cosmic alien invasion. Always up for adventure, Lion throws on his cowboy hat and spurs and corrals the wild bunnies back to the ranch hollering “Yee-Haw!” as he rides. Thoroughly confused, my teacher cancels the Valentine’s Day story assignment and gives us extra recess instead. Perhaps next Valentine’s Day she’ll just ask for chocolates instead of stories!



Great! Me too.

Let’s go eat some chocolate….







23 Comments Add yours

  1. Christine says:

    So fun! And now I want chocolate (for breakfast)… Good luck with the contest!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading! And…chocolate always sounds great for breakfast, no?

  2. I’d take the week off if I were that teacher. Love the confusion and voice of this story! I think you’ve got an early chapter book in you, for sure! Good luck in the competition!

  3. Thanks for the comments Jilanne, so glad you like the voice! This prompt from Susanna kinda had me stumped so I tried to put myself in a young students mind and find things that might prevent them from being able to sit and get a story down on paper! I figured this would probably do it! 🙂

  4. Any story with chocolate is a winner. Good luck!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Gregory!

  5. Gabi Snyder says:

    I love the crazy antics of this class full of animals. Well done and good luck!

    1. Thank You Gabi! Glad you enjoyed the story!

  6. Smart teacher – extra recess in lieu of chaos. My favorite line: ‘Lion throws on his cowboy hat and spurs and corrals the wild bunnies back to the ranch hollering “Yee-Haw!”’ Laughing out loud at that image. Nice work!

    1. Glad to have coaxed a giggle or two! Thanks for reading Amanda!

  7. Wow! Confusion reigns in this story! Busy and fun. I wish you well with it.

  8. JEN Garrett says:

    I think that’s my head 24/7 when I’m trying to write, lol. Great story!

  9. So cute! And confusing! Perfect valentiny story. Your words create a wonderful scene. Well done.

  10. Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

    They are all wildly funny, but my favorite is Octavia the Penguin,rearranging my color box, darkest to lightest. ME!

    1. Doesn’t everyone rearrange their color box from darkest to lightest? Wink, wink! 🙂

  11. Oh my word…such hijinx going on in that classroom…you are SOOO creative…this was hilarious and, having been a teacher, I was just picturing all this activity going on…and yes, I loved the line about rearranging the color box, darkest to lightest. Great job!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading Vivian! Glad you liked the story!

  12. Such a fun story, Angie! It sounds to me like your little MC has such a vivid imagination that it’s hard to pick just ONE thing to write a story about! 🙂 Love all the characters and the wild things they do – so much personality! And I’m glad the kids ended up with extra recess 🙂 Thanks so much for joining in the Valentiny fun!

  13. Thanks so much Susanna! Extra recess is always the best isn’t it? 🙂

  14. I think a cosmic alien invasion would be LESS chaos. Poor teacher! She should know better—always ask for chocolate! Thanks!

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