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A Short Story For Children | Lucy and Licorice Go to Grandmother's House

Updated on September 18, 2012
Lucy loved the smell of the forest.
Lucy loved the smell of the forest. | Source

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Lucy, who loved to visit her grandmother who lived in a little house by a small stream.
Lucy loved the little stream because she could take her shoes off and wade in the water, and try to catch the tiny minnows that swam so fast through the water.

But Lucy had to walk through a big forest to get to her grandmother’s house, so she put on her skechers and put a big red apple in a sack for a little treat.
Then she remembered that she would pass by the crows that sat in the trees, so she decided to take some bread crumbs to sprinkle on the ground.

She also remembered that she had to walk UP a big hill with lots of smooth, round rocks, so she put her backpack on so she could bring some of the beautiful rocks to her grandmother.
Finally she was ready to go.
She called her dog, Licorice, to walk with her and they started walking through the forest.

Lucy loved the smell of the forest, and all of the beautiful trees which seemed to reach all the way up to the sky.
They walked UP and down, UP and down, over the hilly path until she stopped and listened.
Licorice started sniffing the ground and the air, running around in circles, and then they both looked up in the trees.

"CAW, CAW. Lucy smiled and said, HELLO crows! We are so happy to see you today.
We are walking to Grandmother’s house, and I remembered we would see you, so I brought you some bread crumbs.”

Lucy held out her hand and started sprinkling the crumbs on the ground, and the seven crows flew straight down to the ground.

“Oh, you’re welcome, crows. Bye, we love you!”

Lucy and Licorice continued walking along the path, and bent down to smell the beautiful yellow flowers growing along the path.
“Aren’t they lovely? Look, they’re round with a tiny black spot in the middle. I think I will pick some for Grandma.”
Licorice barked excitedly and then started running ahead of Lucy.
“Licorice, stop, wait for me!”
Bark, bark, bark!
Lucy stopped suddenly as she looked to see why Licorice was barking.
OH, my! Who are you?”

Interactive Stories For Pre-school Children

This is a sample of creative writing which can be used in preschool or early childhood classrooms. I wrote this to use as a chalkboard story to illustrate basic concepts of colors, numbers and opposites. It's helpful to use colored chalk and have a few props to show the children while reading. Chalkboard stories engage the children in a fun, interactive way while teaching basic concepts and imagination.

The teacher or storyteller can stop and ask questions during the story. At the end of the story, the children have a chance to create their own ending. Depending on the ages, children could also be asked to draw what happens next.

Imagination sparks the creative senses which people of all ages can enjoy.


Lucy could not believe her eyes. Before her stood a big, black, furry bear holding a golden pot of honey to his mouth.
The bear did not seem to hear them, or even see them.
His big head was tilted UP to the sky as he was trying to lick all of the honey out of the golden pot.
Lucy and Licorice walked very quietly around the bear, and started running as fast as they could go until they reached the very big hill with all of the smooth, round rocks.

Lucy was tired from running and decided to eat her red apple first, then they started walking UP the hill.
She bent down to pick up a rock, and then another one, and another one, and another one.
Now she had four beautiful rocks for her grandmother, and she placed them gently in her backpack.

Finally, they were at the top of the hill, and there was the little house next to the small stream, and Lucy and Licorice ran to meet Grandmother, who had just walked out the front door.

“Grandma, Grandma, I am so happy to see you!”

Now tell me, what happened next?

copyright. rebekahELLE

Grandmother's house.
Grandmother's house. | Source

Thank You For Reading! Please Feel Free To Add To The Story. What Happened Next?

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      Amelia Griggs 3 years ago

      What a sweet story, rebekahELLE! You are a wonderful children's story writer. :-)

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      rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks DIY, the children love visuals and it's very effective with the preschool age child. I now have access to a smartboard in my classroom, so I use it also to draw a lesson or story. I like to take a social situation in the classroom and make it into a 'character' lesson. They easily identify with classroom situations and it seems to help adding the visual rather than simply discussing a problem/solution. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment!

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      Julie 4 years ago

      This hub was written well, and definitely displays a unique and creative way that teachers can engage the children in their class. Thanks for the great hub!

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      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks Marcy, I love that you have visited this particular hub. It's a creative way in which teachers can engage their children and teach concepts at the same time. I also think one of the best ways to teach literacy is by telling stories.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! Much appreciated.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I like the way you wove so many elements for learning into this story. The writing is compelling and flows like a narrative story, but as you mentioned in your sidebar, the teacher can stop and create a discussion (What are minnows? What do crowd say?) and gear it to the age of the group. You also use all the senses here - which is a great tool for helping children see how writing draws the reader into the scene.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thank you teaches12345. Yes, teachers realize visual aids help keep children listening and excited about the learning process. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Good story and one children will find simple to follow with a creative ending. Your technique of using the blackboard is also creative and will keep children engaged. This is a great way to help children learn how to write by leading them through the storyline.

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      rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Thanks prasetio and lex123. There is something special about writing for children. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this short story.

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      lex123 5 years ago

      Beautiful story. I love children's stories.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was beautiful story. I really enjoy reading your work. Thanks for share with us. Well done and rated up!


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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      delavie, thanks for reading! HA, I love that. Go Grandma!

      K9keystrokes, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the read!

      Good luck with the contest! Enjoy~~

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      I found the sweet nature of Lucy's conversation and offering for the crows pure bliss! What a pure delight to read...

      Up and awesome!



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      delavie 6 years ago

      Grandma says: "Well where is it?"

      Lucy says "Where's what, Grandma?"

      "The honey jar!" says Grandma, "I sent the crows to tell you to get it back from that thief of a bear."

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      rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

      Mentalist, oh yes, I like that! Grandmas are wonderful for telling stories.

      Thanks tsmog! It's my pleasure and I appreciate the forward!

      Always a smile ~~ :)

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      Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Nice. Thank you for sharing and entering. Forwarding to teacher friends at some weird book place. Remember to smile and have fun, fun, fun, , , ,

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Grandma could tell Licorice a story of how the Crow and the bear are magic in some way...