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First-graders’ story ‘I Thro Up’ could be called a graphic novel

A couple of years ago, my older son — then in first grade — won a school writing contest. His story was called “Super Hamster.” He wrote and illustrated the adventures of Super Hamster and his nemesis Evil Cat.

Now in third grade, he also has to use his spelling words — like “waste” and “hairless” — in sentences. Last week: “Throwing away food is a waste.” and “My back is hairless.”

And the creativity continues.

Our younger son, age 7, is now in first grade. He, too, is beginning to write stories. He is learning to spell, but most of his stories include words spelled phonetically.

Recently he wrote about “Rodof and the Folkano” (Rudolf and the Volcano) and “Sopr Frog” (Super Frog).

He wrote a short tale about what it would be like if he were a snowflake: “If I were a snowflake, I woid be skard I woid fol and hert my self.”

His illustration was of a falling snowflake with a face and a quote bubble, “Aaa!!!”

Every week our son writes stories pulled from the caverns of his imagination and his most memorable moments.

As the students move through the creative process, they are being asked to write other kinds of stories, too; like personal narratives.

My son chose to write a personal narrative of an incident I’d like to forget.

It was titled: “I Thro Up.”

Let me translate: “I Throw-up.” And it included an illustration, just in case the title wasn’t clear.

Page 1: I went to bed.

Page 2: I felt lik I wos going to thro up.

Page 3: I went to the bathroom dor.

Page 4: I borft. (another lovely, detailed illustration here)

Page 5: I wosht my has.

Page 6: I went bak to bed. The end.

Yep, he wrote about being sick. Literally. Of all the childhood memories …

His teacher said, as long as there is a beginning, middle and end … she thinks it’s pretty spectacular.

Spectacular indeed, but not a story we want to relive anytime soon (or ever, really).

Is “I Thro Up” writing contest worthy? Maybe – for originality at least – but, I don’t expect Hollywood producers to battling for the movie rights.

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