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Spring Fling Writing Contest 2020

The Challenge

Find a gif and write a Spring-inspired children’s story, using a maximum of 150 words.

Snoopy & Woodstock gardening

My Entry: ‘THE JAMMIE DODGER TREE’ (149 words)

Archie Pickle firmly believed that a good day started with a pair of galoshes and a runcible spoon. Spring was springing and he had work to do before it was sprung.

“I’m planting a Jammie Dodger tree!” He dug a hole in the lawn and surrendered one of his favourite tea-dunkers. Watering it generously, he tapped the soil with his sole, marvelling at a job well done.

That night, the next-door neighbour twitched her curtains, grumbling to her long-suffering husband.

“That crackpot Pickle woman is digging up her front garden.”


“It’s two a.m.!”


“Any sane person would be in bed!”

Next morning, Archie shimmied on his galoshes and raced outside. A glorious, jamilicious treat-laden tree had sprung up.

Mrs Pickle gazed at the delicious wonder. “It’s magic,” she sighed.

Archie rolled his eyes, pointing at the spoon and the watering can. “It’s not magic, mum. It’s science.”

6 thoughts on “Spring Fling Writing Contest 2020

  1. Genevieve, thank you for sharing your story with us for the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest! We had neighbors that would do yard work in the middle of the night and we always thought they were odd, until I really thought about it and realized how much cooler it was at night, then I decided they were geniuses! LOL. It’s not magic, but science! Love that!

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    1. Thank you, Kaitlyn! 💙 And your neighbours WERE geniuses! 😆 It’s so true that all those wonderful oddities we see in the world around us might have equally wonderful stories behind them. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this one!


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