The Peasant Wins the Princess
A Fairy Tale
by Sammy Edwards
Once upon a time there was a peasant boy. He was in love with a princess. She had a lazy lady-in-waiting. The princess said, "Lady-in-waiting, I'm waiting!"
Then there was a prince, and he was a knight. His name was Jack.
The peasant went to a wizard, because he wanted to be made irresistible. So the wizard turned him into a cheeseburger. The wizard said, "Everybody loves cheeseburgers." But the peasant said, "But they don't marry them!"
The peasant and the prince entered a joust. The peasant lost in the joust, because his armor fell off. But the prince was really afraid of dragons, and so the peasant defeated the dragon and won the princess.
This is a story that my son narrated to me recently. I wrote it all down as he said it. The words are all his. The spelling and punctuation are mine. Then I typed up each part onto the bottom of a piece of paper, printed out all the pages, and gave it to him to add pictures.
Creation requires material. Although he put all the pieces together, he used material from his environment. This story is the result of books we have read, movies and TV we have seen, and experiences playing with friends. It's just fine that he's repeating parts of stories he has heard elsewhere. Simply piecing his own version together is an important step in writing. Even Shakespeare took his basic plot lines from well-known stories.
To help your children become writers:
- Create a rich environment for them. Read good books to them.
- Write your own stories, especially about them or even about your own experiences as a child, and share them with your children.
- Listen to their stories
- Write them down
- Encourage them
- Don't criticize (all unsolicited advice is criticism).