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Spring Writing Fun
By Sandy Fleming

This would be a great Spring story, but the author ran out of ideas after the first few sentences! Finish this story, please! We're all interested in seeing what happens next. Once you are done, you can e-mail your ending to Please include the child's first name so we can acknowledge our young authors. The best endings we receive will be published in a future edition of Busy Gradeschoolers for everyone to enjoy. We'll be looking for good sentences, good spelling, and creative ideas. It's ok for a parent to type a dictated story ending for a young child. Please send your story by June 1, 2004.

The Colors of Spring

It was springtime in Riverside, and everyone was glad that the sun was shining and flowers were starting to grow. Gardeners were excitedly showing off their prized daffodils, tulips, and crocuses because the colors seemed especially vibrant that year. Somehow, the reds seemed to be redder, the blues more bluish, and the greens more vivid. The people of Riverside just chalked it up to the exceptionally warm and sunny weather they had enjoyed during the last few weeks and sat back to enjoy nature's display of color. No one ever suspected that this was only the beginning of a very unusual season for their little town.

Perhaps the first person to notice the other changes was Mrs. Watson as she hung her laundry to dry on one fine day in May. Mrs. Watson was known throughout the town for her sparkling laundry and was rightfully proud of the bright colors and brilliant whites she always hung on the line. No dingy, gray clothing for her family, she'd always say. However, as Mrs. Watson hung her laundry on this day, she was appalled to find that all of her brilliantly colored clothing had faded to a sickly gray. She immediately called her best friend and neighbor to lament her laundry troubles, never dreaming that everywhere around their little town, families were finding colors draining from every outfit they owned. And the color loss didn't stop there. Television pictures suddenly turned black and white, toys faded to a neutral color, painted walls began to fade, and even pictures in books and magazines lost their brilliant hues. All the while, the flowers in the gardens continued to brighten.

Frightened and worried townspeople began to gather in small knots as they noticed the monochromatic world around them. Groups began to converge on the local police station to report the missing colors. Authorities were stumped however, and could not begin to think of where the colors might have gone. And outside, the flowers became more and more brilliant.

Now, you finish the story!

Sandy Fleming is an educator, author and workshop facilitator. She resides in southern Michigan with her husband and three daughters. Sandy leads workshops for daycare providers and parents in the region, tutors students, volunteers for Girl Scouts and her church, and teaches online classes for adults and children. She loves to make new friends, so please drop her an e-mail at


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