Kami Caterpillar and Lyndsay Loon
Author and Illustrator
Brenda Cox

Kami and Lyndsay

      Kami was a beautiful green caterpillar with purple polka dots. She always wore a pink bow on top of her head. She was slowly crawling across the ground in the forest next to the lake. The forest was full of bushes with yummy leaves and berries. She had eaten so much she could hardly move, but she had to climb the tree in front of her so she could build her cocoon and soon turn into a butterfly. Kami saw a bird floating lazily in the lake. She knew that loons not only liked to eat fish, but most of all they loved big, juicy caterpillars.

      The loon spotted Kami and quickly swam over, jumped out of the lake, and ran over to gobble her up as a nice midday snack. Kami yelled, "STOP! Please don't eat me. I'll tell you where there is something much better to eat than me!" Well, needless to say, the loon had never seen a talking caterpillar before, but of course everyone knows that loons are able to talk.

      The loon said, "My name is Lyndsay loon, and why in the world should I listen to you? There is nothing I love more than nice juicy caterpillars." Kami said, "I eat leaves, lots and lots of leaves, and just yesterday I came upon a magic berry bush. The berries taste like anything that you wish. If you love caterpillars so much, instead of eating only one caterpillar you could eat all the berries you ever wanted and they would all taste like caterpillars. All I ask is that you fly me up to the top limb of that tall tree so I can begin to build my cocoon. If you do, then I will tell you where to find the magic berry bush."

       Lyndsay loon thought for a moment and decided that helping Kami caterpillar would be a really nice thing to do. Maybe when Kami turned into a butterfly they could fly places together. Lyndsay flew Kami caterpillar up to the top branch of the tree just as she had asked. Kami was true to her word and told Lyndsay where to find the magic berry bush. Kami had made a new friend and neither of them would ever be hungry because they would share the magic berry bush.

Activity for Lesson Using Critical Thinking
After sharing your creative writing story with your students, have your students use their critical thinking skills to answer the following questions to write or dictate their story. After writing their stories, have the students draw a picture using the paint program to illustrate their story.

Critical thinking questions to ask students that would change your story to their story:
1. How would you change the main character? (Introduction)
2. Where would your story take place?  (Setting)
3. What would happen to the main character in your story? (Plot)
4. How would your story end? (Ending)

I taught this lesson to three kindergarten students on May 19, 2005. They throughly enjoyed making up their own story and trying to use the paint program.

Picture of Alexis

The main character in Alexis' story is a girl named Susan.
Her story takes place in the jungle.
The plot centers around what happens to Susan when she met up with a lion that wanted to hurt her.
Her story ended with Susan and the lion becoming friends because the lion listened to her.

Trisha's main character is a puppy named Lina. The setting is near where Lina lived. The plot of her story centers around Lina getting lost when she doesn't listen to her mama and daddy and goes out to play. Her tag falls off that tells where she lives. In the end Lina meets a nice old cat who helps her find her way home.

Trisha'a Picture

Devin's Picture

The main characters in Devin's story is a butterfly named George and a boy named John. The story takes place at the beach. John is walking along the beach and stepped on George. The story ended when George died and John put him on a big green leaf, took him to his house, and buried him in his backyard.

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