The Skinny Giraffe (Kids Write Books)

I recently had the pleasure of working with students at the South Central Service Cooperative’s Young Writers & Artists Conference in Mankato, Minnesota. In my sessions, we brainstormed a story outline. Then students broke into groups and were assigned different parts of the story to write. This story was written by…

March 7, 2017: Session 1

The sound of crying echoed through the park. It was Bob… again. The giraffe was too skinny, and it made him look awkward, even ugly. Bob was a smart giraffe, and he dreamed of being popular. But that didn’t matter to the other giraffes. They teased him relentlessly.

Bob had issues at the park. He was skinny and thin, and no one liked him. This was a serious issue because he had nowhere else to go. His solution was to eat all the leaves in the park, which would make him bigger.

He found Mark the bird in a tree, and Bob scared Mark out of the tree, causing him to fall into a huge pile of leaves. Bob ate all the leaves around Mark. Then Bob found and rescued Mark out of a snake hole.

Mark tried to fly, but he fell back to the ground because he had injuries on his wings. So Mark rode on the comfort of Bob’s back, and the two became friends. Mark encouraged Bob on their journey, and Mark helped Bob eat some of the leaves in the park.

Bob the giraffe started to get full. He kept trying to eat more leaves. Bob felt that he needed to keep eating so he wouldn’t get kicked out of the park. Bob kept eating, but he thought he might not be able to eat any more leaves. Bob didn’t want to leave the park, the other giraffes, or the safety of his home.

While Bob was sleeping, the other giraffes snuck in with rainbow ski masks, ready to sabotage his leaf-eating endeavor. The mean giraffes summoned the giraffe lightning god with their ancient chants, and the god struck the driest tree.

Bob awoke with sharp stomach pains but soon realized he had bigger problems: The forest was ablaze. He stood up with a jolt, and he had to save his leaves to be accepted by the others.

After a tireless day of working, he managed to salvage most of the leaves, but the evil giraffes were not done yet. As Bob was trying to save the leaves that weren’t on fire, the other giraffes started hiding them from him. Bob hid the leaves that he found in a basket, and then he put the basket in a stream.

After the leaves he found were safe, he went out looking for the stolen leaves. All he found was a squirrel’s stash of acorns.

Bob rushed around the park, asking the other animals for help. Everyone was too busy running from the fire to help him.

Bob was very sad because he couldn’t find any more leaves to eat. He looked around one last time, and just when he was about to give up, he found a leaf. This encouraged him to keep going and persevere so that he could stay in the park.

Bob suddenly had a genius idea. He ran all around the world to find animals to help him achieve his goal. Once Bob had gathered all the animals he needed, the elephants started sucking water out of the pond and spraying it all over the fire. They put it out!

Then Bob called the police to arrest the giraffes that were mean. It turned out that the police officers were rhinos and zebras.

With the help of his new friends, Bob found all the hidden leaves. He took the leaves over to a restaurant and ate them all. After he was finished, Bob looked great!

With the other giraffes in jail, Bob ran for senator of Florida. He became the first Girafferican American senator.

Bob went back to the park to visit the bad giraffes after they got out of jail. Bob made friends with the elephants, rhinos, and zebras. He was no longer bullied and was happy being the world’s fattest giraffe.