Bissonet Plaza Holiday Spirit Winner – Clauserella

Claurella

Bissonet Plaza Elementary Holiday Spirit Winner
 
Clauserella
A Twisted Tale Based on Cinderella
By Tyler B., Madison T., Joshua B. In Ms. Guiterrez’s 5th Grade Morning Class
 
Once upon a snowflake, there lived a girl named Clauserella. Soon, there was going to be a winter formal but the thing was, her step elves would not let her go
 
They said, “no, you stay home and clean!”
 
So when the elves were on their way to the ball without her, Clauserella balled her eyes out. Then her snowflake fairy floated down and got her already for the ball. He said, “Now go. Remember that you have to be out of the castle by the fourth ring.”
 
Clauserella went to the ball and had fun. Then the snow bell rang for the fourth time. She ran out of the castle so fast that her red hat with a white pom-pom fell off.
 
A guy named Santa picked it up and said, “Wait! Where are you going? Come back!” He was so sad that he lost her.
 
So, Santa tried to find Clauserella. He looked for her everywhere. Finally, in the last place he looked, he found her. She was standing by the door under the mistletoe. He placed the fuzzy hat on her head and they kissed.
 
And they lived ho, ho, ho ever after. The End.
 

Bissonet Plaza 5th Grade Winner – Ratpunzel

Ratpunzel

Bissonet Plaza Elementary 5th Grade Winner
 
Ratpunzel
A Twisted Tale Based on Rapunzel
By Nicholas F., Analee C., Vevonte C., Catherine C. in Ms. Senac’s 5th Grade Morning Class
 
Once upon a World Cup, there was an evil cat witch and a pretty rat named Ratpunzel.
 
30 minutes before the 2014 World Cup, the evil cat witch locked Ratpunzel in a box with air holes. The evil cat witch wanted to eat Ratpunzel after the World Cup.
 
Ratpunzel yelled, “Help! Please, I really want to watch the game of Brazil versus Croatia.”
 
The rat prince ran to the box in where Ratpunzel was trapped. He told Ratpunzel, “Let down your tail.”
 
Ratpunzel did and the rat prince helped her escape. At the Brazil versus Croatia halftime, the evil cat witch went to check on Ratpunzel. When the evil cat witch opened the door… the rat prince pushed her in and locked the door!
 
Now, Ratpunzel was happy and calm. She and the rat prince watched the rest of the game together. Luckily, Brazil won!
 
The End
 

Bissonet Plaza 4th Grade Winner – Henny’s Pennies

Hennys Pennies

Bissonet Plaza Elementary 4th Grade Winner
 
Henny’s Pennies
A Twisted Tale Based on Henny Penny
By Odell C., Ashley M., Michael H., Roman Y. in Ms. Morrow’s 4th Grade Morning Class
 
One day in a kingdom, a king had lots of pennies. Henny Penny wanted all of the pennies. So the next day, she bought a dark costume for $5. She was a penny pincher!
 
When the king was asleep, Henny stole the pennies. When she picked up the jar, there was a “chinging” sound that woke up the king. Henny ran down the hall and jumped out of the window.
 
When the king saw that his pennies were gone, he called his guards. “My pennies! Someone stole my pennies! Please go find them!” said the king.
 
His guards were Foxy Loxy and the gingerbread man. “We will find your stolen pennies, sir,” said Foxy Loxy. Foxy Loxy and the gingerbread man found a rope by the window as well as three feathers.
 
The gingerbread man said, “The only person in the kingdom with feathers is Henny Penny!”
 
When they walked out the door, they saw Henny Penny buying jewelry. “Halt! Halt!” cried Foxy Loxy.
 
The gingerbread man hopped onto Foxy Loxy. They ran up to Henny Penny and the gingerbread man threw an icing chain and caught her. They took Henny Penny to the king and she was put in jail.
 
The gingerbread man said, “We make a great team, Foxy Loxy!”
 
“Well,” said Foxy Loxy, “You’ll make a great dessert, Gingerbread Man.”
 
“Aaaaah! Help me!” screamed the gingerbread man.
 
The king was happy to have his pennies back and Foxy Loxy was happy to eat the gingerbread man. “Gulp. What a great dessert!” said Foxy Loxy as he licked his lips.
 
The End
 

Bissonet Plaza 3rd Grade Winner – The Snake and the Frog

The Snake and The Frog

Bissonet Plaza Elementary 3rd Grade Winner
 
The Snake and The Frog
A Twisted Tale Based on The Lion and The Mouse
By Mohammed M., Mick S, Dominik R., Oscar K., Corrina M., Nylar B. In Ms. Lambert’s 3rd Grade Afternoon Class
 
One day, the snake was sleeping by the pond. The frog jumped out of the pond. Water splashed on the snake. The snake woke up and caught the frog.
 
The frog cried, “Let me go!”
 
The snake asked, “Why should I let you go?”
 
The frog answered, “What if you need my help? I could help you. If you eat me, I’d be dead.”
 
The snake said, “That will never happen but I will show you mercy.”
 
So the snake let the frog go and returned home.
 
The next day, a scientist captured the snake in a box and took him to his lab. The frog followed and then jumped on the scientist’s face. The scientist hit the table. The box fell off the table and the snake escaped.
 
The snake was grateful to the frog and they became friends.
 
The End
 

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The Mississippi Hush Puppy by Detrick Anderson – 5th Grade Writing Contest Winner, Shannon Elementary

Beagle puppy
 
The Mississippi Hush Puppy
by Detrick Anderson
5th Grade, Shannon Elementary
 
Once upon a time there lived a couple in the little town of Shannon, Mississippi named Nancy and Otis. One evening at dinner time they were very hungry. As a result, Otis went to their freezer to get cornmeal and decided to fry some good ole hush puppies. First, he put grease into the deep fryer. Then he cut up some onions and mixed them with corn meal, milk, and an egg. Next, Otis added salt to season them, and he rolled the batter into balls. To make them taste good, Otis added some corn that made the hush puppy look like it had eyes, a green pepper shaped like a nose, and a mouth-like line of ketchup.
 
As Otis fried the hush puppies, Nancy walked into the kitchen because she smelled the delicious aroma. When she looked into the deep fryer, she thought she saw a moving hush puppy! Nancy said to herself, “Me and my man ain’t gonna eat no moving hush puppies!” But Nancy kept the thought to herself. When the food was finally done, Nancy was so hungry that she decided to eat the hush puppies anyway. Well, as she put one into her mouth, the hush puppy yelled, “Wait, wait, wait! Don’t eat me!” So, Nancy spit it out of her mouth, and it rolled quickly out the back door.
 
Nancy and Otis ran after him as fast as they could, but he just laughed and shouted, “Hush, hush, hush yo mouth. I’m the fastest hush puppy in the South.” And they couldn’t catch him.
 
The hush puppy rolled next door into the pet shop. He saw hungry gators, snakes, monkeys, and a little dog. As he rolled along, all the animals made hissing and barking sounds at him. The gator said to himself, “I’m going to eat that hush puppy!” So, when the hush puppy came near, the gator snapped quietly, “I’m going to eat you alive!” Then the Mississippi hush puppy said, “Hush, hush, hush yo mouth. I’m the fastest hush puppy in the South.”
 
Next, the snake began to hiss, “Hush puppy, I’ll eat you if you don’t run.” But the hush puppy said, “Hush, hush, hush yo mouth. I’m the fastest hush puppy in the South.”
 
As the hush puppy rolled on down the aisle of the pet shop, he saw a dumb monkey. The monkey said, “I’ll jump on you and smush you. You better run. You better run!” The hush puppy said, “Hush, hush, hush yo mouth. I’m the fastest hush puppy in the South.”
 
Finally, the small dog barked at the hush puppy. He said, “I’ll take you safely through the pet shop. Just hop on my back.” So, the hush puppy did. The pooch took the hush puppy out of the pet store.
 
As they moved along, the hush puppy could not help but roll onto the dog’s shoulder. Then the dog said, “Jump on my head.” So, he did. Once the hush puppy landed on the dog’s head, it happened. The hush puppy cried out, “Oh! No!”
 
The hush puppy slipped off the dog’s nose and landed in the dog’s mouth. CRUNCH! The little dog growled, “You are not the fastest hush puppy in the South. I am!” SLURP!
 

Note from Dianne: I visited Shannon Elementary in April and students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades participated in a writing contest creating stories inspired by my book, The Cajun Cornbread Boy. This is the 3rd grade winner. Congratulations, Detrick! Do a happy dance! ;) By the way, did you know that beagles (the dog pictured above) are known as “hush puppies?!”

The Mississippi Hushpuppy Plan by Randy Johnson – Winner of 4th Grade Writing Contest, Shannon Elementary

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The Mississippi Hushpuppy Plan
by Randy Johnson
4th Grade, Shannon Elementary School

 

It was the night before the big Fourth of July picnic. Nothing was stirring, not even a Hush-Hush Puppy. The sizzling, smelly thoughts of being eaten the next day were too much for the little Hush-Hush Puppy’s crummy little imagination. He said to himself, “Why? Oh, why must a Mississippi hushpuppy fry?”

 

As he looked at the fear in his parents’ faces, he knew it wouldn’t be long. Tears ran down his round cheeks as cries of sorrow rang out of his mouth. Hush-Hush Puppy’ds father looked at him with fear in his eyes, but with comfort in his voice, he said, “Hush, Hush-Hush Puppy.”

 

Hush-Hush Puppy looked around in the refrigerator. He was elated to see his friend, French-Fry, who said, “What’s up, Hush-Hush Puppy?”

 

Hush-Hush Puppy replied, “Hello, French-Fry. Have you seen Cole-Slaw?”

 

French-Fry answered, “Yeah, man. I saw him over at Catfish’s house.”

 

Since Catfish was not around, Hush Puppy and French-Fry decided to practice their French lessons. They said, “We may be Southerners, but we are educated and cultured Southerners.”

 

Joining in the fun, Tartar Sauce ran up to us and asked, “Do you have any Grey Poupon?”

 

French-Fry replied, “Bonjour, Monsieur Tartar Sauce.”
 
So, just for that moment, they forgot it was only hours away from all of them being eaten. But as the hours drew near, everyone in the fridge began to tremble with fear. They gathered together in one big, terrified circle.

 

Then Hush-Hush Puppy got an idea.

 

He explained, “In the house there are five kids and they all bought firecrackers for the Fourth of July. If we are lucky, when they run through the kitchen, they might drop a couple.”

 

The next day that’s just what happened. The kids dropped a few of their firecrackers right in front of the refrigerator. As the grumpy old mama living there opened the fridge, Hush-Hush Puppy saw his chance for an exit.

 

Sure enough, the mom didn’t see Hush-Hush Puppy escape. Hush-Hush Puppy jumped out and grabbed the firecrackers. They were the big sky rockets with the army men that parachuted into the sky right before the rocket exploded.

 

Grabbing a rocket parachute, Hush-Hush Puppy instructed all his friends in the fridge, “First, we all must run to the stove. Then, climb up the stove, because the window next to the stove is open.”

 

Hush-hush Puppy did it! He flew out of the window, with a trail of sparks following behind as he yelled, “Hush, hush. Hush yo’ mouth. I’m the fastest hushpuppy in the South.”

 

But just then, the grumpy mom turned around and grabbed all of Hush-Hush Puppy’s friends and family, leaving the poor hushpuppy all alone in his flight.

 

Hush-hush Puppy was sad. But about that time, the plastic army man parachuted out of the window beside Hush-Hush Puppy. He jumped on the plastic soldier’s shoulders, as the rocket explosion carried him safely to the ground.

 

It seemed like the story was over, with a sad ending. It was not! Now it was time to rescue his refrigerator friends before the big holiday fish fry.

 

Hush-Hush Puppy looked up at the big window in the sky and shouted, “To be continued!”

 

Note from Dianne: I visited Shannon Elementary in April and students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades participated in a writing contest creating stories inspired by my book, The Cajun Cornbread Boy. This is the 3rd grade winner. Congratulations, Randy! You rock!

The Mississippi Hushpuppy by Curtis Silver – Winner of 3rd Grade Writing Contest, Shannon Elementary

Toothpick House

 

The Mississippi Hushpuppy
By Curt Silver
3rd Grade, Shannon Elementary

 

One hot day in the sultry South, there was a fish fry. Ms. Janis got an order for some hushpuppies while working at the overcrowded Brewer Community Center. She gave my grandpa the hushpuppies. He was just about to take a bite when a hushpuppy jumped off of Grandpa’s hand and yelled, “Hush, hush, hush yo’ mouth. I’m the fastest hushpuppy in the South!”

 

One local lad opened the door and the hushpuppy ran out! On his way down the road he met a hungry beagle that had just got done hunting. As soon as the beagle saw the hushpuppy he said, “Come here. I want to eat you!” Right then the beagle got picked up by his owner, and the hushpuppy said, “Hush, hush, hush yo’ mouth. I’m the fastest hushpuppy in the South!” The disappointed beagle could smell him all the way down the road.

 

Next, the hushpuppy came to a pasture where he met a calf. The calf hadn’t eaten in a while so he said to the little hushpuppy, “Come over here. I want to eat you. I’m so hungry. I could eat a hundred bales of hay.” The hushpuppy said, “Hush, hush, hush yo’ mouth. I’m the fastest hushpuppy in the South!” He ran past the calf.

 

Meanwhile, Ms. Janis was building a little hut out of toothpicks and napkins. Everyone had left the fish fry by now. The hushpuppy was at the creek and met a raccoon and asked, “Will you swim me across?” The rowdy raccoon swam him across but tried to eat the hushpuppy. Hushpuppy jumped off the raccoon’s nose and ran. He soon found a safe spot where no one would find him in a little hut made out of toothpicks and napkins. The End.

 

Note from Dianne: I visited Shannon Elementary in April and students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades participated in a writing contest creating stories inspired by my book, The Cajun Cornbread Boy. This is the 3rd grade winner. Congratulations, Curtis! Woo hoo! By the way, Curtis, I created that house out of toothpicks just for you! :)

The Little “Read” Hen Book Launch Party at Barnes & Noble Harvey – Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dianne de Las Casas & Holly Stone-Barker present their book, The Little "Read" Hen

Dianne de Las Casas & Holly Stone-Barker present their book, The Little “Read” Hen

 

Friends:

 

Last night, Holly Stone-Barker (Illustrator) and I launched our new book, The Little “Read” Hen (Pelican Publishing), at Barnes & Noble in Harvey, Louisiana. We presented with story with interactive storytelling that had all the kids singing and clapping.

 

The Little "Read" Hen is a modern update of the classic highlighting reading and writing.

The Little “Read” Hen is a modern update of the classic highlighting reading and writing.

 

After the performance, we taught the kids how to make a 6-page book out of a single sheet of paper, gave away prizes, and passed out goodies to all the kids. The Barnes & Noble cafe even served up some “flappuccinos,” just like in our book! Then we signed books.

 

Holly Stone-Barker and Dianne de Las Casas sign copies of their books.

Holly Stone-Barker and Dianne de Las Casas sign copies of their books.

 

It was a fun evening the the kids and parents really enjoyed the performance.

 

Until next time…

 

Warmly, Dianne

The Little “Read” Hen Book Birthday Party at Octavia Books – Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Little "Read" Hen at Octavia Books

The Little “Read” Hen at Octavia Books

 

Friends:

 

Yesterday, Holly Stone-Barker (Illustrator) and I had our book birthday party for The Little “Read” Hen (Pelican Publishing Co.) at Octavia Books in uptown New Orleans. We had a gorgeous table set up for our food. We served “coopcakes” (cupcakes) and double cocoa “flappuccinos” (frappuccinos) with whipped cream!

 

The yummy table serving "coopcakes" and "flappuccinos" for The Little "Read" Hen book birthday party.

The yummy table serving “coopcakes” and “flappuccinos” for The Little “Read” Hen book birthday party.

 

Holly shared the beautiful art of the book while I told the story with interactive participation from Judith Lafitte, one of the owners of Octavia, and kids from the audience. They were so cute with their character headbands!

 

Performing The Little "Read" Hen with the help of Judith Lafitte and children from the audience.

Performing The Little “Read” Hen with the help of Judith Lafitte and children from the audience.

 

This is Julianne as the cat in the story. Isn’t she adorable?!

 

Julianne as the cat in The Little "Read" Hen

Julianne as the cat in The Little “Read” Hen

 

Afterwards, I taught the kids how to make 6 page books out of a single sheet of paper, we gave away prizes (writing journals), and every child received a Little “Read” Hen bookmark, a pencil, and an “idea egg.” Holly and I signed books while Kid Chef Eliana made “flappuccinos” and served “coopcakes.”

 

Holly Stone-Baker and Dianne de Las Casas sign copies of The Little "Read" Hen

Holly Stone-Baker and Dianne de Las Casas sign copies of The Little “Read” Hen

 

It was a fabulous day and we had so much fun! Thank you to Tom Lowenburg and Judith Lafitte, and the staff of Octavia for hosting our book birthday party for The Little “Read” Hen. It was tons of fun!

 

Until next time…

 

Warmly, Dianne