Check out the February winning entries in the grade 3-5 level.
The Monkey and the Giraffe
There was once a great monkey. He knew every dance in the little town that he lived in. He knew the cha-cha, tap dancing, and much, much, much more. A big dancing holiday came up in that little town. This year the animals in the town had a vote on who should dance on the holiday. The monkey won! He was overjoyed. On the morning of the holiday, the monkey got up at 5:30 because he always got so many requests. The monkey put on his shiny tap dancing shoes, his nicest checkered shirt, and a tie. He went behind the curtain. His introducer called out, "The one and only dancing monkey!" The crowd cheered as he walked on the stage with a big grin on his face. A giraffe in the crowd said, "Why does he get all the attention?" The giraffe jumped on stage, shuffling his hooves. But then he fell off the stage because the stage rope got tangled in his hooves. The monkey went on dancing as if nothing had happened and it was normal to have a giraffe fall off stage.
Moral: Don't try to make yourself big right away. Practice.
The Snail and the Cheetah
One warm, sunny day, two friends went for a hike. Their names were Snail and Cheetah. When they got to the start of the path, Snail, the wiser of the two, told Cheetah "Be careful there are hunters in the woods." But her very much needed warning was drowned out by the happy purrs coming from Cheetah. Later on when Snail was next to Cheetah she tried again to warn him but yet again Cheetah just ran ahead purring.
But when his purring suddenly changed to a low snarling and growling, Snail knew what was happening. "Hunters," she whispered under her breath. So she slithered as fast as her little muscles would carry her. Her friend needed her.
When she got to the hunter, he was just loading his gun. All he needed to do now was to take one more step and he would be in range. "Not if I can help it," Snail thought. Then she slithered in front of the hunter's foot, right where he would take his next step. When the hunter stepped, he slipped on Snail's slime. He slipped and fell down the hill.
Cheetah and Snail were safe. Cheetah said, "Thank you. I didn't know there were hunters in the woods."
"Well, if you had listened to me, you would have known and I wouldn't have had to save you." said Snail.
Moral: Listen to the person who is talking to you. They may have good advice.