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How I Write a Children’s Book – Part 9

We are quickly coming to the end of our story. I’m sure by now most of you know how it will end, but we’re here for the long run. Slappy now realizes he’s the one “person” who can save the baby pigeon.

In our final pages Slappy will come to the realization that he doesn’t need to fly, he’s unique as is. He will realize that being a plain-old-penguin is pretty special.

 

Page 25 : He dove into the water, flapping his flippers as fast as he could.
(Slappy diving into the water. On the water’s edge a woman says “Look at that penguin go!”, while a nearby man says “Wow!”. A child says “Mommy! Look!” )

Page 26 : Slappy just knew he could save the pigeon. He swam faster and faster.
(Slappy zipping through the water with a look of determination. )

Page 27 :Being underwater, he could see the pigeon above him nearby. The pigeon was fluttering his little wings trying to swim.
(View from Slappy’s perspective seeing the pigeon above him with ripples in the water as he splashes about.)

Page 28 : Slappy shot straight out of the water underneath the pigeon, scooping him up in his flippers as he popped out of the water.
(Slappy above the water, with his exit splash visible. He is air born, holding the pigeon.)

Page 29 : The mama pigeon landed right next to Slappy and her baby, and wrapped her wings around them both. “Thank you”, She said, “Thank you for saving him.”
(Mama Pigeon with wings wrapped around them both.)

Page 30 : Everyone around the water began to cheer. Ducks quacked, birds tweeted, and squirrels clapped.
(Shot from behind Slappy, viewing his head, and the waters edge where everyone is cheering)

Page 31 :The little pigeon looked up at Slappy and said, “When I grow up, I want to swim like you.”
(Pigeon looking up at Slappy, Slappy listening intently with a smile.)

Page 32 :Slappy thought that was strange. All this time he had wished he could fly. He had thought he was just a plain old penguin. But being a plain old penguin isn’t so plain and old after all.
(Slappy thinking, rubbing his chin, with a smile.)

Page 33 :Being a penguin meant he was a good swimmer. He decided that from now on he wouldn’t worry about wanting to fly anymore. He was just going to be himself, because being himself was a pretty good thing.
(Slappy looking up at birds flying by.)

Page 34  :Slappy jumped back into the water. The people and animals began to cheer, quack, ad tweet louder than before.

Page 35 :He dove down and swam all around. Jumping and leaping into the air, and then back down in the water. He did twirls and swirls, and summersalts underwater. He popped his head out of the water and could hear the people still cheering for him.
(Multiple points of view of Slappy swimming, and jumping. Page 34 and 35 are facing pages and the scenes will span both pages.)

Page 36 and 37:Things were now different for Slappy. Instead of just lying on his rock staring at the sky, he would help people retrieve things that would fall into the water.
(Just like page 18 and 19, he is standing on his rock, with his flipper over his brow looking for “items”. A small montage of items his has retrieved, including a toy boat, a ball, and Sam’s hat.)

The End

There we have it, the last part of our story. The basic goal of this story is to teach kids to be themselves, no matter what they might be. The story needs refining, and most stories do. Considering that this was written “off the cuff” I think we did a pretty good job.

As I stated at the beginning of this series, this is how I write a children’s book. It’s not necessarily the best way, or, based on professional writers, the correct way. I’m sure I’ll be tweaking the story, and who knows, maybe I’ll develop it into a real book.

If you have any questions about writing a children’s book, please feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

 

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