Photo Prompt Story: Oscar Learns A Lesson

Thank you for using my photo in your post, Pete. The photo prompt story is excellent. Here is the real backstory behind the photo:

Our daughter is the artist in the family. She did this drawing using soft pastels, years ago. The bird was actually hers when she was a child. What adventures that bird had! I have written a picture book about the bird, although the child in the story is a boy, not her. She was excited to do a few illustrations. This is one.


This is a short story, in 748 words.
It was prompted by the above photo of an image, sent to me by Jennie Fitzkee.

Oscar wasn’t a bad boy. Not one of those ‘deep down’ bad boys who nobody likes. But he was a boy, and everything that came with that. Boisterous, getting dirty, ripping his clothes, scuffing his shoes. Most of the time he did as he was told, but like most youngsters, he sometimes had his bad days.

Paula soon discovered that it was best not to tell him not to do something. “Don’t walk along the edge of that wall, you will fall” would guarantee that he would continue to walk along the edge of the wall. When Richard warned him not to climb the old Oak tree in the garden, it took them over an hour to get him back down from the branches.


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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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32 Responses to Photo Prompt Story: Oscar Learns A Lesson

  1. beetleypete says:

    Good to hear the background to the image, Jennie.
    Many thanks for reblogging. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. beth says:

    I love the pastel drawing, what a talent. I guess creativity runs in your family. goes very well with the story )

  3. Opher says:

    Nice drawing!! I guess boys will be boys!

  4. L. Marie says:

    So lovely to see this marriage of a great image and a great story. 😀

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I loved the quirky way Pete turned this story around! Does your daughter still draw?

  6. You know, of course that I loved this story and your daughter’s art. How fun to collaborate.

  7. A gfreat drawing, Jennie! I think,Pete made the best story of it too. Thank you for sharing, Michael.

  8. I really like your daughter’s drawing. She’s obviously very talented!

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