2005 Splendid Review - Texas Children`s Cancer and Hematology



2005 Splendid Review - Texas Children`s Cancer and Hematology
All About Me
An Introduction to Niko
Niko is 13 years old and lives in Sante Fe, Texas. Sante Fe
is a country type place. For fun, people ride dirt bikes and
4 wheelers, and they eat at Sherry’s Diner. I’ve lived here
since I was about 6. I like living here, but someday I might
go back to California where I was born.
Some things you need to know about me are: I’m a Rockets fan,
and my favorite players are Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady.
I like the Texans, and I’ve been to one of their practices.
I have a Honda dirt bike that I ride with friends in the fields
by our house. I’ve got 2 sisters and a bunch of stepsisters
and stepbrothers. My favorite place to eat is Olive Garden,
and I usually get fettuccini alfredo.
I wear a blue rubber band
with the word B E L I E V E
on it. My dad got it for me.
It means I’ll beat this cancer.
By Niko, 13
My name is special because it
is the first name in the Bible.
I love my name! My mom and dad named me
when I was born. I was a happy baby. I like to sing, and my
favorite song is “She Will Be in Love” by the group Marroon 5.
I listen to it and sing along on my Ipod. My favorite TV show
is a cartoon named “Luca, Luca.” It makes me laugh. I like to
bake cakes with my sister. I love vanilla cake with white icing.
Sometimes we put rainbow sprinkles all over the top. I like to
go to the kids section at the mall. I enjoy riding in the cars and
watching the people that walk by. There are so many things
that I like about myself, but my name is my favorite.
By Genesis, 6
School at Home
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning I wake up at 9 o’clock.
This means that I get to sleep in a little. I eat oatmeal or cereal
for breakfast. Then I get out my school supplies and complete
my homework. When my teacher arrives, we go to the kitchen
She asks me how my chemo
treatment is going. My answer
depends on what chemo I had.
Some make me feel sicker.
Then I give her my homework. First we do English.
I like it. Then we read a novel Where the Red Fern Grows.
After that, we do Math. Then we do world cultures. Next,
we do science, which is my least favorite. All of this takes
2 hours. After she leaves, I read my book. That’s how my
homeschooling goes.
By Kristan
I love
to learn. Math is my favorite subject. When I do
math, my brain feels ready. It’s a little hard, but I like it.
When I finish math, my mind is
full of thinking. I tell my teacher,
“Can I rest now?”
By Ana, 7
My Specialty
I’ve been making art since I was 5 years old. I used to have
competitions with my cousin to see who could draw the best
cartoons. He’d usually win, but I got better and better and
eventually left him behind. Now my main competition is
my uncle. He still draws better than me. Whenever I visit
him in Mexico, I look through his sketchbooks. He draws
real people—young children, beautiful women, old people.
He also draws all kinds of animals, especially birds.
Drawing never makes me bored,
so I always do it in my spare time.
It relaxes me. It also helps me get through my sickness and
lets people know me better.
By Juan, 12
My Big Birthday
My birthday is April 3Oth. This year it’s on a Friday. I am
traveling by car to Michoacan, Mexico. It takes 2 days to get
there. We are going to visit my grandmother. I have already
visited her 3 times before. Her house is made of cement
blocks. It is painted blue on the outside with a dark green
door. In her garden my grandmother grows mangos and
oranges. I like to pick the fruit off the trees. Sometimes it
tastes sweet and sometimes sour. On my birthday my
grandmo ther will make a barbeque for me. My dad is buying
me a bicycle.
I like my birthday because
it makes me feel special!
By Jarier, 11
My Strange Family
I come from a family with more uncles and aunts than I can name.
My little, little, little, very little cousin wants to marry me—he’s
got problems! What else about my family? My grandmother is dating
a short, skinny man. My brother has a 3 year old daughter who I
helped raise—I did everything but breastfeed her! Whenever my
little sister snores, I stick a sock in her mouth. One time I shaved
my big brother’s head—he looked like a porcupine. My sister is the
unusual eater—she dips French fries in cherry icees. Sometimes
I wake up at 4 AM and go around the house screaming to wake
everyone else up. Once I painted my stepfather’s nails red. I’m
the only girl in my family who plays video games—my favorites
are Mortal Combat and Final Fantasy.
I’m the first (and
hopefully LAST) member of my family
with cancer.
By Carmen, 14
A Life of Baseball
I started playing baseball when I was 4 years old. It was a T-ball
team called the Angels. I didn’t know too much about baseball
then. I would pick flowers, catch bugs, wear my mitt on my head.
Since 1996 I’ve played spring and fall ball every year. Now I play
baseball year round. I play shortstop and catcher. I like these
positions because they’re active. I play for a select traveling team
called the Kingwood Mustangs. Last weekend we got 2nd place in a
tournament in Louisiana, and we earned a berth in the Nationals,
which we’ll play in July.
Sometimes I go to
Astros games at Minute Maid Park.
I like to watch the team play. I usually go
with my dad to the games. He doesn’t know so much about baseball
so he usually sleeps! I want to play baseball until I grow old.
By Colton, 13
A Day at JROTC
Every Wednesday morning I wake up, and the first thing
I do is put on my camouflage uniform and shine my boots.
At 6:3O Am I go out to catch the bus. When I get to school,
I go to the commons and talk to my friends. When the bell
rings, I go to my first class, which is JROTC. In this class I
learn a lot because they teach you what it’s like to be in the
I am a 1 Gunnery Sergeant.
In class we learn about good
manners, saying “Yes, sir, No sir”
and respecting our elders. We also go
outside and drill. We do physical training like push-ups,
marching and pull-ups. I think if everyone had a chance
to do JROTC, they would learn some very good lessons and
make the world a better place.
By Jorge
If You Were Me
I’m the
oldest of 10 kids. It gets tiring to
be the oldest sometimes. I do the dishes,
My name is Kellie, and I’m 15 years old.
wash the clothes, pick up after them. It’s a lot of work. As soon
as I get home from school, I have to watch my littlest brother
so my mom can go to work ‘til 10 PM. I have to fix my little
brother’s bottles, feed him, change his diaper. If you were me,
you’d know it’s a lot of work to take care of kids.
By Kellie, 15
Marvin’s Life and
How It Changed
Who wears size 11 shoes, Astros baseball caps, and a gold
bracelet? Marvin Chavez. Marvin was born on Father’s Day.
He grew up in south Houston where they listen to rap and
do graffiti. He moved to the north side when he was 2 or 3.
It’s kinda the same there. It can be scary sometimes at night
because there are drive-bys. Marvin is 13 years old. He plays
video war games like Medal of Honor and racing games like
Midnight Club II. Marvin knows how to make mixed CDs on
the computer. The stuff he listens to is mixed Spanish and
English. Marvin speaks both. At home he speaks Spanish and
at school English. He likes math and science because he’s good
at them. He plays football. He’s a linebacker and a guard on
varsity. He also plays center and right wing on the basketball
team. Plus, he lifts weights. He used to be able to lift 185 and
squat 200. When Marvin goes through tough times like chemo,
he talks it out with his family. When he’s sick, he doesn’t eat.
When he’s well, he eats everything. Marvin’s got 1 brother and
1 sister.
He’s the oldest, which means
he’s got to set the example and
look out for them. Marvin is a
nice, caring, good guy. His life changed on
September 3, 2004, when he found out that he had leukemia
T cell. Since then, he can’t play sports, can’t go out, can’t see
his friends. He doesn’t go to school anymore. He does home
school. Life is tougher.
By Marvin, 13
All about Me
My name is Twyla. My mom and grandma were looking
through a book and decided to name me Twyla Monique
because it was unique. I’m a tomboy so that’s why I like
wearing hats…caps, sun visors, kangos, dress hats.
Hats bring your whole outfit
together and make you stand out.
They bring out your complexion
and show your attitude. I have a watch
fetish. I wear all the characters in SpongeBob—Patrick,
Squirrel, Mr. Crab, Squigwirt, Ms. Puff. I watch lots
of cartoons. You’ve got to if you have 5 kids. Kids give you
wrinkles, but they also keep you young. You’ve got to get on
their level to relate. You wrestle with them, play video games,
take them to Chuck E. Cheese. You have good days and bad
days. My fiancée says I’m a good person who understands
others and would do anything to help them out.
That describes me to a “T.”
By Twyla
New Shoes
On a very sunny day my brother and I went on a shopping
spree. We went to the mall. My brother went to the Foot Action
store. I had seen a very neat pair of shoes that I had seen on TV
and wanted for the longest time. They were Reebok Pumps. So,
I walked over and asked my brother for them, and he said I
could have them,
After that,
he let me get another pair too.
so I walked out of the
store as jolly as I could be.
By Willie, 13
My Basketball Life
I picked up a basketball in 2nd grade and started playing.
In 3rd grade I joined the HF Little Dribblers. We learned the
rules and had practices. I played guard and did good when I got
the ball. After that, I played weekly.
I play pick-up
games at my house and at the park
with my friends. I also watch professional basketball
on TV. My favorite teams are the Denver Nuggets and Miami
Heat. My favorite player is Carmelo Anthony, a shooting guard.
He’s got perfect form. This year I’m going to try out for a league
team and next year maybe the school team. I feel prepared.
I come from an athletic family.
By Willie, 17
I started
playing basketball when I was 7.
I was supposed to start playing at 5, but the doctor told me
I couldn’t because of the cancer. I played power forward
because I was one of the tallest on the team but as I got older
I started to play guard. The name of my first team was the
Raptors, then the Rockets, then the Kings, then Blazers, then
the Raptors again. I think basketball is in my genes because
my papa and my dad played.
I like shooting the
best because when you make a
point it feels good. When I first go on the
court, I feel a little nervous but then it disappears. Then I feel
comfortable. This year my team made it to the semifinals.
By Jacobe
Kobe Bryant is an awesome shooter. He is one of the best
shooters in the league. He makes a great player.
night he scores big, more than 20
points a game. That’s why he’s my
hero. A legend is what Kobe Bryant is. He shows kids the
right way to go. The special thing about Kobe Bryant is he’s a
superstar, and I know he is.
By Anthony
Thursday, 11:15 p.m.
As I lay in the cold white empty room, waiting for an opportune
time to eat, the sound of the electrical pump, attached to clear
tubing that runs into my chest, has started to sound familiar again.
A different world has become normal for me now. A routine that
I would have thought impossible two months ago is being followed.
My family is the most helpful that
they can be in all ways possible.
My environment is no longer nature, but one that is new to me.
The sound of constant beeping, and crying, is unrelenting.
Strangers take care of me every day. This is what I deal with.
By Charles
An Autobiography
My name is Megan, and I’ve lived in Sealy my whole life. It’s
a small town atmosphere—all about football and school sports.
At school I was on the yearbook staff, working on the computer
and doing spreads. I’m more into friends and social life than
academics, but I get good grades. I always wear my class ring.
I like hanging out, playing pool, and shopping. I have 2 sisters
and 1 brother. I’m the youngest with my twin sister. I admit I live
up to some of the youngest child stereotypes! My sister and I are
close. We share everything.
Other things about
me are I hate seafood, and I like salt
better than sugar. I’d pick chips over
M&Ms any day. I found out last June that I was sick.
To get through the bad times, I usually go to my room to be alone.
Some things have changed, but inside, I’m still the same person.
By Megan, 16
Divine Energy
Mariely was born in Monterey, Mexico. When she visits with
her family, she likes the food, especially the tacos, bisteck, tacos
grandes, muecas, Doritos, and elote. She likes to visit her family,
grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, and lots of cousins. She
visit the rancho when she’s there. It’s in a territory out of town.
When her grandpa died, all the horses, pigs, and chickens were
sold. So now she just climbs the cement blocks, plays hide and
seek, and barbecues. Mariely moved to the U.S. about 7 years ago.
Her school in Pasadena was bilingual. Her sister was older and
had to speak only English in school. She’d come home and teach
Mariely words, so she caught on fast. Mariely’s name rhymes
with her older sister’s name Nallely, which means “I love you”
in Nauthl. One interesting thing about Mariely is her jewelry
collection. She wears a fork that she bent into a bracelet and a
necklace with 3 medals. Her godmother gave the one with the
Virgin of Guadalupe on it. An aunt gave her one with5 the Virgin
of Shrinestan. Her mom’s cousin gave her the last one. Mariely
also wears a quartz that was given to her by her reiki master.
Reiki is an energy. It comes from
God and is channeled through you.
It purifies you. It’s divine.
By Mariely
About Abel
When my mom is not at home, Abel takes care of me! He plays
soccer with me and is not just my cousin but my friend too. When
I am older I would like to play basketball just like him. Abel makes
me laugh all the time. When we see a funny movie, Abel tries to act
like the silly character.
I want to be tall just like
Abel with the same style hair. Abel
is staying in my home because I am
sick, and I do not want him to ever
go back.
By Eric, 7
Why I Love Music
My name is Adam, and I come from a musical family. My dad plays
percussion and my sister plays violin. I’ve been into music since I
was 6. That’s when I started piano. I took lessons for about 5 years and
picked up guitar. I wanted to be able to play more contemporary music,
and I wanted to be able to carry around my instrument. I took guitar
lessons for about 1 year and then taught myself with help from a friend
at church. That’s where my talent bloomed, playing praise music and
in the church worship band. I’m the youngest member. Twice I’ve
played for a 2-week Christian tour band. The first time we started in
Dallas and went all the way to Chicago. I played guitar the first year and
the next year sang in the choir. This year I’ll do the tour again starting
in June.
I like the versatility of music
because it can express any type of
emotion—happiness, anger, sadness.
That’s why I love listening to music so much too. There’s always a song
that says how someone feels. I like music because it enhances life.
By Adam
Music and My Moods
I listen to R&B, rap, and hip hop. What I listen to depends on
my mood. When I’m up, I listen to Ludicris, Usher, and B2K.
The beats bring the joy up. When I’m down, I listen to slow songs
like “Girlfriends” by B2K.
The song has a good
rhythm, and it tells how to treat
girlfriends right. If it’s a song I
can relate to, it goes to my heart.
By Amber, 17
A little bit of
Do You Know the Answer?
Why is the sky blue during the day and dark blue at night?
Why do leaves float in the air?
How do stars sing to the moon?
When do horses talk to us?
When do books fly?
Who made rain red?
Who falls in love with the storm?
Where does the sun hide?
Does the day kiss the night?
Does the mountain run to the ocean?
How can we dream of the future?
Monica, 9
Being a big brother is hard and easy. The hard part is taking
care of Leonardo—watching him so he doesn’t get hurt, taking
him in his stroller so he can sleep. The easy part is making
Leonardo laugh and playing with him.
I’m the oldest
in my family and I like it, but I
think 1 brother is enough.
Daniel, 10
Every Saturday morning, early, I go to my church to practice
with the choir. It’s crazy there. Everyone’s laughing and
joking and singing. We sing gospel songs, and we do steps
with each one.
When I sing it, I feel
overwhelmed. I get lost in the happiness.
I like gospel music because
it speaks to my heart.
By Tenicka
My Head Leaves Me
When I go to sleep,
my head leaves me.
It bounces down the stairs
and jumps on my mom’s bed.
It rolls out the door to other
people’s houses. It growls with
its teeth to scare people.
It bounces on people’s heads-
boing, boing, boing!
Then it flaps its ears, flies
home through the window, and
jumps back onto my neck.
By Brandon, 8
How problems feel
depend on the day.
Sometimes they are a storm
dark and noisy.
Sometimes they are the wind
when the air blows.
Sometimes they are airplanes
flying in the air.
Sometimes they are the books
that I read.
By Kayla
The Butterfly and the Strawberry
Once upon a time there was a butterfly and a talking strawberry,
and they became friends. They played and talked, but one day
the butterfly was so hungry that he ate the talking strawberry.
So then, the butterfly made another friend, and now they play.
The end.
By Ava, 6
My hair is dark brown with a little black in it. My hair stinks when
my mom smells it. Maybe it’s because I don’t scrub it enough. I’m
trying to let it grow long and shaggy. I put gel in it almost 5 times
a week. When I get a haircut, I get a military cut.
My hair is growing.
In the summer, it gets oily. When it’s soaked, it is flat like the shell
of an egg.
As it gets
long, people think it’s cool.
By Christian, 12
Here comes the rain,
blowing against the tree,
beating down on the tin roof.
My clothes are soaking wet!
The rain is telling me that a
storm is coming! It’s telling
me that I need to change my clothes.
Hannah, 12
I am the RAIN,
falling from the sky,
making the world sad.
I make puddles
and splashes.
I sound like a whisper
I shine cars, windows,
and stars.
I make
big thunder. Boom!
I make glowing lightning.
I am the RAIN.
By Ayana
Sometimes we are happy
Sometimes we are mad
Sometimes we are joyful
Sometimes we are furious
Sometimes we want everything
Sometimes we want peace
Sometimes we need quiet
Sometimes we feel depressed
Sometimes we know we can do it
Sometimes we change our minds
Sometimes we change our feelings
Sometimes we think about life
Sometimes we think about our family
Sometimes we forget to be strong
Sometimes we remember stories
Sometimes we are thankful
for our lives
Sometimes we are sure that we will achieve our goals
Sometimes we dance with love
By Valerie, 9
It ain’t brand new
So come on everybody
Let’s get on with the beat
Dance all day
Get up off your seat.
By David
My Horse
I have a paint horse named Valentine. Her colors are brown and
white. She just had a baby, and named her Rain because she’s
scared of the rain.
She’ll let
me stand on her back and do all kinds of things.
I like to ride Valentine
with a saddle or without one.
By Ryan, 8
I’m better
at cursive than print
I’m better at puzzles than coloring
I’m better at math than reading
I’m better at eating macaroni and cheese than spinach
I’m better at riding a little bike than a big bike
I’m better at guitar than flute
I’m better at watching TV than videos
I’m better at getting a CAT scan than getting blood taken
I’m better at computers than recess
I’m better at being with my family than making new friends
I’m better at loving my mom and
baby sister than anything else
in the world
By Kolton, 8
Elan and the Pot of Gold
Once upon a time there was a girl named Elan. One day Elan went
to the park with her friends. While they were playing, Elan went
into the woods and found a pot of gold. Guarding the pot of gold
was a little man. Elan was startled and scared. The little man’s
name was Joyful, and he was sent by the king. The little man told
Elan not to be afraid and that he was sent to be her special friend.
Together they traveled far and wide over mountains and rivers.
They secretly had the pot of gold under the trunk of the magical
old oak tree. They big bold branches would protect it until they
returned. Joyful and Elan were the only two, besides the king,
who knew the secret code to opening the trunk.
While they traveled, Joyful and Elan made sure that all the animals
and little people in the woods were doing well. Then they would
report back to the king and inform him of any problems. The king
then used the gold to get money to help all the little animals and
people in the woods that needed help. Joyful and Elan felt special
in being chosen to this special deed.
And they lived
happily ever after.
By Alina, 9
A Love Poem for my Auntie
My auntie is gone, and I didn’t even know
Didn’t know where she went
Didn’t know if she was sick or well
Didn’t know if she remembered me and my brothers
My auntie is gone, and I didn’t even know
Didn’t hear her call me after church
Didn’t play tag with her outside
Didn’t feel her kisses and hugs
My auntie is gone,
and I wish she
would see me again
By Ebony, 7
I am like
the sky
Watching everyone that walks by
I am like the road
Keeping everyone company and in mode
I am shining like a star in the sky
Keeping everyone safe, that’s why
I’m anything that can care
Wherever, whatever, anywhere
But you have to do your part too
Keeping everyone happy, that’s what you do
So, if you’ll be a friend to me
We’ll be the best. That’s what I see!
By Sara
A Prayer
I wanna ask the Lord to help the ones
who have cancer because God’s the
only one who’s gonna give you the right
and I pray every night
that the little ones feel better.
Come on. We’re gonna pray together because
I feel the pain.
By Kristina
Among flowers, I am the one
who cries in the rain
Among wheelchairs, I am the one
who glides down the hallway
Among fish, I am the one
who fries in a pan
Among shoes, I am the pair
that sparkles with glitter
Among medicines, I am the one
who makes the pain disappear
Among stars, I am the one
who glows in the night
Among birds, I am the one
who sings in the spring
Corinne, 12
Give Me
Give me watermelon on a hot, sunny day
Give me some cherries from a big cherry tree
Give me strawberries from the grocery store
Give me grapes so sweet and round
Give me a doll to play with
and keep me company
Give me a puppy with fluffy ears
Give me a cell phone to talk to my friends
Give me some minutes on my phone for FREE!
By Candace, 8
planets, I am Earth
Round and light blue
Among buildings, I am the
Skyscraper, tall as a hospital
Among friends, I am the one who
Cares for you when you feel bad
Among enemies, I would be the
Angry dragon destroying buildings
Among disasters, I am the
Meteor crashing to Earth
Among clouds, I am a
Fluffy one floating
Among futures, I am a cool
One who changes everything.
By Jennifer, 10
The Blues
When I feel the blues
It makes me want to ooze
It sure is bad news
It doesn’t make me amused
When I feel the blues
I don’t want to clean my shoes
I have an excuse
I have a big bruise
There’s no time to lose
I don’t want to choose
I just want to snooze
Man, I feel confused
By Brandon, 12
Used to Be
I used to be the sunrise that
one would awake to everyday.
I used to be the bird that roams
and soars across the skies.
I would be the satisfaction
one would feel after a job well done.
I was the buried treasure that one could only find
after years and decades of exploration.
I was that rare gem that glistened in rotation,
the one that was maybe not worth
a billion dollars, but at the same time well worth
the years spent on a journey of ocean tides.
I am the priceless one that may never be replaced.
By Javier, 20
All the Things My Mama
Does for Me
My mama combs my hair every day
My mama cooks fried chicken for me
My mama gives me a hug when I’m sad
My mama gives me oranges, apples, and grapes
My mama washes my dresses for me
My mama reads books to me at the hospital
My mama colors pictures with me
My mama takes me to the beach
My mama named me
China because she thought
it was beautiful
By China, 7
My Name
Shazia is my name
The name of a queen
Who lives in Iran
Who is brave and strong
Shazia makes me feel
Happy and beautiful
My name has 6 letters
With 3 vowels
For short, my friends and teachers
Call me Shazi
It is pretty and sweet and catchy
It is royal and fabulously pure
Shazia the Queen
is beautiful like me
As enchanting as a fairy from a magical land
Shazi is special—a queen from Iran
So royal and brave in every way
By Shazia
I Remember
I remember when I was in the hospital
I remember that I had a liver problem
I remember that I was in the PICU on the 3rd floor
I remember Randy in Columbus
I remember I was riding in an ambulance
I remember seeing too many doctors
I remember all the cards people sent
I remember it was October 2004
I remember my mom being with me
I remember when I got to go home
I remember I almost missed trick-or-treating, but I didn’t!
By Brandon
A Little Bit of Everything
I like a little bit of this
I like a little bit of that
I like crawfish with vinegar
And crabs with ketchup
I like avocado with chips
Salsa and cheese
Tacos, burritos, and everything
Skirts and shirts
With little designs
Flip-flops and sandals
With a little bit of dye
I like a little bit of this
I like a little bit of that
I like nails with polish
And a little bit of GAP!
By Laura, 14
My Life as a Crab
I want to be a grown-up
crab, so I can clap people
on their hands and eat
soup made out of people’s
legs, noses, and eyes!
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm!
By Hannah, 5
Introducing Laos
where they grow sweet rice
where the climate is always hot and beautiful
where the young and old go to the temple and chant
and bring special homemade food for the monks
where they celebrate New Year’s in April with
fireworks, music, and fantastic food
where there will always be friendly faces
with happy smiles
By Jonathan, 10
Rap is cool
It has a great beat
It’s the new hot thing
It don’t go below your feet
Rap is bouncy
It’s catchy and true
Eminem and Snoopdog
It gives you something to do
Rap is freedom
Expressing your view
It comes from life
It ain’t brand new
So come on everybody
Let’s get on with the beat
Dance all day
Get up off your seat.
By David
My Story
Today I am a singer
Tomorrow I am dancing
Always practicing and appreciating
the applause
Today I am a hairdresser
Tomorrow I am a barber
Cutting, styling, snipping, curling
Always standing on my feet
Today I am a model
Tomorrow I am a fashion editor
Always in front of beautiful people
Photographs spreading across the pages
Today I am a swimmer
Tomorrow I am a diver
Gliding through water sometimes cold
Sometimes warm, always smooth and peaceful
Today I am Isha
Tomorrow a teenage girl
Forever dancing and being part of the action
Always a singing queen
By Isha, 10
I Am
I am not who you think I am.
I am a queen who is the ruler of a
land so far away.
I am a soul
positively motivated throughout
the world, seeing the unseeable
and hearing the unhearable.
I am not who you think I am.
Many people look at the outside of me
instead of looking in. You can’t look on
the outside of a tree to tell how old it is.
You must look on the inside. I may
look small as an ant, but I am a
skyscraper as tall as can be, looking
down on that special city.
By Ayanna, 13
My mom does my hair in the morning
She braids my hair in the morning
She combs my hair in the morning
She greases my hair in the morning
She puts it in cornrows in the morning
She puts it in puffs in the morning
My mom does my hair in the morning
By Laura, 7
The Beaver
Once upon a time there was a girl named Morgan. She liked
fishing in ponds. One day she went fishing and saw a beaver
eating a tree. She whispered, “Cool,” so the beaver wouldn’t
get scared. She watched until the tree fell down. Then she
caught a tiny orange fish. She threw it back in the water and
then fell asleep under the clouds.
By Morgan, 7
Ode to Watermelon
In the summer I gobble
down the watermelon.
The outside is green
with squiggly stripes.
The inside is pink with
black and yellow seeds.
When I eat it, it is juicy
and drips on the floor.
After each bite, I spit the
seeds on the ground.
Oh, fruity watermelon,
you are better than peas!!!
By Trevon, 8
What This Means,
Being a Quarter
Stand up, stand down
Turn around
Look up at the moon
Think about what
You can buy—
Chips, gum, lemonade.
Dance, spin, sing
Until the moon
Goes down.
Aletria, 12
Give me the light from the moon
Give me the roar of the water
Give me the heat of the sun
Give me the taste of watermelon
Give me the spring wind
Give me clear water like the sky
Give me the happiness
I used to have
By Ana, 17
Why I Like Bubbles
I don’t like it when bubbles pop on my skin…
they pop all over me!
I like the tiny bubbles but daddy doesn’t like them
popping on his forehead.
The big bubbles pop slowly.
The bubbles have colors. I see pink and yellow
and blue and purple.
Le me show you how they pop!
They pop when I poke them.
I like to catch big bubbles and balance them
on my wand.
Itsy-bitsy tiny double bubbles are my favorite!
By Chase, 4
Copy for MAM and etc.....
The Periwinkle Foundation
Making A Mark
Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s
An exhibition of art and creative writing
by children touched by cancer and
blood disorders.