One of Gunnar's writing assignments is to write a very short children's story containing four basic elements. A main character (or two), a problem the main character has, the solution to the problem, and an ending. Very basic. Very formulaic. Fine. No problem. The book (Writing Strands) used an example of a frog whose tongue had lost its stickiness, and suggested the student write about an animal. (Always a win with little kids.)
Gunnar thought for a moment, looking out the window at the feeder and then said (very innocently),
"I know, Mom, I'll write about The Squirrel Who Lost His Nuts."
Um, Gunnar? You might want to rethink that.