I am happy to admit, this is not my best effort.  Yet, strangely, I really enjoyed writing this – I didn’t think too hard about it, I didn’t focus on it making complete sense and I didn’t think about any other impact (my stories tend to have an educational/moral slant to them) other than making a little girl called Alma smile.

Alma is 5 and last week she broke her collarbone.  What makes this a particularly miserable break is the fact that there is no cast, there is no ‘quick-fix’ and it’s just sore until it is better…which sucks if you are 5.  Alma has a younger brother called Jasper and, generally speaking, they are usually the best of friends so I wanted a story that would include both of them going on an adventure to fix her bone.

What I actually enjoyed most about this little creation is that this is actually my first ‘published’ book.  *take the word ‘published with a pinch of salt.



In order to give a book to Alma about her broken bone I had to create it.  This was relatively easy (bar printing pages upside down, back-t0-front, higgilty piggilty..etc) with the help of a laminator, some crayons and a long arm stapler.

Long story short, I got into real teacher mode and made the book. From beginning to end it took a grand totally of 4 hours.  That included the story, the illustrations (not sure you can really call them that but we will for the benefit of this blog post!) and the publishing.  Yes it’s a bit sketchy in places, the drawings are pretty amateur and the story line is a bit…well…odd, but when I heard how delighted Alma was with the book all of that didn’t really matter.  More importantly, it was awesome for me to see a book right the way through from beginning to end.  Makes me even more driven to actually get some of my work published – without the use of a laminator.

Enjoy ‘Alma and the Broken Bone’…

Alma and the Broken Bone

By Corrina Campbell

 

Alma had a broken bone

And when she broke it

She gave a moan…

“My bone, my bone

This is not a joke

I firmly believe

My bone is broke”

“It’s ok Alma”

Said Jasper her bro

“We’ll buy a new one

Come on let’s go.”

So Jasper and Alma went to the shops

To buy a new bone

(and some lollipops!)

They found a shop

Not far from their home

“I wonder if this shop

Will sell a new bone?”

“Excuse me,” said Alma

(she was very polite)

I’m looking for a bone

That is strong and white.

“I have just what you want,”

Said the man with a smile.

“It’s white and it’s sparkly

It’s the –bang-on-trend style!”

Pulling out a box

He presented a phone

Jasper laughed

“That’s not a bone!”

“Oh no!” cried Alma

“This just will not do!”

And leaving the shop

She shouted “Thank you!”

Crossing the street

Not wanting a phone

They found another shop

“Will this sell a bone?”

There were lots of people

Who looked very smart

The walls displayed graphs

Some pictures, a chart.

“Excuse me,” said Alma

(she was very polite)

I’m looking for a bone

That is strong and white.

“I have just what you want,”

Said the man with a smile.

“A sensible option

It’s just in this file…”

“How much money do you want

To take out as a loan?”

Jasper laughed

“That’s not a bone!”

“Oh no!” cried Alma

“This just will not do!”

And leaving the shop

She shouted “Thank you!”

Looking next door

Not wanting a loan

There was a small shop

“Will this sell a bone?”

There were lots of colours

And it smelt very sweet

There were jars stacked high

Ridged and neat.

“Excuse me,” said Alma

(she was very polite)

I’m looking for a bone

That is strong and white.

“I have just what you want,”

Said the girl with a smile.

Leading them down

To the far end of the aisle.

“Which ice cream would you like

To have on your cone?”

Jasper laughed

“That’s not a bone!”

“Oh no!” cried Alma

“This just will not do!”

And leaving the shop

She shouted “Thank you!”

Feeling quite glum

Not wanting a cone

There was one more shop

That might sell a bone.

It was gold and silver

It was very grand

And sign on the door said

“DRAGONS ARE BANNED”

“Excuse me,” said Alma

(she was very polite)

I’m looking for a bone

That is strong and white.

“I have just what you want,”

The lady said with a smile.

You’re my first prince and princess

I’ve had here in a while.”

It had diamonds and pearls

A truly great throne

But Jasper laughed

“That’s not a bone!”

“Oh no!” cried Alma

“This just will not do!”

And leaving the shop

She shouted “Thank you!”

Both feeling sad

They had to head home

It just wasn’t possible

To buy a new bone.

Their Daddy was there

“What’s wrong?” he cried

“I’ve broken a bone.”

Alma sighed.

“Oh no!” said Daddy

“Oh poor little you

Let’s find Mummy

She’ll know what to do.”

“Mummies know everything,”

Jasper said with a wink

Then Mummy appeared

“Now, let me think…”

“The bone that you broke

Does not need a cast

So you don’t need to worry

Because it will heal fast.

Your body is clever

It knows what to do

And before you know it

You’ll be back to brand new.

You’ll need to be brave

It will be quite sore

But until it is better

You can have lollies galore!”

“Hooray!” cried Alma

“I don’t need a new bone

Or a phone, a loan

A cone or a throne!”

“But Alma,”

Asked Jasper

“I want one too

A broken bone, just like you.”

“It’s ok” Said Alma

“There is somewhere I know

That’s sells broken bones

Come on, let’s go.”

 

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