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Together We Can Do Anything

by Julian Hinkson, 10 years old

One afternoon, Jo-Jo the elephant was sprinting up the hillside when he tripped and sprained his ankle. As he lay on the ground near the bottom of the hill, Jo-Jo hoped somebody would come by and notice him. Before he knew it, Jo-Jo had fallen asleep. While he was asleep, Jo-Jo dreamed he was at the top of the hill munching on some peanuts. Three hours later, Jo-Jo woke up and realized that he was still at the bottom of the hill waiting for someone to come help him.

When Jo-Jo opened his eyes, he noticed something on his trunk. His eyes crossed as he tried to get a better look at the small figure sitting at the top of his trunk right between his big, brown googley eyes. Finally, Jo-Jo realized that the small figure was an ant. What Jo-Jo didn't know is that while he was asleep, he rolled over and landed on a giant ant hill.

Jo-Jo asksed the ant, "Is there a good reason why you're sitting on my trunk?"

The ant replied, "Yes, a very good reason. You landed on my house."

“Well,” Jo-Jo said, "I sprained my ankle and I can't get up. If you carry me to the top of the hill, I can show you where there are lots of good crumbs to eat."

The ant liked the deal, and agreed to help Jo-Jo. The ant got underneath Jo-Jo's back and with his all might, tried to lift Jo-Jo up the hill. No matter how hard he tried, it was impossible for the ant to lift Jo-Jo.

Sixteen members of the ant's colony came to help him. All sixteen ants got underneath Jo-Jo's back and with all of their might, tried to lift Jo-Jo up the hill. Jo-Jo didn't budge. It seemed impossible to move him! Suddenly, the first ant had another idea. He decided to call all of the ants in his colony to come help them move Jo-Jo. If they all worked together, they were sure they could lift Jo-Jo to the top of the hill. Then, they would have all the crumbs to eat.

So, the whole colony of ants got underneath Jo-Jo's back and with all their might, they lifted Jo-Jo and carried him to the top of the hill. When they got to the top of the hill, everyone was smiling. Jo-Jo crawled to a huge mound of peanuts and the ants raced to a crumb utopia. And they all lived happily ever after.

This story about the elephant and the ants shows that if we all work together, we can accomplish more than a single person can imagine. But to make a difference everyone has to contribute his own piece of the puzzle. It's not going to be easy, but we can do anything with a little help!


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About the author...

Julian Hinkson is ten years old with close family ties to St. Lucia. He loves to play soccer, enjoys drawing, especially cartoons, and aspires to become a claymation animator. He attends Hoffman-Boston Elementary School and his favourite books are Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney, Alex Rider (series) by Anthony Horowitz, and Bud not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.

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