A Children’s Tale – Six Sentence Story

Artwork by Carolina Sartor

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – BOOK

Click here to hear the author read his words:

A Children’s Tale

I write the words and she creates the images, the pictures which, of course, are what make a book special for children.

The words are simple, the story of Béthune, a lovely town in Northern France, a Turtle with extraordinary abilities, and a Fish with a Limp
The rhymes too are simple, just enough to lead the reader, or listener, to the next fascinating piece of artwork.

I say ‘listener’ because the book talks but, unknown to anyone else, it also listens, all quite straightforward with today’s technology.

An excited, enthusiastic child generates a special essence, and my book captures a little piece of that each time.

It steals a fragment of a perfect, innocent soul.

* If you’d like to see more of Carolina’s amazing artwork, and hear the story of Béthune, the Turtle and the Fish with a Limp, please visit our YouTube video:

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29 Responses to A Children’s Tale – Six Sentence Story

  1. To be continued! I don’t know, C.E. That last line was a 380 into who knows what, lol, hence the next book? Gave it a 👍 on YT!


  2. CE, you know very well you can’t steal a soul a bite at a time, you old softie. So, the fish with the limp, was it a pronounced limp … LIMP .. pronounced limp.? (Sorry, Goons.)


  3. Zelda Winter says:



  4. Delightful video, art and words. Bravo CE and Carolina! It has a magical, timeless quality to it, reminding me of the charm of Edward Lear and Roald Dahl stories.
    Loved: “You will not find an imp or a chimp, or a blimp”
    Your Six take on it adds another layer, with a wicked little twist.


  5. Oof! Consider that the compliment it is meant to be.


  6. clark says:

    And finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint… (M. Python)


  7. ladysighs says:

    I like the slow reading of the story on YouTube. It gives the listeners time to look at the lovely drawings. And time to hear the words and to think about the story. If I were sharing it with a young child, I would replay and stop every once in a while and maybe ask what else is in the picture? What else is happening?
    I am sure a child would be able to create more adventures for the turtle and fish. (just as wonderful as the original) 🙂


    • ceayr says:

      I’m delighted you visited and enjoyed the YouTube reading, dear Lady.
      And you noticed that the children, the dog and the cat are recurring characters.
      Did you also see the author seated in the background when the Fish is singing?
      Very happy you spent the time, thank you.
      Did you check out any of my other videos there?


  8. Frank Hubeny says:

    Beautiful artwork and your words do lead the reader to the next image. It is ominous to think the book is also listening, but there could be a microphone tucked in it somewhere.


  9. It seemed as if it might have been such a fine world until that last line


  10. UP says:

    fantastic point of view….good writing.


  11. Chris Hall says:

    Eish, CE! Just when I was settling into the story, you hit me with that final line.


  12. jenne49 says:

    Just glad I’m not an innocent child, as I was completely drawn in by your words and the fabulous artwork!
    A wonderful story, until…
    The power and horror of that last line.
    So well crafted.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Indira says:

    Awesome take.


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