The Chocolate Moon

Ask any grandparent and they will tell you that becoming a grandparent makes even a curmudgeon giddy with joy. I am the proud nana of two beautiful boys (eleven and four years old), and they are the highlight of my day and life.

The joys of nana-life include: rocking it out, playing Fortnite, mini-stick hockey, holding dance parties in the living-room, helping out with homework, and writing stories.

Introducing the newest author in the family; four-year-old, Henri, his debut novel is called: THE CHOCOLATE MOON.

He wrote this book (dictated to me and I typed it, and also served as his editor) in December and I had it printed it up, and gave it to family members.

I am sharing his book with you, and because the subject (chocolate) is so dear to my heart, I am including a scrumptious chocolate sauce recipe at the end of this post—you can even pour it on the moon. 🙂

Chapter One
The Dinosaur and the LadyBug

THERE ONCE WAS a dinosaur named Henrisaurus who lived in a big, purple rock.

Henrisaurus lived in the purple rock with a Ladybug named Star.

Star liked to eat oranges and crunchy carrots.

Henrisaurus loved to eat people, but not Nana’s.

Star told Henrisaurus that eating people was not a nice thing to do, so Henrisaurus stopped eating people.

From that day on, Henrisaurus ate chocolate, Italian cookies, chips, and jujubes.

Henrisaurus loved those so much that he did not miss eating people.

Chapter Two
The Gorilla

One day, Henrisaurus and Star went to the Dinosaur Store and they bought a big moon.

They put the moon in a box to carry it home.

On the way home from the Dinosaur Store they ran into a gorilla who was carrying a big bag.

“What is your name, big gorilla?” said Henrisaurus.

The Gorilla pounded his chest and growled loud. “My name is Skeleton, and I am strong.”

Henri said, “I think you need clothes.”

Skeleton growled again and said, “You should be scared of me.”

Henri shook his head. “I’m not.”

The Gorilla growled again and jumped up and down, pounding his chest.

“Star,” said Henrisaurus. “I think Skeleton would look good in a chocolate suit and shoes. Let’s take him home and dip him in chocolate.”

“That’s a good idea,” Star said.

The Gorilla ran away fast because he was scared of Henrisaurus.

The Gorilla dropped his bag and lots of oranges and carrots fell out.

Henrisaurus picked up two oranges, and three carrots, and gave them to Star.

Then they went home with their new goodies and the moon.

Chapter Three
Home for Lunch

At home, Henrisaurus and Star played with their friends, Microwave, Plant, Red, Isabelle, Pear and Apple.

Then it was time for lunch, so Henrisaurus took the moon he bought at the Dinosaur Store and dipped it in a big pot of melted chocolate.

Henrisaurus shared the chocolate moon with Star and all his friends.

It was yummy.

“What should we buy tomorrow, Henrisaurus?” said Star.

Henrisaurus said, “Let’s buy the sun. It will be good dipped in chocolate.”

They all laughed and clapped their hands.

After eating the yummy chocolate moon, and playing, they were tired, so they sat on a purple couch, and Nanasaurus put the TV on so they could watch Christmas movies and rest.

They talked about tomorrow and how they were going to go back to the Dinosaur store, and then play all together again

-The End –



MEET THE AUTHOR




Simple Homemade Chocolate Sauce

This easy to make (you can get the kids to help you out as well) chocolate sauce can be poured over; fruit, cake, cookies, ice-cream, yogurt, and even the moon, because when it comes to chocolate, the possibilities are endless.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (250 ml) water
½ cup milk (for extra richness and decadence you can use cream)
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed)
8 ounces of high-quality chocolate for the best flavor and texture–bittersweet or semisweet– finely chopped

Directions:

Turn stove top to medium heat.

In a saucepan, whisk together: water, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder.

Keep whisking until the mixture comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate, stirring until chocolate is all melted.

Put aside for 1 ½ to 2 hours, this will allow the sauce to thicken.

To serve warm, heat on low for a few minutes, or can be served at room temperature, just stir before drizzling.

Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in a tightly covered container, and rewarmed before serving.

Enjoy!

The Princess and her friends share Thanksgiving

What better way to commemorate the wonderful holiday of gratitude, with a story written by children ages 4 to 6 years old about what they are thankful for.

There’s nothing more adorable than reading how a child’s imagination is let loose with a creative writing project.

I hope this short story the children wrote will touch your heart and make you smile as they express their thankfulness through their story.

The Princess Who Ate Too Much at Thanksgiving

Princess Peach lived in a big castle called, Castle Love and Fun. The castle was made out of orange bricks, and had light green metal doors, and the windows were made out of red and gold paper.

One Thanksgiving afternoon, the princess went outside and swung on her swing that was made out of turkey drum sticks from last year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Her dad, King Funny built it for her and her friends.

After swinging she decided to go to the beach. At the beach the sand was covered in pumpkin seeds. Princess Peach went swimming in the blue water.

After she swam, she dried herself with a big red and white polka-dotted towel and opened a big picnic basket.

Her mommy, Queen Laughing had put it there for her to enjoy. Her mommy also put a big fluffy orange blanket there for her to sit on.

Inside the picnic basket she found Cheerios, sweet potato French fries, turkey slices, stuffing made out of Skittles and chocolate, strawberries and pumpkin pie with marshmallows on top and  a big jug of pink lemonade.

Princess Peach ate and drank until her tummy was full and then walked back to the castle.

When she arrived at her castle she went in and saw her friend, Baddy the Yu-Gi-Oh Pumpkin. Baddy was at the castle and was munching on peanut butter sandwiches.

Princess Peach then saw Tulip the Pumpkin Dragonfly in the living room.

Tulip was having fun, looking at the Princess’ gold fish in the big Pumpkin fish tank.

Princess Peach, Dragonfly and Baddy went down the stairs to the castle basement to play.

They decided to have a party. They had potato chips, hot dogs and orange juice.

But the princess was full from lunch, and her tummy was so full she floated up to the ceiling. Dragonfly flew up to save her.

When she came back down they all sat in a circle and held hands.

Princess Peach said, “Let’s say thanks for everything we have. I’ll start first. I am thankful for Dragonfly for knowing how to fly to come up and save me.”

Dragonfly giggled. “I am thankful for Saturday and Sunday, cuz then I don’t have to do any homework.”

Baddy shook his head up and down. “I am thankful for my mommy and daddy and my grams and gramps and, I think I’m missing someone.”

“Your baby sister Haddy?” said Prince Peach.

“Oh, yeah,” said Baddy. “Her too. And real thankful that mommy and daddy change her diapers.”

“I’m thankful for my daddy and him teaching me how to burp real loud,” said Prince Peach.

“Me too,” said Dragonfly. “My dad taught me to burp the alphabet, but mommy doesn’t like it, but I’m thankful that she laughs and doesn’t complain too much when we have burping contests.”

“I’m thankful for my dance moves,” Baddy said, and stood up and danced.

Princess Peach and Dragonfly laughed real hard.

“I’m thankful we can laugh loud and no teacher around to tell us to stop making noise,” said Dragonfly.

“I like that,” Princess Peach said. “I’m thankful for all the goodies we get to eat at Thanksgiving too.”

They all clapped and rubbed their tummies.

“I’m thankful for recess,” said Baddy.

“And let’s not forget to be thankful for all the animals in the zoo,” said Dragonfly.

They all clapped again and let out a big yawn.

“I’m sleepy,” said Princess Peach.

“Me too,” said Baddy and Dragonfly.

They lay down and all said together, “We are thankful for Thanksgiving and all the nice people who do nice things for us.”

They all took a nap, and dreamt of all the fun they were going to have together at Christmas in a month.

   FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS

Wishing you all A Happy Thanksgiving.

May your tables be bountiful with love, good health and laughter.

I am thankful for all of you, who visit my blog and make my day just that much brighter.

Selena

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During the summer, I facilitated creative writing workshops for children ages 4 to 10 years of age, teaching them how to brainstorm as a group and write stories, giving them free reign on their imagination. There is nothing more endearing than listening to youngsters brainstorm a story.

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