The Two-Faced Barbarian and the Gator Gar

I’m sort of homeschooling my kids this summer. Ethan has the most to do, because he needs the most help writing and reading and he’s supposed to learn his times tables before third grade. They do that by third grade these days? I suppose so.

Every day, I ask him to write some times tables (flashcards will be later this week) and then write at least one page and up to 300 pages on the topic of his choice, to practice his handwriting as well as his writing.

Anyway, I have been impressed with the two stories he’s written. I asked if he needed topics, and he said no. This is the first year in which Ethan has been able to express himself through writing, and I’m finding the difference between his writing and his older sister’s interesting.

Plus, I had to read the barbarian story three times before I completely got it.  Not that that’s bad.

The Two-Faced Barbarian

The two-faced barbarian has a quiet fighting style. If I don’t harm him, he won’t harm me, so I’ll gently give him a plate of sardines because if I don’t, he’ll grind my bones for his bread. O, how I wish I could be free, and it’s pretty creepy for four eyes to stare at me.

Beware, my dear, friends never go hiking with me.

The American Alligator and the Gator Gar

The American Alligator looks like a gator gar. They can kill you with an attack called the death roll. It tears off the spot of its prey it got in its mouth.

Sometimes, the poor gator gar is blamed for the alligator’s attack, so some people say the gator gar should be electrocuted. But it shouldn’t be.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

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