Your story: The day I met a chipmunk

A chipmunk on the Cedar Cliff Trail at Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon on Monday, Jun. 26, 2017. (Stephen Ma
A chipmunk on the Cedar Cliff Trail at Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon on Monday, Jun. 26, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

By Graham Talsness

This story was written by 7-year-old Graham Talsness.

One morning, I looked out the front window, and saw a chipmunk walking down the road. He was carrying a penny. I think he was going to the store.

The chipmunk also had a tiny boombox and he was playing music.

The chipmunk saw me looking out the window and I came outside to investigate.

The chipmunk did not run away from me. I asked him what his name was.

It was Dirk.

“Why are you carrying a penny?” I asked him.

“I am carrying it so I can buy some peanuts,” Dirk said.

“Where did you get that tiny boombox?” I replied.

“I made it myself,” he said proudly. “I used this penny as a screwdriver, too.”

“I’ll come with you so I can lift you up to the counter at the store,” I said. “In fact, I’m going to the store, too. I’m going to buy some candy.”

“Oh, that would be great,” said the chipmunk.

So we went to the store and bought peanuts and candy.

When we left the store, we walked to my backyard and climbed into my treehouse and ate our candy and peanuts.

I went inside and got Monopoly. I returned to the treehouse and we played Monopoly together. I never knew I’d be friends with a chipmunk!

Get your story published in The Gazette!

Each week during the summer, The Kids Gazette and the Cedar Rapids Public Library are teaming up to publish your stories and give you fun craft ideas and things to do.

Here is how it will work:

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Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m., the Cedar Rapids Public Library is hosting a Sunset Storytime online. Sunset Stories can be found on the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s Facebook and YouTube pages. During the story time, librarians will tell stories (of course!), show you how to do a craft, and then encourage you to write your own stories.

And, one of those stories will be published in the paper every week. Will it be you?

We will also publish the instructions for the craft in the paper as well.

If you don’t have craft supplies, don’t worry! Craft kits will be available at the library Monday-Friday each during curbside pickup hours, while supplies last. Please call 319-263-READ for more information.

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