Before I present to you my first story, I would like to give you just a little bit of background. Fluffy was my first pet, and I loved her tremendously. She was a yellow lab/golden retriever mix. She was sweet and loving. I would cover her with my blanket and lay on her while watching TV. She was, quite possibly, my best friend.
In first grade, I became a big sister. When my little sister was born, my parents decided that a dog who runs away all of the time and eats the Christmas tree was just too much of a burden for my mother to handle while caring for the new baby. They told me they took her to live out the rest of her days on a farm.
This is a rather sad story, written by a second grader with a broken heart.
The copyright page registers the copyright to my old second grade classroom of my elementary school.
211 South Sixth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
Though, I believe that as the author I am allowed to share the work as I see fit, and I do not believe that my old elementary school would come after me for sharing my work, I did figure I should probably make mention of the copyright discrepancy just in case, and a little shout out to room 2D.
This early publishing experience left a lasting impression on me. I knew from the moment that they handed me my book I wanted to be an author. I wanted to see my name on more books. I also learned how to use writing to work out my emotions.
And so, here it is. The story that started it all:
**I transcribed every word – typos and all – for the visually impaired and those who have trouble loading photos.
My Old Dog Fluffy
a story written and illustrated by Tiffany A Messer — 2nd grade