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Choose a line from your favorite children’s book and use it as inspiration for a newly imagined short story for adults. How can you transform this line and apply it to a unique situation with fresh characters? Use the line’s message (whether implicit or explicit) as the spine of your story. Need a starting point? Try one of these lines on for size:

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” —Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” —Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

“When I look through my window, I see a brick wall.” —Something Beautiful, Sharon Dennis Wyeth

“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.” —The Very Hunger Caterpillar, Eric Carle

“Uncle Mordecai told this story at the backyard picnic.” —Nappy Hair, Carolivia Herron

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