I was assigned to write a children's book for one of my classes (one of the joys of being an elementary education major), and this is what I've come up with.
"If I were Born Something Else" By: Traci Kuiper
At times when I’m bored, I wonder to myself what life would be like if I were born something else.
What if I was a bug or I lived in the wild?
It would probably be better than life as a child.
If I were a fish, I would swim in the sea.
It’s deeper and cooler than any pool could be.
I’d swim far and wide and explore all I wished.
You see, life would be grand if I were a fish.
If I were a frog, I would jump really high. I’d hop where and I wanted and pass everyone by.
I could live in a creek and hang out on a log. You see, life would be grand if I were a frog.
If I were an ant, I would be very strong. I would have six legs I’d use to scurry along.
I’d munch on big leaves, eating foods most people can’t. You see, life would be grand if I were an ant.
If I were a butterfly, I’d have great big wings. I’d fly through the clouds for the best view of everything.
I would be beautiful and never be shy. You see, life would be grand if I were a butterfly.
But I’m not an ant or a frog or a fish. I’ll never be a butterfly, no matter how hard I wish
I’m an ordinary boy, sitting in his backyard, letting his mind wander to adventures afar.
If I were born something else, how my life would be changed! Everything about me would be rearranged.
I don’t have six legs. I don’t live by the sea. I don’t hop place to place or fly wild and free.
But I suppose I can swim and jump pretty high. And when I swing in the air, I feel like I could fly.
I wouldn’t like eating leaves or not having toys. Perhaps life can still be grand as an ordinary boy.