This is Not My Flower

This Valentine’s Day story is my first entry in one of Susanna Hill’s writing contests. It’s a play on Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat. Hope you enjoy!

This is Not My Flower (214 words)

This is not my flower.

I took it. From right over there.

Ms. Thomas didn’t need it. She has soooo many already.

I don’t have any at all. Or a card or even those chalky heart candies.

She won’t even notice it’s gone!

What if all the other kids see I don’t have a single Valentine?

I’ll tell you what! They’ll think I’m a L-O-S-E-R.

What if Ms. Thomas misses it? No, she won’t! She has like 30 flowers! Who needs 30 flowers?! I mean, save some for the bees! Sheesh, lady!

I need it waaayyyy more.

I can put it in my mouth and dance a tango.

I can put in my hair and dance a hula.

I can pull off each petal, make a wish, and let it float on the wind to a fairy wish-granter…There are like 50 wishes here!

I have so many wishes!

I’d wish for cookies—like the ones Ms. Thomas brings us on Fridays.

I’d wish for books—like the ones in the classroom…

Most of all, I’d wish for a friend—like Ms. Thomas is.

Ms. Thomas!

[Ms. Thomas]: Yes, Liam?

This is not my flower.

[Ms. Thomas]: Of course it is. I brought one for everyone.

Really?! Can I give mine back to you?

…Can I have a cookie?


12 thoughts on “This is Not My Flower

  1. Good job with the guilt, Kate! 🙂 Isn’t that always the way? It kind of sneaks up on you 🙂 I’m glad Liam came to realize how much he liked and appreciated Ms. Thomas before finding out that the flower was actually for him…and that in the end what he really wanted was a cookie! 🙂 Thanks for joining in the Valentiny fun!


    1. Thank you so much! And, thanks for the contests and great posts. I really enjoy your blog and have been working through your “Perfect Picture Books.”


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