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The bbc 500 words competition
Most evenings I lie with my 6 year old and make up a story for her, she likes to have books read to her but prefers me making up stories, usually about things that have happened around about her and sometimes totally random nonsense. Sometimes she likes to make a story up, they're usually rubbish but occasionally she comes up with a gem.
Anyway she got some info from school about the bbc 500 word competition that encourages kids to make up a story and send it in. She tried to make me send one of mine but I thought that wouldn't be right so we tidied up one of hers about a tree that thinks it's dying when it's losing its leaves only to be told that it's only autumn and you'll get a whole lot of new ones in the spring. I used her words and her language. She didn't get through to the next round.
Today I read some of the winners in the 5-9 category - a sample -" Olga the first ever Feminist lived in prehistoric Ireland...Olga inhabited a world of relentless drudgery."
No way did a 5-9 year old come up with that. The more I read through the other winners i noticed that much of the language belongs to literary tomes more befitting a booker longlasting! These are adults writing stories and sticking their kids names next to it. I can't believe the bbc can't see that.
Anyway rant over!