First posted November 2010. Ponytails was in Grade 8 and Lydia (Crayons) was in Grade 4.
Crayons (Grade 4) (uncorrected--Crayons' punctuation has improved greatly this fall!)
Once upon a time there was a king called Cephalus. He was right in the middle of a war. So he went to his friend Æacus. "Can I use some of your people" he asked. "Sure sure" said Æacus "as many as you want". "Thank you" said Cephalus. "But um I noticed that there isant any of your old people." "Ah yes" said Æacus "thats a long story."
Ponytails (Grade 8) (also uncorrected)
There was a war going on between Cephalus, the king of Athens and Minos, the king of Crete. Now, Cephalus was friends with the King of Ægina, Æacus. Cephalus went to Ægina to ask Æacus if he could borrow some soldiers. When he got to Ægina, he didn't see anyone he know.
"Where are all my friends?" he asked.
"I'll tell you the story," Æacus replied.
"The godess, Juno got very mad at us. Her husband, Jupiter's girlfriend's name was Ægina, like the city. She got very mad because it reminded her of her husband's other love. She sent a plague here.
"The plague wiped out all the men and women, but my son and I survived. Now I got mad, I had no people! I went to sleep under an oak tree infested with ants. I had a dream about the ants in the tree becoming men. Then I woke up.
"My dream had come true! The ants turned into men!" finished Æacus.
"Wow! That's amazing!" said Cephalus.
"Now, my friend, take as many men as you need! Good luck and good health!" exclaimed Æacus.