In which my daughter rolls some dice and tells another story

As you may recall from an earlier post, my daughter loves playing Story Cubes. During a recent bout, she rolled the following:

It was only with great difficulty that I kept her from rolling the dice again.

“At least let me fix some of the pictures, Mommyo. These are no good,” she pleaded, but I was having none of it.

She gave me her best angry look, and said, “Well, you can’t make me use them all.”

Having registered her extreme displeasure with the entire exercise, my daughter launched into the following story.

Once upon a time a plane drove around the world , 10 jillion times, and one time it landed on the moon . It blasted off the moon, and went phut phut phut all through the night. Until it landed on a kitty and said, “Ugh , that was so gross.”

The plane took the kitty to Mars. He sneezed at the cat. The cat got sick. The cat got Mars Rover disease, which is a very easy disease to fight.

“Doctors! Come!” he called. “Bring medicine!”

“The End,” my daughter said, looking as belligerent as possible for a little human with rather pale eyebrows. “Now can I roll some better dice?”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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