The Silver Swan
was created especially for
Stephanie Jenae Houston
at the age of 9
With Love From
Mommy and Daddy
Stephanie washed her face, brushed her teeth, slipped into her soft pajamas, and climbed into bed. She couldn't wait to finish looking through the curious book she had found in the old wooden chest in her closet. The book was covered with dust. It must have been a hundred years old!
"Stephanie opened the worn leather cover. Inside were pictures of a beautiful princess who lived in an enchanted forest. The princess loved and cared for the many animals who lived there. In the forest was a lake where a silver swan lived. The swan could sing, talk and fly high in the sky. There was also a cute little elf who lived by the lake. The swan often carried the princess and the elf to faraway places. The swan, the princess, and the elf were the best of friends.
As Stephanie turned the last page of the book, a puff of shimmering gold dust filled the air. Stephanie blinked. There, in the middle of her room, stood the princess. At her side was the shining, silver swan. The swan sang: "Strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry pie,
Come fly with us through the magical sky."
"Don't be afraid, Stephanie," said the princess. "We have come to ask for your help." "You see," added the swan, "our friend, Twinkle the Elf, is missing. He went out to play in the clouds this afternoon, and he is not yet home. Could you bring along Caroline, Maddy and Tiffany and help us search for Twinkle?" "Of course!" Stephanie exclaimed.
"Please wait while I ask for permission."
Stephanie was back in a flash.
"Are you ready?" asked the silver swan.
"Oh, yes!" she replied. The silver swan lowered her long, graceful neck and unfolded her wings, so that Stephanie, Caroline, Maddy, Tiffany and the princess could climb onto her back. With a whoosh of her wings, the swan flew out of the window and into the evening sky.
(…and there's much, much more!)
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