Jen Sees the Stars
Story by Cameron Bock
Illustrations by Jenna Olischar
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I look up and see a bright light cut the night.
To the left, a red sun runs by the rim of my star jet.
To the right, a dark void of gas and fog is all I see.
There is no food or water out here but that is okay.
I am Jen and my house is with the stars.
I sleep in my star jet and float all night.
I get out of bed, sit in my star jet, and go into the dark.
The void is black like ink but I feel no fright.
My star jet is big with many rooms.
I turn on the light in a room and see my star map.
This map shows me how to go to all the stars I know, and many new stars too.
My job is to see every star.
The void is very big, and I am only a kid, but I know I can do it!
If I am ever sad, I can call my mom.
I tap on my star box and call my mom and dad‘s house.
She says that I will have great fun!
After we talk, I jog to another room in my sky jet, hop in the big chair, and go.
There is a hum sound in the jet as I go.
There is a long gap from star to star, so I run a lap in the room.
I run many laps then have a nap in the den.
Look, a star!
I pin a peg on my map and scan the star.
I mark every star on my map with a tag.
This star is bright but not too bright.
I tag it six out of ten.
I can not land on the star because it is too hot.
I land on a planet by the star and look for food.
I dig in the hot ground for a nut or a fruit but no luck!
After I walk, I find a bog with a big star bug.
I see it bob and bop in the bog water.
Can I eat the star bug?
I eat jam on a hot bun in my star jet.
My star jet is hungry, too.
I go into the void so my star jet can sip on the star.
It sips the light from the star, but not too much.
Thank you, star!
I drink from a tin cup and plan another trip.
I will find a new star, log it on my star map, and win again!
Yup, I have a lot of fun in my star jet.
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