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Different-Story Stories

exploring a good book's many themes, then writing a new story that teaches the same theme

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Robert the German Shepherd
by Catherine, fourth grade writer

One sunny day a German shepherd named Robert went to the dog park. He saw his friends and ran over to them. “Hi guys!” “Do you like my new collar?” Robert asked.

“It's okay,” said Robert’s friend, Spot, who was a Dalmatian.

“Let’s play tag!” said the Great Dane, Speedy.

“I’ll be it!” volunteered Speedy’s brother, Pedro.

After a couple of hours of playing, Quinn the Labrador came over to the group. “Like my new collar?” Quinn asked.

Everyone loved it, but it was almost exactly the same collar as Robert’s!

“Hey, that is just like my collar!” cried Robert.

“We don’t like your collar because you’re not as cool as Quinn,” said Spot.

“A true friend would never say that,” said Robert.

“If you think that then you can’t play with us anymore,” said Spot.

Heartbroken, Robert ran away from the dog park. His owners couldn’t catch him; he was too fast. He eventually went home, but for five days he didn’t want to go to the dog park. His cat friend, Button, suggested that he should go back to the dog park.

The next day Robert’s owners made him go to the dog park; he needed some exercise. Once he got there, his friends spotted him and came over.

“I’m sorry I hurt your feelings,” said Spot

“We like your collar,” said Pedro.

“Will you forgive us?” asked Quinn.

Should I forgive them? thought Robert. “Yes,” said Robert.

Then they played tag together. Spot learned a lesson. He learned that if you ask for forgiveness you will be forgiven. Robert also learned to take Button’s advice.

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