09/10/2012 Philip Caveney

Every night, long after the rest of his tribe were asleep, Little Elk would climb out from beneath his buffalo robe bed covers and he would walk out of the tepee, to stand gazing up at the night sky. He would see the millions of stars splashed across the heavens and he would find himself wondering about them. Who had the power to create such things and set them shimmering in the heavens like a countless multitude of blazing campfires? How had they come to be there, watching over the prairies like silent sentinels in the sky? And most baffling of all, where did they go to in the daytime?

He resolved to find out. So one morning, he packed up his clothes and his weapons and he set off on foot for the highest mountain in the country, the one his people called The Stand, thinking to himself that the closer he got to the sky, the better chance he would have of learning the answers to his questions.

He walked for three whole days without stopping and then…


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Comment by Stacia Maiorani on October 9, 2012 at 3:45

Nhan and Polly

American International School, HCMC

...Little Elk arrive at a market. He looked at all of the food stalls around him, and suddenly realized that he is hungry; he did not eat for the last three days. Boy, was he hungry!!

Luckily, he carried some buffalo hides with him for the journey. He noticed a man behind a food stall signaling to him. The man said, “Are you hungry, boy?”

“Yes,” Little Elk replied, “Would you like some buffalo hides, in return for some food?”

“We have a deal, then, kid!” the man answered jubilantly, “A buffalo hide for two fresh fishes, OK?”

“Here is your hide, then,” Little Elk gave the man one buffalo hide, and in turn, received two huge, fresh fishes.

“Why are you here, boy?” asked the man, “Looking for some adventure?”

“I am trying to answer a few questions that I asked myself about the stars,” said Little Elk, “by climbing up to the top of the Stand.”

“The Stand is too high for a kid like you,” the man mocked, “However, I can help you climb up the mountain, if you do something for me.”

“And what would that be?” Little Elk questioned.

“There is a scholar down the road behind this stall,” the man pointed, “If you continue down the road, you will find an enigmatic scholar. Bring him to me, and we can help you out.”

“Thank you!” Little Elk exclaimed merrily. Then he started down the road…

Comment by Rosa Harkin on October 9, 2012 at 8:42

The road was dusty and the light began to fade. Looking up at the sky, he began to shiver as the darkness enveloped him. “Where are the stars to guide me?” he asked himself. “Are they hiding from me? What have I done to offend them?

Suddenly, there was a beam of light and a winged elk appeared magically from the sky. His wings were golden and his hide shone against the backdrop of darkness. His horns were as white as pearls. Strength and dignity were his clothing. In a gruff voice, he whispered “You have been good to my memory and showed the world much kindness. Let me repay you and help you in your quest. I see that you are looking for some answers.”  

“I am looking for the stars “said Little Elk

“Hop on my back and I will take you to them” replied the Elk in a gentle voice. As Little Elk, climbed onto the elk’s back, a gentle wind caressed them and the darkness began to disappear and the stars appeared like diamonds and fireworks filling the sky. The colours shimmered and glowed like crystals. A shining silver  star fell   from the sky and landed on Little Elk’s back. Reaching carefully, he held the star up and exclaimed “ Little star you’ve come to answer my question. Where do you go in the morning when the sun comes up?” “This is one of the greatest mysteries of the world. How do I know I can share this with you? I need to protect the secrets as we are the guardians of the world. To reach the answer, first you must solve this riddle. What are … “

Norbury Primary School

Comment by John Iona on October 9, 2012 at 10:16


...the greatest fears of the world?  Immediately, Little Elk scratched his head in confusion - he wondered to himself 'What could it be?'.  Just out of nowhere, it hit him like a meteor shower!  "I got it, I got the answer!" exclaimed Little Elk.

"Inform me little Elk" stuttered the Star in a gentle, high-pitched voice. 

"Well, the greatest fear of the world is, erm... fish and chips!" remarked Little Elk.

"Ha ha ha!" chuckled Little Star "What a ridiculous answer, I'll tell you what, if you go on a

quest to find out what the greatest fears of the world are with my miserable brother, I will tell you all the answers you need for a lifetime!

But you will need to vanquish the timekeeper...





by Can Dogan

by Daniel Brown 

at Oasis Academy Enfeild

Comment by N Francis on October 9, 2012 at 11:01
…to find the next riddle to conquer your thoughts and discoveries on the magnificent wonders named, stars. If you have doubts against defeating the timekeeper, there is a longer route to your destiny.

Choose this path and you will have to answer three more riddles. You will find that the first riddle in your reach is nearer than you believe…” the Elk proclaimed.

The Elk left little elk to make the decision of his destiny. He was left wondering until little Elk made his decision to take the three riddle test; after all, killing the timekeeper was far too bold for his brave but small personality to conquer with dignity.

Little Elk travelled further down the dusty road of destiny for over two days. He was hungry and thirsty but still had the courage inside to carry on.
Suddenly, on the evening of the second day, little elk came across a glimmering gold figure in his sight. He went from slowly walking to a run against time to reach the golden idol he has been waiting to see.

The golden idol hovered in the misty dark dusk. Little Elk stood there in dis-belief until the wise king above him spoke;
“Hello there young believer, I understand that you have been walking for days. You must be hungry! To retrieve rations from myself, you have to answer my riddle, if you get it correct, you will also get through to the next riddle stage…
What are the chances of finding the stars, the wondrous unknowns that live next to Mars, to discover your answer, look here you will see, that I am the gate to your destiny…”

Georgina and Niall, St.Benedicts Catholic School, Bury St. Edmunds, UK
Comment by Siobhan Hawke on October 9, 2012 at 12:10

"But how can you be the gateway to my destiny" Little Elk replied. Suddenly flashes of light and whirls of colour filled the whole misty landscape. Glistening golden birds flew round and round in an endless circle, finally swooping down and forming a beautiful, shining bridge. Little Elk cautiously stepped onto the gleaming, gold bridge and found himself transported into a place he had never seen before. He was ouside a palace made out of pure ice;not your usual ice, oh no! It was special ice that never melts, even in the hottest climate.The little Elk looked around him and a giant polar bear popped out from behind a tree.  He was about to speak but no words came out .......

(Bethany, Daniel, Emmanuel, Ellie; St Augustine's Catholic College, Trowbridge, Wiltshire)

Comment by Lynne Coppendale on October 9, 2012 at 12:57

The Little Elk noticed the polar bear had shackles on his hind legs and paws.

‘Who are you and why are you here?’ the little elk questioned. The polar bear did not respond but just gave him a cold stare. Puzzled little elk continued to ask questions in hope to get some answers.

‘Where am I? Answer me bear!’ Little elk turned away in disbelief and began to walk away; suddenly he felt the cold impact of a sharp and icy snowball on the back of his head. The jolt sent shivers through his spine. As he tumbled to the floor he expected a hard landing however the ground seemed to be crumbling beneath him. He fell through layer after layer of snow until he hit rock bottom. As he arose he looked up and everything was misty and different the white blanket that covered the earth moments ago had become blood red stone that seemed to be pointing in a single direction as if to tell him something.

Do I follow the path? Little elk thought. Something seemed to be pushing him towards the path. He went with his gut instinct but instantly regretted his foolish mistake as he heard clattering of chain, the screams of polar bears and the echo of deadly footsteps behind him. He squeezed his eyes shut hoping he would wake up from this terrible nightmare; this is not what he expected. I almost forgot, this must be one of the greatest fears of the world... He remembered what the star had said.


By Georgia, Shannonjayde, Susanna, Charlotte. Danum Academy

Comment by Allison Painich on October 9, 2012 at 16:34
I tried my best to remember, but it was as if I were in a trance. I opened my eyes to a horrific sight of Snow White polar bears with red eyes as if I had intruded into their home of prisoners. A chill ran through my spine as their guardian polar bear stared at me with a cold look and breathed his hot breath in my face. That was when I started running and heard a small, childlike voice in my head telling me not to have fear of the polar bears. I ignored the voice, kept running, and tripped over a little girl as she cried, "HELP ME! I'm scared!"

Cheyanne and Diamond
Minnie Ruffin Elementary
Monroe, Louisiana, USA

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