Ever wondered how a swooping owl sees the world? What about a mountain lion on the prowl? Or a salamander hiding in a stream?
For this challenge, we want you to write a story from the Point of View of an animal. Point of View (or POV) is how a character sees things in a story. For example, a tiger’s POV might be thrilling, while a giraffe’s POV is contemplative, observing the world from way up high. A bat’s POV is quick and always on the move, but an elephant’s POV is slow and patient.
When writing from a specific Point of View, there are some things you should think about:
- What's unique about each POV?
- What does one animal see that another animal might not see?
- How does each animal’s POV shape the story?
Using JaminStill's art shop, we want you to write a story from the POV of one or more animals. That means you can show us how the king of the jungle sees the world, or you can show us the POV of all his prey!
Just keep in mind that Storybird is a family-friendly website. That means no blood and guts. Please make sure your story follows our community guidelines before submitting.
- Create a PICTURE BOOK with at least 10 images from Jaminstill's art shop. Order the images to make a visual story.
- Write a story from one or more animals' POV.
- Think of how each POV is unique and interesting. For more on POV, check out this guide.
- Ask yourself how different animals see different things.
- Make sure you don’t just describe each picture, but add to them as well.
- Once you’ve finished, give your picture book a title! Use words that relate to the story.
- Proofread your book. Make sure you wrote everything the way you wanted to write it and that you’re happy with your work.
- Now you’re ready to enter your Picture Book into the challenge. Publish your chapter and submit it!
- While you're waiting for moderation, read at least three entries below and leave feedback for the authors. Read this guide for tips on giving (and receiving) constructive criticism.
** Remember, when you're writing on Storybird (or any website) you should never include personal information like your name, your school, or your hometown. Also, Storybird does not allow stories that are violent, offensive, or based on other people's characters or ideas. Read these community guidelines for more reminders on how to stay safe and have fun online.