The stories were sent in by a second grade teacher, the art by a young artist living in China who thought ZuZu (the newspaper) could use a little more color!
Even though these two imaginative young people have never met, we thought their words and pictures really worked well together.
words by Sara Yu, paintings by Hejiuan Jiuan
A long time ago an old Buddha drank from a crystal clear stream. He was a poor man and he only had enough money to buy one slice of bread. He had to make it last a week. He had a little cottage by the stream. His neighbor, To-tang was very rich. He hissed at Cha-bing, that was his name. To-tang had a wife, but Cha-bing couldn't afford one. He laid down and sighed. All he wanted was a wife and a child. The next morning, he rose up with the sun and right before him laid a beautiful wife and child.
Deep in the rich grazing spot there was a little gazelle named Blue Violet. She lived in the heart of Africa. She liked to jump and run. She was afraid of lions and cheetahs. She liked to eat blue flowers, that's why her name was Blue Violet. One day she got into trouble. She chased a grasshopper into the lions' territory. She almost got killed, but her father saved her and she never went into the lions' territory again.The New Born Deer
High on a mountain a new deer was born. The air was crisp and warm, flowers were blooming and the new deer was learning to walk. She went up hills and down hills until she found the waterfall. The water was cool and clean and she lapped daintily, as the fish jumped and the grass just grew out of the snow. The rocks and cliffs were rough so she was careful not to fall down.
Deep down in the sea a mermaid purse was layed. The same day one mermaid lost her purse and she took the shark's purse. When she got home, the purse hatched and scared the mer family and ate a school of fish. The mer baby giggled as the little shark ate. He became part of the family. Its favorite food was salmon It liked the mer baby. One day the mer baby followed the shark up to the top. She worried the mer family until she followed the shark back home. The mer man hugged the mer baby and the shark got a pat on the head and a nice big codfish. Two days later the mermaid left the house. The shark cried. The mer baby cheered him up.
Writer Sara Yu is eight years old and is in the second grade at the Reba O. Steck Elementary School, located in Aurora, Illinois. The stories were submitted by her teacher, Gail Kleefisch.
Artist Hejiuan Jiuan lives in Suzhou, People's Republic of China. She sent these drawings to ZuZu when she was in the fifth grade at the Pingzhi Elementary School. Her paintings and drawings have won many contests and have been exhibited in China and Japan.
illustrations from top: "Rowing a Dragon Boat", "Girl of Dawn", "Deer Zoo", "Animal's Paradise", "Sea"