Spring Fling

Spring has sprung! That means it’s time again for the Spring Fling Kidlit contest, hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Ciara O’Neal. Many thanks to them and the generous prize donors for providing this opportunity! Using a gif for inspiration and limited to 150 words or less, I present this year’s entry:

Arachnid Bunny Harvestman GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY
Bogus Easter Bunny		(117 words) 

Let’s take spring break in Ecuador. 
It’s tropical and sunny.
We’ll search inside the jungle 
for a bogus Easter Bunny.
It’s called the Bunny Harvestman 
and may look mighty cute,
but underneath black bunny ears 
it’s poised, in hot pursuit
of aphids, earthworms, snails, and slugs. 
It’s not a picky eater. 
Dead or living, it devours, 
keeping forests neater.

The Bunny’s an arachnid. 
It’s harmless, yet bizarre.
Those imitation yellow eyes 
are creepy--EEK! They are!
When it’s disturbed, this daddy-long-legs 
squirts an awful scent,
to make a predator think twice:
you eat me, you’ll repent!
So let’s record a video 
to show them back at school.
We saw the Easter Bunny on our trip… 
April Fool!

Author:

I am a picture book writer for children and former elementary teacher and librarian.

33 thoughts on “Spring Fling

  1. Jill – what an interesting arachnid! Believe it or not I was just pondering whether or not to write an Easter Story with one of my character-driven Pb series featuring a spider! How delightful to discover this bunny-resembling-one! Good luck with your entry!! So fun! Great job!

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  2. What a creative twist on a traditional Easter tale. I enjoyed something new. I have never heard of the Bunny Harvestman before. Good luck!

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  3. Jill, I’ve been close to home since COVID so I appreciated being transported to Ecuador and meeting this fascinating spider!! Your story is filled with interesting facts and artfully written. Good luck in the contest!

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  4. That is one cool looking arachnid. Your story is informative and entertaining. Well done! Best of luck.

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  5. Jill, you’ve done it again! This is fantastic! how you have found the PERFECT and interesting .gif to write about is beyond me. I would love to see you make this a full-blown PB. So COOL! Good luck in the contest!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Michelle! I actually created the gif from a video that I saw awhile back. I thought it was such an interesting creature, I had to write about it. I so appreciate your support for my writing…you’re the best! Good luck to you in the contest, too!

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  6. Wow it really does look like a bunny. How fascinating (and scary)! This is very creative and well done. I missed your 50 precious moments post because of the website issues. As always, a great contest entry. Good luck!

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    1. Oh, Ashley, you are always so kind to comment on my entries! Thank you for taking the time to do that. It IS fascinating and scary…I couldn’t resist writing about it! Best of luck to you as well!

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  7. I agree, he’s creepy, but fascinating! You captured both of these in your story, super rhymes, and just the details we need to know if we ever encounter one of these! Love it – good luck!

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    1. Katie, you are always so supportive of my writing–thank you! You’re the best! I’m glad you were able to overcome my subject’s creepiness to comment! Best of luck to you in the contest!

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  8. Jill, this poem about the Bunny Harvestman is wonderful in every way! What an incredible creature it is, and how perfect for Spring Fling! I love poems like this that combine nature facts with a touch of humor…my own poem-making passion, as well!
    Becky Loescher

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  9. Well if I saw this arachnid, I would not stay around long enough to smell its scent! But you did an awesome job with your story! What a great GIF and what a creepy creature. LOL

    Good luck!

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    1. It IS a cool critter, isn’t it! Thanks so much for your kind comments, Kaitlyn…it means a lot to me! And thank you for all your work on Spring Fling Kidlit! You have a tough job ahead with all these fabulous entries to read.

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  10. I love this. A great twist on the theme and so well written. Now I want to go on a road trip and see this little fella! 🙂

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    1. He/she IS cool, isn’t she/he? I’m glad you liked my entry! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and for all you, Kaitlyn, and the donors are doing to encourage us in Spring Fling Kidlit!

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