Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Sock Fairy Adventures in Sockland and an Addendum

Friday July 10 Sock Fairy Adventures in Sockland
Reader ages 6-9 Story synopsis so far…

Will is searching through the clothes in the dryer for his lost soccer sock. He really wants to find the mate as his soccer socks are a lucky pair. He once scored a winning goal wearing them. As Will leans into the dryer he suddenly is sucked in and tossed about. When Will stops spinning he tumbles out into a new place called Sockland. This new magical place has mismatched socks everywhere hanging on tree branches. Three fairies fly by Will. He knows they are fairies from seeing pictures in his storybooks. He runs excitedly down the road hoping to catch up to them but trips and falls over a large rock on the road. His leg hurts but he manages to catch up just as the fairies disappear through the door into the Sock Bank. Unexpectedly Will’s size changes to very small when he rubs fairy dust over his hands. He is able to make it inside the Sock Bank behind a fairy just as the door closes. Will watches sock fairies unload their bags of mismatched socks in the bank hoping to find mates for their socks getting a gold coin in return. When Will spies his missing sock he grabs it but is caught by the sock security guards. When the guards lose their grip on Will a sock fairy named Melinda is able to rescue him. They fly out the opened Sock Bank door around the corner and out of sight. Will and Melinda spy a poster advertising a sock hop at the Avalon Theater.  All Will needs to do is wear his lucky socks, bring his dancing partner Melinda to the Avalon and dance till dawn to win the bag of coins. 
drawing by Susan Telke
Vocabulary Words:
dawn-the time before the sun rises in the morning
competition-teams or group of people trying to win a prize or gain success
loudspeaker-something you talk into that makes sounds louder to be heard from a distance
Sockland Express-a bus that travels around Sockland making a few stops to pick up passengers 
Chapter 4 Sock Hop
Inside the Avalon Theater, the Sock Hop was crowded with dancers. The music was loud, the lights were bright and no one seemed to notice Melinda's dancing partner was a human. Will loved his new size. He was wearing his lucky socks. He felt just like all the other fairies light on his feet as they twirled and twirled and twirled. Will lost track of how long he and Melinda had been on the dance floor dancing. He had never danced so well. 
"Melinda, do you think my lucky socks are helping us dance for so many hours? There is hardly anyone else left dancing. Maybe we will win the competition. Hey, look its almost dawn outside!" 
"Will, I think...." 
Melinda was interrupted by the loudspeaker.  “And our winning couple is our very own Melinda and her new dancing partner Will."
“I just can’t believe we won! Melinda.”shouted Will in an excited voice. 
Just as the winning prize bag of coins was handed to Melinda a lot of shouting was heard in the back of the room. The music stopped. The room got quiet as the voices got angrier.
“That’s him! That’s him! The sock thief!” shouted two sock security police pushing their way through the crowd toward Will and Melinda.
Melinda whispered to Will, “Quick, this way,” and they quickly flew out a side door.  
But as they flew out the door, a very loud alarm went off. “Stop thief! Stop!” shouted the sock security police waving their arms chasing after Will and Melinda. 
Beep, beep, beep sounded the Sockland Express bus horn as it pulled into the bus stop "Quick, Will, on the bus. Take the bag of gold coins. You'll need them more than me. But don't forget you need to get off on Stop # 3." 
Will jumped on board feeling quite relieved to have escaped the angry sock security police, so that he hardly even noticed that the driver of the bus was a sock monkey. “Hey don't you know you need money to ride the bus." 
Next week's Friday Sock Fairy Adventure Chapter 5 Stop #3
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Note: The Simple Things In Life Often Are The Best 
The following addendum was NOT staged by me and truly happened. 
My friend JoAnne invited me over to pick some of her surplus raspberries. I never pass up an opportunity for freshly picked raspberries. Afterwards I waited on her porch for my promised cup of coffee. Much to my surprise she comes out bearing this wonderful tray of goodies.
Much more than the cup of coffee I had expected with a bowl of fresh raspberries, homemade blueberry muffin and book "Shelterbelts". She was returning my copy. Perhaps you remember the blog posting I did on "Shelterbelts" and author Candace Simar. 
 The morning passed by quickly discussing a little of this and a little of that and the book "Shelterbelts". JoAnne could relate to many of the people and events in the story as her relatives are Scandinavian. She grew with relatives and friends who were similar to the characters in the book. And an exciting part for her was that she had just visited the area of Elbow Lake (a real place) mentioned in the story in the imaginary Tolga Township while on her annual genealogy hunt through local cemeteries with her sister and cousin.  
What a lovely way to start the day.  


  1. Oh, fresh raspberries. Lucky you to have a friend who shared her surplus.

    I need to get my hands on a copy of Shelterbelt.

    Have you read A Fireproof Home for the Bride? It's a must-read by a Minnesota author.

  2. Thanks for posting!