Animal stories for kids: bravery
If I’m writing animal stories for kids I love to have the characters learn things and be good role models. Maybe the story will emphasize sharing or helping others. I think if you’re passionate about animals it helps you to write engaging stories. Imagine the animal stories for kids that Madison Wallraf could write! She’s just fifteen years-old and a tiny girl at four foot ten. But when she needed to take action and show bravery she didn’t hesitate. Madison was being driven to the stables to ride her horse, Red, when she saw thick black clouds of smoke in the sky. Madison arrived at the barn and it was ablaze! In spite of her stepfather’s plea not to run into the flames, Madison did just that. Here is some of what she said about that fateful night:
“I started off by just putting their halters on and pulling them out by twos, but then the fire started getting quicker so I just started wrapping their ropes around their necks and just tying them around my arms and pulling them out. I got kicked in the shoulder by one of the horses in there and I got knocked down a few times. “But my adrenaline was so high at the time that it didn’t faze me.”
Madison was rushed to the hospital after the ordeal and she was treated for smoke inhalation. She was exceptionally brave, don’ t you think?
Sadly, we had an experience similar to Madison’s in our family. Our barn caught on fire and my dad was the hero. He tried desperately to save all of the horses, but two of them were lost because the heat was too intense to free them. I know the sadness that Madison felt when sixteen horses died, in spite of her heroic efforts. The fire in our barn is recounted in my award-winning book, Tails of Sweetbrier. My other animal stories for kids include: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes. The last three animal stories for kids show the value of sharing, friendship and helping others.