Children's LiteratureTelling stories isn't easy. Stories have to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, which is something that Ellie knows all about. But a story also has to be interesting and fair to the characters. When Ellie's class writes stories about animals, Ellie's story is about a bug that gets squished by a shoe. But when she reads her story to her mother, it is overheard by a bug who remarks that "That's not right!" So the bug tells his own story where instead of getting squished, the shoe lands on a sharp rock and gets cut while the bug goes back to its house under a rock. The bug's wife exclaims "That's not right!" and tells her own story and even the shoe gets to tell its side of the story that is more fair to the shoe than the other stories. Each story is more elaborate than the last, but each is fun and inventive and manages to teach Ellie a bit more about writing stories. The full color illustrations show Ellie throughout the day and the events that take place during the numerous stories told throughout. At the end of the text is a fun exercise that will help children write a story of their own and information from the author and illustrator explaining how they do their work. 2004, Crabtree Publishing Company, Ages 5 to 8.