Middle School Literary Anthology
This is the middle school anothology that makes middle school kids want to get in touch with their inner poet or pirate tale teller.
What do you do when you're the goddess of love, but you don't have arms? That's the trouble with the Venus de Milo, this crazy armless statue some guy found on an island called Milos about two hundred years back. You've probably seen the statue somewhere before... maybe on the cover of this book!
Nobody's quite sure how the Venus de Milo lost her arms. The French sailors who bought her, though, claimed that they battled brigands on a beach to get to her. Apparently, her arms were ripped off during the fight!
That's a pretty cool story.
It might not be true, but, now that you've heard that version of the tale, you'll probably never forget it. It's unique and exciting, and only the Venus's own rescuers could have told it like that.
There are an infinite number of Venus de Milos in the worldobjects, people, places, and ideas that are strange, cool, and quite possibly, unique to your life. And, just like those French sailors, you, too, have awesome versions of those Venuses' stories to tell.
|Publisher:||Red Hen Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
Read an Excerpt
by Robert Kane
What do you do when you’re the goddess of love, but you don’t have any arms? That’s the trouble with the Venus de Milo, this crazy statue of a pretty lady some guy found on an island called Milos a few hundred years back. You’ve probably seen the statue somewhere before . . . maybe on the cover of this book!
Nobody’s quite sure of how this Venus lost her arms. The French sailors who bought her, though, claimed that they battled brigands on a beach to get her. Supposedly, her arms were ripped off during the fight!
That’s a pretty cool story.
Yeah, it might not be true, but who cares? Now that you’ve heard that version of the story, you’ll never forget it.
There are an infinite number of Venus de Milos in the worldobjects, people, places, and ideas that are totally awesome. What happens after you die? There’s a story. What does it feel like to fall in love? Ah! There’s another story. How do you bake a cake? Oh, you bet there’s a story.
Take a look at the stuff the following authors have written. Each author saw a Venus de Milo in the worldsomething that inspired their work of artand told its story like no one ever had before. The sources of the authors’ inspirations range from the mundane to the insane, as you’ll find out in the comments and questions the authors wrote to accompany their work. Check ‘em out! They’ll show you just how many cool things there are to write about in the world (and how many cool ways there are to write about them)!
Then, it’ll be your turn to give it a shotto find a Venus de Milo in your life and tell your version of its story. It doesn’t matter if it’s true, if it’s crazy, or even if it’s been told a thousand times before. No one will tell it like you . . .
. . . and, if you tell it right, no one will ever forget it.
Table of Contents
All My Poems Hate Me
The Orange Balloon
Being Lon Chaney, Jr.
CAMILLE T. DUNGY
Maid of Honor
Young Boy Dancing at Playa los Muertos
Talking with Her Fingers
LISA C. KRUEGER
FRANCES PAYNE ADLER
LISA RUSS SPAAR
Wolf Leave Tracks Now
CHARLES HARPER WEBB
For an Hour Mickey Mouse
The Proper Wolf
Demise of the Buffalo, Circa 1880
Just a Couple of Girls Talking Haiku
All Things Counter, Original, Spare, Strange . . .
Chelm Goes To War
To the Tunnel’s End