The railroad boss said not to say he said it, but she could live, if she wanted to, on the narrow strip of land between the railroad and the road…Six trains each day rumbled past and shook the ground under her cabin. Fords, and horse- and mule-drawn buggies went back and forth along the road. No one ever saw her. Trainmen, and passengers who’d heard about her, threw out papers and food. Threw out little crumpled slips of paper scribbled with prayers, as they passed her eye-shaped piece of sandy ground. (Pg. 8-9)
And the following crude drawings of the characters:
If you guessed that Taylor is an aardvark, then you deserve a cookie. Because he is an aardvark. Why? I don’t know. I just wanted an aardvark in this story, and a big house leaning precariously over train tracks, and a crooked-backed old man…
The only thing I will have to change is the name of the old man, since Mr. Pine is the name of a character from a series of famous children’s books by Leonard P. Kessler.
The question I have for you all is this: Are you visually oriented? If so, how do you use images to construct stories, whether for children or adults?