When the Sun is Eclipsed by the Moon (#50PreciousWords entry)

If you’ve been a member of the children’s writing community, especially the picture book writing community, for any length of time, I’m sure you know about lovely Vivian Kirkfield, a writer who does double-duty as a cheerleader for so many starting out. She is running a writer’s contest right now that she calls “50 Precious Words” (#50PreciousWords).

Here’s what Vivian had to say about why she started the contest:
I thought, wouldn’t that be a great challenge…to write a story for kids with only 50 words or less? With a beginning, a middle, and an end. 

It’s not too late to enter! See the process and all the details and rules on her blog. It runs through midnight on Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Here’s my entry. It’s my first go at this one, and I thought it would be fun to write a non-fiction story with STEM components. I thought of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, which was not my first eclipse but was the first one I’d viewed as a real “occasion.” Our whole family went to the local park with our special glasses, and I remember so well the strange details of that beautiful progression–how the animals reacted, especially. Those memories, tied with some research, formed the basis for this very short text that takes us through a full solar eclipse. I hope you enjoy it.

When the Sun is Eclipsed by the Moon
By Elayne Crain (49 words, STEM, non-fiction)

When the sun fades away
halfway through the day…

The moon approaches.
The birds roost.

The world hushes.
The dark deepens.

The moon haloes.
The people marvel.

The crickets chirp.
The frogs serenade.

The moon passes.
The light builds.

…when the sun’s on display,
it is once again day!