The Mississippi Hushpuppy
By Curt Silver
3rd Grade, Shannon Elementary
One hot day in the sultry South, there was a fish fry. Ms. Janis got an order for some hushpuppies while working at the overcrowded Brewer Community Center. She gave my grandpa the hushpuppies. He was just about to take a bite when a hushpuppy jumped off of Grandpa’s hand and yelled, “Hush, hush, hush yo’ mouth. I’m the fastest Hushpuppy in the South!”
One local lad opened the door and the hushpuppy ran out! On his way down the road he met a hungry beagle that had just got done hunting. As soon as the beagle saw the hushpuppy he said, “Come here. I want to eat you!” Right then the beagle got picked up by his owner, and the hushpuppy said, “Hush, hush, hush yo’ mouth. I’m the fastest hushpuppy in the South!” The disappointed beagle could smell him all the way down the road.
Next, the hushpuppy came to a pasture where he met a calf. The calf hadn’t eaten in a while so he said to the little hushpuppy, “Come over here. I want to eat you. I’m so hungry. I could eat a hundred bales of hay.” The hushpuppy said, “Hush, hush, hush yo’ mouth. I’m the fastest hushpuppy in the South!” He ran past the calf.
Meanwhile, Ms. Janis was building a little hut out of toothpicks and napkins. Everyone had left the fish fry by now. The hushpuppy was at the creek and met a raccoon and asked, “Will you swim me across?” The rowdy raccoon swam him across but tried to eat the hushpuppy. Hushpuppy jumped off the raccoon’s nose and ran. He soon found a safe spot where no one would find him in a little hut made out of toothpicks and napkins. The End.
Note from Dianne: I visited Shannon Elementary in April and students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades participated in a writing contest creating stories inspired by my book, The Cajun Cornbread Boy. This is the 3rd-grade winner. Congratulations, Curtis! Woo hoo! By the way, Curtis, I created that house out of toothpicks just for you! 🙂