<b>1st Place 3rd-4th Grade: \u2018The Little Tree\u2019 by Abigail Herndon, Frankford Elementary, teacher Shawn Hill\/Amber Workman<\/b>\r\n\r\n<b>By Abigail Herndon<\/b>\r\n\r\nThe fog was rising and the snow was falling. I was the first one awake, so it was very quiet, except for a small crackling noise. \u201cWhat is that sound?\u201d I wondered.\u00a0 \u201cIt couldn\u2019t be the snow because it doesn\u2019t crackle\u201d\r\n\r\nI looked around at my friends, they looked different. I examined them a little closer to see that they had no leaves. \u201cWhat happened to their leaves?\u201d I wondered. I noticed a tremendous amount of leaves under me and my friends. I examined myself. I was alarmed to see my own branches empty.\r\n\r\nSoon, my best friend, Haley woke up. \u201cHaley, you don\u2019t have any leaves,\u201d I told her. \u201cYou\u2019re not going to fool me this time, Abby,\u201d she said. \u201cBy the way, what happened to you? Your leaves are gone!\u201d she said.\r\n\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t know what happened, but it happened to you too. Look at yourself,\u201d I said.\r\n\r\n\u201cOk, I\u2019ll look at myself, but if my leaves are there, you owe me five bucks!\u201d\r\n\r\nShe looked at herself and said, \u201cHelp me put my leaves back on before Kamon and the others wake up.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t think I can!\u201d I exclaimed.\r\n\r\nShortly after, Sheridan woke up, along with a couple others. We both had a lot of questions to ask her, but we waited a couple minutes before we started bombarding her with questions.\r\n\r\n\u201cExcuse me, Sheridan. Could we ask you a couple of questions?\u201d I finally said.\r\n\r\n\u201cSure, you can ask me anything,\u201d she replied.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were wondering if you could help us put our leaves back on,\u201d I said.\r\n\r\nSheridan explained to us that it wasn\u2019t that simple. She told us that we couldn\u2019t just put our leaves back on. She also explained that in winter, it is too cold for our leaves to survive.\r\n\r\nWe were devastated. We immediately cried because we wanted our beautiful leaves back! Sheridan quickly put our minds at ease because she explained that our leaves would come back in the spring when they were able to survive. We shouted with glee to discover our leaves would be back before long!\r\n\r\nWith Sheridan\u2019s help, we figured out why our leaves fell off and when we will get them back. As winter becomes colder, we will go into a deep sleep, and we will awake again in spring!