Stick’s Masterpiece

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl painting grey landscape with colour and magic
Stick thinks she can't fill up a big page with her art - until she starts with the little things.
Stick’s Masterpiece

Sad little Stick gazed up in fear.

Where could she even start?

This huge entire page was hers

But she could not do art.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl overwhelmed by grey landscape for art

Sad Stick sat down and hung her head.

A tear began to fall.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - sad girl in grey garden landscape

Just then a tiny bird flew near

And gave a hungry call.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl sitting with singing bird

“I’m sorry I can’t help you, Bird.

I’m just the me you see.

I cannot paint a feast for you.

Oh! What good can I be?”

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl talking to sparrow bird

The little bird, he bumped Stick’s brush

And made a golden spot.

He scooped it in his beak and chomped

And waited for more dots.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl and small sparrow

A masterpiece she could not paint

But birdseed she could try.

And so she dabbed some yellow spots

Beneath the empty sky.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl painting colours with bird

Just then a streak of blue appeared

High on her page above.

A brilliant, vivid, joyful blue

Of courage, strength and love.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl with paintbrush talking to sparrow bird

She did not see her coloured sky

But Stick now had a plan.

Perhaps her art was needed here

So off to paint she ran.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl running in field with paint brush

A blanket for the chilly bear…

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl painting a sleeping bear's blanket

A piece of string for fox.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl painting the grass green

Some cotton balls for dinosaur

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl painting on green dinosaur

For centipede, some socks.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl colouring in a caterpillar

Just then she saw her simple shapes

Had beauty past her skill.

She did not ever want to rest –

So much to do here still!

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl with a paint brush in magical land

As she ran from here to there…

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl in grey field painting colour

She brushed and stroked along.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl adding colour to sad landscape

She played and learned and made new friends

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl flying on eagle with rainbow

She skipped and sang her song.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl on cloud and dinosaur

The more she brushed, the more she saw

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl drawing coloured swirl

She knew what she could be.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl adding colour to grey landscape

She bit her lip and twirled her tongue.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl painting grey mountain

And worked more thoughtfully.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl painting landscape magic

The sun was setting, it was time.

She had to finish now.

But even in the twilight dim

It was her best work somehow.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl painting tree at dusk

All out of paint, so tired too,

Stick closed her little eyes.

And fast asleep she peacefully went

And dreamt of rainbowed skies.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl sleeping in night garden

When morning came, she woke and saw,

Was greeted by the sun.

Her lines and shapes were so much more.

Her masterpiece was done.

Kids illustration from short story Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl in rainbow garden

The End!

Illustration from Sticks Masterpiece by Brothers Whim - girl drawing rainbow 

Original short story for kids by the Brothers Whim, Spencer Hanson and Randy Hanson.

 
Children’s Illustrations by the Brothers Whim, Spencer Hanson and Randy Hanson. 

‘Stick’s Masterpiece’ is shared under a Creative Commons license – you can purchase hard copies of the story here

Let’s Chat About The Stories ~ Ideas for Talking With Kids

 
Self-Confidence, Optimism 

1. Stick thinks she can’t fill up the big page with her artwork, until she starts with the little things. Have you ever thought that you couldn’t do something, and then realised if you did it in little bits, you could do it after all? 

2. Why do you think ‘starting off small’ (doing the little parts of a big job first) is a great way to do big new things? 

Individuality 

3. Stick paints a world in the colours she chooses, She could have chosen any colour she liked for her art. What do you think the colours Stick chose tell us about her feelings? 

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