I'm Strong to the Finish Cause I Eats Me Spinach


A Little Children's Story

While I was looking at a bunch of photos I shot in March, a little story emerged. I call it Alton Wrestles the Alligator. Maybe thisisntjimmy would want to illustrate it for me and together we can get it published and make a million dollars each. We could be the next Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle... or not.

Anyway, it's sort of silly but the pictures are cute. I hope you enjoy....


One day a boy named Alton went out to play with his friend the Blue Elephant.

Alton and the Blue Elephant loved to play together. Today they were having so much fun that they didn't notice the Striped Alligator sneaking up behind them.

Alton and the Blue Elephant kept right on playing and the Striped Alligator snuck right up next to them.

Suddenly, the Striped Alligator pounced on Alton and knocked him to the ground

Alton was surprised but he fought back.

They rolled this way and that way.

They pulled each other's legs.

They climbed each others backs and pinned each other to the ground.

In the end Alton wore the Striped Alligator out. The Striped Alligator was too tired to fight back anymore.

To show the Striped Alligator that the fight was over, Alton took a big bite out of Striped Alligator's straw hat. (In the illustration the alligator would be wearing a straw hat the whole time.)

"This happens every time, Alligator." Alton said, "You surprise-tackle me, we wrestle, and then you get too tired to play anymore."

Alton was a good sport, so he invited the Striped Alligator to stay and play awhile with him and the Blue Elephant.

The Striped Alligator did stay and play, and the three of them had a very nice time.