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Young poet will be published

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

After her third-grade English homework is done, Whitney Elder continues to write, but on her own terms.

The Tahoe Valley Elementary student recently had a poem selected by Anthology of Poetry, Inc., to be published in their 2002 book.

“Candy Canes” is the title of the 9-year-old’s work.

“It was near Christmas and I wanted to write a Christmas poem and I really like candy canes,” Whitney said.

Poems aren’t the only format of writing Whitney works on. One story involves two fairies named Whitney and McKenna — Whitney’s best friend — a mermaid called Emerald, and a little girl named Vinnie.

During the course of the story, the two fairies are captured by Sherlock, a menacing dragon. The fairies ask Sherlock why he is so mean and through discussion the dragon becomes a nicer reptile.

“He says sorry for eating their family members and burning their villages,” Whitney said.


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