The Boy Who Loved Shiny Things

 There is a boy that I know who loves to ask me for sparkly things for his projects. I tell him that the sparkly things are there for when you have an idea to make some thing that shines, like a light or a star, and then he explains that he wants to make everything shine. He especially wants to glue some marbles to a paper, but the marbles are for playing with on the light table, and not for gluing. He never fails to ask me if he can have a few of those marbles, whether he is making a model car or a picture for his Mom.
This time when he got a piece of cardboard and asked if he could have some marbles to glue on it, and I said, "those are for playing with on the light table, not gluing. Why do you ask me for those every day?" He said, "because I love shiny things. I just love them so much I want to glue them on paper and take them home."
Now, that was an idea! I asked if he could make that into a story, and he did.

There once was a boy who loved shiny things.

Why did he love shiny things?
He loved to touch them. 

He loved to look at  them.

They made him happy because they were so pretty.


  1. Shiny things ARE compelling..... So glad he got to use the coveted marbles....

  2. We too have a boy who likes shiny things Anna, so this made me smile. The other day he was eyeing off a big button I had on my wrap I was wearing:

    "can i have that button when it falls off?" he asked
    "I was hoping it wouldn't fall off" I said
    "I was hoping it would" he replied.

  3. Barbara ZaborowskiOctober 21, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Would the boy who loves shiny things mind if I printed his book and read it to my class of four year olds here in Phoenix?

  4. Barbara ZaborowskiNovember 2, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Please tell him "Thanks so much" from me and my class.

  5. This is one of my favorite stories of all time. Thank you.


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