Good Trick, Giant Walking Sticks!

Good Trick, Giant Walking Sticks!

By Suzy Leopold

The snow melts and spring blooms.

It’s springtime on the Midwest Prairie.

Tiny eggs move.

Wriggle! Wiggle! Pop!

Out crawl insects. Giant walking sticks.

Good trick, walking sticks!

The nymphs are hungry.

Slow walkers. Searching for food.

Discover green leaves to munch.

Munch! Crunch!

Good trick, walking sticks!

A master of camouflage.

Blending into surroundings. Changing colors.

Posing as twigs and branches.

Disguised to fool enemies and predators.

Good trick, walking sticks!

Curious, bulging, compound eyes,

With side-to-side head and body movements.

The insects hide in plain sight,

 Swaying back and forth like a twig in the wind.

Good trick, walking sticks!

A hungry Robin spies a walking stick. 

Watch out! Uh, oh! 

The insect is missing a leg. It’s okay. 

Young walkingsticks can grow a new one!

Good trick, walking sticks!

The best trick of all when all else fails,

Play dead, Giant Walking Sticks!

Wildlife Biology GIF by PBS Digital Studios

The Spring Fling 2022 Writing Contest is hosted by Kaitlyn Sanchez and Ciara O’ Neal.

It’s time to write a 150-word story based on a Spring gif. The contest officially opens on April 1st. All entries must be posted by April 3rd, 11:59 CST. For more information, examples, rules, and prizes read this post:

Best wishes to my writerly friends!


Published by Prairie Garden Girl

I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique, sweet, and sometimes sassy grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte, and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am a children's picture book writer and enjoy writing fiction and nonfiction stories. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencils. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K walker. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.

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