You’ve really captured the exploding drama of a rocket launch. I love the part when the rocket ship seems to hover just inches from the pad after ignition before rising up, up, up into outer space.
Sometimes writing stories feels like that. You are able to write a sentence or two to launch your story, but then things get a bit stuck. The big challenge is to keep going until the story takes off on its own. That’s when writing is really fun and you come along for the ride to explore new worlds.
I see that you’ve added a cone to the tip of your rocket so that a parachute can inflate when the cone breaks away. That way, the rocket can return safely to the ground. It’s an important detail to include. Good stories also include important details like the one you’ve drawn.
Isn’t it too bad that Martin’s rocket never had the chance to use a parachute, but rather exploded instead due to extra big fuel cells? Maybe you can write a story about rockets with a different ending.
I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the Martin Bridge series. I love your version of Martin holding a rocket. You’ve done a wonderful job. I was interested to learn that you like reading in your bedroom where it is quiet. I also like to read in my room before I go to sleep every night. I like the quiet, too. Sometimes, I can’t get enough of it!
This illustration was sent by Parker (Grade 2), Naples, Florida, and was inspired by the story “Smithereens” in Martin Bridge: Ready for Takeoff! Here, Martin is going to launch his rocket at Tupper Grove Park.