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Finding Mom
Imagine. Create. Share.
Since 2008, the Kids4Kids My Story Creation annual story writing and illustration competition has provided primary students across Hong Kong with a creative platform that enables the budding writers and artists to imagine, create and share their stories.
This story was written and illustrated by kid(s) who participated in the Kids4Kids annual 'My Story Creation competition'. We hope to celebrate all the kids who used their creativity and imagination to create a story by giving them an opportunity to custom print their story, and be able to share and inspire other kids to create their own story.
Proceeds from the sale of this custom print story will help fund the Literacy Development Programmes at Kids4Kids to provide creative learning opportunities to low resourced communities in Hong Kong. By buying a Kids4Kids custom print story, you are not only applauding the future artists & authors of Hong Kong but you are also making a difference in a child’s life!

Chloe was a small fish living near the beach. She had a good friend Zoe the Mermaid. They liked to play hide-and-seek among the corals.

One day, while looking for a place to hide, Chloe found a school of small fish cuddling inside a sunken ship. They were orange and pink in colour and had big eyes.

They looked really frightened and hungry.

“Why are you here?” Chloe asked.

“We have lost our mother.” they said. “She left us here two days ago and did not come back. Can you help us find her?”

“But, where is she?” asked Chloe.

“We don't know.” they replied. “Dolly the Dolphin might know because she travels a lot.”

So Chloe and Zoe asked Dolly as she whizzed by.

“Um, I heard something from a starfish near the Seaweed Forest.” she replied. “Shall we check together?”

They hitchhiked on Dolly to the forest. Then Dolly left but promised to come back after she had finished work.

There were many starfish on the ocean floor - Chloe and Zoe had to ask one by one.

Before they finished asking, a great white shark with razor-sharp teeth and bone-crushing jaws swam out of the darkness and charged at them.

Chloe and Zoe quickly darted into the forest. The shark followed but could not squeeze between the seaweeds. So they were saved.

They had to explore into the forest, hoping to exit from another point to avoid the shark.

Then, deep in the forest, they found a fish.

It was orange and pink in colour and had big eyes. It looked sad.

“Are you OK?” they asked. “Why are you here?”

“I am Pinky.” she replied. “Two days ago, I left home to find food for my children but got lost here. Now, I cannot find my way out. I am so worried about my children.”

Zoe asked, “Did you leave them in a sunken ship?”

“Yes! How do you know that?” she asked.

After some jumbled chatter, they told Pinky that they had encountered her children.

Being experts in hide-and-seek, Chloe and Zoe had left marks along the way as they entered the forest.

Following the trails, they easily emerged from the forest.

They saw Dolly there, circling worriedly.

“I came back to check you out.” Dolly complained. “A starfish told me about the shark's attack and that you vanished into the forest. I AM worried!”

They wasted no time on explanations but asked Dolly to help them get back as quickly as possible to the sunken ship.

So all three hitch-hiked on Dolly and returned to Pinky's children. The small fish were overjoyed to reunite with their mother.

Zoe had a plan.

“We have been spending too much time playing.” suggested Zoe. “Why don't we put some time into helping Pinky and her family?”

“You mean we can take care of Pinky's children when she goes out to find food, right?” Chloe responded.

“Bingo!” echoed Zoe. “We can also ask Dolly to protect Pinky against the shark when she goes to the Sea of Starfish.”

“That is a great idea!” Chloe agreed.

Chloe and Zoe now run a small nursery in the sunken ship when Pinky needs to go away.

It is so much more fulfilling than playing hide-and-seek.

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