The Owl
(by a 5th-grade girl)

An English teacher in New England was so delighted to receive the following essay from a young student that he called a friend and read it to him over the phone. "Note the honesty," he said. "And the ingenuity; and the sentence variety. It's what I would call giving it a good try even though you know nothing about the subject."

The bird I am going to write about is an owl. I don't know much about the owl so I am going to write about the bat. The cow is a mammal. It has six sides, right, left, an upper and a lower. At the back it has a tail on which hangs the brush. With this it sends the flies away so they don't get in the milk.

The head is for the purpose of growing horns and so that the mouth can be somewhere. The horns are to butt with and the mouth is to eat with. Under the cow hangs the milk. The milk comes and there is never an end to the supply. How the cow does it I have not yet realized, but it can make more and more.

The cow has a fine sense of smell and you can smell it far away. This is the reason for the fresh air in the country. The man cow is called an ox. It is not a mammal.

The cow does not eat much but what it eats it eats twice so that it gets enough. When it's hungry it moos and when it says nothing it's because its inside is full up.

[source unknown]

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