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PIANO AND VIOLIN
by Gabriel, 6, NSW

Violin - photo from pexels.comI am learning piano and violin. It is lots of fun. I will tell you what are the similarities and differences between the piano and violin.

Piano and violin are both made out of wood and strings, and it is hard to play them. Both need teachers to tell you how to play them.

A piano is a keyboard instrument, but a violin is a string instrument. A violin needs a bow but a piano does not need a bow. You will need to stand up when you play the violin. When you play the piano, you need to sit down.

I like playing the piano the most. The violin is hard to play, because I have to hold down the strings.  I want to keep learning the violin because I want to be a professional violinist.


Alphabet Soup has published Gabriel’s work before. You can read his earlier work here.  If YOU would like to send us a story, drawing, poem, or book review, check out our submission guidelines. Happy writing!

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"Boy writing by Greg Mitchell"

© Greg Mitchell

Here is the winning Under 12s story from our spring 2010 writing competition. You were asked to write a funny story about a musician.

A reminder: always check the rules of the competition. If you go over the word limit, we have to disqualify your entry and that makes us sad!

Under 12s winner: Megan Flack, WA

Dad’s New Craze
Hi, I would like to tell you about my dad. His name is Eric and he is a violin player.

Dad is a very good violin player, but now he wants to be a comedian. It gets very annoying because he cracks jokes all the time.

One day I brought a note home from school about a talent show and dad entered it, to my dismay.

On the day, dad got ready to go and perform for the school. When it was my dad’s go, I hid myself. My dad played the violin awfully and he told lots of jokes like, “How do you spell mouse trap in just 3 letters? C.A.T!”

It was embarrassing but dad really enjoyed it. In the end dad fell off the stage! That was funny.

When the judges were calling out the winners, guess who won? My dad! I was amazed but what do you expect with a really awesome dad like mine?


Congratulations to Megan! She receives a $20 book voucher for her winning story.

Enter our summer writing competition. Entries close 7 January 2011.

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"Boy writing by Greg Mitchell"

© Greg Mitchell

Here is the winning Under 9s story from our spring 2010 writing competition. You were asked to write a funny story about a musician.

A reminder: always check the rules of the competition. If you go over the word limit, we have to disqualify your entry and that makes us sad!

Under 9s winner: Suanne Mostert, WA

The Jazz Concert
One shiny, sparkly, early morning there was a beautiful, glamorous special lady woken up by a croaking sound from a frog. Her name is Sophie and her friends are going to travel the world.

Sophie got dressed into a fantastic light green sparkly and shiny top and some nice blue pale glamorous jeans. Then she ate cornflakes with milk and a glass of water. Next she fed her dog. Then she went to her music class.

“Sophie is the best saxophone player,” mumbled her teacher with a tear. So Sophie walked into the music house with her saxophone gold and sparkly.

Then her teacher said, “You have to go to the Opera House to play in the jazz concert. Really.”

“Oh really!” Sophie replied in shock.

“You start tomorrow so go home and have a good night’s rest.”

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

The morning came. She got dressed in a black and purple dress, ready for the concert.

“Good morning ladies and jellybeans,” announced Mr Egain with a delightful and caring grin. “Today you will be listening to a jazz concert. First up, put your hands together for Sophie Burgess!”

They listened with excitement for about half an hour. The whole concert finished and it was time to announce the winner. Mr Egain came on from the backstage in a muddle. (Sigh)

“OK, OK, the winner is …”

“He’s fainted!” someone called out from backstage.

Another lady called out: “Get him to the hospital … ”

There was silence. He coughed and woke up.

“I am all right. It was just stage fright. OK, where was I? The winner is (ah). My pants fell down! (wow) (wow) (wow) (ah).”

He fell over. Everyone was laughing at poor Mr Egain. Sophie ran out and pulled Mr Egan up.

“Are you all right, Mr Egain?”

“Oh yes I am, Sophie. Do you want to announce the winner?”

“Yes please. OK. The winner is Sophie Burgess.”

They clapped and cheered. So Sophie went and got her trophy, then she went home. She fed her dog, Brigy, and ate her dinner and went to bed.


Congratulations to Suanne! She receives a $20 book voucher for her winning story.

Enter our summer writing competition. Entries close 7 January 2011.

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"Boy writing by Greg Mitchell"

© Greg Mitchell

Here is the winning Under 7s story from our spring 2010 writing competition. You were asked to write a funny story about a musician.

A reminder: always check the rules of the competition. If you go over the word limit, we have to disqualify your entry and that makes us sad!

Under 7s winner: Jennifer Rose, WA

My Grumps Plays Funny Songs

My grumps plays lots of songs on his guitar. But there is one song for this story. It is called Silly Song.

First he plays the guitar, then joins in with the kazoo, and if I ask him very nicely he’ll juggle for me too.

My grumps is a funny musician and he sometimes plays for me.

Congratulationsto Jennifer! She receives a $20 book voucher for her winning entry.
Enter our summer writing competition. Entries close 7 January 2011.

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Issue 8 of Alphabet Soup magazine will be out in a few weeks, and it has us humming a happy tune. It will be heading off to the printer very soon—here’s a taste of what you’ll find inside.

  • Q&A with John Long, author and palaeontologist
  • a round chant in four parts you can try with your friends
  • Stories, poems and book recommendations
  • crossword
  • kids’ writing and artwork (stories, poems, book reviews and artwork)
  • The Book Chook’s latest writing tips (How to write funny stories)
  • Helen Tuckey, talking about playing the viola
  • KID’S COMPETITIONS: our spring writing competition and your last chance to enter our design-a-cover comp

and more!

"Books from Fremantle Press"

Do you subscribe to Alphabet Soup? The winner of our issue 8 subscriber draw will receive a $200 book pack from Fremantle Press. If you’d like to subscribe, you can subscribe online (and order single copies of the magazine) via our website. 🙂

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Inside the winter 2010 issue of Alphabet Soup:

  • Meet Sandy Fussell, author of the Samurai Kids series, Polar Boy, and Jaguar Warrior
  • stories and poems by adults and children
  • inside a hotel made of ice
  • writing tips for kids, from The Book Chook
  • book reviews
  • writing competition – win a $20 book voucher!

We’ll also have details of the 2010 design-a-cover competition. The winner will have their artwork featured on the cover of our summer 2010 issue (out in November 2010). For details, check inside issue 7, or visit the competitions page on the Alphabet Soup website on Monday 17 May 2010.

Are you a subscriber? Subscribers are entered into a draw every season – this season’s winner receives a $200 book pack from Walker Books! (Books may differ from those pictured.)

Visit the Alphabet Soup website to subscribe online.

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Have you read a really cool book that you think other kids would love too?

We are currently considering book reviews by children under 12, for publication in the winter issue of Alphabet Soup, which will be out in May 2009.

If you’d like to send us a book review, you can find guidelines for submitting work on the ‘Writers Wanted‘ page of the the Alphabet Soup website.

We love hearing about your favourite books, so get writing!

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