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Ellen Gallagher, Bird in Hand, 2006

A one legged man stands surrounded by seaweed in this undersea world. Instead of hair he has a billowy head of seaweed – or is that a swarm of fish? The artist, Ellen Gallagher, has said that the painting shows a mythical scene. A myth is a traditional, ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes.

Where is this undersea landscape? Imagine the fantastic plants and creatures you might see there! Who is the man (who looks suspiciously like a pirate)? Is he a goodie or baddie? Why is he holding a bird? Make up a mythical tale about him and this mysterious underwater world…

 You can see this painting at Tate Liverpool in the exhibition Afro-Modernism: Journeys through the Black Atlantic from 29 January – 25 April 2010.

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81 stories about “Ellen Gallagher, Bird in Hand, 2006”

  1. ingrid dracula, age 103, from transilvania

    this cold, twisted picture brings sworms of sadness to the veiwers eyes. it is truly unreadable and scary… all the consequences.. ..everything, look at it, LOOK AT IT, LOOK IT IN THE EYES AND TELL ME IT DOES NOT SCARE YOU! you are feared, like so many others…. however, I am not. I like this sad side to it. i like the twisted eyes, not being able to read the mind… to not know. it may send shivers down your back, but I, I, am not feared. it inspires me, it gives me great courage to say, NOTHING WILL EVER SCARE ME, NO-ONE, NOTHING, EVER!!! and now i can feel the power, the power the picture should have, but you, and you alone, took it away with your sad, scared eyes…….

    ……you fear the picture, you are aware of the power, so you drain it through your worried eyes. and now, i must get it. i NEED it! and if you’ve got it……….

    …….WATCH OUT! i, send you this warning now, put back the power, look into the picture, watch as it regains strength…. there. you are cured, YOU NO LONGER FEAR THE PICTURE!!! ‘and tis i who thou shall thank,
    above the famous words of isobel cartwright, your saviour.

  2. Ellen Holmes, age 11, from britain

    Ellen Gallagher was a wealthy young girl. She loved Jewels and sparkly things. One night she heard a bang downstairs. She crept down eerk eerk eerkl ereerk. They skrieched like mad. “Hahahaha I’ve got you now” A black figure jumped out and grabbed her ! Ellen was never seen again!

  3. Millie cullen, age 11, from UK

    Mee O My , Mee O my. I thought as I saw this man. He’s tall , not small and dosen’t even flinch at a bird call… The tree behind him standing big as he is not eating a fig and would rather not smoke a cig.(a ciggar/ciggarette.) because he has never done so in his life. He’s mean he’s lean a MEAN MACHINE and shall never be as nice as anybody.He is a heartless man but still has a brain, luckily he is still sane and this mans name is : hmm, ermm… this is embarresing. His name is ……. (I realy don’t know so I’ll make up a name) … Jeff ! His name is Jeff. As he walks around this town , all the people are looking down.Obviously to avoid EYE CONTACT. If you see Jeff never ask him why and also never look him in the eye. His eye is as scary as can be, he also dosen’t like looking at anybody because that is what he used to be : Human.His heart was broken by a lady called Saidey because she had moved to Africa. Jeff didn’t want to go but Saidey did so she said so and of she flew to Africa. Jeff missed her so terebley so and cried all through the rain and the snow untill he sold his soul. To a man that was as black as coal his name was Hamlet the king might he he asked for his soul and he sell it to thee. So Jeff is now Half man Half not man but at least he’s not a slice of ham.So PROMISE me you shall never do this to look Jeff in the eyeth.

  4. stephen oliphant, age 12, from engrlond

    they was a girl she is 5 yrs old she livs in hati she lost hir mam and dad but she was going to get a dopdrd by to british pepol but she lost the a dopdshon papr so she cant get a dopdrd so she hasto what till she gets some a dopshon paprs

  5. sophie t, age 11, from England

    I suddernly walk into the room of the labatory and see some amazing experaments taking place but then i here the scaryest noise in my live the sound of a duck crosed with a lion. The smell of a smelly sock crossed with the smell of nail vanish. It looked like a man thats payed too much for plastic sudary and it all went wrong. He roars a big roar and scairs the life out of me. i shout my mum as loud as i can and the room starts shaking.Suddernly i notice im dreaming agen and the reson the place was shaking was because mum was shaking me to wake me up. Im glad it was all a dream or else id be way gone bye now.

  6. chloe, age 11, from bristol but in plymouth right now

    There once lived a girl called gallahger ,she lives in a country in south america called brazil. She lived with her friend mikeanohad and her boyfriend kilomornah as she called him. One day kilomornah said to gallahger will you marry me but ????? what do you think she would say

  7. Lucy, age 11, from Australia

    I can’t see anything. The blackness is everywhere. To the right, to the left, behind and infront of me. How will I escape? I’ll disguise myself as a tree, then the blackness won’t see me and I’ll run the way I came. The blackness dissaperes and colour restores. But how did I get here? Where did I come from? Where am I?

  8. prince ali, age 9, from united kingdom

    one day there lived a buetiful prince called THE AMAZING JACK so he went to this pond and saw a reflection of a wicth the wicth turned him into a frog the poor prince jack surched evrywhere for the magic potion then he saw a wornderfull
    princes he hide under the tall pine tree dressing himself then he asked here if she wanted to kiss him it was the only way to turn him back into a handsome prince
    again so she said AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    IT,S A TALKING FROG dont worry said the prince a wicth turned me in to this monster I dont have a house food clean clothes I love you please would you kiss me okay only for 10pounds um okay first he hsd to get a job she felt sorry for him and gave him a BIG KISS then suddenly he got bigger and bigger and bigger until he was taller than the prinses then he went to kill the evil wicth it was a long joruny the prinses was coming with him without him knowing then he saw the wicked wicth and lunged a sword at here suddenly she dissapeared and they couldent find here but the wicth wouldont bother thm again

  9. Sophie D, age 12, from UK

    It was a beautiful day, the sun was out and birds were singing in amongst the emerald leaves. The stranger was stumbling through the park, confused. What was he doing here? Why had he come to this strange place where sun dared to peep through leaves and birds dared to sing?
    He spotted a girl sitting under a tree reading peacefully. This was the girl. Ellen. Her blazing red hair fell over her book and she brushed it away irritated. A shadow fell over her page. She looked up into the eyes of a nightmare…

  10. Milena, age 9, from UK

    It was a dark and stormy night, the famouse pirate ship known as the silent sieren swam swiftly across the rapids of the bermuda triangle. The crew sang jolly songs and boasted about the battle they just won, it was only the captin who knew something was wrong, for how his clumsy crew beat the mermaids. Suddenly the ship started to sway and fill up with water no sooner did the captin and his crew fall over board, the captin let go of favourite bird as he him self started to sink. before he knew it he hit the soft sand blanket at the bottom of the sea. He looked up still holding his breath and just above him floated king ormoth of the mermaids, “for your kindness to all nature you shall live, although your drunk friends shall not” the king said. The captin looked down “I acccept your offer dear king but may Istay here for I have nothing to look foward to up there” the king smiled and clicked his fingers then said “your wish is my command!” The captins hair turned to seaweed and his bird sat on his hand.

  11. Larissa, age 8, from malaysia

    The birds fly quickly to heaven
    So they would not turn eleven
    The mother bird tucks her babies to their beds
    To dream the magic in their heads
    A bird flew to Mary’s hand
    So aggressively they would land
    Their tail rising up in the air
    Their cruel eyes making a stare
    All the birds are always like this
    Give them a hand and you’ll smell fish

  12. Anna Hynson, age 10, from England

    He opened his eyes. He knew he had been underwater for hours… why wasn’t he dead yet?
    It had all been a fatal mistake. The oxygen tank had fallen off the submarine and it was his job to get it back, as captain of the ship. Jenna had offered to go down for him, but he knew he couldn’t lose her.
    And now where was he? The blue-green ripples that surrounded him told him he hadn’t been rescued from the water. This was strange… why was he still breathing? He stood up. Hang on. Where were his legs? In place of them were flowing tentacles. He gave a sort of whimper. He reached up for his sailor’s cap, but instead found slippery fish scales beneath his fingers. Forget where was he. More like WHAT was he? He looked up at the beautiful surface of the shimmering water to find his reflection. And gazed back into the petrified eyes of a nightmare…

  13. Ellen, age 11, from Nothern Ireland

    I the underwater mythical man with seaweed and fish for my hair shall take whoever dares come into my murky water.You will end up like me lonely and a good for nothing young man. You will feel pain everyday and heatache for whoever you could have loved but now if i venture out people scream and hide away. all those things you could do with your life do them and never,never take my example but do heed this warning, never venture into my murky water for you shall feel my clammy fist making you gag my teeth tearing at your flesh but take heed and never lose your loved ones like I,the one-legged clammy handed pointy-toothed underwater mythical man with seaweed and fish for my hair.

  14. Lenora, age 9, from Great britain

    There is a man who lived in Africa he and his family were pleading for warter to the god of warter in the sky the god did not grant them warter though the man got angry very angry he searched and searched for for warter but nun was found, the next day the man went outside to find warter but what was there was a sea an actuel sea he went inside to tellhis family but they weren’t there he didn’t care he just cared about the warter all along, not his family, the man went outside and cleaned his face he didn’t care that it was salty he just cared it was warter he started drinking the warter but sudenly the warter started to grab him and pull him the warter took him under warter and it turned him into a sea man the god did that because he was bing selfish so no he eats seaweed and has all the wqarter he wants and nobody nows where his family or him went. the god gave him more punishment a shark bit his leg of an his hair was replaced by a swarm of fish.

  15. Ellen Mckeag, age 127, from poo world

    I the underwater mythical man shall tear your flesh and drink your guts. if you dare to lurk into my murky depth your life will be sacrificed ,my severed bloody leg will make you sick for i have seaweed and fishies for my hair (i do so like fishies,their guts taste nice) Awww stuff this trying to be posh and all this time bascially if u go near me you’ll die( that gos for you too fishies!!!)

  16. molly, age 11, from northern irland

    hello my name is EVIL MARK THE 256 th !!!!!!!!!!!
    I am here to KILL!!I am hungry ,i need food!Once i was man.A prince.But then an evil whith came to the castle and i fell in love with her (she was diguised as a beautiful lady)but when we got married she stole my heart!!Now i am a lonely monster and all i want is food food food.i shall never love again!!!!!!!

  17. samantha, age 9, from usa

    i was sittin’ there, just well ya know sittin and came flying was a bird upon my love. i bet you won’t belive me but his heart was thumpin’ out of his chest! i could see it. thump,thump,thump.we spent the next year together still watchin’ hi thump,thump,thump.then i woke up one day and he found his family, but sittin’ there on my counter was a picture of him and me you. now i know you’ve seen it, but now… my heart goes thump,thump,thump.

  18. charlee, age 12, from derby

    i am so scared of this because itb reminds me of storms and thunder.

  19. Hamish, age 127, from England

    Hello, I am a Vampire, My name is Hamish, I work at the police, and this reminds me of a case I, and my friend Captain Pebble, were investigating last week: THE CASE OF THE UNDERPANTS.
    Locasion: The Blue reef.
    Wittness\s: The Thousandnose {guardian of the reef} they were his pants.
    Time: 4:00 pm.
    Family of Above: His 2yr old son.

    As we put on our diveing suits and plunge beneath the waves, I can’t help but wonder why I feel so terrified. Back when I was a youger vampire my mother used to scare me into obidence, you know, Be a good boy or the Thosandnose will get you!
    It seems some of the rumors are true at leased, sorry my spellings rubbish, anyway the Thousandnose seems to eat birds, He has one in his hand, a carrier pigeon, its neck broken, the sight of it makes me feel sick, but I hold it in, I don’t want a helmet full of it! The Thosandnose looks like a piarate, like in story books. Seaweed, Dead fish caught in it, swirl around his head like, rotting, moldering, mist. In the backround flashes of movement keep catching my eye. The Thosandnose is all curtesy at first, But I detect something else in the flash of an eye the twitch of a nostrill, something lurking out of site, waiting to strike. I was begining to wonder if the case had just been bait, to lure us down for a different reason entirely

  20. meerkat, age 11, from england

    roamer of the wood he is called he came to the wood and there was an evil witch she didnt like anyone he was walking past some trees when the witch said some funny words then he just said wha…… when he passed out he woke up feeling rather strange then the witch came and said look at the mirror he looked he screamed on his head he had a tree and one leg was normal the other was made of roots! he didnt want to go home now so he lived in the wood ever so often putting his leg in the soil to eat he also sometimes eats fruit he also sucked up rain from the soil then after many years the witch died the guy was shocked when he found that many people who always went through the woods became his freinds so now he lives a happy life and the witch long ago turned a girl into half tree half human aswell and they got married they still live in the wood to this day.

  21. Hibaaq, age 10, from England

    Once there was a man called Philip ,he was a ghost and whenever he went outdoors and there were leeves and he walked the would follow him ,they will even go on the gruond if Phillip would siy on the ground

  22. Amelia, age 11, from England

    I walked on. Stepping in to the unknown. A quick fliker and I never saw my butiful hair again. My leg where dripping off. Splat, plop are the sounds you want to hear but thay are never there. Trust me. They where the sounds I did not want to hear. So I din’t.

  23. little miss ChEeKy, age 11, from Iona...

    He stands there, still as a statue. He was once apon a time he was washed aboard on a tropical island drenched in vannila twilight eating peaches and cream starfish endlessly. “I am happy again” he whispered quietly, but, he died thru’ love.

    2 u from me xxx

  24. Elly, age 10, from London, UK

    His cruel, twisted eyes focused on me. His vast intellect enabled him to predict my every move, and his terrifying composure was enough to turn me to stone. What is the use? I ask myself, To fight this monster? This art, this working, carved in the stones of the sturdiest rock?

    Yet, I feel a calm pleasure in this feeling. This fear, this…tedious, constant fear…It somehow warms my very heart. He looks at me still, with his cold, menacing eyes. His figure, silhouette still fresh against the sunset. The picturesque shot of two enemies, standing there in moments of regret and forgiveness….

    I extend my arm. What is the use, I think, to fight this creature? Surely the cause of all hurt, is itself, pain. He is sorrowful, consumed and dark, and yet, as I extend my hand, he extends his.

    And this is a bond. Actions speak louder than words.

  25. not telling, age 13, from England

    “Sally use to love art unitil it happened”…….That was what they said at my best mate’s horrid mhsty funarel.

    It was a strangely wired funarel as there was only 9 brave hearts standing around her grave,everyone else was probley too scared to go out after what happened. Though I knew there was a explanation for the lack of numbers I still felt terribly misserable like there was a poissenes snake stuck in my throught controlling my speach and a terribly evil red devil in my brain controlling my thoughts and my acttions, even with all this going on I was still truly wrong to do what I did.

  26. Jaime-Leigh Byott, age 12, from unighted kingdome

    once upon a time there was a tree a special tree it was called magic it had a very special secret. At night it a wokens when the moon rises till sunset it becomes a man a very wired ,man he siverse beacuse it is so cold and slowly walks foward and says A WAKEN MY SISTERS AND BOROTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. FLOWER, age 13, from USA

    one day there was this little girl,who had to go in the oppareating therter because she had eat a pice of her braceis and it was sitting on her lungs.And it was sinking into her so she went in and AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! IT WAS ALL A BIG DREE THANK GOD MUM CAME RUSHING IN AND SAIS WHATS UP I JUST TOLD HER IT WAS A DREE AND THERE WAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT

  28. Crystal, age 10, from Hong Kong

    I thought that this picture was very moving and meaningful because it looked to me as if they were friends. Like us, animals have to make friends and it’s very happy to see as if the bird has made friends with the human. It was very nice…..

  29. Jinx., age 12, from U.K

    I walked through the dark, blank dullness. My bare feet slapped on the cold concrete slabs below me.I didn’t know where I was going, our how far till the end, I just walked onward. Bird in hand, I walked down the rough thorny path to the concentration camp. My life would soon end.

  30. lona mcbonafonda, age 3, from belgium

    ow it the pairent is a little bit pirate

  31. daniel, age 8, from brithan

    One day a man was walking tro a forest

  32. Hannah Stewart, age 10, from Washington

    A girl was standing right under the big oak tree. A bird flew down from the top of the tree. The girl looked at it, and noticed that the bird had a shining glow to it. No, she thought, It’s just the light. She held out her hand, and the bird, like it had done this onethousand times, flew down and sat on it.
    It was a wonderful sensation, the bird felt like the sun was shining through the bleak, and heavy winter. The bird raised it’s wonderful, dark feathered head, and sang his song. The sound was like windchimes on a breezy and light summer day. The girl fell asleep, while being sarinaded by the bird.
    When the girl woke, she felt almost heavy, like she couldn’t carry herself. A tingling sensation was burning through her. She looked down, and tried to gasp in horror, but the sound was stuck inside her.
    She was turning into a part of the tree!
    The bird! She thought, It must be magical! I must have gotten to close to it’s territory so it must have stopped me! I’ll be here forever!
    No one could help her, for she couldn’t talk or move. Many years later, the bird came over head, and she thought despretly, Help me! She was instant ly freed and ran into the fading sunset.

  33. Chris, age 12, from UK

    Once upon a time her hairdryer broke and badly messed up her hair. She did everything she could. she tried hairspray firs but that was a mistake. Her hair just got stuck even more and she looked ultra stupid. She ran off to the forest and then bees and bugs got tangled in her hair and it became a bee and wasp nest. Her head was getting stung all the time but she was too embarrassed to go back home. Eventually she cut it all off so she was bald. This made her look even more stupid so she used her magic to turn herself into a tree. Later on in life she got so bored that she insisted that she would get cut down, so she did.
    The End

  34. Anonymous, age 0, from

    It is cold my candle has burnt i cant see a thing a stange figure comes up to me im puzzled and scared I want to go home this nightmare never ends I cant even think propley. Wait I can here a puring noise I scream ahhhhhhhhh i prepaired for the worst. Come on wake up sleepy head that noise was your cat i think you have had a nightmare I relaxed until i saw that person in my dream in MY bed i ran down stairs i havent been scared of him since acturley he is now my best frend.

  35. chloe, age 11, from uk

    One day they lived a man and his horse. The man’s horse was named geebird named after a portrate that his father , witch was a artest, made. the man was called allis his sister was evil and wanted anything she saw evan a penny she would want .allis was getting sick of his evil saister just because she is older she got EVERYTHING one day something came over allis so he killed her.after he cammited murder he took a walk in the park he saw a cheeping bird it was like the bird was telling him something. so ellis picked the bird up in his hand and walked away he was never to be seen again the endb

  36. maddison, age 9, from CANADA

    Once upon a time there was a new little bird.It was named Pugsley.He had never seen the country.So one day the little birdwas 10 years old and he went on a adventure.Pugsley went through the the ocean,into aold ladies house and past the amazon rainforest.Soon he got lost and started to get scared.He was very lonley and sad.So he called his parents as loud as he can THE END

  37. Helen Jarman, age 10, from England

    The Earth turned grey, I looked around and saw the man of mystery. His arms moved around like a rag doll yet he seemed strong and ready to kill. I wanted to run but my feet could not move due to his face of danger and looking ready to kill. He slowly glided towards me but gently raised his eyes at me. I am sure he was thinking how much fat I had and how tasty I would be but instead walked straight pass me. I looked around he was gone. The mystery man was gone but still leaved a scent of hatred an lies.

  38. Ellen Gallagher, age 9, from youdon\'tneedtoknowwhereilive

    The cold, damp rain was making everyone sad. I had nothing to do but sit down and read. I was scared with the loud thunder and lightning, and that it rained nonstop, and the little town started to flood. Half of the people have died from the flood, yet me and my family haven’t due to a tall house and a lot of food.I finally decided not to be scared, but fix this mess. I grabbed my horse, Black Streak and we went to the top of the house,where a ladder stood to get on the roof.There was a door, big enough to fit Black Streak through. We climed up, and jumped up so high, we landed on a doorstep. Bullseye! We ran the doorbell, and out stepped a man who had on a nametag. It read GOD. God, my hometown, It’s flooding! Can you fix it. Suddenley, we were back on land. It stopped raing. Way to go God!

  39. Phyre Rutherford-power, age 12, from england

    The lonely man walked down an alley, the alley his father used to take him down when he was small. That was untill his parents had died, it wasnt long ago. He remembered now just sitting in the back of the car, they were on thier way to train station to go on holiday. His parents had never got on together. curled up in a blanket he fell asleep in the car only to be woken up not soon after with a thud, a loud booming THUD!!! And soon after that came the words
    “you dont understand”
    “you never listen”
    “your the one who done it in the first place” the words carried on over and over again. They never stop fighting it wasnt fair.

  40. zindabi, age 127, from zinsaheegoraj

    ooooohhhh, its very scary…… its an alien!!!!!

    I LUV IT!!

  41. Annistasia louise stringfellow, age 10, from england (soth yorkshire)

    As I walked a the way to the lusious tree I sang the nature all around me devouerd my sining I was only four at the time and without a gurdiarn so from then on I lived with animals .The day we all looked foward to had arrived it was the lions birthday but I had been located down and they made my wost nightmare come true he took me to englad I new this would happen because my mother every night before she had appendened me told me about it so after the the first hour escapped and reganed my freedome.

  42. Mesprit, age 0, from Unown

    Spearow bit Team Galactic Grunt.
    Team Galactic used it’s Golbat
    It was too weak and fainted almost immedietly.
    So team Galactic Grunt ran off kicking and screaming
    And…. I’m not quite sure it was Cyrus or Commander Mars or Commander Saturn or Commander Jupiter. Because he had a Purugly.

  43. Della, age 4, from England

    Once there was a dog so fluffy and so cute her bread was a Basset Hound it was a puppy to make it more cute. It sat in a pet shop waiting to be loved she sat there so still… till a man come in a very old man. His name was Mr. Foster he had a dog of his own his dog’s bread was a Puli he named it Dreadlocks. Mr. Foster said i’m looking for a Basset Hound pupppy do you have one for sale? the shop keeper said yes we do but it’s very sleepy. That’s perfect he said. He named it Daydream because how much she sleept. Mr. Foster lost his leg in a war but he servived… luckly. Mr Foster came back too the pet shop after 3 year now he is 55 he bought a Dalmatian English Springer Spaniel and a Bouvier des Flanders he just loved dogs. But not soon when he was 60 he died of a heart attack sadley but his friend looket after Mr. Foster’s dogs.

  44. Jasmine, age 10, from UK

    The one legged man sets out to sea, bird on his shoulder, more agony, he screams and shouts and cries for help, then letting out a one legged yelp, he falls over board and into the water, fishermen chuckle and chorter, in he falls only to find, a dazzling mermaid, eyes soft and kind. The school circles his head, he has fallen in love, the old parrot on his shoulder,is now a youthful pure dove.

  45. shamyra jones, age 13, from delware

    one day there was a men that want into the woods n never come bak out thats when a young boi want inside the woods on march 12 1999 the boi was 10 years old n was play with him friends outside playin ball thats when the ball want inside the woods n try to find it thats when the young boi seen a crazy look tree stayin there that look like a half human n a half tree thats when the boi want over there n touch it n thats when it move the boi start cryin help let go of me now thats when the man that was missin couldnt talk couldnt ear but just stay there n watch the birds go pass ever day he miss his family so much that he want to cry but he cant after that day the boi wasnt the same again

  46. ikhkgcfyc, age 0, from ff6f8oii887tt6t6

    A one legged man stands surrounded by seaweed in this undersea world.

  47. Cree, age 11, from England

    Yessssssssssssss hisssssssssssssssssssss iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii amamamamamamam iiiiiiinnnnnnnnnsssssaaaaanneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee because i like to sing.The dancing song the black coal dude satue thing called it though ellen hated it. then days after ellen got derlerious went swooney went hippy started doing robot dance untill she met himmmmmmmmmmm the black dude was back with the song but ellen was no longer afraid she toooooooooooooooo sang aloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggggg making it longer than ever.

    The End

  48. Olivia, age 10, from new zealand

    I was in bed,and I started to fall asleep.As I fell asleep I founnd myself in this odd land.I stepped out of bed and looked around.This odd land was mostly black and white.It looked vaguely familiar.I must have been here before.I had a walk around and met a man.Or mabye it was a woman.Man or woman it was a person,mabye not a human but someone.
    “Hello?”I said.
    “GO AWAY!!”replyed the thing.
    “Sorry,but I’m lost.”I explaned.
    “OK THEN GET INTO THAT BED!!”
    “Ok I will.”
    I got into the bed.
    “NOW CLOSE YOUR EYES!!”
    I closed my eyes.
    “NOW I SHALL SING A LULABY!!”
    “What! no I can’t go to sleep!I just need to get home!!”
    “AND YOU WILL JUST GO TO SLEEP!”
    I slowly fell asleep.A minute later I woke up again but in my room at home.
    “Mum!?”I yelled.
    “Good morning sleepy head.” came the reply.
    What!I was dreaming!the black and white land,the man or woman or what ever it was!It was all a dream!!!
    I suddenly realised what was so familiar.My Mum Dad and I had seen a painting at the art gallary yesterday!!!
    “Mum I had the oddest dream last night about that painting what was it?Oh yes ‘Bird in hand’!!”
    “Well it is all over now dear.”

    THE END

  49. sophie crichton, age 12, from england

    once upon a time there was a girl called sophie crichton (that is pronounced criteon!!) she was stuck in discovery centre for a silent 10 minutes so she thought she would write this story for all you little guppies out there that have nothing better to do than read this :P love you really lol :P xx

  50. RoRo x, age 12, from uk

    a woman selling birdseed died.
    THE END WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

  51. Heather, age 10, from Mexico

    The man stared at me. His beady black eyes whispered to me. He looked like he was falling. Dying, crumpling away. His bones were dropping to the floor, looking like weeds. I ran to the man and hugged him. His head fell as soon as I touched him. His beady eyes touched the bones that had been destroyed so long ago. I noticed a bit of skin, I ripped it off. I knew what was happening…. He was going through the horrible truth that had happened to me. He was going, to hell.

  52. chantelle, age 15, from new york

    Cold and quiet,lonely and bored I was just standing staring at the bus stop waiting for a bus to come.I waited and waited.
    Chapter 2 COMING SOON….

  53. Georgia, age 11, from England

    There is a legend of a man who was a pirate that was very thoughtful., but one day his life would change forever.He was indeed thoughtful but he was selfish.Very selfish.So one day he and his crew where sailing along the sun-setting horizon when…

    …This story will cotinue soon!

  54. Megan Amos, age 13, from England

    She hobbled through the streets. The stars snuffed in the sky by her presence. A woman. A creature. A part of life, yet a part of death. Figures of shadow emerged from her body as a distorted creature clutched onto her leg. She brought with her the entirity of the night: she defined it yet was submerged in it. It swirled around her as she drifted forward, not touching the undulating ground yet you could see the rhythmic movements of her body, a melody, a lullaby: rising and falling in the darkness of the night. Thoughts, memories swifted around this creature, erupted from its mind. There was a buzz of noise in this absolute silence, stillness. And then only her shadow was left: isolated in life. It arced with her body to the ground and awoke the stars in the sky. They moved as one: glowing fire, defeating the shadow of death as trace of it retreated form sight.

  55. belive me!, age 0, from ?

    The girl stared as the figure emerged from the mist. He came closer and closer. She couldn’t run she couldn’t even move. A sharp scream pierced the air. The figure shrank back into the mist. Yet another girl added to the many. Sadly no one cared or even noticed, thats why no one knows about him until its their turn. Don’t worry you wont have to wait long you’ll be gone soon just one of the many.

  56. Chloe, age 11, from Barrow inFurness

    There was once a man who only ever went out on rainy days. It came a day when the rain was hammering on the roof when he decided to come out. The people of the town never came out on rainy days except from the man on the market stall selling his fruit and veg. He was the only person who ever saw the man. The man on the market was never believed by the people of the town that the mysterious man only came out in the rain other than Ellen the market mans daughter. Just after her father went to work she went out on the streets looking for the mysterious man. She finally saw him in a dark alleyway and scared stiff as she was she followed him and said ‘Why do you only ever come out in the rain’ e gasped and said ‘ Fuanlly someone believes the old market man’ ‘And Who may you be then?’ ‘I am Ellen’ she replied ‘And I want to know why you only come out in the rain!’ ‘Only come out in the rain because its the only time you cannot see my indentity’ I will show you if you like! And before Ellen could reply, the man took off his mask and took off his cloak! Ellen gasped and run and run as fast as she could but before she knew it somehimg was sucking her in, and in and in until she was inside him and part oof him! She was now the evil man that everyone didn’t believe! A crow flew into her hands thinking she was a scarecrow and started pecking her……….that ius the story of Ellen…..

  57. Brittany, age 10, from Australia

    Once there was a bird it was called selfrana.she was sitting in a tree, just listening to the rest of the birds.It tweeted and tweeted all day untill an owl came and said ” WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY TREE?” “nothing”said the little bird.”WELL GET OUT NOW” “ok” said the little bird and fley away to another tree.

    THE END.
    Hope you like it.

  58. bethany, age 10, from england

    Once There lived a girl called mia howard she lived in a Picter she knew she would never get out. She Tapped on the paniting all day all night and day but just as she was going to go to sleep the picter came alive mia screamed for help but nobody came the picter tuck over mia and ruled here and done evil and bad mia (the picter) got sent to the cells. however the picter came out her body and went off to other person… mia lived in prison she dies in prison……… mia was gone

  59. penny, age 101, from united states of america

    a man went walking down the road. he ran into a tree and got his new hair-cut stuck in the tree. then he ran into the wall he got stuck to the wall.

  60. chelsea, age 12, from england.

    there was a man that loved his garden, he spent every minit of every day init. when it’s bout 10 o,clock at night he would come in, and go to bed, then about, 4:30 in the moning, he would go out again, but one day there was a problem….
    he was cutting his bush, and there was a gun, a loaded gun, he accidently palled the trigger, BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!! he was dead in seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! poor poor man…

  61. Hadiya, age 10, from UK- England

    Ellen Gallagher was asleep in bed one night when she saw a shadowy figure approach cautiously outside her bedroom window. She tried to scream but alas, her words were stifled by a dark, gloved hand wrapping around her mouth. Her blanket was picked up by all four corners, Ellen bumping around in the middle like a sack of potatoes.The mysterious figure walked her to her back garden, but instead of her normal oak tree stood a towering black and white person made of tree. It’s hair was the leaves of the tree. Ellen screamed and thrust her legs around in a childish manner but all the panic caused Ellen to fall to the floor. She ran for her life, back into her comfortable bed. Had it been a dream? The night’s happenings were shrouded in mystery.

  62. anonymous, age 0, from ?

    feed the birds tuppence a bag

  63. olena rani, age 7, from london

    sorry.

  64. olena rani, age 7, from london

    ok this is what I am going to tell you this is what your doogwin and ar you fine.

  65. olivia rani, age 10, from london

    One day they lived a man and his horse. The man’s horse was named geebird named after a portrate that his father , witch was a artest, made. the man was called allis his sister was evil and wanted anything

  66. olena rani, age 7, from london

    one day a dog ant a man wan he ant the man he wos sgad relele sgad you onn ko and a gaw so ass a boy oll fo them and oll of them wor oll srad

  67. olivia, age 10, from london

    how do you do happy faces

  68. the everwith, age 0, from somewhere on this planet....

    There was once a deadly clown that wandered through lands that only a cockraoch could live in and sailed in waters that only the a catfish could swim in. He had been on many adventure but this was the best not only had he grown an afro but also his right foot had grown roots. he tripped and fell down……down……….down……

  69. poo, age 2, from iceland

    once there lived a boy who lived with his mom in a twinleaf town and he was a pokemon trainer

  70. cHAVETTE, age 127, from CHINA

    DIS STORI IS RANDOM INNIT. N DA WEIRDO IN DA PICCY GOT A RANDOM TREE ON HIS HEAD INNIT MEH

  71. Leigh, age 10, from South Africa

    she is a very creative artist and expresses herself by painting and drawing

  72. that little duck, age 123, from duck heven

    :-) chapter 1

    in this story the little duck has an egg then the male did not sit on the eggs so they all died

    chapter 2

    the end :-)

  73. Laurn, age 17, from England

    Once upon a time in a big uxorious beach there was a young man called Machino. He was rich, bold and strong until a robber stole everything he had apart from (him of course!). The next day he fell done a hole into a mysterious tree. The tree was named the Faraway tree he fell done the rest were called the followers. The next day he was somewhere else you can guess where that was the luxurious beach! He had enough of this he reported it to the police, but the person he reported to was the ROBBER!!!!!!!!!! The robber put him under arrest. The robber said your under arrest for going down the animal exhibit hole. He was put in jail, he found a shovel and dug in his prison room.

    YOU WILL NEVER FIND OUT THE END HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  74. Alyssa Daignault, age 8, from United States

    the man looks like a clown . he looks like he has fish for hair . he looks like he is standing on sticks . he is it lest 30 . it inspires young viewers like me at 8 years old . it inspires viewers to open up and see.

  75. Ewan Barker, age 12, from Scotland

    That was it, the end was coming, the year 4000, the last day of earth in existance. Every living animal and person upon the earth would bve disintigrated along with the whole earth, humans were no more…!

  76. Jasmine, age 8, from England

    One day a bear came to our house and we shrank.

  77. esme, age 8, from uk

    this cold, twisted picture brings sworms of sadness to the veiwers eyes. it is truly unreadable and scary… all the consequences.. ..everything, look at it, LOOK AT IT, LOOK IT IN THE EYES AND TELL ME IT DOES NOT SCARE YOU! you are feared, like so many others…. however, I am not. I like this sad side to it. i like the twisted eyes, not being able to read the mind… to not know. it may send shivers down your back, but I, I, am not feared. it inspires me, it gives me great courage to say, NOTHING WILL EVER SCARE ME, NO-ONE, NOTHING, EVER!!! and now i can feel the power, the power the picture should have, but you, and you alone, took it away with your sad, scared eyes…….

    ……you fear the picture, you are aware of the power, so you drain it through your worried eyes. and now, i must get it. i NEED it! and if you’ve got it……….

    …….WATCH OUT! i, send you this warning now, put back the power, look into the picture, watch as it regains strength…. there. you are cured, YOU NO LONGER FEAR THE PICTURE!!! ‘and tis i who thou shall thank,
    above the famous words of isobel cartwright, your saviour.

  78. esme, age 8, from uk

    roamer of the wood he is called he came to the wood and there was an evil witch she didnt like anyone he was walking past some trees when the witch said some funny words then he just said wha…… when he passed out he woke up feeling rather strange then the witch came and said look at the mirror he looked he screamed on his head he had a tree and one leg was normal the other was made of roots! he didnt want to go home now so he lived in the wood ever so often putting his leg in the soil to eat he also sometimes eats fruit he also sucked up rain from the soil then after many years the witch died the guy was shocked when he found that many people who always went through the woods became his freinds so now he lives a happy life and the witch long ago turned a girl into half tree half human aswell and they got married they still live in the wood to this day.

  79. Bethany, age 12, from England

    The man oh the poor man
    standing so lonely in the darkening forest.
    A bird as his head
    and humans body
    only entwined twigs as his leg.
    The poor man
    so lonely he stands
    In the creepy darkening forest.

  80. sophie, age 9, from England

    all the animals are so ill that a special vet went to see the animals and gave them some medicine as she went back home she heard a noise in the bushes she went up to the bush and saw a black figure first she thought it was a tree but then she thought it was a man no wait…….IT WAS HALF TREE HALF MAN!!!!!!!!!!!! she screamed but it was to late she was never seen again…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. Ieuan, age 11, from Swansea

    When I look at this painting I see a King of Birds. He had a seagulls head, peacocks tail, human body and branches for feet anyone who try’s to hurt a bird or him he will haunt them. His worst enemy’s are cats and dogs some people think that he is a ghost because he walk’s very slowly and can magically disappear.