I found this book Katie made. She had no assistance from anyone. It wasn't a school assignment or anything. Just something she had fun doing on her own while I was at work and Will was no doubt mulching leaves or building a side-driveway or installing a bathtub or some such ceaseless home improvement.
I asked Katie to read the story to me since it's a little difficult to decipher First Gradespeak. She began by reading the title page, "The Reek by Katie Carleton." I asked her, "What's a reek?" She said, "It's a little river with rocks in it." "Oh, you mean a creek?" I asked. Without hesitation Katie corrected me, "I call it a reek."
So, may I introduce to you, The Reek by Katie Carleton:
by Katie Carleton
The Carletons goed (went) to the park.
For Katie's Mom and Me and Dad
Me and my mom came to a reek (creek).
And then the reek (creek) flooded.
(Katie, the character on the right, is saying "run" in a speech balloon by her mouth.)
Katie and my mom noticed that the reek (creek) flooded.
We ran to the park and then we went home.