Way up in the sky, in a big, puffy
white cloud, the snowflakes gathered, waiting for the blizzard to happen,
because their favorite thing to do was to fall from the cloud and blanket
the wintry ground below. Tonight’s storm was especially exciting because
it was New Year’s Eve. Each snowflake wanted to be the first snowflake of
The group started talking about
where they were going to land. The largest snowflake of all was named
Sammy. He got to choose first, and then, each in turn, according to their
size, chose their targets, until the smallest snowflake had chosen. "I
think I will land on that pine tree," Sammy said, parting the cloud just a
little bit to show everyone. "I am the biggest snowflake so I will be the
first to fall and land this New Year."
Some of the other snowflakes didn’t
like that idea. They wanted to be the first snowflake. Scotty snowflake
asked, "I want to be the first to fall. Why should it be you? I want to
land on that blue car, not the pine tree."
"Well, I want to be the first too,"
Seth chimed in.
And so it went. All the snowflakes
in the cloud started complaining because they wanted to be first. Soon
they were all arguing. Suddenly screams came up from below. The snowflakes
stopped and listened as the crowds cheered, "Ten, nine, eight…."
"There’s only a few seconds left
until the New Year. If we want to be first, then we’d all better
cooperate. Let’s all fall down together," suggested Shauna snowflake.
"Seven, six….." the crowds
The snowflakes held hands. Holding
tightly to each other, they jumped from the cloud and fell through the
sky. "Wheeeeeeee!" they went together.
"Five, four, three, two, one. Happy
New Year!" everyone shouted.
As the snowflakes landed on the icy
ground, people started banging pots, blowing horns, lighting firecrackers
and singing. They lay together in a pile, happy that they were all the
first snowflakes of the New Year. "Happy New Year!" Sammy whispered to the
"Happy New Year!"