Lina Explores

T. Mark Mangum
5 min readSep 21, 2021

The Planet Earth

Illustrations by Birdy Adams / Edits by Young Mangum / © 2021, T. Mark Mangum

Lina woke. She blinked her eyes. Her bedroom was gently lit by the light of a full moon that shone through her window.

The moon floated full and bright in the night sky. Lina decided to lay there wrapped in the snuggles of her favorite blanket.

Illustrations by Birdy Adams / Edits by Young Mangum / © 2021, T. Mark Mangum

Looking around her room, she saw the globe of the Earth that her Nana gave her as a birthday present last year.

This year Daddy and Mommy were taking her to see Hawaii. They would have to fly on a Jet Plane to see Hawaii because it was a faraway Island in the Pacific Ocean.

Lina smiled; she remembered that Nana showed her the different countries on the globe.

Her daddy told her that he had been to Germany. That is where Nana was born.

Photo by Calvin Hanson on Unsplash

Next, they looked at Australia. Lina thought about the Koala Bear named Herman at the zoo.

Thinking of Herman caused Lina to giggle a little. Herman moved really slow and liked to eat leaves.

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After Australia, her mom showed her China. China is where Grandpa Chen was born.

Grandpa Chen had a big picture book of China he showed Lina when she visited him and Grandma Sue.

In China, the people had built a Wall that was so big; Grandpa says you can see it from space.

Lina thought about that great big wall, wondering why people would build a wall that big.

She imagined the people being afraid of giants like from the movie she watched with her brother.

Illustrations by Birdy Adams / Edits by Young Mangum / © 2021, T. Mark Mangum

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T. Mark Mangum

For the serious reader. Short, compelling fiction for the serious reader. I use Imagination, wonder, and surprise to create my tales. Please Enjoy reading them.