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Can anyone help start a story for a 4th grader about a lost cat that gets found by its owner?

For example, a wounded cat that's healed by a family who falls in love with him. But in the end, the cat's original owner finds him, leaving the family sad.

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I think that you might want to open with how lost and sad the family felt with the loss of the cat.  Usually in stories like these, immediately drawing from an emotional point of view might be a good way to pull the reader into the piece and allow an instant connection to be present.  At the same time, the loss of a family pet is something that can be immediately identified on multiple levels.  Another part of it would be to discuss how a child feels when a family pet disappears.  How they feel?  Do they "retrace" their steps in the belief that they can find the pet?  What feelings are they experiencing when they wake up the next morning and the cat is not present?  I think that asking these type s of questions can help to establish an emotional connection to the writing sample.

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