Escaping Leonardo Da Vinci By Marilina

Hello my name is Mina. I’m a Caretta Caretta Sea turtle that can walk, talk and read. My owner is Leonardo Da Vinci the Great. The only thing he does all day is draw, draw and draw. Last week he drew the Mona Lisa. This Tuesday he built a time machine. This man is CRAZY.
“Mina, Mina your pasta is ready,” announced Da Vinci.
“Not hungry pa,” replied Mina.
“You have to eat. Come here Mina!” exclaimed Da Vinci.
“Fine,” stated Mina.
Mina swam to the restroom and washed her hands. She rushed to the kitchen, slurped her pasta all up and went to the art studio. Da Vinci ran there too and took out his most colorful paints. He had started to paint Mina’s shell. He was drawing a stylish flower.
“Can I have a bathroom break?” inquired Mina. She rushed to the bathroom. She couldn’t take it anymore. She wanted to do and see something new and alive not just paintings. She climbed over the sink and opened the window. She escaped out of the window. She rushed to the time machine. She saw buttons with unusual words and pressed some random ones hoping she hadn’t done anything wrong.
​She got into the little car connected to the machine and pressed a gigantic green button that said GO!
​Then the machine started to turn in circles. Da Vinci came rushing outside trying to stop the machine but he was too late. Mina had traveled into future centuries. Who knew where she was going to land?
The machine stopped and landed in this place called Greece. She looked around in amazement and wonder. It all seemed so new and exciting. She was sure Da Vinci would build another time machine and try to find her. She didn’t know where to go. Left or right?
She zoomed left, right, left, right and before she knew it she was standing in front of a gigantic orange sign. She opened the door and walked up three flights of stairs. There were children everywhere. She stood on the balcony watching children laughing and playing. She felt so happy to hear and see happy faces. She wanted to join in the fun.Suddenly she looked at the gate and saw Da Vinci running with a bunch of police officers.
​She rushed through a hallway and stopped at a door which said Turtle Club on it. She knew that the humans inside would help her. She opened the door. When the students saw her, they were puzzled. Mina explained what was happening. She needed their help to keep her away from Da Vinci and returning home with him. Mina quickly went under a table since she could hear Da Vinci was coming.
“Have you seen my turtle?” asked Da Vinci.
“Nope,” replied Michaela.
“She must have come here. I can even smell her,” commented Da Vinci.
“Turtles don’t have a smell,” added Gregory.
”Da,” said Jackson.
“Fine but if you are lying,” pointed Da Vinci. “You will be in huge TROUBLE”.
“Ok,” answered Raneem.
“Can you go now? We are having a lesson,” emphasized Marilina.
“Bye,” waved Felitsia.
​Da Vinci slammed the door shut. Mina had done it. She had escaped and found a new home that cared about her. She was so happy and thrilled to be in a land with such life and activity. She felt she could also do something more than just be a pet.
Today Mina can be found at the Archelon Center in Glyfada. She is visited by many people interested in Turtles and their environment. Many of the students that helped Mina stay, are also volunteers at the Center. They visit her and learn more and more things about the environment and how everyone can help make things better. She feels so loved and alive each day at her home. She feels so lucky to have so many people care about her and all the other turtles too.

7 thoughts on “Escaping Leonardo Da Vinci By Marilina

  1. Dear Marilina,
    I really enjoyed reading your story. I liked it because you used people’s names from our 5th grade. I also like the characters you used. Hopefully Leonardo Da Vinci wasn’t that caught up in draw all the time and had some fun. Next time you could describe your character’s appearance more so the reader has an idea of them in their head.Overall, I loved the story!
    -Michaela

  2. Dear Marilina,
    I was surprised when you said that the turtle could speak,walk and read. It made the story very interesting. Also, I believed that it was great to put an encouraging thought for turtle club. In the beginning, you say “I am Mina…” but later you say “Mina was …” and I think it doesn’t make a lot of sense to change from ‘I’ to ‘it’. Everything else rocked!!!
    Constantinos

  3. Dear Marilina,
    I was there when you created Mina and she was a gorgeous Italian turtle! She was very fortunate to have lived with a famous artist like Da Vinci but I understand her desire to grow up and live a little outside the art studio. I liked that the time-machine took her to Greece, what a wonderful place for a Carreta Carreta to swim, talk and read.
    Perhaps Da Vinci will continue to search for Mina in Greece and he too will have adventures!
    Sincerely,
    Ms Maria

  4. Dear Marilina, 5:10 May 3, 2014
    Happy Month!!!!!!
    I believe you are very creative because you combined turtle club in
    the story. One thing: Make sure you include every member of the turtle club. That includes: Mrs. Rovoli, Mrs. Mantarakis, Sophia, Alex S, Mario and, of course, ME!
    Your Friend,
    Dani
    P.S. If I forgot anyone contact me. Exquisite story!!!!!!

  5. Dear Marilina,
    Happy Month!!!!!!
    I believe you are very creative because you combined turtle club in
    the story. One thing: Make sure you include every member of the turtle club. That includes: Mrs. Rovoli, Mrs. Mantarakis, Sophia, Alex S, Mario and, of course, ME!
    Your Friend,
    Dani
    P.S. If I forgot anyone contact me. Exquisite story!!!!!!

  6. Dear Costantino and Michaela,
    Thank you for your suggestions to make my story better. Next time I will try to include your suggestions.
    Sincerely,
    Marilina

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