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El Marino Third-Grader’s Essay Receives High Praise

Culver City Unified District Student Eric Delgado’s story so impressed his teacher, she felt it was worthy of publication.

'Dogs Don’t Sing with Cats’ is the title of Culver City El Marino Language School 3rd grader Eric Delgado’s story.

Eric’s teacher – Roberta Sargeant – said as she was typing up the student stories, she “realized how much I loved Eric's story.... I think that it is worthy of publishing."

Culver City Patch has decided to do just that and Eric’s mother told Patch Eric is “so excited” to see his story in print.  Below is Eric’s unedited story – ‘Dogs Don’t Sing with Cats.’

Once there were five dogs who sang Christmas songs together. They sang together for one year. One day, one of the dogs said, “Ughhhh! I’m tired of singing songs with only five dogs; we need a sixth dog!”

“Yeah!” said another dog. And so, they went to look for a sixth dog; but, instead, a CAT signed up!  When they practiced, it was a cat who showed up!

“Hello,” meowed the cat, “I’m ready to sing.”

When they finished practicing they decided to have a concert.  They started singing…”Woof, woof, woof…. woof, woof, woof (to the tune of Jingle Woofs) MEOOOW!”

They posted their concert on YouTube and looked to see how many “likes” they got. “Ten likes!? One hundred and forty likes?!” That wasn’t very many, they thought…. So, they checked their comments.

And this is what the comments said, “I didn’t like the Christmas song!!!” and “I didn’t like the way the lyrics were sung” All five dogs looked at the cat.

“Whaaaat????” meowed the cat. The dogs started to teach the cat how to sing in dog language. The cat became bilingual. The next performance they sang “Jingle Woofs,” posted it online, and got thousands of “likes.” Everybody loved it! The five dogs gave the cat an official singer badge. 

“Thank you,” woofed the cat.  From then on they sang happily ever after, as The Five Dogs and the Cat.

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josie castiilo January 04, 2013 at 04:56 AM
What a cutie pie!
Alfonso Castillo January 04, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Great job Eric... Keep them coming!
Lorena January 04, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Great job Eric! You did a fantastic job. Your on the right road to famousville :D From your cousin Elisa!
Griselda January 04, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Congratulations !!! Great job, from Angelica and Adrian
Yvette Stern January 05, 2013 at 03:25 AM
I just read Eric's piece aloud to my husband. We both love it! Thank for publishing this, Culver Patch. And thank you, Señora Sergeant, for your teaching skills and dedication.

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