Tamaqua Elementary School fourth-grader Allie Clausius tapped her pencil thoughtfully, then repositioned the five stones on her desk.
"OK, we have to start to plan this out," she said to Tamaqua eighth-grader Kayla Zamudio.
"I'll start with the flamingo, as the main character, and the story will happen outdoors, at night."
Clausius moved the stone with a pink flamingo painted on it, placing it next to a stone painted dark blue, except for a quarter moon. Then she considered a stone depicting a lion.