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Captain Lilliput Creative Writing Prompt

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As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the calm lake, I noticed a peculiar little object bobbing gently near the water’s edge. It was a boat unlike any I’d seen before — crafted from a single sheet of almost white paper, folded intricately into the shape of a sailboat. Intrigued, I waded through the shallow water and picked it up carefully between my fingertips.

To my surprise, the sailboat was heavier than it looked, as if it carried something important within its paper hull. I looked inside, revealing a hidden compartment. I found a note written in a tiny, precise hand. It read, “To the one whose heart is brave and mind is open, I need your help.” The letter was signed, “Captain Lilliput, the Paper Navigator.” I looked around the deserted lakeside, half expecting someone to jump out and claim the note as a prank. But there was only the whisper of leaves and the gentle water lapping against the shore. My heart raced with curiosity. Could this be real? A part of me knew it might just be a child’s lost toy, but another part — the part that loved stories of adventure and magic — wondered if it might be the beginning of something incredible.

With the note in hand, I decided to change my life forever. It was time to answer Captain Lilliput’s call and embark on a journey I could have only dreamed of until now.

Warm-Up Discussion Questions

What do you think makes Captain Lilliput’s boat special?

How would you feel if you found a mysterious boat like the one in the story?

What kind of adventures do you imagine Captain Lilliput goes on?

Why do you think Captain Lilliput chose to send a paper boat to find help?

What could be so important that it would change someone’s life forever?

What does it mean to have a ‘heart that is brave and a mind that is open’?

If you were to receive such a note, would you accept the call to adventure? Why or why not?

What kind of challenges do you think one might face on a journey with Captain Lilliput?

How can paper boats and similar toys inspire imagination and storytelling?

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