What If Story Writing Frame FREE PDF

This post has a free printable and short book review for Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting, and illustrated by Julie Fortenberry.

Pirate Boy is really a discussion between a boy and his mother.  The boy wonders “what if” questions and the mother responds.  When the boy asks what if he would go to live with the pirates and then want to come home?  Mother says she would find him no matter what.  The boy continues with “what if” questions (as children are so excellent at doing) and mother says she will use her magic spray to solve the problems.  No matter what, the mother will help the boy return home.

The mother in the story actually has some magic spray that she made that very day!  Using a spray bottle of water, some parents find this kind of idea comforts children. In the printable, the word bank has a magic coin instead of spray, but other words may be used as well.


What If Story Writing Frame

I took the idea of the story and made a student writing frame and word bank so students could write stories about things they might like to try in their imaginations and be safe when exploring their thoughts. Children love to ask what if questions and this will put that talent to good use!  This PDF is free, of course:

FREE PDF What If Story writing frame

What If Story Information PDF photos

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

You might also like the free printable for Tough Boris, for Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19 each year).


About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.


  1. maryanne 02/21/2012 at 4:43 pm

    This sounds like a cute story, and I love your extension activity! Will have to see if my 5yo is interested in giving it a go!

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 02/22/2012 at 9:38 pm

      MaryAnne, it is a sweet story but adventerous enough boys will like it. Thanks for writing, Carolyn

  2. Ann Marie Smith 02/20/2012 at 2:09 am

    Cute post, Carolyn! Let me know if you’d like me to put your free download on my freebie resources tab! 🙂 Speaking of freebies, I’ve got to create items to put on Connect-a-Blog, The Lesson Cloud, and Classroom Freebies Too! Have a good one!!
    Ann Marie @ Innovative Connections

    • Carolyn Wilhelm 02/22/2012 at 9:40 pm

      Yes, you can share any of my freebies, Ann Marie. Isn’t there a lot to do? Don’t overdo it, though, keep it fun. Carolyn

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