The Miserable Prince


Welcome to BantaaKids, the section dedicated to the creative work of the youngest writers among us.

This series will predominantly feature short stories written by ESL (English as a Second Language) students from J.S.Worth’s creative writing classes back in the real world, where he works as an English teacher in China.

These classes begin with a writing prompt (featured below) to which the students plan, draft, and then produce a final copy all in the space of 2 hours.

We hope you enjoy reading their fantastic work and can appreciate the level of dedication these young writers have put into their studies, especially given how challenging it is to learn a second language.


– J.S.Worth


Prompt: Write a prequel to the fairy tale ‘The Frog Prince’.

(note: minor corrections have been made)

The Miserable Prince

by Molly

“Lazy bumbling fools, fetch me my bow and arrow!” cried prince Lenti, who was lying on his golden bed. “Go and get my horse!” The usual never-ending order from Lenti were spreading a commotion in the palace. When all the stuff was loaded into a wooden cart and attached to Lenti’s horse, they were ready to go.

Lenti’s men followed him into the woods “You fools! Stop following me!” the cranky prince cried. The servants left Lenti in the forest. He kept searching for prey on his horse and at the moment, the horse leapt high and landed with a crash, dropping Lenti down its back and running away. “No good horse! No good servants!” The now exasperated Lenti shouted.

As he puffed off the dirt on his pants, an old woman walked out from behind the trees and asked “Noble gentleman, please, I am famished. Could you lend me a piece of bread?” Lenti had just stood up and peered at the old woman. He made rude gestures at her and said “ghosts will lend you bread, get out of my sight!” The old woman waved her finger and the next thing Lenti knew, he was a frog.


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