I'm getting ready to enter a children's writing competition and they require a synopsis.😨 I've never written one before so I'd appreciate advice. Does it make sense or is it confusing? There's no word limit as long as it fits on one page, single-spaced.
Seed [an orphan chicken] wants a family that is truly her own, not borrowed. [Her best friend] Gumball’s family has always welcomed her, but she can’t accept their help because she hates looking weak. Scrawny and small, she’s the lowliest chicken in the henhouse. But she’s determined to prove she’s more than the last hen in the pecking order.
Seed lives on a farm in Italy with the girl, Nicole. She learns from Nicole’s friend Luca that she has a relative, T-Rex, who sat on eggs. Gathering her courage, Seed tells the flock she wants to hatch chicks too. They laugh at her so she decides to run away. Gumball wants to go with her, but Seed abandons her friend and goes to the barn.
She makes her nest in the barn, but Nicole takes her back to the henhouse before she can finish laying all her eggs. Luca discovers Seed’s nest with the eggs and tells Nicole that Seed should stay in the barn. He understands Seed’s need for a family because he’d like to spend more time with his dad, who works a lot. Nicole cheers him up by suggesting they go hunting for dinosaur bones by the creek.
Meanwhile, Seed sits on her eggs and her loneliness grows. When one of her eggs rolls out of the nest, she panics. Lion [a miniature rabbit] helps recover it and she recognizes that by always refusing help she’s also pushed away her friends. Then a fox enters the barn. With the fox hot on her tail, she runs outside. She makes it back to the barn only to discover someone has stolen her eggs. Seed has no family, no friends, and no eggs.
Seed knows she hasn’t been a good friend. She goes to the henhouse to win back Gumball’s friendship and together they find out from Lion that the kids have taken Seed’s eggs to somewhere called Incubator. They see the children carrying buckets and follow them to the creek, hoping to find the eggs. They don’t understand that the kids are digging for dinosaur bones, not burying Seed’s eggs. It rains and the children head home, leaving the animals free to search. Lion falls into the water and Seed drags him to safety. At the end of her strength and unable to move, she lies on a boulder, thinking. Families come in all shapes in sizes. Although she’s lost her chicks, she has a family in her friends.
The kids come to rescue Seed, and Luca notices the skeleton of a baby dinosaur fossil embedded in the boulder where Seed is lying. Finding the fossil might convince his dad to take time off work. When Nicole tells Luca that her parents are going to be proud of him, it dawns on him that he has not one, but two families.
The next day, Seed wakes up in her empty nest surrounded by her friends; her family. When the children arrive with her newly hatched chicks, Seed asks her friends to help her name them. Because asking for help doesn’t make her weak, just part of a family.
Back matter gives facts about chickens and the baby dinosaur fossil.