I found these awesome word problems written by elementary school students in one of my collections this morning. Apparantly including an illustration was optional, because this cat was the only one I found. Ah, the miracle of life (and the miracle of multiplication!)
"I had 6 insects. 7 of my insects died because there had been a baby born. But then I found 6 insects. Five were on my shoe and 12 were in the bathroom. But all of them died. Then I found 6 insects in a field. Each insect had 1 baby. All of the adults and babies died. How many insects do I have now?"
"6 punk rockers from different bands all got together to practice their raps. They called on a contest to see who was best. All of the 6 where playing away. 1 group got tired and died that day then the contest was over. 1 group said 'how many rappers are going to play.' You figure this out and tell those rappers so they'll find out."