For Little Friends

By Billie Avis Hoy

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    Something Special

    Lara sat by the big window, looking at the pictures in the book that Grandma had given her. She wished that Mother had time to read the story to her. Baby Emily seemed to need all of Mother’s time.

    Baby Emily started crying again. Lara put the new book down and went over to the baby’s crib. Lara picked up the blue and pink rattle and shook it. It sounded like a bunch of little bells. Lara thought that it sounded nice, but Baby Emily just kicked and cried some more.

    “Doesn’t she like the rattle?” Lara asked.

    “She’s too little,” Mother explained, picking up Baby Emily. “She’ll like it when she gets a little older. I’ll change her diaper; then she’ll be happy again.”

    Lara ran to get a soft white diaper from the top of the tall stack. Then she got a damp cloth and the bottle of baby powder. After the clean diaper was on, Lara took the cloth to the bathroom and put the powder back on the shelf with Baby Emily’s other things.

    When Mother sat in the rocking chair with Baby Emily, Lara tiptoed out of the room. She knew that Mother wanted the baby to go to sleep.

    Lara wanted to run and shout and skip, but even before Baby Emily came, Mother wouldn’t let her run and shout and skip in the house.

    The newspaper was on the floor, so Lara folded it and put it on the table.

    “You are a big help,” Mother said, coming into the room. “Emily is asleep, and because you helped, I have time to do something with you. What shall we do?”

    “We could read my new book.”

    “That’s a good idea. I’ve been wanting to read that story.”

    Lara got the book and snuggled happily beside Mother in the big chair by the window.

    Applenutter Treats

    2 apples, peeled and sliced

    1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter

    1/4 cup crushed cornflakes

    1. 1.

      Mix peanut butter with cornflakes.

    2. 2.

      Spread a little on each apple slice.

    Thanksgiving by the Handful

    Here is a hand with pictures on it of some things to give thanks for. To show a handful of things that you are thankful for, you will need: plain paper, pencil, crayons or colored markers—and your hand!

    1. 1.

      Trace around your hand on paper.

    2. 2.

      Draw things on it that you are thankful for.

    3. 3.

      Color the pictures that you drew.

    Harvest Home Evening

    I think the thing that I like best
    When fall has come to let plants rest
    Is sitting by the fire with Dad
    And Mom and Jane and Baby Brad.
    Dad tells about each thing we grew—
    The corn and peas and pumpkins too!
    Because God sent the rain and sun,
    There’s food enough for everyone.
    Tonight when I kneel down to pray
    And thank the Lord for work and play,
    I’ll thank Him, too, for rain and sun,
    For autumn crops—for all He’s done.

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young