For Little Friends

By James Rhodes

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    Shelly’s Shells

    Shelley liked seashells. She had a jar filled with them, and she liked to spread them out on her bed.

    One morning Mommy said, “Grandpa and Grandma are coming tomorrow to celebrate Father’s Day with us. Would you please put your shells back into the jar and help me clean your room.”

    As she was putting her shells away, Shelley had an idea—she would make Daddy and Grandpa each a Father’s Day present with her shells.

    Daddy had given her one of his old belts, and Shelley carefully glued tiny shells all around it with some really strong glue. The belt buckle was smooth and flat, and Shelley glued one of her bigger shells right in the middle of it.

    Shelley didn’t have one of Grandpa’s old belts, so she made him a tie clasp with a shell on it.

    Then she asked Mommy to write “To Daddy with love from Shelley” and “To Grandpa with love from Shelley” on cards for them.

    The next day Daddy and Grandpa thanked Shelley for her Father’s Day gifts by giving her big hugs.

    Father’s Day Tie Clasp

    To make a tie clasp, you will need: piece of cardboard a little bigger than a large paper clip, scissors, strong glue, large paper clip, and decoration (seashell, pretty stone, sticker, etc.).

    1. 1.

      Cut out rectangle with tie clasp background in it.

    2. 2.

      Glue rectangle to cardboard. When glue is dry, cut out tie clasp background.

    3. 3.

      Glue on decoration (or stick on sticker). Let dry.

    4. 4.

      Center paper clip on back of tie clasp, and glue it on, being careful to glue only edges of paper clip (not middle loop, which does clasping).

    Father’s Day Strawberry Treats

    4 tablespoons butter or margarine

    3 tablespoons light corn syrup

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    3 cups powdered sugar

    1 pint fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled

    1. 1.

      Put butter in large bowl; use some to grease sides of bowl.

    2. 2.

      Stir in syrup, vanilla, and salt.

    3. 3.

      Blend in confectioners’ sugar all at once, and keep stirring until mixture is of doughlike consistency.

    4. 4.

      Roll out dough till it is very thin.

    5. 5.

      Cut dough into triangles just large enough for each triangle to cover one strawberry (see illustration). Pinch dough shut around each strawberry.

    6. 6.

      Place wrapped strawberries in airtight container, and freeze 15 minutes.

    Snoo’s Zoo

    There once was a SNOO
    Who invented a zoo
    Where all of the creatures were rare.
    The green TIPAROO,
    The whale-whiskered WHOMPUS were there
    With the red-freckled CLAKE,
    The wild KITTIWAKE,
    And all of the FISH-OF-THE-AIR.
    It seemed to this SNOO
    That his preposterous zoo
    Held the fairest of the fair.
    As long as he slept,
    They whickered and leapt,
    But when he awoke, they weren’t there!

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney