For Little Friends

By James Rhodes


Hamilton’s Tall Legs

Hamilton was a small boy with short legs. He wished that he were as tall as his daddy so that he could look over the fence and see his friend’s new puppy.

He wished that he were as tall as his mommy so that he could see all the good things to eat on the pantry shelves.

When he went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, he wished that he were as tall as they were so that he could get out some games without having to bother them.

“Grandpa,” he said, “I wish that I were tall. Then I could see as much as you and Grandma and Mommy and Daddy.”

Grandpa looked at Hamilton.

“I see what the trouble is,” he said. “You have short legs. What you need are tall ones.”

“How do I get tall ones?” Hamilton asked.

“Let’s make some,” Grandpa told him.

Grandpa found two long boards and two short boards. He took some nails out of a glass jar and nailed the short boards to the long ones.

Then he showed Hamilton how to put his feet on the short boards and hold on to the long boards and walk around.

“These are called stilts,” Grandpa said. “When you walk on them, you will have tall legs.”

Hamilton was very happy. Now he could see in Grandma and Grandpa’s toy closet without having to bother them. Now he could find the bread and peanut butter in the pantry all by himself. And now he could look over the fence and see his friend’s new puppy.

“Arf!” said the puppy, wagging his tail very fast. Now he could see Hamilton too!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Niven Black

Juice-Can Stilts *

To make stilts, you will need: 2 large juice cans (empty and rinsed out), punch-type can opener, adhesive tape, and sturdy cord.

  1. 1.

    Punch hole on each side of each can (see illustration).

  2. 2.

    Affix small piece of tape to inside corners of each hole. (This will help prevent cord from being severed.)

  3. 3.

    Thread one piece of cord through holes in each can, and form into loops just long enough for child to comfortably hold can to foot (see illustration).

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    Project needs older person’s help

Book of Mormon Stories” Coloring Page

Book of Mormon stories that my teacher tells to me
Are about the Lamanites in ancient history.
Long ago their fathers came from far across the sea—
Giv’n this land if they lived righteously.
Lamanites met others who were seeking liberty.
And the land soon welcomed all who wanted to be free.
Book of Mormon stories say that we must brothers be—
Giv’n this land if we live righteously.

See “Book of Mormon Stories,” by Elizabeth Fetzer Bates, in Sing with Me, B-87.

[illustration] Illustrated by Tricia Ann Williams

Family Home Evening Treat

2 cups mandarin orange sections or pineapple chunks

1 cup green seedless grapes

1 cup strawberries or pitted cherries

1 cup apple, pear, or banana chunks

1 1/2 cups whipped topping

  1. 1.

    Mix fruit together in large bowl.

  2. 2.

    Add whipped topping, and stir until fruit is coated.

Hen and Chickens

Our garden’s hen and chickens
Are the oddest ones I’ve seen—
The chicks, instead of balls of fluff,
Are little balls of green.
They stay close to Mother Hen
And never run about,
Nor have they any little house
To keep the weather out.
And when fall comes and nights grow cold,
For winter they’ll prepare
By putting on brown overcoats
Against the frosty air.