For Little Friends

By Margie Miller

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    Beguiling Alligator Toy

    To make this toy, you will need: 5 strips of green construction paper, glue, 1 spring-type clothespin, and 2 tiny beads or craft-store eyes.

    1. 1.

      Make chain with paper strips.

    2. 2.

      Clamp clothespin on one end of chain.

    3. 3.

      Glue bead-eyes on clothespin.

    Orange-Peanut Spread

    1/4 cup peanut butter

    1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

    Gradually stir orange juice into peanut butter. When smooth, spread on raisin bread.

    The Beguiling Alligator

    “Won’t you come along with me?”
    said the alligator fellow
    As he waddled from the marshy pond,
    looking sleek and mellow.
    “We’ll have a merry party—
    it will be a jolly ball.
    We’ll dance a swinging hula,
    and I’ll welcome one and all.
    We’ll dine on watermelon
    and finish off with cake.
    Then, when we feel like swimming,
    why, there’s my private lake!
    “Come, ye turtles, fowls, all critters.
    Come, ye everyone.
    Join the merry party.
    We’ll have a lot of fun!”
    So they hurried to the party,
    where he dined them splendidly
    With cake and ice-cream sundaes,
    all served most festively.
    And when they all were filled right up
    with hot dogs and more cake,
    He very kindly led them
    to his own secluded lake.
    They tumbled in the water
    (the foolish and the fat!),
    And the alligator ate them!
    And that, my friend, is that!

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney