For Little Friends

By Pat Graham

David and Goliath

David was a shepherd boy. His father asked him to leave his flock and take food to his brothers in the Israelite army.

When he arrived at their army camp, David saw a nine-foot giant shouting at the Israelite army. The giant’s name was Goliath, and the Israelites were afraid of him. Every morning and night for forty days Goliath had challenged them to choose one soldier to fight him, but none of them had had the courage for such an uneven fight.

When David said that he would fight the giant, his brothers became angry with him. But David knew that God would help and protect him. He refused the armor and weapons offered to him. Instead, he took his sling and gathered five smooth stones from a streambed. When Goliath saw the young boy, he laughed and made fun of him. But David said, “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand.” As the giant approached, David fitted his sling with a stone. He slung the stone, and it hit Goliath in the forehead. Goliath fell to the ground, dead, and the rest of Goliath’s army ran away.

Circle the correct answer to each question, then color all the pictures.

David and Goliath(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Phyllis Luch

No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake

8 slices bread

4 cups strawberries

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups whipped cream

  1. 1.

    Remove the crusts from the bread.

  2. 2.

    Place four slices of bread in the bottom of a baking dish.

  3. 3.

    Mash the strawberries and stir in the sugar.

  4. 4.

    Spoon half the strawberry mixture over the bread. Spread half the whipped cream on top.

  5. 5.

    Repeat steps two and four with the remaining bread, strawberries, and whipped cream. Refrigerate for one hour. Cut the dessert into squares, then serve it.


To make this surprise gift, you will need: a small can or jar with a lid, paper, scissors, crayons, and tape or glue.

  1. 1.

    Use the crayons to draw designs or a picture on the paper, ask someone to write Bug-a-Boo on it, then tape or glue it to the outside of the can.

  2. 2.

    Tape or glue a plain piece of paper on the lid.

  3. 3.

    Cut several long strips of paper narrower than the inside of the can. Tape the ends of the strips together to form one long strip. Accordion-fold the paper strip as shown. When it is pushed into the can, the folded paper should be at least 1/3 the height of the can.

  4. 4.

    Cut out the bug head on this page, and tape it to the top of the paper strip.

  5. 5.

    Place the folded paper inside the can, then put on the lid.

  6. 6.

    Give the Bug-a-Boo to someone, and watch his surprise when he opens the jar.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Pat Hoggan