For Little Friends

By Vicki H. Budge

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    Samantha and the Ten Thousand Ladybugs

    And God made … every thing that creepeth upon the earth (Gen. 1:25).

    One morning Samantha asked her mother if she could go over to Brother Brown’s house to help pull weeds in his garden.

    “Of course you may,” Samantha’s mother replied. “Just be home before noon. I’m sure that Brother Brown will like your help.”

    Samantha found Brother Brown in his garden. “Hi, Brother Brown,” Samantha said. “I came to help you.”

    “I’m glad to see you, Samantha,” Brother Brown said. “There are lots of weeds to pull.”

    Samantha pulled weeds in the carrots. She pulled weeds in the beets. Then she pulled weeds in the corn.

    “You’re a wonderful helper,” said Brother Brown. “Come into the garage, and I’ll show you some other helpers.”

    Samantha went into Brother Brown’s garage. “See that box,” said Brother Brown. “My other helpers are inside it. They help me get rid of little bugs that would ruin my garden.”

    Samantha wondered what was in the box. She picked it up—it felt empty! Surprised, she took the lid off the box. Ten thousand ladybugs were crawling all over each other. Some of them flew out of the box. There were ladybugs on the car. There were ladybugs on the windows. There were ladybugs on the workbench and the walls and the rafters. There were ladybugs everywhere.

    “Oh—oh,” said Brother Brown. “I forgot to tell you not to take the lid off the box until we took it outside.”

    Brother Brown and Samantha carried the ladybugs that hadn’t already escaped out to the garden. Then they left the garage door open to let the rest of the tiny creatures out into the yard. And before noon most of the ladybugs were out in the garden, eating the little bugs that were eating the vegetables.

    Brother Brown was very happy as he and Samantha looked over the garden. “I have the best helpers in the world,” said Brother Brown. “A wonderful young lady and ten thousand ladybugs can’t be beat!”

    [illustration] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney

    Crawly Caterpillar Toy

    To make a caterpillar toy, you will need: a knee sock, stuffing, yarn, scissors, felt, glue, a pom-pom, and a pipe cleaner.

    1. 1.

      Fill the toe of the sock with enough stuffing to make a head (see illustration). Secure the head by wrapping a piece of yarn around its base several times, then slipping the ends of the yarn under the yarn wrapping.

    2. 2.

      Add more stuffing to make a body section smaller than the head. Wrap another piece of yarn around the base of this section several times, and secure the ends. Continue making sections to the end of the sock. Wrap the end of the sock with yarn to close it.

    3. 3.

      Cut out the mouth and eyes from felt, then glue them and the pom-pom nose in place.

    4. 4.

      Carefully poke two small holes in the top of the head (see illustration). Thread the pipe cleaner through the holes until you have two antennae the same length. Bend the tip of each antenna.

    Banana Bug

    For each bug, you will need: 1/2 banana, crushed vanilla wafers, 2 raisins, and a celery stalk.

    1. 1.

      Peel the banana and cut it into round slices.

    2. 2.

      Place the cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Roll the banana slices in the crumbs until they are completely coated.

    3. 3.

      Place the banana slices next to each other on a plate (see illustration).

    4. 4.

      Cut small, thin strips of celery for the antennae and the mouth. Add the raisins for the eyes.


    Prodding, plodding,
    Very lowly,
    Bending his body,
    Stepping slowly.
    Dancing, prancing—
    Oh, what legs!—
    Thin like needles,
    Long like pegs!
    Worming, squirming
    Round a mound,
    On he creeps
    Upon the ground.
    Finding, winding
    Near the trees—
    Just imagine
    What he sees!

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney