For Little Friends

By Bob Messano


Wheelbarrow Ride

The best wheelbarrow ride that I ever went on
Happened one morning on Grandfather’s lawn.
He filled up the ’barrow with a great leafy pile.
“Hop on top,” he said with a smile.
He gave a big push, and away we did roll.
We bopped and we bounced right over a hole.
Grandpa said, “Now, here we go fast!”
I jiggled and jounced like a frog in the grass.
Splash through a puddle, squish through the sand—
I dreamed I was riding a ship tall and grand.
Up a big hill and round an old tree—
Grandma was laughing at Grandpa and me.
Over the grass we flew like the wind.
I said to Grandpa, “Wow, what a spin!”
Now, I’ll never forget the breezes’ sweet song—
And the best ‘barrow ride that I ever went on!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney

Trip to the Zoo

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Illustrated by Shauna Mooney

Eatable Turtle

For each turtle, you will need: a scoop of cottage cheese, seedless grapes, 4 whole almonds, and a raisin.

  1. 1.

    Place the scoop of cottage cheese on a plate, then cover it with the grapes.

  2. 2.

    Put one grape at the top for the head. Cut the raisin in half and place the halves on the head for the eyes (see illustration.)

  3. 3.

    Add the almonds for the turtle’s feet.