For Little Friends

By Jeanne N. Burgon


Too Slow

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3).

When Nickie and James go for a walk, I always want to go too. But they say, “You can’t keep up. You walk too slow.”

So I get sniffly, and Mom says, “Take him along.”

But by the time I get to the mailbox, they’re already climbing the tree. When I get to the tree, they’re throwing rocks in the creek. And when I get to the creek, they’re halfway up the hill. I guess they’re right—I walk too slow.

When Mom asks who wants to take our dog, Boris, for a walk, I say, “Me! Me!” She looks worried, but hands me the leash. Then Boris drags me down the stairs, and I slip on the grass, and I stub my toes on the rocks. I guess I walk too slow.

When Daddy says, “Who wants to walk to the post office with me?” I grab his hand. But Daddy’s legs are long, and I have to take three steps every time he takes one. Daddy goes for a walk, but I go for a run. I guess I walk too slow.

But when I walk with Grandpa, he takes small steps like mine. We have time to look for rocks, watch bugs, and touch the bark and moss on trees. And when I walk with Grandpa, we talk about things. I like to walk with Grandpa. He walks too slow—just like me!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Red, White, and Blue Sundae

1/2 gallon (2 l) vanilla ice cream

banana, sliced

blueberry pie filling

cherry pie filling

  1. 1.

    Put a large scoop of ice cream in each serving bowl.

  2. 2.

    Place banana slices down the middle of the ice cream.

  3. 3.

    Put a large spoonful of blueberry pie filling on one side of the banana slices, then a large spoonful of cherry pie filling on the other side.

Butterfly

Butterfly, butterfly, flutter by my nose.
Stop and rest a little while on the garden hose.
Wash your face in dewdrops on the buttercup.
Butterfly, butterfly, gently flutter up.
Flutter, flutter, butterfly, float along the breeze,
Now among the dandelions, now above the trees.
Like a tiny rainbow dancing in the rain,
Butterfly, butterfly, hurry home again.

Clothespin Butterfly

To make a butterfly, you will need: tracing paper, pencil, scissors, construction paper, spring-type wooden clothespin, crayons or colored markers, glue, glitter, and a pipe cleaner.

  1. 1.

    Trace the butterfly wing on this page and cut it out. Trace the pattern onto the construction paper twice, and cut out both wings.

  2. 2.

    Decorate the butterfly wings and the body (the clothespin) with crayons or colored markers, and glitter.

  3. 3.

    For antennae, bend the pipe cleaner in half, curl the ends, then glue the middle in the clip end of the clothespin.

  4. 4.

    Glue the wing flaps to the sides of the body. Let dry.

[illustration] Illustrated by Julie F. Young