For Little Friends

By Janet McCann


Just Pretend

1. I drive a big red fire engine
That puts out all the fires.
I also have a yellow truck
With four great rubber tires.
2. I’m captain of my sailboat
And sail the stormy sea.
Mother says, “Don’t go too far—
I’d like you home by three.”
3. My airplane carries two of us.
It flies high in the sky.
My house and car seem very small
As we go flying by.
4. When I am riding on my train,
I take my dog and cat.
We wave to everyone we see,
And laugh when they wave back.
5. One day I rode an elephant.
It was a wobbly ride.
I might have fallen off his back
If he hadn’t been so wide.
6. Some days I ride my pony
Or take my racing car
Or even ride my spaceship
Up to a shining star.
7. Mother doesn’t worry,
’Cause I try to take a friend.
And I’ll be back for dinner,
Since my trips are just pretend.

Instructions: Carefully remove pages 28–29 from the magazine and mount them on lightweight cardboard (a manila file folder works well). Trim this panel from the story, cut out the boy and the hats, and cut slits along the broken line in each picture and hat. As you read the story, put the appropriate hat on the boy, then insert the tab at his feet into the appropriate slip in the illustration.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Taia Morley

Mouse Snack

For each mouse, you will need: 2″ (5 cm) piece of banana, crushed vanilla wafers, 2 almond slices, peanut butter, 2 raisins, 1 chocolate chip, and 4 pretzel sticks.

  1. 1.

    Completely cover the piece of banana with the wafer crumbs.

  2. 2.

    Push the two almond slices into the top of the banana for the mouse’s ears.

  3. 3.

    Use the peanut butter to “glue” on raisin eyes and a chocolate-chip nose.

  4. 4.

    Stick the pretzel sticks into each side of the face for whiskers.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Taia Morley