For Little Friends

By Donna D’Amelio

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    Ridley’s Daydreams

    These many blessings make me feel So thankful to be me (Children’s Songbook, page 11).

    Ridley could be anything she wanted to be. Everyone said so. And so she was.

    On mist-filled mornings when dark clouds filled the sky, Ridley became the captain of a ship. She stood in the crow’s nest and scanned the horizon, always on the lookout for dragons who wanted to steal her treasure. Sometimes she sailed to where she could watch dolphins and whales play in the waves.

    On hot, humid days when the sun was as yellow as a field of dandelions, Ridley became an astronaut, swooping in her spaceship past Saturn’s rings on her way to Pluto. Sometimes she flew around Earth and shared her picnic lunch with the man in the moon.

    When the days were cool and the sun hid behind clouds as big as balloons, Ridley became an explorer. She pushed her way through dark, dangerous jungles. One time she discovered the great pyramid of a long forgotten king. Sometimes she stayed close to home and explored caverns deep inside the earth and climbed over rocks as big as a house.

    On windy days when the sun dipped low in the sky and the leaves in the yard played tag, Ridley became an airplane pilot. She zoomed over treetops and helped fire fighters put out forest fires. Sometimes she was a storm watcher and flew into the eye of a hurricane so that she could let everyone know how big the storm was.

    Ridley could be anything she wanted to be. Everyone said so. And so she was. And at the end of the day, when the sun slipped out of sight, Ridley was very tired. She didn’t want to be an explorer, an astronaut, or even the captain of a ship anymore. She just wanted to be herself. So while the stars twinkled in the night sky, she said her prayers, kissed Mama good night, and fell fast asleep.

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown


    Jesus, our Guide—
    See Him walking there:
    (Two fingers walking)
    Jesus, our Redeemer,
    Kneeling down in prayer;
    (Fold hands in prayer)
    Jesus, our Teacher,
    Children on His knee;
    (Hands on knees)
    Jesus, our Savior—
    He loves you and me.
    (Point to you and me)

    Banana Man

    1 banana

    2 Popsicle or sucker sticks

    peanut butter

    crushed cereal or finely chopped nuts

    4 raisins

    1 cherry, cut in half

    1. 1.

      Peel the banana and cut it in half.

    2. 2.

      Put each half on a stick.

    3. 3.

      Spread peanut butter on each half.

    4. 4.

      Roll each half in crushed cereal or nuts.

    5. 5.

      Put two raisins on each half for eyes.

    6. 6.

      Put 1/2 cherry on each banana man for a mouth.

    7. 7.


    Baby Animals

    When I jump and run,
    You may laugh.
    My mother is a cow;
    I am a ___ ___ ___ ___ .
    I nibble fresh grass
    In the early dawn.
    My mother is a doe;
    I am a ___ ___ ___ ___ .
    I play in the meadow.
    Soft and woolly I am.
    My mother is a ewe;
    I am a ___ ___ ___ ___ .
    I’m yellow and fluffy.
    When I run, I am quick.
    My mother is a hen,
    I am a ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ .


    [illustrations] Illustrated by Lynn Titleman

    calf, fawn, lamb, chick.