For Little Friends

By Luana Willis

Mandy’s Gift of Love

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you (John 15:12).

My name is Mandy. I’m three years old. I have a blanket that I love. I call it my “Animal Blanky” because it has animals all over it. I cuddle with it in my daddy’s lap while he rocks me in the rocking chair. Sometimes we both fall asleep. My blanky is soft and warm, and it makes me feel happy.

I like to have my blanky near me all the time. Sometimes I bring it to the dinner table. Mommy asks me to put it away until we finish eating.

When I go to bed at night, I cuddle with my blanky while Mommy tells me a story from the Book of Mormon. Once I left my blanky at my cousin’s house, and I was sad when I went to bed.

It’s hard for me to share my blanky. I have a little sister who’s two. Her name is Rachel. One night she got out of bed to go snuggle with Mommy. It was dark in the hallway, and she tripped over a stool. It made a loud bang, and she started to cry.

It woke me up. Mommy woke up too. She ran into the hallway and picked Rachel up. Rachel was crying and crying. Mommy took her into the living room and rocked her in the chair. She just kept crying, even when Mommy sang her a song.

I knew how to help her feel better. I climbed out of bed and took my blanky with me. I put it on Rachel and said, “You can use my blanky.” Then I sat down on the couch.

After a while Rachel stopped crying, and Mommy sang some quiet Primary songs. Then she put us both back into bed and spread my blanky over me.

Mommy told me that she was pleased with me and that Heavenly Father was too. She said she knew that it was hard for me to share my blanket, and that I had given Rachel a gift of love. That made me feel warm and happy too.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Susan Curtis


Say the poem in rhythm. Do the actions on every other syllable.
Music makes me hap-hap-happy
(Snap fingers.)
If the tune is snap-snap-snappy.
(Pound fists together.)
When I hear a drum beat-beat,
I go marching with my feet.
(Swing arms as if rocking a baby.)
I can sing a lullaby
(Shake head “no.”)
So the baby will not cry.
(Stretch arms high, then stoop to floor.)
Music can be high or low.
(Clap fast, then slow.)
Music can be fast or slow.
(Skip in place.)
Music can be lively too.
(Point to self, other person.)
Music’s fun for me and you.
(Put hands over ears, then finger to lips.)
Music can be loud or quiet.
(Wave wand or baton.)
Music’s magical—just try it!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Susan Curtis

Hens and Chicks

Jesus said, “How oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings” (3 Ne. 10:6). You can make a hen and chicks to illustrate this promise.

You will need: a pencil, white paper, scissors, one white paper plate, marking pens or crayons, and a metal fastener.

  1. 1.

    Trace the hen’s body and wing on the white paper and cut them out.

    Position the patterns on the back of the paper plate as shown in the illustration and trace.

    Placement on plate

    Illustrated by Mark Robison

  2. 2.

    Outline in black, color, then cut out the body and the wing. Suggest the tail and wing feathers by outlining the fluting.

  3. 3.

    Make holes in the body and the wing (see illustration); attach the wing to the body with the metal fastener.

  4. 4.

    Hide or reveal the chicks by moving the hen’s wing.