For Little Friends

By Cheryl K. Humphreys


The Wonderful Fruit

As I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy (1 Ne. 8:12).

Long ago the prophet Lehi had a dream. The dream was sent from Heavenly Father to teach Lehi and his family how to find the way of happiness. Lehi and Nephi explained that each of the objects in the dream has a special meaning. Read the meanings and remember them as you read the rebus poem about the dream.

Tree of Life(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Scott Greer

The tree of life—the love of God Fruit of the tree—happiness Strait and narrow path—obedience to the commandments of God Iron rod—the word of God Mists of darkness—the temptations of Satan River—bad things that hurt us to touch or taste or see or hear or do (The river was very dirty.) Fountain—Satan’s influence in the world, the source of bad things Large and spacious building—in this building, the people are proud; they are unkind and make fun of others and think only about things that are not important. Righteous people—each of us when we hold to the rod and follow the path!

Good Books for Little Friends

You Be Good & I’ll Be Night by Eve Merriam Fun and clever pictures illustrate fun and clever poems such as “Lunch box, lunch box, / what’s for lunch? / Peanut butter sandwich / and celery to crunch, / carrots and banana / and an apple to munch. / A bite and a bite / and a bite and a BITE, / now I’m heavy / and my lunch box is light.”

The Fox’s Egg by Ikuyo Isami “In old stories,” the author says, “foxes are described as bad and sly. I have always believed there must be a good, humorous fox somewhere in the world.” The fox in her book finds an egg. What do you think happens to it?

The Three Little Pigs as retold by James Marshall If you’ve been looking for the original story, this version is it. But though the point about the folly of being lazy is clear, the art will not cause any nightmares.

Water’s Way by Lisa Westberg Peters As Tony watches the water change from vapor to rain to vapor to snow outside, you can see what he sees and more, for the water inside his house changes right along with the water outside it.

Mr. Snowman

vanilla ice cream

chocolate chips

candy corn

sugar cone

Scoop three scoops of vanilla ice cream, one atop another, on a plate. On the top scoop, make eyes and a mouth with chocolate chips, and a nose with a candy corn. On the middle scoop, make buttons with chocolate chips. Put a sugar cone on Mr. Snowman’s head for a hat. Then turn Mr. Snowman upside down and eat him like an ice-cream cone. If Mr. Snowman is too big to eat all by yourself, eat his head and put his other two scoops in cones for your mom and dad or brother and sister.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown