Dad was sitting on the front lawn, cleaning his bicycle.
“Can I help you, Dad?” Michael asked.
“No thank you, Son—it’s too messy. Go ask your mother if you can help her.”
Mom was in back of the garage, painting a bookshelf.
“Can I help you, Mom?”
“No thank you, honey—this paint is sticky,” Mom said. “Go ask Mary if you can help her.”
His sister was in the kitchen, baking cookies.
“Can I help you, Mary?”
“No thank you, Michael—this oven is hot.”
Michael walked sadly out of the kitchen. “There’s no one I can help,” he said.
Just then the baby cried.
“The baby’s crying and I can’t leave this to get her,” Dad called to Mom.
“I’m too messy to get the baby,” Mom called to Mary.
“I have to take the cookies out of the oven right now, or they’ll burn. I can’t get the baby, either,” Mary called back to Mom and Dad.
Dad cleaned the bicycle grease off his hands and went to get the baby. Mom cleaned the paint off her hands and went to get the baby. Mary took the cookies out of the oven and went to get the baby. When they opened the door to the baby’s room, they saw the baby laughing and playing in her crib.
“I helped her,” Michael said proudly. “I sang a song to her and read a book to her and shared my toys with her.”
“Ba ba,” said the baby, waving Michael’s car up and down.
My Little Brother Pete
You will need: a shoe box with a lid, three paper towel tubes, scissors, old magazines or newspapers, and glue.
Cut a large face-shaped hole in the lid of the box (see illustration).
Using a tube end for a pattern, trace three circles about 1/2″ (1.3 cm) apart on one long side of the box, then cut them out (see illustration). Repeat on the opposite side, making sure that the holes line up.
If you are a boy, cut out three different faces of boys or men from magazines or newspapers. If you are a girl, cut out three faces of girls or women. The faces should be about the same size, and each face should clearly show a different emotion, such as happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, anger, etc. If you prefer, you can draw the three faces.
Cut each face into three parts—eyes, nose, and mouth.
Glue the three parts of one face onto the center of the three different tubes (see illustration). Rotate the tubes a third of a turn and glue on the second face in the same order. Repeat the same process for the third face.
Put the three tubes through the holes in the box, the eyes on top, the noses in the middle, and the mouths on the bottom.
Put the lid on the box.
Rotate the tubes to see different emotions. You can even have fun by mixing different emotions on the same face. If you’re feeling sad or angry or scared and can’t talk about it, dial up a face to match your feelings and show it to your family. Then they can help you put a smile back on your face.