For Little Friends

By Jo Swords


Red Crayon

(Based on a true incident)
Help me with others my blessings to share (Children’s Songbook, page 22).

Molly was in her high chair. She wasn’t happy, and Mama was too busy to play with her.

Katy sat at the kitchen table, coloring a picture for Grandma’s birthday. Katy knew why Molly was crying: She wanted Katy’s crayons. They were big and fat. But Katy was drawing a birthday cake and needed all the colors.

“Please, Katy, could you play with Molly?” Mama asked.

“No! She only wants my crayons,” Katy said.

“Your crayons are so big and bright—couldn’t you share one?”

“No!”

Mama sat down in the chair next to her. “Who gave you those wonderful crayons?”

“Grandma did.”

“Yes, she did. Do you know why?”

Katy shook her head.

“She likes to share,” Mama said. “It made her happy. It made you very happy. And, best of all, it made Jesus Christ happy.”

Katy watched her baby sister trying to reach the brightest crayon, the red one. It was Katy’s favorite. Suddenly she ran out of the room.

She returned with a big piece of paper and gave it to Molly. She also gave Molly the wonderful red crayon! “See, Mama, I’m sharing,” Katy said.

Katy was happy. Molly was happy. Mama was happy, and Katy was sure that Jesus was happy too.

[illustration] Illustrated by Susan Curtis

Tomato and Cheese Salad

2 cups tomato chunks *

6 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

8 fresh basil leaves, torn into little pieces, or 1/8 teaspoon dried basil flakes

Mix everything together, cover tightly, and let sit at room temperature for a half hour before serving.

  1.   *

    Ask an older person to cut tomatoes into bite-sized chunks for you.

Twirlum

A twirlum is a silly toy
That you can make yourself.
It doesn’t cost a penny,
And you store it on a shelf.
Cut a piece of stiffish paper
Into the shape that’s shown.
Cut halfway down the middle.
Your twirlum can soon be thrown.
Paste a tapered toothpick
To the paper’s pointed end,
And give each of the two flaps
A gentle, outward bend.
Push the ’pick into a cork—
Be careful not to break it.
Once you see this toy in action,
You’ll be glad that you did make it.
Take your twirlum outside now,
And toss into the air.
It will spin toward the ground,
Landing somewhere over there!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Mark Robison

Good Books for Little Friends

Maria Mazaretti Loves Spaghetti by Robert Kobayashi In the first of two stories, Maria the butcher finds a hungry mouse in the house! In the second story, a neighbor gives her an amazing plant that grows and grows.

Albert’s Alphabet by Leslie Tryon Albert is asked to make an alphabet for the path by the school. He uses every tiny scrap of material he has, and whether you’re reading or being read to, you will pore over this wonderful book again and again.

The Snow Country Prince by Daisaku Ikeda Even Kazuo and Mariko’s grandmother can’t remember a winter this cold. And it is especially lonely this year (Father is hurt in the city, and Mother has gone to be with him). They take corn out to help the swans and ducks survive, and they care for an injured swan. Then the Snow Country Prince comes by to thank them for their kindness. A Japanese folktale.

I Love Saturday by Patricia Reilly Giff What would you do if you lived in Greenwich Village in New York City? Well, if you were Katie Cobb, on Saturday, you would get a sugar cookie, paint a wall, help Charles the doorman, go to the Sixth Street market, and much more. At least, that’s what you’d do before JJ comes. …