For Little Friends

By Barbara J. Porter


Nobody But Me

Choose the right way and be happy (Children’s Songbook, page 161).
When I play with a friend and he wants to go first,
And he went first yesterday—
Or he tells me I have to go home or find somewhere else to play—
And I feel like crying or hitting him, or yelling angrily,
I tell myself that nobody can make me mad
But me.
When I look at the boys who are older than I
And they seem so big and strong,
And I sometimes get discouraged because growing takes so long,
I do some extra push-ups and whisper quietly
That nobody can make me strong
But me.
When I want to take the dollar that is sitting on the shelf
And go down to the drugstore so I can treat myself,
And I’m sure Mom won’t remember that she left it there last night,
I tell myself that only I
Can make me choose the right.

Chenille-Stick Jack-o’-Lantern

To make this jack-o’-lantern, you will need: a piece of orange construction paper, scissors, a pencil, glue, several black chenille sticks, and a green chenille stick.

  1. 1.

    On the construction paper, lightly draw a pumpkin with a stem. Cut it out.

  2. 2.

    Draw a jack-o’-lantern face on the pumpkin.

  3. 3.

    A short length at a time, trace all your pencil lines (except for the stem) with glue, and bend black chenille sticks to fit the glue.

  4. 4.

    Trace the stem line with glue, and bend the green chenille stick to fit the glue.

Good Books for Little Friends

I’m Not Sleepy by Denys Cazet Alex isn’t sleepy, so his father tells him his “‘no-matter-how-wide-awake-you-are-I-can-make-you-sleepy sleepy story.’” And it works—sort of.

The Grumpalump by Sarah Hayes No matter what the other animals did, the grumpalump grumped. But when the gnu came and started blowing, things changed and the other animals were surprised. The humorous art enhances the text.

Riding with Aunt Lucy by Sharon Phillips Denslow Aunt Lucy is seventy years old and has been driving for just eight years, so she drives a lot, trying to make up for all the years she didn’t drive. Walter and his friend Leonard often go with her. One day they picked up a new “friend” on a farm on No End Road. Riding with Aunt Lucy was always a lot of fun!

The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills Minna wanted to go to school, but she had no coat. Papa died, and the quilting ladies made one for her out of rags and lined with the burlap feed sack that he had used to carry her to church. When she wore it to school, the other children laughed at her. But something Papa had told her helped her, and the other children learned about what is really important.

Apple and Banana Salad

3 bananas

3 apples

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon sugar

5 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

  1. 1.

    Peel the bananas and cut them into thick slices with a table knife.

  2. 2.

    Ask an older person to peel and core the apples and cut them into bite-size chunks. Put the fruit into a bowl.

  3. 3.

    Sprinkle on the cinnamon and the sugar.

  4. 4.

    Add the mayonnaise, and stir with a salad fork until the fruit is coated.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Dick Brown