For Little Friends

By LaFond Hall

The Lord thy God … will love thee, and bless thee (Deut. 7:12–13).

Heavenly Father

It makes me feel good inside
To know that the same
Loving Father who guided Moses
And his people safely through the Red Sea,
Who preserved Daniel in the lions’ den,
Who brought Lehi to the Promised Land,
Who helped David overcome Goliath
And Esther to stay free,
Is also taking care of me!

[illustration] Illustrated by Brad Teare

Scripture-Story Peekaboo Book

To make this peekaboo book, you will need: crayons or colored markers, scissors, a hole punch, a stapler, and a piece of string or yarn.

  1. 1.

    Color the pictures.

  2. 2.

    Cut out all the squares and ask an older person to punch the holes where marked.

  3. 3.

    Put each story square on top of the picture about it so that it hides the picture, then staple it at the top (see illustration).

  4. 4.

    To make the book, put all the stories together with the holes lined up, then thread the string or yarn through them and tie it in a bow.

What other scripture stories do you like? Make your own peekaboo squares of them and add them to your book.

Optional: You can make your book pages stronger if you cover page 29 with clear contact paper after you color the pictures.

Moses at the Red Sea

Moses’ people were slaves. When he led them to freedom, Pharaoh chased them to bring them back. Heavenly Father made the Red Sea divide so Moses and his people could cross. When Pharaoh’s army tried to follow them, the water went back together and drowned Pharaoh’s army. Moses and his people were safe and free.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

Daniel was a leader. Other leaders were jealous, so they made the king promise to throw into the lions’ den anyone who prayed to Heavenly Father. Daniel prayed to Him and was thrown into the lions’ den. But Heavenly Father sent an angel, who kept the lions from hurting Daniel.

Lehi Goes to the Promised Land

Most of the people in Jerusalem were wicked. When Lehi told them to repent, they threatened to kill him. Heavenly Father told Lehi to leave Jerusalem. Lehi took his family and a few other people and was guided across the ocean to the land that Heavenly Father had promised would be a good land to live in.

David Defeats Goliath

David’s brothers were in an army fighting the army of Goliath. Goliath was a giant. If any man could kill him, his army promised to stop fighting. Even though David was only a young boy, with Heavenly Father’s help, he killed Goliath, and Goliath’s army ran away.

Esther Gives a Banquet

The king didn’t know that Esther, the queen, was a Jew. Haman had tricked the king into commanding that all the Jews be killed. Esther and her people fasted and asked Heavenly Father for help; then she gave a banquet for the king and Haman. At the banquet, she told the king the truth. The king had Haman put to death, and the Jews were saved.

Scripture-Story Peekaboo Book(click to view larger)

Illustrated by Brad Teare

Your Nose Knows

What does your nose know? Lots of things!

It knows where you are.

Your nose knows if you’re in school. It smells the crayons, paint, and chalk.

Your nose knows if you’re in a doctor’s office. It smells the germ killers.

Your nose knows if you’re at the ocean. It smells the salty air.

It knows what season it is.

It smells wet dirt on a rainy spring day, cut grass in the summer, burning leaves in the fall, and wet woolen mittens in the winter.

It knows when it’s a special time.

Your nose smells cake on your birthday, and Christmas trees and gingerbread men at Christmastime.

Your nose smells farm animals at a fair, popcorn at a movie, hot dogs at a ball game, pizza in the school cafeteria, and the treat for family home evening.

What does your nose know?

It knows lots of things. Just smell! Smell and see what your nose knows!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Black

Good Books for Little Friends

My Sisters Love My Clothes by Brendan Hanrahan Louie has the coolest clothes—three-green-stripe tube socks, Hawaiian surfing jams, shark-bit T-shirt, fluorescent orange windsurfing jacket, duckbilled fishing cap. And his sisters love them! They’re such nice sisters, and they ask so nicely to borrow his things. … Louie ends up a winner by letting them.

Walter’s Tail by Lisa Campbell Ernst When Walter was a puppy, his ever-wagging tail was cute. But when he grew into a big dog, it was a disaster. Mrs. Tully still loved him, and his tail eventually came to her rescue!

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen This classic story about the death of a little girl due to the uncaring of those around her is beautifully retold by Christine San José and illustrated by Anastassija Archipowa.

The Terrible Eek by Patricia A. Compton In this Japanese folktale, both a human thief and a wolf are about to sneak into the house, when they hear the father tell his son that the thing he feared most was a “terrible leak.” The wolf doesn’t know what a leak is, and the thief mistakes “leak” as “eek” and doesn’t know what that is. Then the fun for the reader begins.

Color Art

Use a black crayon or marker to make scribbly lines all over a clean piece of paper. Then fill in the scribble spaces with different colors.

Peanut Butter Candy

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons cocoa

3 tablespoons evaporated milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

extra confectioner’s sugar

  1. 1.

    With very clean hands, mix the first five ingredients together well.

  2. 2.

    Roll the dough into walnut-size balls, then roll the balls in a bowl of the extra confectioner’s sugar.

[photo] Photo by Craig Dimond