Good Books for Little Friends

As the Crow Flies by Gail Hartman This book for young children is not at all technical. First are shown things an eagle, a rabbit, a crow, a horse, and a gull might see as each moves around during a day. Then each place is “reviewed” by moonlight, ending with a big illustration of all the places, to help children learn about maps. Very well done, with appealing art.

Emily and Alice by Joyce Champion When Alice moved next door to Emily, they decided to be best friends. And they were. But it wasn’t always easy. …

New Shoes for Silvia by Johanna Hurwitz “Once, far away in another America, a package arrived at the post office.” Among the presents for the family from Tía (Aunt) Rosita was a pair of beautiful red shoes for Silvia. How she loved them! But they were too big. …

Duncan’s Tree House by Amanda Vesey Duncan’s father was a builder. The tree house he made for Duncan had everything—a bed, rug, table and chair, bookcase, box for storing things, even a set of dishes. When he decided to spend the night in it, he had an adventure. … Duncan and the Bird also by Amanda Vesey When the giant pink egg with blue polka dots that Duncan found on his bed in his tree house hatched, the bird inside it would eat only cake! Great silly fun!

Egg-Carton “Pets”

To make cute puppies, kittens, bunnies, chicks, or other little animals, you will need: scissors, a foam-plastic egg carton (others kinds will work, too, but these are easiest to cut), markers or paints, glue, and decorations (optional—bits of ribbon, lace, construction paper, buttons).

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    Cut the top off the egg carton and set it aside to use later.

  2. 2.

    Turn the bottom of the carton upside down; the humps are the heads of your “pets.”

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    Cut ears (if you need them) out of the egg-carton top. Ask an older person to make slits for the ears in the humps, then you put the ears into the slits (see illustration).

  4. 4.

    Use the markers or paints to draw faces for your pets.

  5. 5.

    Glue on decorations (optional).

[photo] Photo by Tamra Hamblin

April Fool’s Dessert

1 slice of pound cake for each family member

whipped topping—enough to completely cover each cake slice

1/2 canned peach or apricot for each family member

  1. 1.

    Place each cake slice on a separate plate.

  2. 2.

    Cover the cake slices, completely hiding them, with the whipped topping.

  3. 3.

    Place half a peach or apricot, cut-side-down, in the middle of each cake slice. Now serve the “fried egg” desserts!

[photo] Photo by Tamra Hamblin


The rain made some puddles
In holes in our street,
Just special for me to
Go splash with both feet!
My shoes and my socks are all
Soggy and wet.
And so are my pants—oh,
I know Mom will fret!
But rain drops those puddles
For kids everywhere
To run in and splash in—
That’s why they are there!

[illustration] Illustrated by Bryan Lee Shaw