Billy Wasn’t Afraid

Fear not, I am with thee (Hymns, no. 85).

“I’m not afraid to go to bed,” Billy told the baby-sitter. Mrs. Jones smiled and tucked in the covers.

“But I like to see where I am sleeping,” Billy said.

Mrs. Jones turned on the small night-light.

“And my bear would be warmer if it was under the covers with me,” Billy said.

Mrs. Jones brought the teddy bear to Billy.

“If I had a glass of water near my bed,” Billy said, “I wouldn’t have to bother you in case I got thirsty.”

Mrs. Jones went to the kitchen and brought back a glass of water.

“You must be tired,” Billy said. “Would you like me to read you a story?”

“That would be very nice,” Mrs. Jones said.

Billy read a picture story about Jesus Christ.

“I would read you another story,” Billy said, “but my eyes are getting sleepy.”

“You can read it to me the next time I come,” the baby-sitter said. She kissed him good night.

Billy nodded. He was very, very sleepy. He was also happy that Mrs. Jones knew that he was not afraid to go to bed.

[photos] Photos by Welden Andersen/posed by models

Pioneer Wagon

To make this treat, you will need: 2 marshmallows, a brownie or flat cookie, a fig cookie cut in half, icing (to use as glue), round candies or small cookies, 2 dried apricots, licorice sticks, and animal crackers. Look at the picture, then create your own pioneer wagon.

[photo] Pioneer wagon photo by Tamra Hamblin

Flying Lessons

A wise old owl perched in a tree
Heard Baby Robin cry,
“But, Mother, it is just no use—
I know I cannot fly!”
His mother interrupted with
An out-of-patience sigh,
“Of course, you cannot do it
If you won’t even try.”
The owl called Mrs. Robin over
And whispered this to try:
“Just fly away and leave him.
He’ll follow by and by.”
Mother brought him home a worm,
Then kissed her son good-bye.
“If you ever need me,
I’ll be up in the sky.”
She hadn’t traveled very far
When came a joyous cry,
“Mother! Mother! Wait for me!
I just learned how to fly!”

[illustration] Illustrated by Pat Hoggan

Good Books for Little Friends

Hugo’s Baby Brother by Hermann Moers Because his mother praised and spent so much time with little Sasha, Hugo did some stupid, dangerous things. But the young lion knew that his parents loved him, and when Sasha was in trouble, Hugo was glad that he had rescued his baby brother.

Katie and the Night Noises by Jacqueline Sweeney Katie doesn’t know that she is drifting off to sleep as she imagines all sorts of adventures with animals making loud noises. The rhythm of the text is matched by the exuberance of the art, both coming to a lull as her parents come in to kiss her good night while she dreams.

Lorenzo the Naughty Parrot by Tony Johnston Lorenzo only plays pranks that don’t really hurt anyone. His family understands, and they love him. One of his antics turns out to be a good thing for Papa. A funny, easy-to-read book.

Mattie’s Little Possum Pet by Ida Luttrell The possum was a troublemaker who saw to it that Howler (Mattie’s dog) and Prowler (her cat) got blamed for all the mischief. Mattie finally learns the truth—and that wild animals do not make good pets.

Chenille Church Dolls

  1. 1.

    You will need two chenille sticks for each doll. Make a loop for the head at the center of one stick; the ends form the arms.

  2. 2.

    Bend a second stick in half; hang it from the bottom of the head loop. Twist it to form the doll’s body, leaving enough at the bottom of each half to form the legs.

  3. 3.

    Bend the doll’s arms and legs to show it praying, sitting in church, leading the singing, and so forth.

  4. 4.

    (Optional) Make several dolls and have them giving a family home evening lesson, helping each other, and so forth.

[photo] Photos by Tamra Hamblin