For Little Friends

By Julee Wing


Five-Year-Old Teacher

(Based on a true incident)
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple (Ps. 19:7).

My name is Bea and I am five. It is hard being five years old. Today was Fast Sunday, and I’m not old enough to fast two meals. I tried to pour my own milk. It went all over the table.

“Oh, Bea,” my mother said, “you should have asked for help. It is hard for five-year-olds to pour milk.”

After I ate, I started dressing. My favorite dress has a lot of buttons. My big sister said, “Bea, you need help with all those buttons.” I let her help button my dress.

I put my shoes on by myself. I even tied them! Then my big brother said, “Bea, one of your laces is too long. You don’t want to trip over it.” He retied my shoe.

Joey, my baby brother, started to cry. I tried to carry him to Dad, but we fell. Dad said, “Joey’s too heavy for a five-year-old to carry.”

When it was my turn to read from the Book of Mormon before church this morning, Dad helped me a lot because I didn’t know most of the words.

It’s really hard being five.

During fast and testimony meeting, I whispered to Dad, “I want to bear my testimony. Will you go up with me?”

He looked at me. I was afraid that he’d say, “Bea, you are only five. You are too little to bear your testimony.” But he didn’t say that. He took me by the hand and led me to the pulpit. I bore my testimony! It was scary, but I did it all by myself. I said, “I know Jesus died and was resurrected. I love President Hinckley and Joseph Smith. I am grateful to be able to come to church. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

My dad held my hand, but he didn’t sit down. He stood by me and bore his testimony. He said, “Bea is a great teacher in our family. When she bore her testimony, I was reminded of the time when Christ came to the Nephites. He taught the children many marvelous things, and then they taught their parents. Bea has reminded me of the Savior’s mission. I am so grateful for Bea’s example. A five-year-old child can do great things.”

I was wonderfully happy. I had done something important. I was an example for my Savior by bearing my testimony. Although it is hard, I’m glad that I am five.

[illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Black

Doing Things in Order

Sometimes things can be done only in a certain order. A bird starts out as an egg. After the baby bird gets out of its shell, it is fed by its parents until it grows strong. Then it learns to fly, to find its own food, and to start its own family.

Heavenly Father thinks that it is important that we do some things in a certain order, too, if we can. Can you cut out and put in order the pictures that show things that He wants us to do?

[illustrations] Illustrated by Elise Black

Sisters

I have a little sister
Who looks a lot like me.
She wants to be a big girl, too,
Though she is only three.
When I’m at school, she’s in my room,
Playing with my dolls.
Once she took my roller skates
And skated down the hall.
She put on my pink leotard
And tried to dance ballet.
She wants to do the things I do
And play the games I play.
When I get home from school, I do
My homework right away.
My sister colors by my side
And waits for me to play.
At night I set the table
And wash the dishes too.
My sister’s right behind me,
Learning what to do.
I have a little sister
Who looks a lot like me.
She knows a lot about the world
’Cause she’s been watching me.

[illustration] Color this picture. (Illustrated by Elise Black.)

[photos] Photos by Tamra Hamblin

Good Books for Little Friends

One of Three by Angela Johnson The youngest sister goes everywhere with her two older ones—well, almost everywhere. That makes her “one of three.” When her sisters want to do something without her, she’s with her mom and dad, so she’s still “one of three.” Beautiful art matches the cozy story.

Wind Says Good Night by Katy Rydell The joyous music and dancing of nighttime creatures are helping to prevent the little girl from going to sleep in this house-that-Jack-built kind of story. The art is as soothing and delightful as the story.

3 Pandas Planting by Megan Halsey Starting with 12 crocodiles who carpool, then 11 tigers who turn off faucets, the animals in this counting-down-to-one book all show in an upbeat way that they care about the earth and each other.

The Catspring Somersault Flying One-handed Flip-flop by SuAnn Kiser Willie practiced and practiced, and when she finally could really do a Catspring Somersault Flying One-handed Flip-flop, all her eleven brothers and sisters and her mom and dad were too busy to watch her do it. When she complained that no one would miss her if she ran away, their funny story about what would happen if she did, let her know how much they loved her. And they clapped and cheered loudly when they watched her do the Flip-flop—right there in the dining room!

If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo by Mary Jean Hendrick Leslie tells the zookeepers that they can bring the animals to her house if anything ever goes wrong at the zoo, and when a huge storm floods the zoo, the keepers take her up on her offer. It wouldn’t ever really happen, but it’s fun to think about.

Apple Peanut-Butter Boats

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    Ask an older person to cut an apple * in half.

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    Scoop out the core and seeds with a spoon or a small scoop.

  3. 3.

    Fill each half with peanut butter and enjoy!

[photos] Photos by Tamra Hamblin

  1.   *

    Can be made with pears, instead.