Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet



Songs for April

Little Jack Horner



The Little Disaster



My Pretty Maid



The Ploughboy in Luck




A Diamond or a Coal?

A diamond or a coal?

A diamond, if you please:

Who cares about a clumsy coal

Beneath the summer trees?


A diamond or a coal?

A coal, sir, if you please:

One comes to care about the coal

What time the waters freeze.


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Week 10 The Puppets Recognize Their Brother Pinocchio from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi Three Men of Gotham from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin Jenny Has a Good Word for Some Sparrows from The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess What the Geese Talked Of from The Girl Who Sat by the Ashes by Padraic Colum The Tragedy of Nero from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge Betsy Goes to School (Part 2 of 2) from Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher Saint Patrick (Part 1 of 2) from Our Island Saints by Amy Steedman
King Harald's Wedding from Viking Tales by Jennie Hall A Bluebird's Song (Part 3 of 3) from Outdoor Visits by Edith M. Patch The Kid and the Wolf from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter I Carry Some Things Ashore from Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin Atalanta and Hippomenes from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price Unc' Billy Possum Tells Jimmy Skunk a Secret from The Adventures of Prickly Porky by Thornton Burgess The Pirate Story from The Sandman: His Ship Stories by Willliam J. Hopkins
The Sea Princess, Anonymous Violets by Dinah Maria Mulock   Little Billee by William Makepeace Thackeray Up and Down by Walter de la Mare March by Celia Thaxter The Lamb by William Blake
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The Aesop for Children  by Milo Winter

The Fox and the Stork

The Fox one day thought of a plan to amuse himself at the expense of the Stork, at whose odd appearance he was always laughing.

"You must come and dine with me today," he said to the Stork, smiling to himself at the trick he was going to play. The Stork gladly accepted the invitation and arrived in good time and with a very good appetite.

For dinner the Fox served soup. But it was set out in a very shallow dish, and all the Stork could do was to wet the very tip of his bill. Not a drop of soup could he get. But the Fox lapped it up easily, and, to increase the disappointment of the Stork, made a great show of enjoyment.


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The hungry Stork was much displeased at the trick, but he was a calm, even-tempered fellow and saw no good in flying into a rage. Instead, not long afterward, he invited the Fox to dine with him in turn. The Fox arrived promptly at the time that had been set, and the Stork served a fish dinner that had a very appetizing smell. But it was served in a tall jar with a very narrow neck. The Stork could easily get at the food with his long bill, but all the Fox could do was to lick the outside of the jar, and sniff at the delicious odor. And when the Fox lost his temper, the Stork said calmly:

Do not play tricks on your neighbors unless you can stand the same treatment yourself.


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