Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet

Songs for May

The Rain

The rain is raining all around,

It falls on field and tree,

It rains on the umbrellas here,

And on the ships at sea.

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Week 18 Pinocchio Meets the Fox and the Cat Again from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi George Washington and His Hatchet from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin Drummers and Carpenters from The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Clock Strikes and Maid-alone Stays from The Girl Who Sat by the Ashes by Padraic Colum The Dark Ages from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge Elizabeth Ann Fails in an Examination (Part 3 of 3) from Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher The Idol Temple at Dan and Its Priest from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Wineland the Good (Part 2 of 2) from Viking Tales by Jennie Hall Mr. and Mrs. Crab from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter I Explore My Island from Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin Little White Rabbit from Nursery Tales from Many Lands by Eleanor L. and Ada M. Skinner A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed from The Adventures of Prickly Porky by Thornton Burgess The Second Night from The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
A Bird's Experience, Anonymous Ariel's Song from The Tempest by William Shakespeare   The Fairies Have Never a Penny to Spend by Rose Fyleman Off the Ground by Walter de la Mare Over Hill, Over Dale by William Shakespeare There Was a Cherry-Tree by James Whitcomb Riley
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The Aesop for Children  by Milo Winter

The Fox and the Grapes

A Fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches of a tree. The grapes seemed ready to burst with juice, and the Fox's mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them.


The bunch hung from a high branch, and the Fox had to jump for it, The first time he jumped he missed it by a long way. So he walked off a short distance and took a running leap at it, only to fall short once more. Again and again he tried, but in vain.

Now he sat down and looked at the grapes in disgust.

"What a fool I am," he said. "Here I am wearing myself out to get a bunch of sour grapes that are not worth gaping for."

And off he walked very, very scornfully.

There are many who pretend to despise and belittle that which is beyond their reach.