Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet

Songs for October

Bunches of Grapes

"Bunches of grapes," says Timothy:

"Pomegranates pink," says Elaine;

"A junket of cream and a cranberry tart

For me," says Jane.

"Love-in-a-mist," says Timothy:

"Primroses pale," says Elaine;

"A nosegay of pinks and mignonette

For me," says Jane.

"Chariots of gold," says Timothy:

"Silvery wings," says Elaine;

"A bumpity ride in a wagon of hay

For me," says Jane.

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Week 20 Pinocchio Is Liberated from Prison from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi The Story of William Tell from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin More of the Blackbird Family from The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Stone of Victory (Part 1 of 3) from The Boy Who Knew What the Birds Said by Padraic Colum The Hero of Two Nations from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge Betsy Starts a Sewing Society (Part 2 of 3) from Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher The Little Boy with a Linen Coat from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Captain John Smith Comes to London from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Meeting Captain Smith from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Captain Smith Speaks to Me from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
More About Mr. Crab from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Plane Tree from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter I Make Me a Calendar from Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin The Teeny Tiny Woman from Nursery Tales from Many Lands by Eleanor L. and Ada M. Skinner A Plot To Frighten Old Man Coyote from The Adventures of Prickly Porky by Thornton Burgess A New Home from The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
A Friend in the Garden by Juliana Horatia Ewing Good Night and Good Morning by Richard Monckton Milnes   Little Bud Dandelion by Helen Barron Bostwick The Little Bird by Walter de la Mare The Fairies by William Allingham A Barefoot Boy by James Whitcomb Riley
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The Aesop for Children  by Milo Winter

The Tortoise and the Ducks

The Tortoise, you know, carries his house on his back. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot leave home. They say that Jupiter punished him so, because he was such a lazy stay-at-home that he would not go to Jupiter's wedding, even when especially invited.

After many years, Tortoise began to wish he had gone to that wedding. When he saw how gaily the birds flew about and how the Hare and the Chipmunk and all the other animals ran nimbly by, always eager to see everything there was to be seen, the Tortoise felt very sad and discontented. He wanted to see the world too, and there he was with a house on his back and little short legs that could hardly drag him along.

One day he met a pair of Ducks and told them all his trouble.

"We can help you to see the world," said the Ducks. "Take hold of this stick with your teeth and we will carry you far up in the air where you can see the whole countryside. But keep quiet or you will be sorry."

The Tortoise was very glad indeed. He seized the stick firmly with his teeth, the two Ducks took hold of it one at each end, and away they sailed up toward the clouds.


Just then a Crow flew by. He was very much astonished at the strange sight and cried:

"This must surely be the King of Tortoises!"

"Why certainly—" began the Tortoise.

But as he opened his mouth to say these foolish words he lost his hold on the stick, and down he fell to the ground, where he was dashed to pieces on a rock.

Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune.