Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet

Songs for July

Some One

Some one came knocking

At my wee, small door;

Some one came knocking,

I'm sure—sure—sure;

I listened, I opened,

I looked to left and right,

But naught there was a-stirring

In the still dark night;

Only the busy beetle

Tap-tapping in the wall,

Only from the forest

The screech-owl's call,

Only the cricket whistling

While the dewdrops fall,

So I know not who came knocking,

At all, at all, at all.

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Week 26 Pinocchio Goes To See the Dog-Fish from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi Cornelia's Jewels from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin A Maker of Thunder and a Friend in Black from The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Bloom-of-Youth and the Witch of the Elders (Part 2 of 2) from The Boy Who Knew What the Birds Said by Padraic Colum The Third Crusade from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge Betsy Has a Birthday (Part 3 of 3) from Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher How Saul Saved the Eyes of the Men of Jabesh from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Leader Not Known from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Arrival at Chesapeake Bay from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
An Attack by the Savages from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
The Crab's Enemies from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Owl and the Grasshopper from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter I Build a Big Canoe from Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin Frolic of the WiId Things from Nursery Tales from Many Lands by Eleanor L. and Ada M. Skinner Unc' Billy Possum Sends for His Family from The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton Burgess The Race from The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Daybreak by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson   The Fairies of the Caldon Low by Mary Howitt A Widow's Weeds by Walter de la Mare To Violets by Robert Herrick Fairy-Folk by Alice Cary
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The Aesop for Children  by Milo Winter

The Frogs Who Wished for a King

The Frogs were tired of governing themselves. They had so much freedom that it had spoiled them, and they did nothing but sit around croaking in a bored manner and wishing for a government that could entertain them with the pomp and display of royalty, and rule them in a way to make them know they were being ruled. No milk and water government for them, they declared. So they sent a petition to Jupiter asking for a king.

Jupiter saw what simple and foolish creatures they were, but to keep them quiet and make them think they had a king he threw down a huge log, which fell into the water with a great splash. The Frogs hid themselves among the reeds and grasses, thinking the new king to be some fearful giant. But they soon discovered how tame and peaceable King Log was. In a short time the younger Frogs were using him for a diving platform, while the older Frogs made him a meeting place, where they complained loudly to Jupiter about the government.

To teach the Frogs a lesson the ruler of the gods now sent a Crane to be king of Frogland. The Crane proved to be a very different sort of king from old King Log. He gobbled up the poor Frogs right and left and they soon saw what fools they had been. In mournful croaks they begged Jupiter to take away the cruel tyrant before they should all be destroyed.


"How now!" cried Jupiter "Are you not yet content? You have what you asked for and so you have only yourselves to blame for your misfortunes."

Be sure you can better your condition before you seek to change.