Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet



Songs for February

The Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket



The Carrion Crow



Sur le Pont d'Avignon



Charley over the Water




Alone

A very old woman

Lives in yon house.

The squeak of the cricket,

The stir of the mouse,

Are all she knows

Of the earth and us.


Once she was young,

Would dance and play,

Like many another

Young popinjay;

And run to her mother

At dusk of day.


And colours bright

She delighted in;

The fiddle to hear,

And to lift her chin,

And sing as small

As a twittering wren.


But age apace

Comes at last to all;

And a lone house filled

With the cricket's call;

And the scampering mouse

In the hollow wall.


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Week 4 The Talking-Cricket from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi The Sons of William the Conqueror from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin The Sun from The Seasons: Winter by Jane Marcet The Girl in the Goat-shed from The Girl Who Sat by the Ashes by Padraic Colum The Death of Caesar from On the Shores of the Great Sea by M. B. Synge Betsy Holds the Reins (Part 1 of 3) from Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher How Joshua Conquered the Land of Canaan from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Olaf's Fight with Havard from Viking Tales by Jennie Hall White Pine (Part 1 of 3) from Outdoor Visits by Edith M. Patch The Frogs and the Ox from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter I Undertake a New Venture from Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin Pegasus and Bellerophon from A Child's Book of Myths and Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price Peter Rabbit Has Some Startling News from The Adventures of Prickly Porky by Thornton Burgess The Rigging Story from The Sandman: His Ship Stories by Willliam J. Hopkins
The Sandman by Margaret Vandegrift
The Quarrelsome Kittens, Anonymous
At the Zoo by A. A. Milne The Twenty-Third Psalm, Bible The Old House by Walter de la Mare The Lighthouse by Sir Walter Scott Up and Down by George MacDonald
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The Aesop for Children  by Milo Winter

The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf

A Shepherd Boy tended his master's Sheep near a dark forest not far from the village. Soon he found life in the pasture very dull. All he could do to amuse himself was to talk to his dog or play on his shepherd's pipe.

One day as he sat watching the Sheep and the quiet forest, and thinking what he would do should he see a Wolf, he thought of a plan to amuse himself.

His Master had told him to call for help should a Wolf attack the flock, and the Villagers would drive it away. So now, though he had not seen anything that even looked like a Wolf, he ran toward the village shouting at the top of his voice, "Wolf! Wolf!"

As he expected, the Villagers who heard the cry dropped their work and ran in great excitement to the pasture. But when they got there they found the Boy doubled up with laughter at the trick he had played on them.

A few days later the Shepherd Boy again shouted, "Wolf! Wolf!" Again the Villagers ran to help him, only to be laughed at again. Then one evening as the sun was setting behind the forest and the shadows were creeping out over the pasture, a Wolf really did spring from the underbrush and fall upon the Sheep.


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In terror the Boy ran toward the village shouting "Wolf! Wolf!" But though the Villagers heard the cry, they did not run to help him as they had before. "He cannot fool us again," they said.

The Wolf killed a great many of the Boy's sheep and then slipped away into the forest.

Liars are not believed even when they speak the truth.