Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet

Songs for December

The Duel

The gingham dog and the calico cat

Side by side on the table sat;

'Twas half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)

Nor one nor t'other had slept a wink!

The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate

Appeared to know as sure as fate

There was going to be a terrible spat.

(I wasn't there; I simply state

What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)

The gingham dog went "bow-wow-wow!"

And the calico cat replied "mee-ow!"

The air was littered, an hour or so,

With bits of gingham and calico,

While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place

Up with its hands before its face,

For it always dreaded a family row!

(Now mind: I'm only telling you

What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)

The Chinese plate looked very blue,

And wailed, "Oh, dear! what shall we do!"

But the gingham dog and the calico cat

Wallowed this way and tumbled that,

Employing every tooth and claw

In the awfullest way you ever saw—

And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!

(Don't fancy I exaggerate—

I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning where the two had sat

They found no trace of the dog or cat;

And some folks think unto this day

That burglars stole the pair away!

But the truth about the cat and the pup

Is this: They ate each other up!

Now what do you really think of that!

(The old Dutch clock it told me so,

And that is how I came to know.)

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Week 40 The Travelling-Cloak from The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock The Kingdoms from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin A Royal Dresser and a Late Nester from The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess FIRE: THE SECOND STORY from The Forge in the Forest by Padraic Colum
Old King Fork-Beard and the Scarf That He Gave from The Forge in the Forest by Padraic Colum
Golden Goa from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Wolf Hunt (Part 2 of 2) from The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major The Prophet's Story of the Little Lamb from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Pocahontas Begs for Smith's Life from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
The Effect of Captain Smith's Return from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
A New Church from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
A Round Goldenrod Gall from Outdoor Visits by Edith M. Patch The Monkey and the Camel from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter I Get Hold of a Savage from Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin The Stone Lion from Merry Tales by Eleanor L. Skinner Unc' Billy Possum Lies Low from The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton Burgess The Shark Story from The Sandman: His Sea Stories by Willliam J. Hopkins
The Raggle, Taggle Gypsies, Anonymous The Bottle-Tree by Eugene Field   Big Smith by Juliana Horatia Ewing Dream Song by Walter de la Mare The City Mouse and the Garden Mouse by Christina Georgina Rossetti If I Were a Sunbeam by Lucy Larcom
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The Aesop for Children  by Milo Winter

The Ants and the Grasshopper

One bright day in late autumn a family of Ants were bustling about in the warm sunshine, drying out the grain they had stored up during the summer, when a starving Grasshopper, his fiddle under his arm, came up and humbly begged for a bite to eat.

"What!" cried the Ants in surprise, "haven't you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?"

"I didn't have time to store up any food," whined the Grasshopper; "I was so busy making music that before I knew it the summer was gone."


The Ants shrugged their shoulders in disgust.

"Making music, were you?" they cried. "Very well; now dance!" And they turned their backs on the Grasshopper and went on with their work.

There's a time for work and a time for play.