Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet

Songs for August


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 42 Living Creatures from The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock The Endless Tale from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin A Butcher and a Hummer from The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess EARTH: THE FIRST STORY from The Forge in the Forest by Padraic Colum
The Seven Sleepers from The Forge in the Forest by Padraic Colum
The Last of the Moors from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge Borrowed Fire (Part 2 of 2) from The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major David's Handsome Son and How He Stole the Kingdom (Part 2 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Condition of the Colony from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Tobacco from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Captain Newport's Return from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Blue Chicory from Outdoor Visits by Edith M. Patch The Ass, the Fox, and the Lion from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter I Teach Friday Many Things from Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin The Leaping Match from Merry Tales by Eleanor L. Skinner What the Snow Did from The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton Burgess The Sounding Story from The Sandman: His Sea Stories by Willliam J. Hopkins
The Great Brown Owl by Ann Hawkshaw Evening Red and Morning Gray, Anonymous   A Nautical Ballad, Anonymous Five Eyes by Walter de la Mare Jack Frost by Celia Thaxter The Mill by Dinah Maria Mulock
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The Aesop for Children  by Milo Winter

The Crow and the Pitcher

In a spell of dry weather, when the Birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pitcher with a little water in it. But the pitcher was high and had a narrow neck, and no matter how he tried, the Crow could not reach the water. The poor thing felt as if he must die of thirst.

Then an idea came to him. Picking up some small pebbles, he dropped them into the pitcher one by one. With each pebble the water rose a little higher until at last it was near enough so he could drink.

In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out.