Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet



Songs for May




Time To Rise

A birdie with a yellow bill

Hopped upon my window sill,

Cocked his shining eye and said:

"Ain't you 'shamed, you sleepy-head!"


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Week 52 "When the Pie Was Opened, the Birds Began To Sing" from The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin The Birdling Flies Away from The Birds' Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin Peter Sees Two Terrible Feathered Hunters from The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Karen Perplexed from The Christmas Porringer by Evaleen Stein The King's Messenger from Gabriel and the Hour Book by Evaleen Stein Gabriel's Christmas from Gabriel and the Hour Book by Evaleen Stein The King's Illuminator from Gabriel and the Hour Book by Evaleen Stein
Lord De la Warr's Arrival from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
The Young Planters from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Little Gretchen and the Wooden Shoe from The Children's Book of Christmas Stories by Asa Don Dickinson Christmas Eve Again from The Christmas Porringer by Evaleen Stein The Porringer Finds a Resting-place from The Christmas Porringer by Evaleen Stein Sheltering Wings from The Pearl Story Book by Eleanor L. Skinner Babouscka from Christmas in Legend and Story: A Book for Boys and Girls by Elva S. Smith The Driftwood Story from The Sandman: His Sea Stories by Willliam J. Hopkins
I Saw Three Ships, Old Carol An Old English Carol, Anonymous Old King Winter by Anna E. Skinner The Glad New Year by Mary Mapes Dodge Who Loves the Trees Best?, Anonymous I Heard a Bird Sing by Oliver Herford Christmas Song by Eugene Field
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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.


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"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.