Third Grade Read Aloud Banquet



Songs for May


The Land of Nod

From breakfast on through all the day

At home among my friends I stay,

But every night I go abroad

Afar into the land of Nod.


All by myself I have to go,

With none to tell me what to do—

All alone beside the streams

And up the mountain-sides of dreams.


The strangest things are there for me,

Both things to eat and things to see,

And many frightening sights abroad

Till morning in the land of Nod.


Try as I like to find the way,

I never can get back by day,

Nor can remember plain and clear

The curious music that I hear.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 21 Ben Weatherstaff from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Edward the Confessor from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Flitter the Bat and His Family from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Beowulf Overcame the Water Witch from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall William the Silent from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Fire-Bird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilissa from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton What the Lepers Found in the Camp from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Young Scout from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Star Nose from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Washington in the Revolution from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Dog in the Manger from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The King and Queen of the Dead from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Out of Harm's Way from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Open Road (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Fairy Queen, Anonymous May Night by Sara Teasdale The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson Corinna Going a-Maying by Robert Herrick Poem by Rachel Field The Oak Tree by Mary Howitt Tree-Toad by Hilda Conkling
Week 22 When the Sun Went Down from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett Harold from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall An Independent Family from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Beowulf Returned to His Own Land from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall England from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Jack the Giant-Killer from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Jehu, the Furious Driver of His Chariot (Part 1 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Lad Who Rode Sidesaddle from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Adventures of a Meadow Caterpillar from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch The Victory at Yorktown and Washington as President from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Wolf and the Goat from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Kingdom from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Shell-Fish from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Wild Wood (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes The Piper by William Blake Who Stole the Bird's Nest? by Lydia Maria Child Sweet Peas by John Keats Poem by Rachel Field The Green Grass Growing All Around, Anonymous America by Samuel Francis Smith
Week 23 Magic from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Battle of Stamford Bridge from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Digger and His Cousin Glutton from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How the Fire Dragon Warred with the Goth Folk from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Elizabeth's Sailors from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Wise Men of Gotham from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Jehu, the Furious Driver of His Chariot (Part 2 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Whisperers from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Snowflakes (Part 1 of 2) from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Thomas Jefferson from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Ass and the Grasshoppers from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Orpheus and Eurydice from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Story of Mr. Conch from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright The Wild Wood (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
On the Grasshopper and the Cricket by John Keats The Lily by William Blake Verse, Anonymous ---JUNE--- Poem by Rachel Field Robert of Lincoln by William Cullen Bryant The Little Green Orchard by Walter de la Mare
Week 24 "Let Them Laugh" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Battle of Hastings from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Shadow and His Family from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Beowulf Overcame the Dragon from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Drake's Voyage round the World from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Catskin from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Alban from Our Island Saints by Amy Steedman
How a Prince Learned To Read from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Snowflakes (Part 2 of 2) from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Daniel Boone from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Mule from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Man Who Never Died from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Sea-Babies from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Badger (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Boy's Song by James Hogg The Blossom by William Blake Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean, Anonymous The Fairies of the Caldon Low by Mary Howitt Poem by Rachel Field Dewdrops by Mary F. Butts The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Week 25 The Curtain from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett William the Conqueror—Hereward the Wake from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Two Famous Swimmers from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Beowulf's Last Rest from Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Great Armada from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge King Stork from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Beside the Sea by Lisa M. Ripperton Elisha and the Bow; Jonah and Nineveh from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Read and You Will Know" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Silk Funnel from Holiday Meadow by Edith M. Patch Robert Fulton and the Steamboat from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Fox and the Goat from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Adventures of Perseus (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon More about Sea-Babies from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Badger (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Children by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Night by William Blake Daisies by Bliss Carman Flower in the Crannied Wall by Alfred Lord Tennyson Poem by Rachel Field The Pine Lady by Richard Le Gallienne Flag Song by Lydia Avery Coonley Ward
Week 26 "It's Mother!" from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett William the Conqueror—Death of the King from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Spite the Marten and Pekan the Fisher from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess King Marsil's Council from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Among the Icebergs from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Hans in Luck from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton How the Ten Tribes Were Lost from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Young Cupbearer from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin An Invitation from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch William Henry Harrison from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Cat, the Cock, and the Young Mouse from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Adventures of Perseus (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon About Mr. Drill from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Badger (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Milking Song by Jean Ingelow My Pretty Rose Tree by William Blake Scythe Song by Andrew Lang White Butterflies by Algernon Charles Swinburne Poem by Rachel Field A Song by James Whitcomb Riley The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 27 In the Garden from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett The Story of William the Red from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Reddy Fox Joins the School from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Emperor Charlemagne's Council from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Sir Humphrey Gilbert from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The White Bird from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The First Four Kings of Judah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Sons of the Caliph from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Yelping Frog from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Andrew Jackson (Part 1 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Wolf and the Shepherd from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Golden Fleece (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Story of a War from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Rain in Summer by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Little Boy Lost by William Blake The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key Song of the Elf by Madison Cawein Poem by Rachel Field The Brook by Alfred Lord Tennyson One, Two, Three by Henry C. Bunner
Week 28 Up the Mountain to Alm-Uncle from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry I—The Story of the "White Ship" from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Old Man Coyote and Howler the Wolf from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Ganelon's Treason from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall
Virginia from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge
The Three Spinsters from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Little Boy Who Was Crowned King from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Boy and the Robbers from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Lotor, the Washer (Part 1 of 2) from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Andrew Jackson (Part 2 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Peacock and the Crane from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Golden Fleece (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon How Shell-Fish Feed from Seaside and Wayside, Book One by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
On the Desert by William Wetmore Story The Little Boy Found by William Blake The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning An Old Song Re-Sung by John Masefield Poem by Rachel Field Hurt No Living Thing by Christina Georgina Rossetti The Little Elf-Man by John Kendrick Bangs
Week 29 At Home with Grandfather from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of King Stephen from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Yowler and His Cousin Tufty from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Roland's Pride from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Story of the Revenge from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Mighty Mikko from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Three Kings and a Great Prophet from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
A Lesson in Justice from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Lotor, the Washer (Part 2 of 2) from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Morse and the Telegraph from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and the Cranes from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter A Lost Secret from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon A Look at an Ant from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Dulce Domum (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Milking Time by Christina Georgina Rossetti From The Two Songs by William Blake The Song of the Busy Bee by Marian Douglas The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson Poem by Rachel Field If I Were Little as a Bee by John Martin Simple Simon, Mother Goose
Week 30 Out with the Goats from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—Gilbert and Rohesia from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Some Big and Little Cat Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Roland Sounds His Horn from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Sir Walter Raleigh from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Husband Who Was To Mind the House from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Good King Hezekiah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The General and the Fox from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Blue Damsel‑Flies from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Telegraph Became Successful from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and His Sons from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Champion of Athens (Part 1 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Life of an Ant from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Toad (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea by Allan Cunningham The Tiger by William Blake Answer to a Child's Question by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Poppy by Jane Taylor Poem by Rachel Field What Do We Plant? by Henry Abbey The Night Will Never Stay by Eleanor Farjeon
Week 31 The Visit to Grandmother from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—Thomas à Becket from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Bobby Coon Arrives from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Death of Oliver from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Fairy Queen from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Water of Life from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Lost Book Found in the Temple from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Bomb from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Visitors from the Sea from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Early Life of Abraham Lincoln from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Two Pots from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Champion of Athens (Part 2 of 2) from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ant's Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Mr. Toad (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Child's Evening Prayer by Sabine Baring-Gould To Summer by William Blake Over Hill, Over Dale by William Shakespeare Over Hill, Over Dale by William Shakespeare Poem by Rachel Field The Fairies Have Never a Penny to Spend by Rose Fyleman Harry Hippopotamus by Helen Cowles Le Cron
Week 32 Two Visits and What Came of Them from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry Plantagenet—The Conquest of Ireland from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Buster Bear Nearly Breaks Up School from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Death of Roland from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall A Great Dramatist from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Last Four Kings of Judah and the Weeping Prophet (Part 1 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
A Story of Old Rome from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Painted Turtle from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Lincoln in Public Life from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Goose and the Golden Egg from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Oracle from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ants at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Part 1 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Sea by Barry Cornwall The Schoolboy by William Blake To a Butterfly by William Wordsworth Hiawatha's Childhood by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Poem by Rachel Field Song for Music by Thomas Hood Very Nearly by Queenie Scott-Hopper
Week 33 A New Chapter about New Things from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of Richard Coeur de Lion from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Buster Bear's Big Cousins from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Return of Charlemagne from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Golden Days of Good Queen Bess from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Old Hag of the Forest from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Last Four Kings of Judah and the Weeping Prophet (Part 2 of 2) from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Saved by a Dolphin from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Cardinal Flowers from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Something about the Civil War from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Fighting Bulls and the Frog from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His First Labor: The Lion from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
The Ants on a Trip from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (Part 2 of 2) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Song of Illyrian Peasants by Samuel Taylor Coleridge The Fly by William Blake The Dustman by Bliss Carman The Windy Night by Thomas Buchanan Read Poem by Rachel Field Night-Scented Flowers by Felicia Dorothea Hemans Farewell to the Farm by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 34 Fraulein Rottenmeier Spends an Uncomfortable Day from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of How Blondel Found the King from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Unc' Billy and Old Mrs. Possum from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Coming of the Emir of Babylon from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall First Voyage of the East India Company from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Simpleton and His Little Black Hen from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton What Ezekiel Saw in the Valley from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Little Brothers of the Air" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Nim Fay, the Sap Drinker from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch Something about the Spanish War from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Mouse and the Weasel from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Second Labor: The Hydra from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Farmer Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Kentucky Babe by Richard Henry Buck Laughing Song by William Blake Farm-Yard Song by John Townsend Trowbridge To a Child: Written in Her Album by William Wordsworth Poem by Rachel Field Requiem by Robert Louis Stevenson The Swallow by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Week 35 There Is a Great Commotion in the Large House from Heidi by Johanna Spyri John Lackland—The Story of Prince Arthur from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Lightfoot, Blacktail and Forkhorn from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Punishment of Ganelon from Stories of Roland Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Story of Henry Hudson from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Katie Woodencloak from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Giles from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
A Clever Slave from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Sandy the Swallow from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Unted States Became Larger (Part 1 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Farmer and the Snake from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His Third Labor: The Stag from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
Ants and Their Trades from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Chanticleer by Katherine Tynan Hinkson Nurse's Song by William Blake The Swallow by Christina Georgina Rossetti Dirge on the Death of Oberon, the Fairy King by G. W. Thornbury Poem by Rachel Field The Green Gnome by Robert Buchanan The Mountain and the Squirrel by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Week 36 Herr Sesemann Hears of Things That Are New to Him from Heidi by Johanna Spyri John Lackland—The Story of the Great Charter from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Bugler, Flathorns and Wanderhoof from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess How Robin Hood Came To Live in the Green Wood from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Captain John Smith from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Dwarfs' Tailor from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Jewish Captives in the Court of the King from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Dark Day from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Pond‑Lily's Guests from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch How the Unted States Became Larger (Part 2 of 2) from A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston The Sick Stag from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Fourth Labor: The Boar from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Slave Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Toad's Adventures (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Nathan Hale by Francis Miles Finch A Dream by William Blake My Heart's in the Highlands by Robert Burns The Sandpiper by Celia Thaxter Poem by Rachel Field Hunting Song by Sir Walter Scott To Mother Fairie by Alice Cary
Week 37 Another Grandmother from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III of Winchester—Hubert de Burgh from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Thunderfoot, Fleetfoot and Longcoat from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Meeting of Robin Hood and Little John from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Founding of Quebec from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Christmas Cuckoo from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Golden Image and the Fiery Furnace from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Surly Guest from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Dusky Ducks from Holiday Pond by Edith M. Patch   The Goatherd and the Wild Goats from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter
His Fifth Labor: The Augean Stable from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
Wonder Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
September by Frank Dempster Sherman To Morning by William Blake The Owl and the Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear Allen-a-Dale by Sir Walter Scott Poem by Rachel Field When I Was a Little Boy, Anonymous Young Night-Thought by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 38 Heidi Gains in One Way and Loses in Another from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III of Winchester—Simon de Montfort from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Two Wonderful Mountain Climbers from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Wedding of Allan-a-Dale from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Pilgrim Fathers from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Clever Manka from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Tree That Was Cut Down and Grew Again from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Story of a Great Story from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Signs on the Hill from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch   The Spendthrift and the Swallow from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter More Labors from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon The Ways of Ants from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
De Sheepfol' by Sarah Platt Greene The Fairy by William Blake The Arrow and the Song by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Pebbles by Frank Dempster Sherman Poem by Rachel Field The Windmill by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow I Love You, Mother by Joy Allison
Week 39 A Ghost in the House from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Henry III—The Story of the Poisoned Dagger from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Piggy and Hardshell from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Robin Hood and the Butcher from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Thirty Years of War from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Susan Walker, What a Talker! from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Writing upon the Wall from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The King and the Page from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Old Boulder from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch   The Cat and the Birds from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Eleventh Labor: The Garden of the Hesperides from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm and His Family from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright Wayfarers All (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Campbells Are Comin', Anonymous The Cloud by Sara Teasdale The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt The Lost Doll by Charles Kingsley Poem by Rachel Field SEPTEMBER POEM The Drum by Eugene Field
Week 40 A Summer Evening on the Mountain from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Little War of Chalons from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Mammals of the Sea from The Burgess Animal Book for Children by Thornton Burgess Robin Hood and the Bishop from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Dutch at Sea from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Aschenputtel from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Daniel in the Den of Lions from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Hunted King from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Heath Bells and Berries from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch   The Dog and the Oyster from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter His Twelfth Labor: The Descent into Hades from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Earth-Worm at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Owl by Alfred Lord Tennyson To Autumn by William Blake The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson The Captain Stood on the Carronade by Frederick Marryat Poem by Rachel Field The Sandpiper by Celia Thaxter October's Party by George Cooper
Week 41 Sunday Bells from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Lawgiver from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Ol' Beech Pa'tridge (Part 1 of 2) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and Maid Marian from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall The Great South Land from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Puss in Boots; or, The Master Cat from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The Story of a Joyous Journey from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
"Try, Try Again!" from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin The Cone Hunt from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch   The Astrologer from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Choice of Hercules from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm at Work from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Hag by Robert Herrick The Clod and the Pebble by William Blake To an Autumn Leaf, Anonymous October's Bright Blue Weather by Helen Hunt Jackson Poem by Rachel Field Sir Patrick Spens, Anonymous Autumn Fires by Robert Louis Stevenson
Week 42 Preparations for a Journey from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Edward I—The Hammer of the Scots from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall The Ol' Beech Pa'tridge (Part 2 of 2) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Van Riebeek's Colony from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Murdoch's Rath from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Ursula (Part 1 of 2) from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
Why He Carried the Turkey from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Tuft of Evening Primroses from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch   Three Bullocks and a Lion from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Tunic of Nessus from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm's Cottage by the Sea from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright The Further Adventures of Toad (Part 3 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Cavalier's Escape by Walter Thornbury Eternity by William Blake ---OCTOBER--- The Sands of Dee by Charles Kingsley Poem by Rachel Field Auld Daddy Darkness by James Ferguson Robin Redbreast by William Allingham
Week 43 A Visitor from Heidi by Johanna Spyri The Story of King Robert the Bruce and Bohun from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 1 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long Robin Hood and King Richard from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall In the Days of Oliver Cromwell from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge Faithful John, the King's Servant from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton Saint Ursula (Part 2 of 2) from In God's Garden by Amy Steedman
The Paddle-Wheel Boat from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin A Strange Cloak from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch   Mercury and the Woodman from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter The Apple of Discord from Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon Mr. Worm at Home from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" (Part 1 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Lullaby for Titania by William Shakespeare The Chimney Sweeper by William Blake Lord Lovel, Anonymous Friends by L. G. Warner Poem by Rachel Field The Basket-Makers by E. V. Lucas Jack Frost by Gabriel Setoun
Week 44 A Compensation from Heidi by Johanna Spyri Story of the Battle of Bannockburn from Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall Following the Deer (Part 2 of 6) from Secrets of the Woods by William J. Long The Death of Robin Hood from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children by H. E. Marshall Two Famous Admirals from The Awakening of Europe by M. B. Synge The Flax from Fairy Tales Too Good To Miss—Aboard the Ship by Lisa M. Ripperton The New Temple on Mount Moriah from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The Caliph and the Gardener from Fifty Famous People by James Baldwin Sir Talis from Holiday Hill by Edith M. Patch   The Frog and the Mouse from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter Seasonal Story A Look at a House-Fly from Seaside and Wayside, Book Two by Julia McNair Wright "Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" (Part 2 of 3) from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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READING-LITERATURE: Third Reader  by Harriette Taylor Treadwell

Tom the Water-Baby

For the first time in his life, Tom felt how comfortable it was to have nothing on him. He was very happy in the water. He had nothing to do now but enjoy himself, and look at all the pretty things in the water-world, where the sun is never too hot and the frost is never too cold.

Sometimes he swam along, looking at the crickets which ran in and out over the stones. Sometimes he climbed over the rocks and watched the sandpipers running about. Then sometimes he came to a water-forest. There in the water-forest he saw the water-monkeys and water-squirrels with six legs. Almost every thing in the water has six legs except elves and water-babies.

There were water-flowers too, and Tom saw that they were alive and busy. He soon learned to understand them and talk to them. He might have had very pleasant company if he only had been a good boy. But he pecked the poor water-things about till they were afraid of him, and got out of his way or crept into their shells. So he had no one to speak to or to play with.

One day Tom came to a pool of little trout. He began teasing them and trying to catch them, but they slipped through his fingers and jumped clear out of the water in their fright. As Tom chased them he came close to a great dark hole. Out jumped a creature with six legs, a big stomach, and a big head, with two great eyes and a face like a donkey's.

"Oh," said Tom, "you are an ugly fellow," and he began making faces at it. He put his nose close to it and shouted at it. Then the donkey-face came off and out popped a long arm, with a pair of pincers at the end of it, and caught Tom by the nose. It did not hurt him much, but it held him tight.

"Oh, let me go!" cried Tom.

"Then let me go," said the creature. "I want to be quiet. I want to split."

Tom promised to let it go. "But why do you want to split?" he asked.

"Because my brothers and sisters have all split and turned into beautiful creatures with wings. I want to split, too. Don't speak to me. I am sure I shall split. I will split."

Then the creature swelled and puffed, and stretched out stiff, and at last split down the back, and then up to its head. Out came the most slender soft creature, but it was very pale and weak. It moved its legs feebly and looked about. Then it began walking slowly up a grass stem to the top of the water.

Tom stared with all his eyes. Then he went up to the top of the water and peeped out to see what would happen. As the creature sat in the warm bright sun, a wonderful change came over it. It grew strong and firm. The most lovely colors began to show on its body, blue and yellow and black, spots and bars and rings. From its back rose four great wings of bright gauze. Its eyes grew so large that they filled all its head and shone like diamonds.

"Oh, you beautiful creature!" said Tom, and he put out his hand to catch it. But the thing flew up in the air and then settled down again on Tom, quite fearlessly.

"You cannot catch me," it said. "I am a dragon-fly now. I am the king of all the flies. I shall dance in the sunshine and catch gnats." And he flew away into the air.

"Oh! Come back, come back," cried Tom, "you beautiful creature! I have no one to play with and I am so lonely here. If you will come back I will never try to catch you," and Tom wished that he could change his skin and have wings.

One day Tom had a new adventure. He was sitting on a water-leaf with his friend the dragon-fly, watching the gnats dance. The dragon-fly had eaten as many as he wanted and was sitting quite still and sleepy, for it was hot and bright.

Suddenly Tom heard the strangest noise up the stream. He took a neat little header into the water and started off to see what it was. When he came near, he saw four or five beautiful creatures. They were many times larger than Tom and were swimming about, rolling and diving in the most charming way.

When the biggest one saw Tom, she cried, "Quick, children! Here is something to eat." She came to poor Tom and looked at him with such wicked eyes that he slipped down between the water-lily roots as fast as he could. Then he turned round and made faces at her.

"Come out," said the wicked old otter, "or it will be worse for you."

But Tom looked at her from between two thick roots and shook them with all his might, making faces all the time.

"Come away, children," said the otter, "it is not worth eating. It is only an elf; we do not eat elves."

"I am not an elf!" said Tom.

"I say you are an elf, and therefore you are, and not good food for me and my children. You may stay there till the salmon eat you."

"What are salmon?" asked Tom.

"Fish, nice fish to eat. They are the lords of the fish, and we are the lords of the salmon," and she laughed again. "We hunt them up and down the pools and drive them into a corner. They bully the little trout and the minnows till they see us coming. Then they are afraid and we catch them."

"And where do the salmon come from?" asked Tom, for it was all very strange to him.

"They come out of the sea, the great wide sea, where they might stay and be safe if they would. But out of the sea the silly things come into the river, and we come up to watch for them."

Then the otter swam away and Tom saw her no more for that time. But he kept thinking of what the otter had said about the great river and the sea, and he longed to go to see them. He thought about it all day.

Suddenly it grew dark. Tom looked up and saw black clouds above his head. He did not feel frightened but he kept quiet, for everything was still. There was not a whisper of wind, nor a chirp of a bird to be heard. Next a few drops of rain fell into the water, and one hit Tom on the nose and made him pop his head down.

Then the thunder roared and the lightning flashed from cloud to cloud. Tom looked up through the water and thought it was the finest thing that he had ever seen. But out of the water he dared not put his head, for the rain came down so hard. Tom could hardly stand against the stream, so he hid behind a rock.

Then the otter came sweeping along. She saw Tom and said, "Now is the time, elf, if you want to see the world. Come along, children. We shall breakfast on salmon tomorrow. Down to the sea, down to the sea!"

Then came a flash of lightning brighter than all the rest. By the light of it Tom saw three beautiful little babies with their arms around one another floating down the stream. They sang, "Down to the sea, down to the sea!"

"Wait for me!" cried Tom, but they were gone. Yet he could hear them singing, "Down to the sea."

"Down to the sea!" said Tom. "Everything is going to the sea, and I will go too."

So down the rushing stream went Tom, past sleeping villages, under dark bridges, and away to the sea. After a while he came to a place where the river spread out, and there he stopped. "This must be the sea," he thought. "I will stop here and look out for the otter or the eels or someone to tell me where to go."

So he went back a little way and crept into the crack of a rock. There he waited and slept, for he was tired with his journey. When he awoke the stream was clear. After awhile, he saw a sight which made him jump. It was a fish ten times as big as the biggest trout. Such a fish!—shining silver from head to tail, with here and there a crimson dot, with a hooked nose and a great bright eye. It looked around as proudly as a king. "Surely he must be the salmon, the king of all the fish," thought Tom.

Tom was frightened, but the salmon looked him full in the face and then went on. With a swish or two of its tail the salmon made the stream boil. In a few minutes another came, and then four or five, and so on. They all passed Tom, now and then leaping out of the water and over a rock. At last one bigger than all the rest came up. He looked at Tom and said, "What do you want here?"

"Oh, don't hurt me!" cried Tom. "I only want to look at you. You are so handsome."

"Ah!" said the salmon, "I see what you are, my little dear. I have met one or two creatures like you before and I have found them kind and well-behaved."

"So you have seen things like me before?" asked Tom.

"Several times, my dear. Indeed, it was only last night that one came and warned me of some new nets in the stream."

"So there are babies in the sea?" cried Tom, and he clapped his hands. "Then I shall have some one to play with me there?"

"Were there no babies up the stream?" asked the salmon.

"No," said Tom, "I thought I saw three last night; but they went down to the sea. So I went too, for I had nothing to play with but dragon-flies."

Then Tom told the salmon about the wicked otter and warned him to watch out. Soon the salmon went on up the river and Tom went slowly along the shore, led by the fairies whom he never saw. On and on he went.

All at once the water, which had been fresh, turned salt all round him. Then there came a change over Tom. He felt strong and light and fresh. He gave three skips out of the water a yard high, head over heels, just as the salmon do when they first touch the salt water.

A red buoy was dancing in the open sea, and to the buoy Tom went. He passed great shoals of bass and mullet, rushing after the shrimps. Once he passed a great black seal, who was coming in after the mullet. The seal put his head and shoulders out of the water and stared at Tom, looking like a fat old man with a gray head. Instead of being frightened, Tom said, "How do you do, sir? What a beautiful place the sea is!"

The old seal looked at him with his soft, sleepy eyes and said, "Good-tide to you, my little man. Are you looking for your brothers and sisters? I passed them all at play outside."

"Oh," said Tom, "then I shall have play-fellows at last!" and he swam to the buoy, and got upon it, and looked around for water-babies. Sometimes he thought he saw them at the bottom of the sea, but it was only the pink and white shells. Once he was sure he had found one, for he saw two bright eyes peeping out of the sand. So he dived down and began to scrape the sand away. "Don't hide," he cried, "I do want some one to play with me."

To have come all this way and yet to find no water-babies! It did seem hard. So Tom sat down on the bottom of the sea and cried salt tears.

For days and weeks Tom sat upon the buoy, looking out to sea, and wondering when the water-babies would come back. Yet they never came. He began to ask all the strange things that came from the sea if they had seen any water-babies. Some said, "Yes," and some said nothing at all.

There came a fleet of purple sea-snails floating along, each on a sponge full of foam. Tom said, "Where do you come from, you pretty creatures? Have you seen the water-babies?"

The sea-snails answered, "Yes, we have seen the water-babies. We have seen many strange things as we sailed along." And they floated away.

Then there came some porpoises, rolling as they went—papas and mammas, and little children—all smooth and shiny. Tom spoke to them. All they answered was, "Hush, hush, hush!" for that was all they had learned to say.

Then there came some sharks, many of them as long as a boat, and Tom was frightened. But they were lazy, good-natured fellows. They came and rubbed their great sides against the buoy, and lay in the sun with their back fins out of the water and winked at Tom, but he never could get them to speak.

Next there came a beautiful creature like a ribbon of pure silver, with a sharp head and long teeth, but it seemed sick and sad.

"I have come north from the warm sand banks," it said. "I met some ice-bergs in the ocean. I was caught among them and chilled. But the water-babies helped me and set me free. Now I am getting better every day."

"Oh!" cried Tom, "you have seen the water-babies? Have you seen any near here?"

"Yes, they helped me again last night or I should have been eaten by a great black porpoise."

Tom now left the buoy and went along the sands and round the rocks and cried and called for the water-babies, but he heard no voice in return. At last, with his fretting and crying, he grew quite lean and thin.

One day among the rocks he found a play-fellow. It was not a water-baby. It was a lobster. Tom had never seen a lobster before and he was greatly taken with this one. The lobster had one claw knobbed and the other jagged. He held on to the seaweed with his knobbed claw, while he cut up salads with his jagged one. Then he put them into his mouth, after smelling at them like a monkey.

If he wanted to go into a narrow crack ten yards off, what do you think he did? He turned his tail to it and laid his long horns straight down his back to guide him, and away he went, pop, into the hole. Then he peeped out and twiddled his whiskers as much as to say, "You couldn't do that."

Tom asked the lobster about the water-babies. "Yes," he said, "I have seen them often but I do not think much of them. They are meddlesome little creatures that go about helping fish and shells. For my part, I would be ashamed to be helped by little soft creatures that have not even a shell on their backs."

The lobster was a surly old fellow and not very civil to Tom. But he was so funny, and Tom was so lonely, that they did not quarrel. They used to sit in holes in the rocks and chat for hours.

One day, when Tom was going along the rocks, he saw a round cage. In it sat his friend the lobster twiddling his horns and looking very much ashamed of himself.

"Have you been naughty, and have they put you into the lock-up?" asked Tom.

"I can't get out," said the lobster.

"Why did you get in?"

"After that piece of dead fish."

"Where did you get in?"

"Through the round hole at the top."

"Then why don't you get out through it?"

"Because I can't. I have jumped upward, and downward, and backward, and sideways, at least four thousand times. I can't get out. I can't find the hole." And the lobster twiddled his horns and looked at Tom.

Tom looked at the trap and, having more wit than the lobster, he saw what was the matter. "Stop a bit," said Tom. "Turn your tail up to me, and I will pull you through hind foremost. Then you won't stick in the spikes." But the lobster was so clumsy that he could not find the hole.

Tom reached in till he caught hold of him, and then the lobster pulled Tom in head first.

"Hello! here is a pretty business," said Tom. "Now take your great claws and break the points off the spikes. Then we shall both get out easily."

"Dear me, I never thought of that!" said the lobster. But they had not broken half the spikes when they saw a dark cloud over them. It was the otter.

How she did grin and grin when she saw Tom. "You little meddlesome wretch, I have you now! I will punish you for telling the salmon where I was," said she, and she crawled all over the pot to get in.

Tom was frightened when the otter found the hole in the top and squeezed through it. But no sooner was her head inside than the lobster caught her by the nose and held on.

There they were, all three in the pot, rolling over and over, and very tight packing it was. The lobster tore at the otter, and the otter tore at the lobster, and both squeezed and thumped poor Tom till he had no breath left in his body. I don't know what would have happened to him if he had not at last got on the lobster's back and out of the hole.

He was glad when he got out, but he would not desert his friend. The first time he saw the lobster's tail uppermost he caught hold of it and pulled with all his might. But the lobster would not let go of the otter.

"Come along," said Tom, "don't you see she is dead?"

But the lobster would not let go.

"Come along, or the fisherman will catch you!" and that was true, for Tom felt someone hauling up the pot. But still the lobster would not let go of the otter. Tom saw the fisherman haul the lobster to the side of the boat, and thought it was all up with him. But when the lobster saw the fisherman, he gave a furious snap, and slipped out of his hand and out of the pot and safe into the sea; but he left his knobbed claw behind him.

And now a most wonderful thing happened to Tom. He had not left the lobster five minutes before he came upon a water-baby. It was a real live water-baby sitting on the sand. Now, was it not strange that Tom could never find a water-baby till after he had helped the lobster?

When the water-baby saw Tom, it looked up for a moment and then cried, "Why, you are not one of us! You are a new baby." It ran to Tom, and Tom ran to it, and they hugged and kissed each other for ever so long.

At last Tom said, "Oh, where have you been all this while? I have been looking for you so long, and I have been so lonely."

"We have been here for days and days. There are hundreds of us among the rocks. How was it you did not see us or hear us? We sing and romp every evening before we go home."

Tom looked at the baby again and then he said, "Well, this is wonderful! I have seen things just like you again and again, but I thought you were shells or sea creatures. I never thought you were water-babies like myself."

Then Tom heard the other babies coming, laughing and singing and shouting and romping. The noise they made was just like the noise of the ripples. So he knew that he had been hearing and seeing the water-babies all the time, only he did not know them because his eyes and ears were not opened.

When the tide began to turn, in came the water-babies. Some were bigger and some were smaller than Tom, all in the neatest little white bathing dresses. When they found that Tom was a new baby, they put him in the middle and danced around him on the sand. Little Tom was as happy as he could be.

"We have mended all the broken sea-weed, and put all the rocks in order, and planted all the shells again in the sand. Nobody will see where the ugly storm swept in last week. And now," they all cried at once, "we must come away home! We must come away home!"

Arranged from Charles Kingsley's "Water Babies."