Second Grade Read Aloud Banquet

Songs for September

A Diamond or a Coal?

A diamond or a coal?

A diamond, if you please:

Who cares about a clumsy coal

Beneath the summer trees?

A diamond or a coal?

A coal, sir, if you please:

One comes to care about the coal

What time the waters freeze.

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Week 31 Pinocchio Grows a Pair of Donkey Ears from Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi Damon and Pythias from Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin The Warblers Arrive from The Burgess Bird Book for Children by Thornton Burgess The Giant and the Birds (Part 2 of 2) from The Boy Who Knew What the Birds Said by Padraic Colum The Maid of Orleans from The Discovery of New Worlds by M. B. Synge The Big Bear (Part 1 of 2) from The Bears of Blue River by Charles Major The Little Boy Looking for the Arrows from Hurlbut's Story of the Bible by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
Cave Homes from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
The Golden Fever from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Ducks and Oysters from Richard of Jamestown by James Otis
Ladybird's Children from Outdoor Visits by Edith M. Patch The Crow and the Pitcher from The Aesop for Children by Milo Winter I Learn to Bake and Am Prosperous from Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin Little Two Eyes from Nursery Tales from Many Lands by Eleanor L. and Ada M. Skinner Peter Rabbit Sends Out Word from The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum by Thornton Burgess A New Grandfather from The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Sea Shell by Amy Lowell If All Were Rain by Christina Georgina Rossetti   Sometimes by Rose Fyleman Voices by Walter de la Mare The Fairies of the Caldon Low by Mary Howitt Wynken, Blynken, and Nod 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.


"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.