Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
Six-year-old Heidi pressed her nose against the car window and looked down the mountainside. "It's a long way to the bottom!" she squealed. "I know. I'll drive very carefully," Dad promised. "There's a guardrail to keep us from going over if Dad...
"Good morning, honey." Mary's mother reached out to give her daughter a hug. "Morning," Mary mumbled, sitting down quickly to avoid her mother's embrace. Mom looked puzzled but said nothing. After school that afternoon, Mary burst through the door....
A True Hero
Ethan was so excited. He and his dad were at a basketball game, and Ethan hoped to get close enough to his hero--Brett Howard--to speak with him. Brett was considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time! Ethan knew all the stats...
Just a Peek
As Tara came into the kitchen, she spied a plate with an assortment of candies on the counter. Oh-h-h! I wonder what Mom plans to do with all that candy! she thought. Maybe she'll let me have a piece. But Mom had gone upstairs. Oh, well, thought Tara,...
Too Much Money
Daniel's eyes widened as he glanced at the change the clerk had given him and then at the ten dollar bill she was placing into the cash drawer. Daniel quickly stuffed the money into his pocket, picked up the carton of milk he had bought, and hurried...
At the breakfast table, Michelle plopped down across from her brother Anthony. "I had another nightmare last night," said Michelle with a sigh. Anthony looked up from his cereal. "The one about a giant, hairy bat with a gazillion bulging eyes--like...
The Treasure Hunt
The music stopped, and Sally frantically tried to sit down on the chair she had just passed. She was too late, and she laughed with the other kids when she saw she was out of the musical chairs game. Wearing brightly colored paper hats, the kids were...
The Right Clothes
Rachel and Tyler were excited about the costume party their youth group was going to have. There was going to be a prize for the best homemade character costume. "I hope I win first prize," said Rachel. Tyler shook his head. "I'm going to win," he...
A Gift to Share
Scott stood in his front yard, tossing a baseball into the air. He grinned as his friend pulled up on his bike. "Hi, Bryan!" Scott greeted him. "Hey!" Bryan stopped and kicked the bike stand into place. He handed Scott a small present. "Happy...
A Church Flock
"Look!" Dad pointed to the sky as he, Samantha, and Jeff walked home from church together. "That flock of geese is flying south. Winter must be coming." Jeff had been waiting for this chance all day. "Speaking of winter," he began hesitantly, "hockey...
Tie a String
"Mom, can you help me tie a string around my finger?" Elayne held out string and a scissors. "I never heard of it before, but Tina's grandma told us they used to tie a string around their fingers to help remember things. So this should help me...
A Good Messenger (Cont’d.)
As Trent walked down the driveway, his friend Daryl called to him from across the street. "Hey, Trent! Where ya going?" "Next door," Trent replied. "My sister is there, and Mom wants her to go get some groceries." Daryl kicked up his skateboard and...
A Good Messenger
"Trent, I need Amy to run to the store for me, but she's next door," said Mom. "Take this shopping list and money over to her, and then I want you to start mowing the lawn." "Okay," agreed Trent. He looked down at the list. "A carton of sour cream,...
"Hey, guys . . . did you hear about the elephant with a wooden leg?" asked Nate when some of his friends were hanging out at his house. He proceeded to tell a joke he'd overheard at school--a bad one he knew he shouldn't repeat, but he wanted to...
Building Materials (Cont’d.)
"Wow! Look at that!" Matt exclaimed as he pointed down the beach. He and Jenna ran ahead of their parents to look at a mound of wet sand. Someone had built a sandcastle surrounded by a wall with a large tower at each corner. Jenna squealed and jumped...
"In the story of the three little pigs, a mean, old wolf blew down the first pig's house. It was made of straw," Jenna told her family. "He blew down the second pig's house, too--it was made of sticks. But even though he huffed and he puffed and he...
Always Right or Wrong?
Zach got up from the kitchen table and took a piece of paper out of his notebook. "This is the poem Devin wrote for our English assignment," he said. "I have to write one, too, but I have no idea what to write. My teacher didn't give us any rules. She...
Karen sat on the grass and watched her grandmother get ready for a family picnic in her backyard. "Grandma, what should I do when I hear something about someone else and then my friends ask me about that person?" Karen asked as she picked a dandelion....
When Kaley came into the kitchen, sleepily rubbing her eyes, she found the rest of her family already there. "Happy birthday!" they shouted. A big smile spread across Kaley's face when she saw gifts piled beside her plate. "We thought we'd let you...
HONK! HONK! A large flock of noisy geese splashed down into the water just as Jake and his dad arrived at the lake. "That's a beautiful sight," said Dad as he headed for the trail at one end of the lake. "What?" shouted Jake. "Those birds make so much...
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