Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
Treasures of the Deep01/27/15
Paul put his report card on the table and picked up the newspaper. He raced upstairs, plopped down on his bed, and hurried through each page until he found what he was searching for. It was the third of a five-part article called "Treasures of the...
Lori skipped up the sidewalk to her aunt's home and rang the doorbell. "Hi, Lori," said Aunt Joy when she opened the door. "Hi!" said Lori. After chatting with her aunt a few minutes, Lori asked, "May I go see your flower garden?" "Of course," agreed...
Stop That Noise
"Bye, Marcie. See you tomorrow," said Paige. "And congratulations again for getting the lead in the play." As soon as Marcie left to go home, Paige mumbled, "I can't stand that girl! She's such a snob." "Why, Paige!" exclaimed her mother. "From what I...
Wrap It Right
"I go first!" insisted Stacy when she and her friends were ready to play a game at her birthday party. Her mother frowned, but the girls stood back, and Stacy went first. "No fair," she pouted when she lost. When refreshments were served, Stacy made...
The Picture Puzzle
"I'll help with that," offered Karl when his sisters got out a puzzle. "That's a cool picture." He pointed to the cover, which showed three sailboats out at sea. "There sure are a lot of different shapes and colors in this puzzle," observed Grace as...
Old and New
When the school bell rang, Quinn was happy that her classes were over. "See you tomorrow," she called to several friends as she slung her backpack over her shoulders and hopped on her bike. As she pedaled along, she thought about her day and what...
Food for Thought
"Mom, can we buy this cereal today?" Stephanie held a brightly colored box over the grocery cart as though she were going to put it in. She giggled at her mother's raised eyebrow. "Just kidding, Mom," she said. "I know this one has too much sugar."...
The Right Key
"Sure you don't want to come along to pick up Grandma at the mall?" asked Riley's grandfather as he turned into the driveway. Riley shook his head. He planned to enjoy a glass of milk and some of Grandma's good cookies while he waited. "Okay," said...
A Special Gift
"I told you to get up long ago, Matt. Now hurry!" Matt's mother spoke from the doorway of his room. "We'll be leaving for church soon!" Matt sleepily opened his eyes. It's so hard to get up in the morning! he grumbled. He put one foot on the floor,...
Even in the Dark
"Church services in a cave!" exclaimed Robb. He and his family were on vacation, and Dad had announced that they'd be attending church inside a cave. "I've never been in a cave, but I've heard about them. I can't imagine what it will be like." Dad...
Presents and Price Tags
Ava was in a bad mood. "Madison and I were planning to go skating on Friday night!" she whined. "I don't see why I have to give that up and go to the service at the nursing home instead." "You told Mr. Harmon you'd be there, and he's counting on you,"...
Darren sat down on the living room floor and dumped out the contents of a box. "I see you're going to work on your new model," observed Dad. Darrin nodded and began to fit pieces together. "Dad, there's something I've been wondering about," he said as...
"The funniest thing happened in school!" reported Elena when she got home. "When we came in after recess, someone left the door open--just barely--and a squirrel got in! Mrs. Ford tried to push it out with a yardstick, but that just made it panic. The...
What to Wear
Emma waved goodbye to Sydney's family, then ran into the house. "Hi, honey," Mom said. "Did you enjoy Sydney's church today?" "I kind of felt out of place," Emma admitted. "I was too dressed up. Nobody dresses up at Sydney's church. She says it makes...
Pearls of Wisdom
Elise and Julia rummaged through a large jewelry box as they helped their grandmother sort things in preparation for a garage sale. "Look at this pretty necklace," Elise exclaimed. "Is it real gold, Grandma?" Grandma rubbed her thumb gently over the...
Daniel stared out the window as fluffy white snowflakes gracefully lined the windowsill. I'm glad school was canceled, he thought. It's gym day and I stink at basketball. Daniel heaved a big sigh. I stink at everything. Just then Mom tapped Daniel's...
One Rotten Egg
"Oh, yummy!" exclaimed David when he arrived home from school. "That is going to be chocolate cake, isn't it?" he asked, putting his books on the table. Mom smiled as she beat the mixture in a big white bowl. "It sure is," she said. "How was school...
Shay and her friends Meg and Chrissa squeezed their way through the crowded bleachers. "Did we miss anything?" Chrissa asked. "I don't think so," said Meg. "No touchdowns on the scoreboard yet." Meg and Chrissa watched and cheered the high school team...
Bzzzz! Shay looked down at her phone. There was a new text from her friend Meg. Hey, whats up? U comin to the game fri? Shay's thumbs flew across the screen. Yeah, 4 sure! "Shay!" her mother called out. Shay looked up to see her little brother Henry...
Flower Pot Shoes
"Hannah," called Mom, "the guests are arriving for our goodbye party. Are you coming down?" "Soon," Hannah mumbled from up in the tree fort--but going to the party was the last thing she wanted to do. Mom climbed the ladder and crawled into the fort....
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