Keys for Kids with Uncle Charlie
The Mangled Slipper08/28/15
"Look what Scruffy did!" cried Rachelle. She showed her father her soggy, torn slipper. "I scolded him and put him outside." "I'm sorry, honey," said Dad as he took the mangled slipper. "I can see that little puppy needs a lot more training." Mom...
Scars to Remember
Carlos hesitated as his friend Stephen held up a DVD he and some other boys were going to watch. "Come on, Carlos," urged Stephen. "Are you a wimp or something?" Carlos was curious about the popular horror movie, but he really didn't want to break his...
"Hi, Mom," said Brooke as she walked into her mom's hospital room. It seemed so strange to see Mom in a hospital bed. "You feeling okay?" "Sure." Mom nodded. "They only did tests today. The surgery isn't until tomorrow, but don't worry, I'm in very...
An Early Frost
Reagan stared at the trees near her grandpa's house in Maine, where she was staying for the week. "The leaves are so pretty already, and it's only the end of August!" she exclaimed. She picked up a few leaves from the grass. Grandpa nodded. "Jack...
"Mom, who do I look like?" asked Ana while her mother curled her hair. "Who do you look like?" repeated Mom. "Well, let's see." Mom picked up the curling iron. "Duck," she said. "I look like a duck?" asked Ana. She laughed, knowing Mom meant for her...
"Mom! Mom! Come quick!" Terry shouted from the darkness of her bedroom. Mom ran up the stairs to find Terry hiding under her covers, shaking. "Terry, what's wrong? Are you sick?" Mom asked anxiously. "No, I'm not sick . . . I'm, um, scared," mumbled...
Brian waited with his father at the airport. Soon they were greeting their friend Mr. Sato, who had come from Japan to visit. When they arrived home, Mr. Sato handed Brian a package. Brian eagerly opened it, but he wasn't sure what it was. Mr. Sato...
The Bear Facts
Erin was excited as she and her father took their places on the tree stand. It was the first time Dad had taken her bow hunting. As Erin squinted into the low sun, her gaze froze on something large and black among the trees. She nudged her father and...
Lost and Found
"Stryker! Where are you?" Devin tried to hold back the tears as he searched the barn for his beagle pup. Devin had made the mistake of opening the front door before he'd placed Stryker in his harness. Now Stryker was gone. "Stryker, come here!" Devin...
The Greatest Treasure in the World
Sophia was sitting on the sofa watching TV when Dad walked in. "Sophia, I thought you were supposed to be studying for the Bible quiz at church tonight. We have to leave in a couple hours." Sophia munched on a handful of popcorn from a bowl next to...
The Nail and the Toothpick
Several boys on Andy's street were at it again, making fun of people in the neighborhood. Andy stood there, hating it all, but saying nothing. "Do you get it?" asked one of the boys when Andy didn't laugh at his joke about an elderly woman who lived...
"Look at the wind!" exclaimed Emily as she stood at the window. "The trees are swaying back and forth, and some of the branches are breaking off." "Wow! It's really blowing hard!" agreed Dathan as he came into the room. "I've never seen so much wind!"...
God’s Helping Hands
"Why do we have to pick up Mr. Adams?" asked Brady. "The nursing home is a long way from our house." "If we don't pick him up, he won't get to come to the church picnic," answered Dad as he drove. "Besides, it makes him happy to be with a family from...
"Is it a boy? It is, isn't it?" Carter jumped around the kitchen while his grandmother talked. Carter's father was calling from the hospital. Carter was so excited, he almost dropped the apple he was eating. "It's a boy, isn't it, Grandma?" he...
The Wrong Goal
Steven's little brother, Sammy, was playing in his very first soccer league game. The whole family went to watch. They were excited when Sammy got the ball and kept it in front of him, running as fast as he could. But then Steven watched in dismay as...
Who Made What?
Emily sighed as she sat on the porch steps, staring off into space. "What's wrong, honey?" asked her dad as he put down the garden hose. "This girl in my class--Karlie--says there's no God," replied Emily. "I told her there is, but she said, 'Prove...
"Hey, look at that, Cody!" Nathan pointed out the car window to a big crane. "Mom, can we stop and watch?" "Okay," agreed Mom, and she pulled over. Nathan, his friend Cody, and Mom watched as the crane lifted a golden statue to the top of the...
Let’s Not Find Out
"It smells like smoke in here," said April, holding her nose as she entered her aunt's home one evening. She had come to stay with her Aunt Maria while her parents visited a friend in the hospital. "A friend of mine smokes, and she visited this...
Ocean of Love
It was a beautiful day for a picnic at the beach. The Parker family spread out a blanket and put up sun umbrellas in their favorite spot. Then Gina and Carrie dashed for the water, but Toby looked fearfully at the waves. "The water is so scary today,"...
The Chicken and the Eagle
Melissa curled up on the couch with a book of folktales. "Are you enjoying your book?" asked Mom. "Yeah," said Melissa. "I just finished a story about a baby eagle who thought he was a little chick." "Why did he think that?" asked her little brother,...
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