The Cane Break

The Cane Break Don’t ever go into the cane break at night When the wind is wild and the moon shines bright. When the birds are still and the river moans, And the cane stalks rattle like old, dry bones. You might encounter an Anjeofust, A strange, weird critter the color of dust, Or a […]

Melody Mouse Means Business

Melody Mouse Melody, a small, gray mouse, lived inside a people house along with many mousey others: mother, cousins, sisters, brothers. “To be alert, you must be able. The cat may lurk by chair or table,” her mother told small Melody. “So, exercise; eat carefully.” Now, exercise, for Melody, was dancing very regularly. Her friends […]

Saying Good-bye to an Author

Saying Good-bye to an Author

I was sad to learn yesterday that the beloved children’s book author Eric Carle has died. He certainly made his mark in the world of children’s books and left happy memories in the minds of children, parents, and teachers. I have several of his books and my grandchildren do too. My kindergarteners loved his colorful […]

Melody

Melody

  Melody Mouse Melody, a small, gray mouse, lived inside a people house along with many mousey others: mother, cousins, sisters, brothers. “To be alert, you must be able. The cat may lurk by chair or table,” her mother told small Melody. “So, exercise; eat carefully.” Now, exercise, for Melody, was dancing very regularly. Her […]

The Hundred Year Old Barn

The Hundred Year Old Barn

The Hundred Year Old Barn A Fable By Blanche Day Manos The hundred year-old barn was home to a cow, a rooster, some hens, and a mule who pulled a plow. The days they spent in working; each one did his best, and when the sun sank from the sky, the animals needed rest. But, […]

Conclusion–The Christmas Barn

Conclusion–The Christmas Barn

The cold wind blew their leaves away. The three friends shivered and wished for day. “We can’t just do nothing,” the raccoon said. “Come on, squirrel and chipmunk. Let’s go  a bit farther. Maybe we’ll find food.”      Sighing, the squirrel straightened up and took Chipmunk’s hand. On they went, through the cold night. They […]

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