Saturday, January 28, 2012

Maggie Plays Volleyball

Down at the park on a sunny afternoon,
Maggie came along whistling a happy tune.
She looked all around for something to do,
She spotted a volleyball that looked brand new.
She stared at the ball and started to dream,
She saw this vision. She was playing on a team.
The coach called her name and she dashed on the court,
Maggie was playing her favorite sport.
She picked up the ball and held it in her hand,
She swung her arm and served it underhand.
The ball flew over and the serve landed in,
Maggie felt so good that she served again.
It was only a dream but she wanted to play,
So she raced to the gym to sign up today.
Maggie went inside and she stood on the court,
She saw all the players who'd come for the sport.
The coach came out with a whistle in hand,
He picked up a ball to serve underhand.
He stood behind the line and showed how it was done,
Then Maggie yelled out "I'll serve the first one"
She hit the ball high and it soared in flight,
It flew over the net. Then it veered to the right.
Maggie walked away and heard the coach shout,
"Swing your arm straight. Then the ball won't go out."
She stepped behind the line to serve once again,
She hit the ball hard and the ball sailed in.
Maggie flashed a smile when she heard the coach say,
"It was a very good serve, the best one today."
The coach yelled out, "Let's try something new."
"How to dig a ball and pass it high too."
He stood on the court to show how it was done,
The coach made it look easy. It sure looked fun.
Maggie took her turn and stood at the line,
She waited for the serve. Then she shouted, "It's mine."
She ran to the spot where the ball was coming down.
She bumped the ball high before it hit the ground.
A big crowd gathered for Maggie's first game.
They clapped and cheered when the coach called her name.
She stood by the line with her heart pounding fast,
It's the game winning point, her chance at last.
She hit the ball high and it flew through the air,
The players all gasped when the ball hit a chair.
The crowd stood silent and Maggie looked stun,
The other team served and took game one.
She walked off the court with a sad droopy face,
Her head hanging down. She felt out of place.
The players gathered around and heard the coach say,
"Just give me your best and you'll be okay."
It was game number two. The coach sent her in.
Maggie was happy and flashed a big grin.
She hit the ball straight with no trouble at all,
The other team stared as they watched the ball fall.
The crowd gave a cheer when the ball hit the floor,
It was Maggie's first ace. She tried for more.
She served every point, and they won by four.
The crowd stood up and gave a big roar.
The coach took time before the next game,
To announce the starters and Maggie heard her name.
He tossed the ball to Maggie to serve game three,
The players clapped their hands and chanted "Maggie."
She stepped up to serve with a gleam in her eye,
She took a big swing and watched the ball fly.
It sailed past the net, it sure looked fine,
The crowd cheered again when the ball hit the line.
Her team won the game, and Maggie was proud,
She flashed a big smile and waved at the crowd.
She ran to the stands and greeted each one,
Then she shouted with glee, "Volleyball's fun."   

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

What will you be?



The school bell rang, the students headed for the door. Except for Toby, he sat down glued to his chair. He stared at the chalkboard and gazed at the words the teacher wrote down. "What will you be when you grow up?" Toby's mind was filled with many choices. The teacher, Ms. Harper leaned over and  urged him to pick the one he enjoyed the most. But Toby loved more than one vocation. He walked home wondering what to do. The young boy dashed to his kitchen and called to his mother. Toby's mother suggested he visit the library. The young boy decided to check out four books at the library. He scanned every page and found he had more choices. On the way out the young lad met his friend Laurie. Laurie explained she wanted to be a librarian. Toby imagined himself in that role. He pictured himself reading to the children. Toby agreed it was a great choice. Fred walked by and announced he wanted to be a fireman. Toby recalled when the whole class visited the fire station. He was so excited when  he tried out the fireman's hat. "That's a good idea," Toby replied. "Maybe I'll choose to be a fireman."
Barry came along and explained he wanted to be an astronomer. Toby recalled the nights he watched the stars in the dark. He pulled out his telescope and gaze at the starry night "That's another great idea," Toby admitted. Toby walked home with his head hanging down. He sat down next to his mother and explained his frustration. "I keep changing my mind," Toby said, "it's hard for me to choose one." Toby's mother suggested he select one that his heart desires. Then Toby had an idea. He prepared his speech before the night was over. The next morning, Toby arrived at school with a big smile on his face. "OK, class," Ms. Harper announced, "let's get started." Dolly went first. She proudly told the class she wanted to be a doctor. David explained he wanted to be an engineer. Finally, it was Toby's turn. He pulled out a book and displayed it to the class. "If I can't decide on one vocation," Toby began, "I can always write a story." So Toby stood in front of the class and  proudly announced, "I want to be a writer."
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Ticket To Happiness

I am going to be happy today.
Even though the skies are gray.
No matter what trouble come my way,
I am going to be happy today.
We can post the above words on our fridge
and believe in it. But it means nothing unless
we do our part. It all starts inside of me.
I can create in my mind a feeling based
on the thoughts I hold inside.
What thoughts do you keep in your mind?
Are your thoughts positive or are they negative thoughts?
Do you carry hate inside or do you carry thoughts on love?
Our thoughts can have a tremendous power over our mind and body.
It carries on to our actions, and the words we speak.
It also effects how we feel. 
So ticket to happiness starts with a positive outlook in life.
So keep your heart free from hate.
Keep your mind free from worry.
And fill your heart and mind with love and laughter.
That's your ticket to Happiness.


Life can be so much fun,
If you know how it's done.
And you can do this part,
If you open up your heart.
So if you really know how,
You could do this now.
Put a smile on your face,
Every time you go some place.
Share it to everyone you know,
Then your gloomy day will go.
So when your smile comes out,
There can be no doubt.
When you do this one thing,
It will make your heart sing.
Put your fears to rest,
Make you feel the best.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

V is for Valentine.



Roses are pretty and chocolate is sweet,
but Buddy's book review just can't be beat.
So sit right down and kick up your feet,
Books on Valentine is your treat.


Henry and the Valentine Surprise
by Nancy Carlson
Just before Valentine's Day, Henry and his classmates discover a heart shaped box on their teachers' desk. They spy on him to find which lady sent the gift to him. The class received a big surprise, the Valentine is for his favorite class.

Love Ruby Valentine
by Laurie B. Friedman

Ruby loved Valentines. She was on a mission to make cards and heart shaped cookies for her friends. She was exhausted on her gallant effort that she fell asleep. Unfortunately she didn't wake up until the day after Valentines. She set out to hand her cards and gifts and apologize for the delay. When she realized no one was upset that she was late in delivering the cards. She vowed to express her love throughout the year.

The Ballad of Valentine
by Alison Jackson


A shy gentleman tried to send love messages to his sweet heart. He tried every method of communication but nothing seem to go right. He tried all types of communication including, letter, smoke signal, morse code and even a mail car. Each message was written in rhyme with hope she would be his valentine.
Sweet Hearts
by Jan Carr

A little panda celebrated Valentine's Day by making and hiding paper hearts around the house. Even his dog received one. This rhyming story ends with a beautiful moment when Mom told little Panda she was a sweetheart. 

One Zillion Valentines
by Frank Modell

When Marvin shows Milton how to make Valentines, they decide to make one for each person in their neighborhood. They slip them under the people's door. Milton didn't believe they would receive any back. Marvin ran to the store and bought a box of valentine candy. Marvin handed it to Milton and said Happy Valentines.  
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Make Me Laugh!


Larry was a shy little boy who never smiled. Every day at school, he walked down the hallway with a frown on his face. Joe, David and Mary walked past and wondered why he never smiled. They decided on a plan. They would have a contest to see on which one could make Larry laugh first. Joe with a big grin on his face announced he would start.  Joe approached Larry and gave him a friendly greeting. "Do you know why a turkey crossed the road?" Larry timidly answered " I don't know." Joe started to laugh, "because he wasn't a chicken." Larry stood back and remained silent.
David quickly seized the moment and stood next to Larry. "Do you know why a lion ate a tight rope walker?" Larry paused for a moment and replied back, he didn't know.  David began to laugh, " He wanted a balanced diet." Larry's  facial expression never changed. Mary stepped forward and took her turn. "You will laugh at this," Mary assuredly replied. "Why did the boy throw butter out the window?" Larry shook his head, he didn't know. "I do," Mary replied, "because he wanted to see a butter fly," Larry folded his arms and stared back at Mary. Joe took his turn and asked Larry, " Why was the cat afraid of the tree?" Larry thought for a moment, "I don't know." "Because of it's bark." Joe replied. Larry continued to remain silent.  "If we can't make Larry laugh," Joe replied, "then nobody can." Pencil Pete overheard their conversation, he approached the three comedians. "Excuse me,"  Pete said, "but what are you trying to do?" Joe turned around and replied, "We're trying to make Larry laugh." "I can do it," Pete boasted. All three challenged Pete to try. Pete went up to Larry and whispered in his ear. All of the sudden, Larry burst out laughing. Everyone stopped in their tracks. David not to be outdone, came up to Pete and asked him how he did it? "I guess it's all in the delivery," Pete replied. Joe walked back to Larry and asked him what Pete said. But Larry refused to answer his question. David, Joe and Mary were bugged they were upstaged. They were determined to find out how Pete did it. All three circled around Pete and demanded to know his secret. Pete decided to give them a clue. "A friend," Pete replied, "always laughed at his friends jokes.
"You mean we have to be his friend?" Mary asked.
Joe, David and Mary decided to make a new contest. Which one of three will be Larry's friend first? All three scrambled to ask Larry first. They made their earnest plea. Larry's response was quick and stern.  "No, Thank you." David, Joe and Mary were shocked by Larry's response.
 All three quickly realized they made a huge mistake by making it a contest. The three friends apologized to Larry. Larry accepted their plea and became their friends. Before he walked back home, Larry asked Mary, Joe and David a question. "Why is Cinderella bad at basketball?"  All three did not know. "Because she always runs away from the ball," Larry answered.
Mary, Joe and David laughed at his response. Larry walked away with a little smile on his face.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Take Me To Your Reader



Come join us all in this fun game,
It's a mystery word that you can claim.
You can discover in all the clues,
There is only one word you can choose.
I have so much to say and so much to show,
But I cannot speak on what you need to know.
In your gallant search you will surely find,
That this riddle is for anyone with a mind.
Because when you pick me up and look,
Then you finally realize I am a book.
So when Buddy comes along, it can only be,
Another book review for you to see.

A Dog Is A Dog
by Stephen Shaskan


  You will enjoy this catchy rhyme. It's so good, you will want to read it again. It's about a dog, cat, squid, mouse, moose and dog again. This tale captures your attention from beginning to end. 

                              
                                         Piggies In The Kitchen
                                                     by Michelle Meadows 
The Piggies have big plans when Mama leaves the house. They bake some treats but they make a mess. It's a very special occasion. It's a birthday surprise for Mama. They finish just in time to surprise Mama when she walks into the kitchen.


                             Hello Goodbye and a very Little Lie
                                          by Christianne C. Jones

Larry lied about everything. Everywhere he goes, he stops to say hello, tell a little lie and say goodbye. One day he told a lie to a little girl. She told him to prove it. Larry finally admitted he lied and said goodbye. But to his surprise, the girl said to him, she lied too. They became friends.


                                       The Friendship Wish
                                                      by Elisa Kleven
Farley was a lonely, it seemed he could not make friends. He made a wish just before he fell asleep. During his dream a angel appeared before him. The angel played with Farley and sang and danced with him. But his angel disappeared before he woke up. It seemed so real that he cried for his angel to come back. He told others about his dream. His new friends tried to help him. That very night, they all dreamed up angels. 




                        The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers
                                            by Lisa Campbell Ernst 

Gingerbread girl is back with the animal crackers. Her new Friends decided to run away just like she did. Along the way, they encounter others who tried to catch them. Gingerbread girl tried to help them but they wouldn't listen. Until the animal crackers encountered the sly fox. The gingerbread girl gave them advice that saved their life.



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