“Read us a story Mama!”, cried the 5 little black lab puppies curled up together in a ball for bedtime. Sasha, their Mother, sighed. She was tired, but he knew how important bedtime stories were and she loved to use the stories to teach her little ones good lessons.
OK, said Mama Sasha, settle down and I will read “DJ Builds a Business.” The 5 little puppies shut their eyes and curled up even more to rest their noses on their tails and Mama Sasha began.
Once upon a time, there was a 10 year old human boy called DJ. He lived in the basement of an apartment building in the town of Humanville. His Mom and Dad were poor, but they worked very, very hard and always made sure DJ and his brothers and sisters had food and a warm place to sleep. DJ went to school and often brought home ideas for things he wanted, things his parents couldn’t afford to buy for him. Other kids had cookies in their lunch, DJ had none. When he asked his Dad for cookies at the store, Dad replied “Cookies cost so much, but if you really want some, you can makes some from flour, sugar, shortening and eggs when we get home”. Continue reading
Momoa the mare lived on a vary small farm in Missouri. She was pregnant with her first foal and getting ready to have the baby.
Today, she had walked the entire length of her fenced in pasture, up the hill and down the hill, around the first corner and across the little path to the hill again. She was the only horse on the farm, being the companion to the farmer’s daughter, Natalie.
Now she was very tired. Her big belly was swollen with baby, who she was going to name Whinny. She wasn’t hungry and just wanted to lay down.
So she did. Continue reading
The Beaver-Coon Dam Company
The great prairie had few trees and fewer streams, but the Beaver family lived there anyway. Their family had always lived at the edge of the prairie in the lodges built every 2nd generation in the backwaters of the pond formed when Great-Great-Granddaddy Beaver built their dam to hold back the stream waters. Many lodges existed on the pond, so many in fact, that the it was full. A new dam would have to be built for the next generation of Beavers so there would be room for new lodges to be built. Continue reading
A Slave for Great Black Bear
Once upon a time, in the great wilderness, there lived a family of foxes. Mama Fox, Papa Fox, Brother Fox and Sister Fox. Mama and Papa Fox built a snug, safe den to keep out their enemies: the panthers, eagles and bears.
Brother Fox loved trying new things. He teased the eagles that tried to swoop down and eat him – by running in the open and then darting under a fallen tree. He ran close to the hunting humans, trying to catch their scent without being seen. He took lots of risks.
Sister Fox worried about Brother. She knew some day he would get into trouble! Continue reading
A Mouse in the Cellar
Long ago, in the small country town of Wealthville, lived two families. Both families were hard working and planted their fields with many different kinds of plants. They had potatoes, turnips, carrots, corn (and yes even pop corn) and lots of apple and fruit trees.
In the summer, they enjoyed eating the food they raised – right out of the garden. They had blueberries, strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, peaches and lots of other stuff.
But in the winter, when nothing could grow, they had no way to keep their food fresh. Back then, there was no electricity, there were no refrigerators, no freezers and no grocery stores.
Both families decided to build a root cellar to store their food for the winter. A root cellar would keep their food cool in the summer and warm in the winter so they could eat food from it all year long. Continue reading