Mama Sally's Stories To Grow By

Mama Sally's Stories To Grow By

by Rhonda Reyes

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Overview

The Mama Sally stories were written to help children learn to make better decisions. Mama Sally's grandchildren present realistic problems and at times suffer consequences for their bad decisions or praise for their good ones. After the story, there are activities for the reader to personally apply the lessons. These stories are designed to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills in young readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481704861
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 03/14/2013
Pages: 28
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.07(d)

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Mama Sally's Book of Stories to Grow By


By Rhonda Reyes

AuthorHouse

Copyright © 2013Rhonda Reyes
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4817-0486-1


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CHAPTER 1

Mama Sally and the Kite that Wouldn't Fly


Mama Sally was born on a farm where they grew fruits and vegetables and cared for lots of animals. Now she lives in the city, but she still has a large garden and a white hen with black spots named Georgia. Mama Sally loves her garden and Georgia, but her favorite thing is watching her grandchildren.

One day Mama Sally was cooking green beans and potatoes from her garden when she heard a loud noise outside. "What's going on out there?" asked Mama Sally as she rushed outside. Two boys were rolling around in the dirt fighting, and one of the boys was her grandson Michael. He was fighting with his best friend, Jaylen.

"Why are you boys fighting?" asked Mama Sally.

"He broke my kite, and I got a bad grade," said Michael.

"I didn't mean to," said Jaylen.

Mama Sally said, "Accidents happen. What did you tell the teacher?"

"I told her I stepped on it, and she said he can make another kite," said Jaylen. Mama Sally saw the broken yellow kite hanging from Michael's book bag. She knew it was important to be forgiving and wanted Michael to understand that too. She also knew that sometimes we share the blame when bad things happen to us.

"Where was your kite when he stepped on it?" asked Mama Sally.

"I put it on the floor next to my desk," answered Michael, with his arms across his chest and his lip poking out.

"Could you have put it in a better place?" asked Mama Sally.

Michael's cheeks turned red, and he said, "I guess so."

Mama Sally wanted Michael to know that he needed to be forgiving because he made mistakes too. "Do you remember when the boy next door let you play with his red fire engine?" asked Mama Sally.

"I liked it a lot," said Michael.

"I remember," said Mama Sally. "I also remember that you lost it, and he helped you find it. We all make mistakes. What would you want Jaylen to do if you stepped on his kite?"

"I would want him to forgive me," said Michael.

Mama Sally asked the two boys, "How long have the two of you been friends?"

"A long time," said Michael.

Mama Sally said, "It would be a shame to lose a friend over a kite. Since the teacher said you can make a new one, why don't you boys go get the things you need from the store?"

"I would like that," said Jaylen.

"I can make it even better!" said Michael.

Mama Sally gave the boys enough money to buy the things they needed, and they ran to the store. Mama Sally was glad to see the boys were friends again, and she went back to making dinner.


What Do You Think?

1. Michael learned that his friendship with Jaylen was more important than a kite. Draw a picture of someone that's important to you.

2. When Michael put his kite on the floor, it was stepped on. Draw a picture showing how you can keep your things from being broken. (Example: putting your things where little ones can't reach them.)


Mama Sally and the ABCs of Friendship

Mama Sally was born on a farm where they grew fruits and vegetables and cared for lots of animals. Now she lives in the city, but she still has a large garden and a white hen with black spots named Georgia. Mama Sally loves her garden and Georgia, but her favorite thing is watching her grandchildren.

One day Mama Sally was watching Georgia scratch around the yard looking for bugs when her granddaughter, Taylor, came by. Mama Sally could see that Taylor had something on her mind. "Hey, june bug! What have you got there?" asked Mama Sally.

"I have to make an ABC book about something, but I don't know anything that has the whole alphabet," said Taylor.

"Think of things you like, and it will be easy," said Mama Sally.

"I like music and my baby brother and your hen, Georgia," said Taylor.

"What about vegetables? We know lots of them," said Mama Sally.

"I want to do it about something I like," said Taylor. "I know! I'll make an ABC book of my friends," said Taylor, and she got right to work.

When she finished, she showed Mama Sally her ABC book. She used red yarn to tie her pages together. There were pictures of all of her friends.

A is for Ashley. B is for Brandon.

C is for Carlos, and D is for Darlene.

E is for Elaine, and F is for Frank.

G is for my grandma's spotted hen, Georgia, and H is for Hailey.

I is for Inez, and J is for my baby brother, Joshua.

K is for Kenneth, and L is for my Aunt Lois.

M is for Michelle, and N is for my class's pet rabbit, Nubby.

O is for Owen, and P is for my puppy, Peanut.

Q is for Quincy, and R is for Robert.

S is for Sam, and T is for Tiffany.

U is for Ursula, V is for Vera, and W is for Wanda. They're my friends in the class next door.

X is for Xavier, and Y is for Yolanda. And Z is for Ziggy, my brother Michael's Iguana.

"You were right, Mama Sally. When you think about something you like, it's easy."

Mama Sally smiled, looked at the smiling faces in the book, and said, "Read it to me again," and Taylor did.


What Do You Think?

1. Taylor had a hard job that she didn't think she could do. Draw a picture of a hard job that you do. (Example: chores or homework.)

2. Taylor looked for something she liked in her homework. Think of a way to make a game out of the hard job in the picture above. (For example: have a contest to see who can finish their chores first.)


Mama Sally and the Bird's Nest

Mama Sally was born on a farm where they grew fruits and vegetables and cared for lots of animals. Now she lives in the city, but she still has a large garden and a white hen with black spots named Georgia. Mama Sally loves her garden and Georgia, but her favorite thing is watching her grandchildren.

One day Taylor was sitting on the porch all alone. Mama Sally looked across the street and saw Taylor's friend Jasmine sitting on her porch too. They both looked very sad. Mama Sally knew the girls were angry with each other, and she wanted them to be friends again. She knew that if they talked to each other, they would forget all about being mad. So Mama Sally and her hen, Georgia, sat on the porch with Taylor. Mama Sally wanted to tell her a story.

Mama Sally said, "When I was a little girl, a blue bird and a red bird was such good friends that they wanted to build their nests in the same tree. The blue bird found some sticks and strings to make her nest and piled everything together. When she went looking for more things, the red bird came to the tree. She saw the sticks and strings and asked all the animals if the materials belonged to them. All the animals said no, so the red bird made her nest with them. After her nest was finished, she settled down and laid her eggs. When the blue bird came back, she saw her sticks and strings in the red bird's nest. She got very angry and stopped talking to the red bird.

One day, a green snake climbed into the tree and tried to take the blue bird's eggs. When the other birds saw the snake, they pecked his head from the air. The snake tried to get away and knocked the whole nest over. When the blue bird saw her fallen nest, she cried, sure that her eggs were broken. Just then, the red bird called from below, 'Don't cry. None of your eggs are lost. They fell into my nest when your nest fell to the ground.'

The blue bird was no longer angry. 'Please forgive me,' she said.

The red bird was very happy. 'We can share the nest,' said the red bird, and they we
(Continues...)


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Table of Contents

Contents

Mama Sally and the Kite that Wouldn't Fly....................     5     

Mama Sally and the ABCs of Friendship....................     7     

Mama Sally and the Bird's Nest....................     9     

Mama Sally and the Good Grade....................     11     

Mama Sally and the Bugs....................     13     

Mama Sally and the Picnic Basket....................     15     

Mama Sally and the Beauty Lesson....................     17     

Mama Sally and the Good Job....................     19     

Mama Sally and the Business....................     21     

Mama Sally and the Fishing Lesson....................     23     

Mama Sally and the Vegetable Garden....................     25     

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