Hello Sammy, you are in a hurry" said Sammy's friend, Jeanie.
then Sammy's father handed him his birthday present.
"Oh, yes, I was out playing in the woods and watching the birds fly.
Then I saw a hummingbird landing on a flower so I just picked a pretty flower for my mother.
Today is my birthday and I am in a hurry to get home.
" Bye Jeanie, see you later," said Sammy. When Sammy got home
he gave his flower to his mother
Sammy's parents were very poor
and had very little money
but wanted to remember their son.
"Here is your present" said the father.
big, small, red, green, yellow,blue, and white.
Sammy opened his present
and it was a small piece of wood, all sanded and smooth.
"What is this father" asked Sammy. "Well", said the father,
it is anything that you want it
Then Sammy's mother handed him her gift
which was a small jar
filled with buttons. Buttons that were
"Happy Birthday, son.
What will you make of your wood and buttons?" asked his father.
Sammy looked at his gift
and he saw out of this piece of wood and buttons,
a ship from the wood and from the buttons
men to help run the ship and sail it
all around the world.
They would see
many countries, meet many people and, hopefully, one day he would write and draw
pictures of what he had seen. It was the best birthday present for Sammy.
If you were handed a small peice of wood
buttons, what would you make?
Remember, you can make anything of it you want and you can also be anything that you want.
By Norma Stevens
*Story of Sammy continued