I read because one life isn't enough,
and in the pages of a book 
I can be anybody;

I read because the words that build the story become mine ,
to build my life;

I read not for happy endings but for new beginnings: 
I'm just beginning myself and I wouldn't mind a map;

I read because I have friends who don't, and young though they are, they are beginning to run out of material;

I read because every journey begins at the library, and it's time for me to start packing;

I read because one of these days I may want to leave this town, and I'm going to go everywhere and meet everybody, and I want to be ready.

Richard Peck


The Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree (stretch both arms above your head, hands open)
Two little apples smiled at me (keep arms above head, close hands into fists)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (keep arms above head, "shake"tree)
Down came the apples (bring fists down toward stomach)
Mmmm, they were good! (rub stomach)

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