[Of Special Interest to Children]

The primary grades were putting on their little play at the close of the school term. The play was called "The Blackbird Pie." A huge pie had been made with a circle of wire fencing standing upright and covered with wrapping paper. Across the top was a large flat piece of paper which made the crust. The children had had fun coloring the paper with tan and brown crayons to make it look like a nicely browned crust.

The pie was very large—so large, in fact, that twenty-four little children, all dressed in black suits and helmets, could get into it. They were the "four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie."

The tallest child in the group had been provided with a pair of blunt scissors. At a signal from the piano, just after the king had ordered the blackbirds to come out and sing for his guests, this boy cut a long slit in the paper crust over his head. Out he scrambled, hopped over the side of the pie, and began to fly around the stage, around and around, flapping his black wings. Right behind him came twenty-two more happy little blackbirds, flapping their wings.

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December 1, 1951

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