Ranch Horses

He thought of the horses at Grandpa’s ranch. Three of them in all. One was called Cropper after the horse of the famous cowboy Bill Pickett. Another horse, a dapple gray, got his name from Grandpa. Grandpa said the horse talked to him, so he named him Palaver. Black Lightning, the youngest of the tree, belonged to Justin whenever Justin visited the ranch. Justin called him Black and called Palaver, Pal.

Justin and the Best Biscuit in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter

Tiny Blue Clams

After one of the big storms that come in from the islands, our shore is covered with small clams. The clams are no larger than the end of your finger and the wind spread them out on the beach so thick it’s hard to walk. The clams are blue and when you look either way, up or down the beach, all you can see for leagues are these tiny blue clams. That’s why we call it the Blue Beach.

Zia by Scott O’Dell
Zia by Scott O'Dell