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 Queen of the May
Who shall be Queen of the May?
Not the prettiest one, not the wittiest one!
Nor she with the gown most gay!
But she that is pleasantest all the day through,
With the pleasantest things to say and do -
Oh, she shall be Queen of the May!

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May 2009 Newsletter
In This Issue
Spring Childcare Menu
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Festivals and Holidays
Little Dandelion
The Legend of the Dandelion
Dandelion as Food
The Dandelion Verse
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Little Dandelion

~Helen B. Bostwick

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Gay Little Dandelion
Lights up the meads,
Swings on her slender foot,
Telleth her beads,
Lists to the robin's note
Poured from above;
Wise little Dandelion
Asks not for love.
Cold lie the daisy banks
Clothed but in green,
Where, in the days agone,
Bright hues were seen.
Wild pinks are slumbering,
Violets delay;
True little Dandelion
Greeteth the May.
Brave little Dandelion!
Fast falls the snow,
Bending the daffodil's
Haughty head low.
Under that fleecy tent,
Careless of cold,
Blithe little Dandelion
Counteth her gold.
 Meek little Dandelion
Groweth more fair,
Till dies the amber dew
Out from her hair.
High rides the thirsty sun.
Fiercely and high;
Faint little Dandelion
Closeth her eye.

Pale little Dandelion,
In her white shroud,
Heareth the angel-breeze
Call from the cloud!
Tiny plumes fluttering
Make no delay;
Little winged Dandelion
Soareth away

The Legend of the Dandelion
~Adapted from an Old Legend

The Angel of the flowers came down to earth once-long, long ago-and she wandered here and there, in field, and forest, and garden, to find the flower she loved the most. As she hurried on her search, she came upon a gay tulip, all orange and red, standing stiff and proud in a garden, and the Angel said to the tulip: "Where should you like most of all to live?"
"I should like to live on a castle lawn in the velvety grass," said the tulip, "where my colors would show against the gray castle walls. I should like to have the princess touch me, and tell me how beautiful I am."

But the Angel turned away with sad eyes from the proud tulip, and spoke to the rose.  "Where should you like most to stay?" she asked the rose.

"I should like to climb the castle walls," said the rose, "for I am fragile, and delicate, and not able to climb of myself. I need help and shelter."

The Angel of the flowers turned sadly away from the rose, and hurried on until she came to the violet growing in the forest, and she said to the violet: "Where should you like most of all to live?"

"Here, in the woods, where I am hidden from every one," said the violet. "The brook cools my feet, and the trees keep the warm sun from spoiling my beautiful color." But the Angel turned away from the violet and went on until she came to the sturdy, yellow dandelion growing in the meadow grass.

"And where should you like most of all to live?" asked the Angel of the dandelion.

"Oh," cried the dandelion, "I want to live wherever the happy children may find me when they run by to school, or romp and play in the fields. I want to live by the roadside, and in the meadows, and push up between the stones in the city yards, and make every one glad because of my bright colors."

"You are the flower I love the most," said the Angel of the flowers, as she laid her hand upon the dandelion's curly, yellow head. "You shall blossom everywhere from spring till fall, and be the children's flower."

That is why the dandelion comes so early and pushes her head up everywhere-by hedge, and field, and hut, and wall; and has such a long, sweet life.
Dandelions as Food
Dandelions are not only a nutritious plant, they also taste great if prepared right. By eating dandelions we cleanse our kidneys and liver and help them function better.  By doing this we diminish the need for the skin to eliminate toxins thus preventing breakouts and other skin problems. And needless to say, they are plentiful and easy to come by.
Below follow a few recipes that use dandelion flowers and leaves as the main ingredients.  Be sure to pick the leaves of the dandelion only in spring when they are young since the older leaves are too bitter for our western palate.  The leaves can simply be added to a mixed salad as well.
Dandelion Jelly

1 qt. dandelion flowers
1 qt. water
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 box Sure-Jell
Cook the flowers and the water together for 3 minutes.
Strain and save juice.
Follow directions on Sure-Jell box using dandelion water.
Bring to a boil, then add 4 1/2 cups sugar and lemon juice.
Dandelion Soup

2 qt. dandelion greens, loosely packed
2 qt. chicken soup (any kind)
1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
2 Tbsp. bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. minced parsley
1 Tbsp. minced onions
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
dash of nutmeg
3 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. sour cream
Bring chicken soup to a boil.
Add dandelions.
Cook gently.
Rice or fine noodles can be added (1/2 cup rice or 1 cup noodles).
Make tiny meat balls out of remaining ingredients.
When greens are tender, add meatballs and cook gently 10 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked.
Serve hot with crusty French bread
These recipes were graciously provided by Tanya Carwyn.  Tanya is a Certified clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist and real food fanatic.  She lives with her husband and their two young daughters in Colorado.  To find out more about real food, home cooking, local and seasonal eating and to sign up for her real food newsletter and menu mailer, please visit her web site at

~ The Dandelion ~
There was a pretty dandelion
With lovely fluffy hair
That glistened in the sunshine,
And in the summer air.
But oh! this pretty dandelion
Soon grew quite old and gray,
And sad to tell - her charming hair
Blew many miles away.

May 2009 Monthly Natural Childcare Guide

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The Bee, Community
Week Four, May
The Caterpillar, Transformation
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