Browse Abstracts (336 total)

| by Harper, Jo

Jalapeno Hal is a cowboy who is the roughest and toughest man in all of Texas. Hal and his friend Kit have a plan to get the whole town hopping.

| by Ryan, Pam Munoz

Families can be made up of one to one hundred people joined by heritage, community, friendship, and love, all working together for a better life.

| by Briggs, Robert

The town is putting on a benefit for Mr. Whittaker, because his barn burned down. Georgie, a ghost, helps Mr. Whittaker be a magician for the benefit.

| by Mallett, Anne

When Henry's mother and brother do their errands, they need someone to take care of him. He is passed from person to person and is cared for by everyone!

| by Sopko, Eugen

Three well educated men go to the country to help the simple folk. The three cannot take care of themselves in the country and decide to go back to town.

| by Myers, Edward

An unpopular baker named Forri comes up with a plan to use bread to save the village of Ettai from its invading neighbors and becomes a hero.

| by Flack, Marjorie

There are many, many different kinds of boats that float down the river. The river comes from the mountains, by the city, and out to the sea.

| by Quackenbush, Robert

There is a rumor going around town that Aunt Rhody's old grey goose is dead. Come sing this popular folk song!

| by Cowen-Fletcher, Jane

Young Yemi's responsibility is to look after her brother, Kokou, while at the market with her mother. Yemi quickly loses sight of her brother, but Kokou is safe with the neighbors in the community. Yemi learns that It takes a village to raise a family.

| by Turkle, Brinton

While spending the summer at the beach, a boy notices that the clouds look like a dog. He wishes the dog was real and that it belonged to him. One day the boy finds a dog like the one in the clouds. He asks people in the town if it belongs to them, but no one claims it. At the end of the summer, the boy takes the dog home.

| by Smalls, Hector

An independent girl named Irene lives in Harlem, New York in 1957 She and her friends experience a wonderful day in a community full of life and love.

| by Lindgren, Astrid//Wickland, Ilon

Noisy Village is rich with traditions for children. Noisy Village is a fun, happy, and busy place during Christmas.

| by Viorst, Judith

Alexander loves his home, friends, and his life the way it is. Faced with a move to another town, Alexander becomes agitated and upset. In time he finds a way to adjust.

| by Provensen, Alice//Provensen, Martin

Shaker Lane was built up when the Herkiner sisters sold off bits and pieces of land. The houses were old shacks. When the townspeople decide to build a dam on the land, the residents of Shaker Lane decide to leave rather than fight the battle.

| by Levine, Arthur A.

Pearl Moscowite has seen many changes on Gingko Street, but cutting down the last gingko tree was too much. Pearl decides that the last tree is going to stay so she takes action to ensure that the electric company will not cut it down.

| by Pinkwater, Daniel

Mr. Plumbean and all of his neighbors are comfortable with their ordinary street. When faced with a change, Mr. Plumbean uses this time as a way to be original, no matter what others think.

| by Saunders, Susan

Edith wakes up and rushes out of bed. She is excited because today is the fish fry. The whole town gathers down by the river to fish and have a picnic.

| by Johnston, Tony

A Mexican family spends many days preparing for the celebration of the Day of the Dead, one of Mexico's most important holidays. They eat food, sing, dance and use flowers to celebrate and honor the family members who have passed on.

| by Kimmel, Eric A.

The citizens of Chelm are tricked by a salesman selling Christmas trees. All the citzens of Chelm are Jewish and celebrate Hanukkah. The salesman tells them that Hanukkah trees are the latest trend in America. They believe him, buy the tree, and find out they were tricked. The citizens make the best of it by continuing the Hanukkah tree for the birds to enjoy.

| by Cohen, Barbara

Leah and Henry want to save the carp that their mom will want to cook for dinner. They try to hide the carp in the tub and also in a bucket. Their dad explains that fish are for eating so he gives them a cat as a pet.
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