Browse Abstracts (401 total)

| by Leech, Jay//Spencer, Zane

Bright Fawn is a young Indian girl who is left in the care of her older sister. Bright Fawn's sister is upset at this, but learns to appreciate her younger sister. The tribe trades, dances, and plays games.

| by Luttrell, Ida

Lester, the prairie dog, lives alone and often feels lonely. He does have various visitors - ants who eat his food, Aunt Martha who waxes his whole house without asking, and finally a nice, respectful mother rabbit and her baby. Lester discovers the difference between good and bad company and how to be peacefully alone and satisfied.

| by Krasilovsky, Phyllis

Hendrika is a cow on a farm in Holland. Bored with her everyday routine, Hendrika longs to see the city. One day, she gets that chance and stirs up a lot of commotion in the city.

| by Lexau, Joan M.

Sam makes a mean valentine for his classmate Mary Lou but loses it. It ends up going to the teacher. After arguing about how the teacher got the valentine, they decide to be friends.

| by Kellogg, Steven

Kathy and Louise are best friends but Louise goes to the mountains for the summer. Kathy is mad because Louise is having a great summer without her. When Louise comes back, they both get a puppy to raise together.

| by Mayer, Mercer//Marianna

A boy and his friends go fishing. Their fishing party is interrupted when a turtle bites the line. The boy catches a turtle.

| by Lionni, Leo

A tiny fish and a little tadpole are friends. The tadpole becomes a frog and sees the world. The fish wants to see the world, but learns that life is better as fish.

| by Martin, Patricia Miles

Two young children enter their newly found frog into a jumping contest. They train the frog to jump, but the frog decided he did not want to jump that day.

| by Bamcroft, Catherine//Coale, Hannah

Felix loves that orange hat and takes it everywhere he goes. He dreams that a turtle brings him his hat. However, it was really his brother, Fred, who brings him the hat.

| by Polacco, Patricia

Naomi is an Amish girl whose elders have told her that it is very important to be plain and simple. Naomi becomes very scared when her egg hatches into a fancy, little bird.

| by Aliki

When a child moves to a new school it can be frightening. Mari not only moved to a new school, but a new culture as well. Mari uses painted pictures to communicate her words and recalls her life through spoken memories.

| by Berson, Harold

A mouse lives in fear of the cat. It is not until he sees a picture of a moose that he thinks that when he grows up he will be bigger than the cat. As it happens, the mouse's mother tells him that a mouse is not a moose.

| by dePaola, Tomie

Despite Oliver's teasing classmates, he does not give up doing what he likes -- tap dancing. All of his dedication and hard work pays off in the end.

| by Seuss, Dr.

The Cat in the Hat returns to visit Salley and her brother's house while their mother is gone. The children shovel the sidewalk, causing mischief and a big mess. Then, the Cat in the Hat brings out his helpers, Cats A-Z, to help clean up.

| by Peterson, Ester Allen

Frederick always told everyone that he had wild animals in his closet, under his bed and in his room. One day, he finds an egg and puts it in a box under his bed and an alligator hatches out of it. He shows everyone who did not believe him and then he sets the alligator free.

| by Minarik, Else Holmelund

Rosa and Willy are constantly fighting and annoying cousin Joan. So Joan tells the kids a story about two little alligators that were always fighting and how each time they were almost eaten by a big alligator because they were not paying attention.

| by Cuyler, Margery

Jessica always worries and in first grade her biggest worry is the class bully, Brenda. Brenda picks on Jessica about her homework, her clothes and sports, but it was the worst at lunch. Jessica feels lonely and hurt, and can't seem to stand up for herself. Finally Jessica has had enough and she takes a stand for herself!

| by Rylant, Cynthia

Nat is terrified to go into the house of Miss Maggie because he has heard that there is a snake inside her house. But he is so curious that he begins peeking through the windows. Even though Nat does not find a snake, he does find a good friend.

| by Bottner, Barbara

Ralph is tired of being picked on by Maxine, who calls him names. He fantasizes about a showdown with Maxine in which he stands up to her. In the end, he tells Maxine not to mess with him. Finally they reach a mutual understanding and go off to play.

| by Seuss, Dr.

One group of sneetches believe they are better than the others. As each changes to become like the other, they realize the unimportance of it. Other stories include The Zax, Too Many Daves, and What Was I Scared Of? Which story teaches you how to get along with others?
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