Browse Abstracts (195 total)

| by Ets, Marie Hall

Christmas is soon coming, and Ceci will get to experience her first pasada. She is very excited that she gets to have a pinata at her pasada, but she doesn't want anyone to hit and break it. When the pinata does break, Ceci finds out she added a star to the sky.

| by Primavera, Elise

Sophie, a spoiled child, is very excited to get lots of presents on Christmas even though she has everything. She follows her Auntie Claus on a business trip and finds out she is Santa's sister. Sophie learns from this experience that giving is better than receiving.

| by McClure, Gillian

When news arrives that everyone has to return to the place where they were born to pay tax, a local donkey dealer sells all of his donkeys, including Arrod, a wild and proud donkey. Arrod believes only a king is good enough to have him, but he leads the way to Bethlehem when Joseph, a poor carpenter, and his pregnant wife, Mary, buys him.

| by Waber, Bernard

Lyle the Crocodile is ready for Christmas, but his neighbor Mr. Grumps is having the blahs - enough blahs to make his cat Loretta run away. Lyle and the rest of his neighbors set out on a searching adventure where much excitement follows.

| by Hall, Donald

Lucy is a very creative girl who begins making Christmas presents for her family in August. She thinks of new things to make throughout the year and helps her younger sister too. Her family gets a new stove and celebrates a traditional Christmas.

| by Thomas, Jane Resh

Teresa and her family are migrant farm workers whose home is wherever there is work. With no permanent home, Teresa carries with her a wooden box containing a single candle from her grandmother that reminds her of the place she considers home.

| by Tews, Susan

Rebecca lived during the Depression when times were hard, so when she gets a gingerbread doll instead of the porcelain doll she has always wanted, she understands and loves the doll. When times get better, Rebecca eventually gets a porcelain doll, but remembers the love she had for her gingerbread doll.

| by Donnelly, Liza

Rex and his dog decide to go sledding. While sledding, they end up in the North Pole and meet up with a dinosaur who takes them to Santa's workshop. Rex tells the elves that they're making the toy dinosaurs wrong, helps them fix their mistake, and ends up saving Christmas.

| by Seuss, Dr.

A compilation of six stories by Dr. Seuss including And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Horton Hatches the Egg, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Lorax. Each story includes rhyme which makes it fun and easy to read.

| by Stevenson, James

Elwyn, Santa's oldest elf, enjoys making toys for all the little girls and boys. Unfortunately, this year Elwyn is too late in finishing his toys, and Santa has already left for the North Pole. Luckily, Blitzen, the oldest reindeer, takes Elwyn and his toys and delivers them.

| by Herriot, James

A kitten is left on Christmas Day for Mrs. Pickering by a stray cat who dies. Buster, the kitten, changes the lifestyle of Mrs. Pickering.

| by Wildsmith, Brian

The traditional Christmas story is told through the eyes of a young girl and her donkey. They try to find Mary and Joseph and follow their trip to Bethlehelm.

| by Speare, Jean

Thomas's parents need to help his uncle, so they leave Thomas with a friend one week before Christmas. Thomas is afraid that his parents won't make it home. They show up late Christmas Eve and Thomas is happy.

| by Burningham, John

Santa Claus has just delivered his presents when he realizes that he forgot to deliver a present to Harvey Slumfenburger. Santa doesn't want to wake the reindeer to take the sleigh, so people with cars help him get to Harvey's house.

| by Brown, Margaret Wise

A fir tree is cut down to be used as a Christmas tree for a boy with a handicap. After the holidays, the tree is replanted in the forest. Every year, the boy's father digs up the tree to be decorated. One year, the boy goes to the forest by himself to decorate a tree.

| by de Mejo, Oscar

The alphabet is brought to life in colorful illustrations of patriotic words. The history and culture of American life influences the representation of each of the letters of the alphabet.

| by McCurdy, Michael

Hannah helps her family cut wood, plant crops, gather crops, and make Christmas dinner on their farm in the early days of America. She discovers that her job changes with the seasons.

| by Kahl, Virginia

When the kingdom celebrates Christmas, the King demands Plum Pudding. Unfortunately someone has eaten all the plums in the land. Follow the cooks as they try to save the feast...and their heads.

| by Soto, Gary//Martinez, Ed

Maria is excited because it is Christmas Eve and she is helping her family make tamales for the holiday. When Maria's mom leaves the kitchen, Maria tries on her mom's ring. Maria thinks she loses the ring in the tamale mix and tries to find it.

| by Stock, Catherine

It is time for Christmas, so the family goes to look for a tree. They find one and take it home to decorate it. In preparation for the arrival of Santa, they also bake cookies, sing songs, and make hot cocoa.
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