Browse Abstracts (74 total)

| by Van Allsburg, Chris

On Christmas Eve, one little boy who had not lost the meaning of Christmas went on a train to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus's workshop and his reindeer. The boy was given a bell from Santa's sleigh, but the only ones who could hear it ring were those who still believe in Santa. On the way home he loses it, but when he wakes up the next morning, it is under his pillow.

| by Lionni, Leo

Swimmy was the fastest fish in his school. When all the other fish in his school get eaten by a new big fish, he explores by himself until he finds a new school of fish. He then teaches his new school how to swim close together so that they look like the biggest fish of all and will scare away the other big fish.

| by Seuss, Dr.

There are all kinds of different feet. People use their feet for different things and also their feet can be used for the same things.

| by Waddell, Martin

Three young owls become aware of the horror of being alone and learns to cope with the problem differently.

| by Gauch, Patricia Lee

Poppy is an amazing puppeteer who has the magical ability to listen to wood and carve beautiful marionettes. When he comes across the unique teakwood, Clarinda, he makes the mistake of not listening to what she wants to be. He wants her to be a ballerina, but that is not her passion. Will Poppy help this special marionette achieve her dream and allow her to blossom?

| by Sharmat, Marjorie//Sharmat, Mitchell

A girl believes she is not a pest, even though others tell her she is.

| by Isadora, Rachel

Willaby is always drawing in school. When her teacher is absent from school, Willaby draws her a picture instead of writing.

| by Merrill, Jean

Izumi loves caterpillars and studies them carefully. Everyone in the town thinks she is strange, but Izumi does not pay any attention to them.

| by Bornstein, Ruth

A little green elephant finds himself out of place among a herd of large gray elephants. He sets off in search of a belonging place. Finally he finds one.

| by Maguire, Arlene

Children of diverse backgrounds are shown and differences are emphasized. Every child has different interests and strengths and all characteristics should be valued. Everyone is special!

| by Phillips, Mildred

A cow wonders why she says moo but all the other farm animals make different noises. She soon learns that each animal has its own identity and makes its own sounds, making them all unique.

| by Graham, Bob

Benny is a very talented magician's assisstant. When he outshines the magician though, he is kicked out of the show. For the first time, Benny is on his own and he doesn't know where to go or what to do. He searches everywhere for a place to belong. In the last place he looks, Benny finds the perfect home.

| by Lionni, Leo

While the other mice are gathering corn, nuts, wheat and straw for the winter, Frederick gathers sun rays, colors and words. The other mice think he is lazy, but during the long winter days his words warm the other mice.

| by Hansard, Peter

At a county fair, there are 500 seeds in one pumpkin. Also, there are 10 cents in one dime, 8 horses on one merry-go-round, 4 wheels on one wagon, and so on.

| by Edwards, Pamela Duncan

Mimi Swan loves the ballet. She practices her dancing all of the time and shows that she is very persistent. Mimi Swan dances her way into the Paris Opera House to perform in a production of Swan Lake.

| by Brown, Margaret Wise

A kitten comes to an island and learns that the island is part of the world, just like he is. The island enjoys being both part of the world and on its own as the seasons change.

| by Bright, Robert

Willy the penguin wants to be different. He goes to the city, but he is too different than the people there. So he goes back to the South Pole and discovers he is different because of what he is inside.

| by Gauch, Patricia Lee

Christina becomes intolerant of her annoying family and decides to change her name to Agnes. She disowns her family. After days of doing what she wants, she decides her family needs her and rejoins the family.

| by Hague, Kathleen

A bear introduces each letter of the alphabet by describing the letters in a rhyme from A to Z.
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