Browse Abstracts (62 total)

| by Delacre, Lulu

Ramon wanted to be a vejigante masqueradae and dance in the carnival. He didn't have enough money to buy a new costume, so he made one. He worked in a mask store so he could have a new mask too.

| by Rose, Anne

Ron Ronson's shoestrings break. He decides that once he has new shoelaces that his whole outfit should match the new shoelaces and that leaves him broke.

| 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 Anzaldua, Gloria

Prietita is a young girl who befriends a young immigrant from Mexico. He lives with his mother in a shed. When the police come, Prietita hides them so they won't be taken away. This story is in English and Spanish.

| by Potter, Beatrix

Ginger and Pickles have to close their store when they run out of money, but Henny Penny opens it back up for business.

| by La Fontaine

A poor, old, but happy shoemaker sings all day long to keep his rich neighbor from sleeping. A rich man gives the shoemaker a bag of gold to keep quiet. The gold causes him to worry constantly and the shoemaker loses all his friends. The shoemaker realizes he is unhappy, returns the gold, and decides to go back to making shoes and friends.

| by Miles, Miska

Gertrude is bullied by a boy at school. She decides to tear his shirt which brings more serious consequences than she had ever imagined.

| by Madrigan, Antonio Hernandez

Erandi has thick, long, beautiful hair that her mother braids each morning. One day while making dinner with her mother, Erandi hears voices from the street offering money for the women's hair. Mama' explains that the hair buyers would pay well for Erandi's braids. That day they go fishing and mama' discovers that they need a new fishing net badly but they do not have money for one. The next day is Erandi's birthday and Erandi picks out a new dress for her present. On the way home mama' and Erandi stop at the barber shop where Erandi allows the barber to cut her hair so her mama' can afford a…

| by Keeping, Charles

The people who live in the old run down railway passage win a football pool. They now have money to fix the railway passage up and follow their dreams.

| by Adler, David A.

A young boy and his family are living through the Great Depression of 1932 When he learns that his father does not have a job, he gets a job with his friend selling newspapers to help make money for his family. He sells all of his papers outside of Yankee Stadium due to the popularity of Babe Ruth and his stories in the paper. He even gets to meet the Babe!

| by Vincent, Gabrielle

It is Christmas time and Ernest promises Celestine that they could throw a party. Now Ernest doesn't think it is possible because they don't have any money. But Celestine persists and they make all the decorations and presents by hand. The party is a hit based on love and friendship.

| by Vincent, Gabrielle

Ernest, the bear, and Celestine, the mouse, have a leaky roof and no money to fix it. In order to make money, Celestine gets Ernest to play the violin while she sings. They end up spending all the money, so they must do it again.

| by Isadora, Rachel

A little boy and the children in a poor South African village, sing and expect the arrival of their fathers who work in the mines. They sing, dance, make instruments, and sit in the dark until their fathers finally arrive.

| by Firmin, Peter

A fox and a mole decide they need to cut down on their electrical costs. So, they invent a windmill to supply energy for many different things. By charging people to come see their inventions, they make enough money to pay their bills.

| by Potter, Beatrix

When the tailor of Glouchester falls ill, he worries that he will not get the mayor's waistcoat finished and not make any money to use for food. But some helpful mice come to the rescue and surprise the tailor on Christmas morning.

| by Lionni, Leo

Matthew is a poor smart mouse. He does not know what to do with his life. He ends up becoming a professional painter as the result of a dream he had after going to the art museum. He becomes a very famous artist.

| by Stevenson, James

Convinced that crossing the river on the back of a donkey is too slow, some animals try to find a faster way to get to school.

| by Schermbrucker, Revina

Charlie is a young, poor boy. The shabby house he lives in was not made properly so Charlie decides to make a house of his own that is perfect with only one bedroom.

| by Ringgold, Faith

A young, 8 year old, African American girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home and having the many things she sees. She speaks of her wish to have money and liberation for her family and herself.

| by Mendez, Phil

Jacob, a young African American boy, lives with his poverty striken family in the city. He dislikes his culture, life and heritage and is filled with hate. It takes some special magic to change his ideas.
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