Browse Abstracts (96 total)

| by Markun, Patricia Maloney

Feraundo Espino is a little boy with a great talent for art. He wants to paint but has no paper. After some thinking he finds something he can paint on and surprises his village.

| by Wishinsky, Frieda

Henry, the baker, creates magnificent cakes. No two cakes are alike and his customers love the beautiful decorations. Henry's friend Ben visits Henry and watches him work each day after school. When the bakery is bought by new owners, Henry loses his job. Henry is sad when he can no longer decorate cakes, but only until Ben helps his friend find a new outlet for his creativity.

| 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 O'Neil, Alexis

Emily has a very loud voice and her parents and tutor do not know what to do with her. The tutor suggests that she go to a boarding school for quiet girls. Before she leaves for the school, Emily takes a trip into town where she sees a sign for loud help on a ship that is setting sail that day. Emily uses her voice to save several ships from crashing at sea.

| by Cannon, Janell

Wild and energetic, Verdi the snake is afraid of turning green and becoming lazy like the older snakes. To keep the green away, Verdi jumps and slithers all around the forest. One day Verdi does turn green, but he realizes it is the snake inside, not the color outside, that makes a great snake!

| 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 Lipkind, William//Mordvinoff, Nicolas

Hobie, a boy chooses Steven, a runt horse as his pet. Everyone puts Steven down until he saves the day for the ranchhands and the owner.

| by Potter, Beatrix

Tuppenny is a guinea pig who has very little hair. When the town barber comes up with a formula guaranteed to make hair grow, his friends make Tuppenny try it. His hair grows so much that cutting it does not help. He ends up joining the circus.

| 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 Ziefert, Harriet

In an effort to find the perfect pet which he believes he should be able to ride, a countryman exchanges his dog for a mare. However he soon finds that the mare is not what he expected which begins a long series of unsuccessful pet exchanges, including a goat, a sheep, a cow, and a rooster among others. In the end, however, the countryman makes a successful exchange, in which he acquires his dog who is always by his side.

| by Zion, Gene

On a hot day at the beach, Harry cannot stay cool. He suddenly is covered with seaweed and everyone mistakes him as a sea monster, even his family!

| 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 Miles, Miska

Lottie is embarrassed as she begins her new school because her clothes are different, and her cat continues to follow her to class. She tries to fit in with the other children but is unsuccessful. Her cat has kittens in the school which helps her win the friendship of Gertrude. Gertrude helps Lottie to realize that uniqueness is special, not bad.

| 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 Meddaugh, Susan

Martha, the dog, has a special feature of being able to talk. When she hears of a radio contest, she calls in and wins a family vacation. Dogs aren't allowed on vacations until she changes their minds.

| by Kent, Jack

A caterpillar is excited that when she grows up, she will change into a butterfly. When the polliwog learns that he, too, will transform, he assumes he will become a butterfly as well.

| by Brown, Margaret Wise

Learn about all of the important things in early childhood from ages one through six. At one, you've found your nose and discovered your toes. By five and six, you've learned some tricks.
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