Browse Abstracts (218 total)

| by Thomas, Joyce Carol

Moving across country must have been very hard. Pioneers often picked up their belongings and moved on toward a common goal: starting a new life!

| by Kalman, Maira

Do you want to be a writer, an architect, a barber, a fireman, a photographer, an astronomer, a doctor, a doorman, a musician, or a short-order cook when you grow up?Someday you will know just what you want to be.

| by Brisson, Pat

A father and his daughter plant a garden every year, and every year she hears the story of how the ritual started. When her father was ten, he and some friends destroyed a neighbor's garden. In the father's guilt, he makes amends with the neighbor, and gains a friend.

| by Schaefer, Carole Lexa

A group of neighborhood children work together to grow a garden full of vegetables in an urban area. In the Children's Garden, children take responsibility for planting the seeds and caring for them until they are grown.

| by Kojima, Naomi

A boy and his friend, Old Chief, watch their neighbors. The boy assumes they are thieves because Old Chief tells him so.

| by Carlson, Nancy

Two best friends do everything together from the time they are babies. When one friend moves away, the other person is sad and lonely, wondering if she will ever be happy again. All is well when a new family moves in next door.

| by Kvasnosky, Laura McGee

A new boy named Eugene has moved in next door to Zelda and Ivy. the three quickly become friends. A romance blooms, they play imaginary games, and go camping. Like all friends, they don't always get along, but they work out their differences.

| by Barton, Byron

Several people trudge through the woods asking, Where's the bear? Finally, they find the bear but they run away from it.

| by Kroll, Virginia

Jamila has the important responsibility of watching her little sister when their mom goes to work. While trying to ignore unfamiliar creepy sounds, Jamila comforts her sister and herself by recalling their grandmother's stories about their native homeland, Africa.

| by Agee, Jon

Ever since Ludlow was born, he has been a big grump who never laughs or smiles. Suddenly he begins having the funniest dreams in the world and laughs hysterically all night long. His laughter becomes so contagious that a local radio station decides to broadcast Ludlow's laughter around the world. One night, Ludlow did not laugh in his sleep, but he did wake up with a huge smile on his face!

| by Crary, Elizabeth

Unable to rollerskate like his brother and sister, Alex becomes frustrated. What should he do?Keep practicing, give up, or set goals?Alex's mom gives him eight suggestions of how to deal with his problem. After working really hard, Alex learns how to skate and deal with his frustration!

| by Lillie, Patricia

Jake is upset to find that his very best friend and neighbor is not at home. He worries that she will not ever return and he will not have anyone to play with. However, Rosie soon comes home and shows Jake a fun surprise.

| by Crary, Elizabeth

Tracy can not wait to meet her new neighbors. Her smile disappears when she sees that her new neighbors own her worst fear, a big dog!What will Tracy do?Is she going to watch from her window, sing a happy song, or ask someone to hold her hand when she meets her new neighbors?No matter what Tracy decides, she will soon overcome her fears by getting a puppy of her own!

| by Biale, Rachel

Make a scrapbook on how do you feel before we move. Draw several pictures of how you feel. What does your house look like now?What will our new house look like?What is special to you before we move?

| by Gray, Libba Moore

Stretching and yawning with slumberous faces a family seems so sleepy and sluggish... until Uncle puts the rappa-tap-tap back in their step with the cheerful music he plays on his fiddle. Soon every generation of the family is singing, dancing, and frolicking around the house.

| by Munsch, Robert

Julie has new neighbors. David seems like a regular boy, but Julie wonders what the rest of his family is like, because she saw a spoon the size of a shovel, a knife as big as a flagpole, and a fork the size of a pitchfork all being moved into David's house.

| by English, Karen

Neeny and her mom move to the big city on the mainland. They leave behind the rest of their family including Neeny's best friend, her cousin. Neeny comes back for a visit but she has changed. However, on her last night on the island Neeny once again has fun with her cousin.

| by Lakin, Patricia

Sarah shares secrets with her neighbors, the Singers, who are Holocaust survivors. She talks with them while out shopping for ingredients for her mother's birthday cake. An orange, cake flour, baking powder, sugar, and eggs are part of the birthday surprise.

| by Brandenberg, Franz

The Fieldmouse children struggle to gain friends and acceptance when they move into their new home. Father encourages them to go play with each new family, but they are rejected each time.

| by Valentine, Johnny

Sue and her sister do not have a dad. They want a dad, so they build a dad-making machine. The machine goes haywire, but it is really the girls' imaginations running away with them.
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