Browse Abstracts (180 total)

| by Wisniewski, David

A young princess takes you on many adventures and helps you understand the value of presents.

| by Quattlebaum, Mary

Mama's birthday is coming soon and even though she says she doesn't want a big fuss, her daughter knows better. With her aunts' help, she plans a birthday surprise. Planning was the easy part though, actually getting the party ready on time will be difficult, especially if no one does their part. In the end, only a take-charge kind of person will be able to surprise Mama.

| by Wells, Rosemary

Max and Ruby go shopping to get a birthday present for Grandma. They spend their money on other things however, and don't have enough for what they want to get. Grandma is happy with her present at the end anyway.

| by Rodda, Emily

For his birthday, a young boy gets a video game and keeps playing until he wins.

| by Rattigan, Jama Kim

Truman's Aunt Fran sends him an aunt farm for his birthday. Hundreds of aunts appear at Truman's house. He cares for them until he runs out of room. Truman puts a sign in his yard which says that the aunts are free to good homes. Girls and boys line up at Truman's house and each take an aunt home.

| by Matze, Claire Sidhom

Alex enjoys a brief but special visit of his grandfather to the United States from the Middle East. They spend a lot of time together as Alex learns of his grandfather's homeland, customs, religion, and language.

| by Hest, Amy

Maggie and Brette visit their grandmother to help her set up for her birthday party. This is their annual visit to see each other, sleep in the same room that their mom slept in, and spend some precious time with their grandmother. Challenges always seem to occur when they need to get their grandmother a present.

| by Bunting, Eve

It is Mother's Day and three little mice go out into the meadow to get their mother a present. One little mouse cannot find a present, so he makes up a song and sings it to his mother.

| by McDermott, Beverly B.

Three sisters work in the fields all day. Their father goes to market and bring each of them a gift. Marusha receives a crystal apple, but her sisters break it. She realizes that she did not need it, because she has her imagination so she forgives her sisters.

| by Buckley, Helen E.

A little boy is afraid nobody will remember his birthday so he makes a special effort to remember everyone elses. Eventually he gets so wrapped up in everyone else's birthday he forgets his own, but the others remember and he is surprised.

| by Kroll, Steven

Six children and their mother all pitch in to make Father's Day special for their father. They finish his chores for him, give him homemade gifts, and take him to see his favorite baseball team.

| by Crawford, Ron

A little girl wants a bike for Christmas REALLY BAD!She dreams about riding her new bike. Christmas morning comes, and she thinks about her new bike as she opens her other presents. She thinks she is not getting it until, finally, her parents open the closet door to show her the best present ever.

| by Isadora, Rachel

Ben is a young boy who loves to go into the jazz club and listen to all of the different instruments. He especially likes the trumpet. He often pretends he is playing the trumpet until one day he actually receives one.

| by Novak, Matt

Irwin is the smallest of Santa's elves, and everyone is always bossing him around. After Santa leaves to deliver the Christmas presents, Irwin discovers a forgotten present. Determined to deliver the present, he goes on the journey himself. He proves to Santa and everyone that he is the head elf.

| by Tsutsui, Yoriko

Anna moves to a new house close to the mountains. After a couple of days she feels lonely and misses all of her friends. Anna keeps hearing noises at the front door and finds flowers, a letter, and a paper doll. One day Anna opens the door in enough time to meet a girl her age and they become friends.

| by Razzi, James

Harry finds a box at his door with Don't Open this Box written on it. Ultimately, Harry's curiousity gets the best of him and he opens the box. Inside is a boat called Don't Open this Box.

| by Luenn, Nancy

Rosita and her grandmother are very close. Rosita's grandmother teaches Rosita how to braid, garden, and make tortillas. When Rosita's grandmother dies, Rosita feels a great loss without her around and misses her terribly. Her family tells Rosita that she can make a gift to give to her grandmother on the Day of the Dead. Rosita braids a cord that is filled with love and memories for her grandmother.

| by Wolf, Winfried

After the death of his father, Thomas is not looking forward to Christmas. Christmas at his grandfather's house in the country changes that when Thomas receives a special gift.

| by Van Leeuwen, Jean

It is eight days before Christmas and Oliver's family is busy getting prepared for the holiday. They make gifts for each other, chop down a tree, hang their stockings, and make Christmas cookies. On Christmas morning, they open their gifts and play with them.
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