Browse Abstracts (139 total)

| by Vincent, Gabrielle

Celestine decides to tidy Ernest's dresser drawers. She comes across his old pictures and realizes that he has no pictures of her. He tells her to dress up, so they can take pictures together.

| by Fleischman, Paul

Everyone in the audience of a little girl's piano recital is reminded of different memories when hearing the music.

| by Quinlan, Patricia

Joel's uncle, Michael, dies of AIDS. Joel remembers the fun times he and Michael spent together. These happy memories help to comfort Joel.

| by Hendershot, Judith

Papa is a coal miner who works at night and Mamma works at home. They are hard working people who live near the Block Diamond Mine. They go through each season and recall a special memory.

| by Rylant, Cynthia

An old woman begins to name her life's belongings because she is lonely and has outlived her friends. When a stray puppy comes to her house one afternoon, the old woman is afraid to become too attached to it. In the end, she does go looking for her new companion.

| by Goennel, Heidi

The circus is a great place to be!People and animals perform various tricks that the children wait each year to see.

| by Oakley, Graham

Humphrey, a church mouse, makes a New Year's Resolution to write the story of his life. Instead he keeps a journal because he would not know what happens in the last chapter.

| by Khalsa, Dayal Kaur

A woman remembers her wish as a child to be a cowboy with a real horse. She recalls how she would pretend to be a cowboy and the cowboy songs she used to sing.

| by Hughes, Shirley

A Grandmother tells her granddaughter the story of the house beginning with great-great-great-great grandpa. Grandmother explains how the house was built, what food were grown to eat, and the ways of life throughout the years.

| by Dugan, Barbara

Mrs. Simpson and a girl, Anne, become friends. Mrs. Simpson shows Anne how to do a loop the loop with a yo-yo before she is placed in a nursing home and cannot remember anything.

| by Shannon, George

The existence of and passing down of a cherished family heirloom depicts one family's history of women. This carved wooden bird is given to the women of each generation, and it brings with it memories of its owners and their lives.

| by Keller, Holly

Ben's dog dies, and he's mad at his parents for not letting him stay home with Max. His parents get a new a puppy but Max rejects it until the end.

| by Greenfield, Eloise

William remembers how wonderful things were before his grandmother got sick. However, he slowly finds ways to make some good new days and is hopeful for the future.

| by Kurtz, Jane

A little girl remembers how her family survived a flood. The once friendly river that she loved turned wild and drove the community to evacuation. The little girl thought she would only be gone a couple of days. Days turned into weeks. When she returns, her family starts over, but where is the cat, Kiwi, that she left behind?

| by Aliki

When a child moves to a new school it can be frightening. Mari not only moved to a new school, but a new culture as well. Mari uses painted pictures to communicate her words and recalls her life through spoken memories.

| by Kidd, Ronald

Grandpa always say that it take two things to make dreams come true: faith and a hammer. After Grandma passes away, Grandpa sets aside his hammer and nearly loses his faith. His granddaughter tries everything she can think of to bring back his faith but nothing seems to work. One day, Grandpa visits a Habitat for Humanity worksite with a neighbor and realizes that he can made dreams come true for others.

| by Whitelaw, Nancy

The feelings of three generations are shared through the loving story of a girl and her grandmother who has Alzheimer's Disease.

| by Atkins, Jeannine

A family remembers an uncle that died of AIDS by constructing a quilt. Each panel reminds the family of a memory shared with Uncle Ron.

| by Rogers, Paul

Grandmother talks about the events in her life that have been very important to her. To show her granddaughter how much she loves her, Grandmother makes her a lace scarf from her wedding dress.

| by Billout, Guy

Time passes on as a man grows older.
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