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| by Watson, Wendy

A family shows how they enjoy celebrating the Fourth of July through a series of events like a parade, picnic, and watching fireworks.

| by Borden, Louise

Mrs. K teaches Ann's third grade class. In class they are explorers, scientists, poets, and astronauts. They are always learning something new. One day, Mrs. K doesn't come to school. The students learn that she is in the hospital with cancer. For the rest of the year the third grade has a substitute. On the last day of school, Mrs. K comes back to surprise her students.

| by Steig, William

When Pete is in a bad mood, his dad makes him into a pizza. As each ingredient is assembled, Pete becomes more and more cheerful until he is laughing and running out the door to play football with his friends.

| by Graves, Keith

Frank wants to dance. He puts on his best clothes and some ants in his pants and heads to the theatre. Once on stage, Frank dazzles the audience with his dancing. Everyone is impressed, until Frank starts to fall apart--literally!It doesn't matter to him, he can dance!

| by Sharp, N.L.

A young boy is preparing to go fishing with his dad. Preparations include cleaning Dad's tackle box, digging for worms, and preparing lunch. However, as they approach the lake, the boy reveals that he really hates to go fishing because of the mosquitoes, the heat, he has to be quiet all the time, and he has to go to the bathroom in the trees. But because he likes to spend time with his dad, he goes fishing with him.

| by Brindel, June Rochuy

A small boy, Luap, goes through a day in his school and town. He sees things differently than most people. For example, he sees people walking on their hands and riding their bicycles backwards. Through this, Luap learns a valuable lesson.

| 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 Merriam, Eve

There are many kinds of holes. There are holes for seeds which grow plants for food. There are holes for drinking and eating our food. There are holes for windows that allow us to see. Holes are also used out at sea. Without holes where would we be?

| by Cadnum, Michael

A moving truck and moving men load items from a boy's house until the house is empty. The boy and his parents feel differently as they leave and travel to their new house. The boy meets two children and hopes someday they will be his friends!

| by Shearer, John

When Sneaker has his sneakers stolen, he turns to his friends for help. They solve the case when the misspelled word sneeker links them to the thief.

| by McGrath, Barbara Barbieri

Smell the hot dogs, hear the crowd, see the ball soar. Time for a baseball game!Count from 1-20 while having baseball fun.

| by Crary, Elizabeth

When Matt sees his Reggie Jackson baseball card floating in the toilet, his jaw drops. He is furious that his little brother did that. One thing that will solve his problem is to hit his little brother, right?Wrong!His mother presents him with six ways to successfully handle his anger. After resolving his problems, Matt makes peace with his brother.

| by Kessler, Leonard

Bobby is very good at throwing and catching a baseball, but he can't seem to hit the ball. His friend, Willie, helps him learn that with hard work, Bobby can do anything, especially hit a baseball.

| by Parish, Peggy

Amelia Bedelia fills in for a sick boy on a baseball team. She has never played baseball, so the team tries to teach her. She cannot seem to play any position correctly.

| 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 Mora, Pat

Tomas and his family are migrant workers who travel between Iowa and Texas to find work. Tomas loves to listen to his grandfather's stories but he knows all of them and decides to go to the library to learn some new stories. The librarian welcomes Tomas in and offers him cold water to drink and stories to read. Tomas visits the library lady whenever he can and even teaches her some of his native language, Spanish. When Tomas' family must leave the library lady gives Tomas a book to take with him.

| by Lears, Laurie

When you are a child, waiting can be a very difficult task. Stephen finds a reason to wait in order to rescue a goose from a metal trap. Stephen's persistence with nature brings him a special moment.

| by Guy, Rosa

Billy's parents have tried to plan his life for him since the day he was born. They try to even choose his friends. But, Billy knows what he wants so he proves to them that he can do it.

| 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.
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