Browse Abstracts (265 total)

| by Hughes, Shirley

Abel Grable returns from his work greeted by his family. When he tells them all about his adventures, his children only want to hear more. Before he sets out on his next outing for work, he writes his stories down. As he is away, his children take his writing table and create a certain machine that lets them be with their dad all the time while he's gone.

| by Denton, Kady MacDonald

A collection of nursery rhymes provides children with rhyming skills and patterns. Over 100 nursery rhymes are remembered through illustrations, songs, and verse.

| by Blake, Quentin

A woman, Gertrude, finds a dancing frog by the river and becomes famous with her frog.

| by Burstein, Fred

A little girl is on her way to ballet class with her father when they encounter various people and things through the city. Descriptive words about the city are written in three languages: Spanish, English, and Japanese.

| by Gray, Libba Moore

A ballerina remembers how she developed a dancing heart just like her mother's. After each dance, both mother and daughter shared in a special moment for that season. For example, the autumn dance would be a leaf-kicking leg lifting, hand clapping, hello autumn ballet, and afterwards, they would press leaves and drink hot tea spiced.

| by Ryder, Joanne

Imagine that you are a place streaked with roads and bridges, spinning so that cities wake up when you face the sun and sleep when you are in darkness. Imagine that cracking icebergs are your voice. You are earth, and you are home.

| by Falwell, Cathryn

A young girl empties a box full of rectangles, triangles, semi-circles, and squares. She plays on the shapes, she builds things with the shapes, she wears the shapes, and she creates a playmate with the shapes so she can dance with it.

| by Fern, Eugene

Pepito is the only boy in the village who likes to dance, and so he is made fun of because of his dancing. Only his grandmother understands until a girl in the village gets very sick, and only Pepito's singing makes her well.

| by McMullan, Kate

Noel has always dreamed of being in a real ballet. When her teacher announces they will perform the Nutcracker, she is very excited -- until she learns that she will be a tree. Then she finds this better than her dream.

| by London, Jonathon

Join this celebration of dance and jazz music!A cat named Jazz-Bo leads a band that plays at the sock hop. All the animals gather together for a fun time of dance and rhyme.

| by Munsch, Robert//Kusugak, Michael

A little girl wants to go fishing in the icy cracks of the ocean but her parents tell her it is too dangerous. She promises that she will not go, but what happens when she breaks her promise?

| by Wasserstein, Wendy

It is Pamela's birthday, and her Aunt Louise is taking her to her first musical. Along the way, they stop at the Russian Tea Room for lunch. The musical captures Pamela's imagination, and she gets to meet everyone associated with the musical. At home, Pamela sets up her dolls and recreates the play.

| by Holabird, Katharine

Angelina wants to be a ballerina. She never does her chores and dances all the time, annoying her parents and friends. Finally, her parents decide to enroll her in dance lessons. Angelina practices very hard for many years and eventually becomes a famous ballerina.

| by Vaughan, Marcia K.

A dingo catches a wombat and wants to make stew. A lot of other animals help to make the stew, but they all end up tricking the dingo.

| by Daly, Niki

Sugar's grandpa, Papa Lucky, has always been a terrific dancer. Papa Lucky teaches Sugar how to dance. She becomes Papa Lucky's dancing shadow after grandma dies.

| by Burton, Marilee Robin

Days of the week are expressed through many different shoes that children wear. Have you ever worn sturdy lace-up high shoes, run all day shoes, or tiptoe in the sand shoes?

| by Waber, Bernard

A very special firefly deals with his uniqueness. It is not easy to be different, but this story shows it is okay to be different.

| by George, Jean Craig

A mole cricket is lonely and wants to find others. He struggles to the top of a large stone and signals the other mole crickets. In the end he discovers he was happy where he was originally.

| by Wood, Audrey//Wood, Don

Ten pigs dance on a child's fingers, and eventually go to sleep.

| by Maxner, Joyce

Nick the cricket plays the banjo every night. All of the critters come out to dance in the still evening.
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