Browse Abstracts (109 total)

| by Cummings, Pat

Harvey Moon's room is a mess. His mother makes him clean it up all day on Saturday and he must miss his favorite television shows. Although he was upset he had to clean, he feels a sense of accomplishment in the end.

| by Mollel, Tololwa M.

What would you buy if your mother gave you some money? Saruni wants a bicycle- a bicycle of his very own! Saruni saves his coins and works hard to help his mother. Unfortunately, Saruni is disappointed because he does not have enough to buy his very own bicycle. Where there is a will, there is a way, so Saruni finally gets a bicycle to help his mother to the Tanzanian market.

| by Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth

Through a poster contest at school, Minna and her family discover many ways they can recycle. Many of the other contestants' posters demonstrate ways to recycle, however Minna ultimately wins the contest through her poster that reminds everyone to re-re-remember, re-re-recycle every day.

| by Nolen, Jerdine

A young girl's fondest memories happen in her momma's kitchen. Achievements, family, stories, cooking and love are all celebrated in the kitchen. Great-Aunt Caroline, corn-pudding time and nighttime serenades are a few of the special moments in this loving family.

| by Aiello, Barbara//Shulman, Jeffrey

Scott Whittaker recounts the events between Thanksgiving and Christmas in his diary. He starts a karate club at school and meets Bill Walters, a homeless man who was the quarterback of the local high school football team in 1967 The book ends with questions and answers about asthma.

| by Marzollo, Claudio

It's the first day of soccer. Kenny doesn't want to play, but he goes to practice anyway. At first he's a little nervous and doesn't play very well. With his coach's help and encouragement, he quickly becomes the best kicker on the team.

| by Mochizuki, Ken

Donnie is always the bad guy when he plays war with his friends. They think because Donnie is Japanese American that he should be the enemy. When his father and uncle take a trip to school, they prove they can be heroes too.

| by Cook, Bernadine

A little boy goes fishing and catches a great, great big fish, a great big fish and a big fish. A little fish was too smart for the boy and gets away.

| by Silverman, Erica

A witch plants a pumpkin in hopes of making a pumpkin pie one day. The pumpkin becomes so large it takes several people to move the pumpkin. The new friends all enjoy the pie together. The witch plants another seed for next year.

| by Pocock, Rita

All summer long, Annabelle has watched the big kids slide down the slide. Finally, she decides to give it a try and climbs up the ladder -- higher that she's ever been before. When she reaches the top, she has no choice but to go down. She slides down, realizes it is no big deal, and does it again.

| by Small, David

Ruby Mae, a woman from Texas, has a fear of talking in front of people. Her nephew designs a device to put on her head which she thinks helps her speak more eloquently. She learns a very important lesson in the end.

| by Russo, Marisabina

Sam is playing in his room when his mother calls him for lunch. He keeps stalling because he in lining up blocks, books, toys, and shoes. When he completes a line from his room to his mother in the kitchen, he is ready for lunch!

| by Auch, Mary Jane

Luigi, a bantam rooster, has big dreams of becoming a star singer one day. All the other roosters ridicule him, saying he is a show-off. Then one day he hides in a farmer's truck and takes a trip to the opera. Soon he is the star of the show.

| by Shea, Pegi Deitz

Mai loves to watch her grandmother and others sew something called a pa'ndau, a cloth from Thailand that tells of someone's story. Mai wants to learn how to stitch and spends much time practicing, but needs to find a story that goes along with her own pa'ndau. Find out what she comes up with.

| by Farmer, Nancy

Sim Webb is finally getting his chance to work on a train for the famous Casey Jones. Casey is putting a brand new whistle on his train, but Casey knows it's a bad idea. He knows that something bad is about to happen.

| by Wahl, Jan

Casimiro, the hero, overcomes his disability in this tale of perserverance. The world is not always kind to our disabled friends, but with a little hard work anything can be overcome.

| by Colman, Penny

Ever since they moved into their new house, Susan and Alex are scared to sleep in their own rooms. Alex is scared of his dark closet, and Susan is fearful of the noises that go bump in the night. Each uses their imagination and creative minds to solve their problems.

| by Bang, Molly

One day, a goose egg falls into the home of woodchucks and hatches open. A goose is raised by the woodchucks and becomes part of their family. Eventually, the goose feels very sad and doesn't know why. When she ventures out to find happiness, she accidentally learns to fly.
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