Browse Abstracts (109 total)

| by Henderson, Kathy

A baby is born and as she grows she learns to do many new things. As her brother watches her grow during her first year, he shares his observations. She sits, walks, runs, and finally dances as her brother looks on.

| by Seymour, Tres

A little girl and her parents loses their white cow. Every now and then, it shows up somewhere, and the dad tries to catch it but can't. One day, the little girl gets a hold of the cow's rope, but the cow still gets away. She shows them all because her dad won't let her help at all.

| by Kidd, R.

When David's parents decide to spend the day at Habitat for Humanity instead of with him, he is very upset. After understanding how his parents are helping others, he decides to build his own house.

| by Ehrlich, H.M.

Louie's toy goose goes everywhere he goes. Sometimes the goose needs to be fixed. Louie's mom and dad, and even the sun, fixes the goose.

| by Fassler, Joan

Howie is confined to a wheelchair. He must overcome many barriers. He has one thing he wants to do - be able to move his wheelchair all by himself. He succeeds.

| by Gauch, Particia Lee

Tanya's ballet class is getting ready for their recital. Tanya is not sure why she was chosen to play the lead, after all she is only Tanya. During practices, Tanya has a hard time dancing like the ugly duckling. After the dress rehearsal, it is time for Tanya to find her character.

| by Atwell, Debby

After the American Revolution, a barn is built and endures the many stages of history. The barn describes its transitions through farming days, world wars, peace rallies, and other historical events.

| by Hoagland Hunter, Sara

A young boy is insecure about moving away and leaving what is familiar to him. His grandfather tells about the time when he felt the same way and how he grew proud of his accomplishments.

| by Gramatky, Hardie

Bolivar, is a clumsy donkey who dilligently tries to live up to his namesake, the famous hero of South America. At the city's fiesta, Bolivar proves himself worthy of his name when he saves his owner, Pepito and the others from a raging bull.

| 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 Haas, Jesse

Hurry!Hurry!If the grass gets wet, then the hay will spoil. Grandpa, Grandma, and Nora work hard to gather the hay before the gray clouds bring the rain. Cooperation and commitment help the family successfully gather the hay.

| by Carlson, Nancy

Pat knows 101 ways to sit in a chair, but he does not know how to sit still. After trying several ways to get Pat to sit still, his mom finally finds something that works. All Pat needs are things to keep him busy.

| by Marshall, James

A hungry wolf wanders into an unfamiliar area as he is walking around town. He smells his favorite food, pigs, and looks around to find out from where the smell is coming. The wolf looks up and sees that the ballet Swine Lake is playing inside of a theater. He gets a ticket and takes his seat with the intention of eating the dancing pigs in th show. He ends up becoming entranced by the love story and finds that he is not hungry anymore. The next day he goes to see the show again but this time when a monster in the show is about to appear on stage, the wolf jumps from his seat to the stage and…

| by Ringgold, Faith

While Melody and her aunt's adopted son, Lonnie, are playing hide-and-seek, they stumble upon something magical. They discover that her aunt's paintings can speak. Each of the paintings is a portrait of a famous African-American woman, who tells Melody and Lonnie of their accomplishments.

| by Castaneda, Omar S.

Esperanza works hard at weaving cloth to sell, then she and her grandmother travel to the city to sell the cloth.

| by Green, Mary McBurney

Four friends demonstrate how activities might be easy or hard depending on the person who performs them. Through physical activities, like jumping or skipping, these children promote emotional health by letting kids know it's okay if you are not good at everything.

| by Hall, Donald

Lucy spends her New Hampshire summer of 1910 doing a variety of things. She helps her mother can fruits and vegetables and make beautiful hats to sell. She attends a Fourth of July celebration where she meets an organ grinder with a monkey and a gypsy couple trying to sell picture frames. The highlight of Lucy's summer was taking the train into Boston with her mother. That was one day that Lucy will never forget.

| by Zemach, Margot

Hilda's sister gets jealous when her father gives Hilda a medal for helping out around the house. She tells Hilda that she hopes she loses the medal. Hilda says that if she loses it and it gets buried, it will grow into a tree full of medals.

| by Krasilovsky, Phyllis

A little girl overcomes obstacles of being small when she begins to grow up and get bigger. Size comparisons are made to other objects and people in her life.

| by Krasilovsky, Phyllis

A little boy overcomes obstacles of being small when he begins to grow up and get bigger. Comparisons are made to other objects and people in his life.
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