Browse Abstracts (299 total)

| by Weitzman, Jacqueline//Glasser, Robin

A little girl is sad when she must leave her balloon outside the National Gallery with the lady who takes pictures for tourists. Little does the girl know that the balloon will take the picture lady along with many famous people on a tour of Washington D.C.!Will the balloon come back to the little girl?

| by Dixon, Ann

Nekatla and Susitha are a young couple preparing to wed. THe wedding is put on hold when war breaks out, and Nekatla must travel to another village to try to restore peace. Susitha waits on a grassy hill for Nekatla to return, and she falls asleep. Nekatla is killed in war, and Susitha never awakens and is now known as the sleeping lady.

| by Joseph, Lynn

The Trinidad carnival is coming up and Lily's sister Christine is getting all the attention from her family over her hummingbird costume. Lily wishes that she could wear a fancy costume and jump up at the children's carnival too. When the big day comes, Lily helps Christine have courage to go up on the stage.

| by Cooke, Trish

A baby shares the love and attention that he gets from his family. From the moment the doorbell rings to bring in baby's Auntie, Uncle, Nannie, Gran-Gran, and cousins, lots of hugs and kisses, ooohing and aaahing, keep baby happy and loved. Wait until you see the eating, singing, and dancing until baby goes to sleep!

| by Rattigan, Jama Kim

Marisa, a young Asian American girl, attempts to help make the dumplings for dumpling soup which her family has been making for generations. She hold a strong sense of pride, honor, and love in her heart for her family.

| by Wishinsky, Frieda

Henry, the baker, creates magnificent cakes. No two cakes are alike and his customers love the beautiful decorations. Henry's friend Ben visits Henry and watches him work each day after school. When the bakery is bought by new owners, Henry loses his job. Henry is sad when he can no longer decorate cakes, but only until Ben helps his friend find a new outlet for his creativity.

| by Yorinks, Arthur

A traditional family celebration of Hanukkah turns into a national emergency when a minor dispute between family members triggers a food fight that sends a latke flying out the window into outer space. The flying potato pancake is mistaken for a UFO by news reporters which forces the family to remain in the house with only the company of each other and the remaining plate of latkes to survive on for eight days and nights. In the end, they learn to get along and the true meaning of Hanukkah is shared.

| by Reid, Margarette

A young girl and her grandma spend time together making necklaces from beads. Beads can come in all different shapes, sizes, textures, and materials. They were used by many cultures throughout time. When she puts her necklaces together she learns about each bead.

| by Domanska, Janina

A Peruvian family awaits the day of the carnival. See how they prepare for the exciting day.

| by Isadora, Rachel

A little boy and the children in a poor South African village, sing and expect the arrival of their fathers who work in the mines. They sing, dance, make instruments, and sit in the dark until their fathers finally arrive.

| by Crews, Nina

Each morning the children awake and anxiously look outside to see if it has snowed. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday go by and there's still no sign of snow!Friday is the children's last hope for a day of fun in the snow.

| by Heilbroner, Joan

Davy and Peter are brothers. Today it is a special day because it is their mom's birthday. So they set out on a journey to find a present for their mom. Upon this difficult task they come up with the best and most unique present of all.

| by Hines, Anna Grossnickle

It is picnic time with turkey sandwiches, mustard, cheese, pickles, crackers, cheese nips, chocolate chips, celery sticks, apples, grapes and hard-boiled eggs. It begins to rain, so everything is packed back into the car. The picnic continues inside.

| by Stevenson, James

Wilfred, a rat, takes on an adventure when he stumbles upon an old museum. He meets many friends there and has great fun exploring the exhibits. When Mr. Thrawl the owner sees them, their adventure comes crashing down. Will they ever have a warm place to sleep again?

| by Pinkney, Jerry

A young boy and his family befriend a mongoose named Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. In return, he tries to protect the family from some mean cobras who live in the garden. When he succeeds and saves the family, everyone celebrates.

| by Carlstrom, Nancy White

The river ice begins to crack as spring descends upon the Alaskan tundra. The raven knows it is time to wake up, so he flies about alerting his animal friends of spring's arrival. The melting ice brings new life and excitement to the animals who live along side the river.

| by Yen, Clara

Jade King invites all of the animals in the land to his palace. When only 12 animals arrive, he decides to honor each within the 12 years of the calendar cycle. This explains the story behind the Chinese Zodiac and why the rat comes first.

| by Mathers, Petra

Lottie's new beach towel certainly comes in handy during her day with Herbie. They are just going on a picnic, but they run into many adventures on the way. From using the towel as a sail, to using it as a veil, both Lottie and Herbie are ingenious when it comes to solving problems.

| by Jolley, Mike

Grnter is a pig with an attitude. He thinks he rules the little green farm. All of the other animals are sick of it!On his birthday, Grunter thinks everyone forgot him but they have decided to get their revenge. Before Grunter knows what's going on, he's blasted into outer space. Where will he end up now?

| by Johnson, Paul Brett//Lewis, Celeste

A little girl loses her dog Flag in the desert. She and her dad search for a month, but there is no sign of Flag. One day, when the girl returns home from school, she notices an old truck in her driveway. A man found Flag and brought him home!
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