Browse Abstracts (303 total)

| 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 Cole, Brock

Little Baggit tells the innkeeper that the king is at the door. When the innkeeper looks out and sees that it is just an old man in a patched shirt, he doesn't believe it is the king. Little Baggit gives the king food, drink, a coat, a hat, and a donkey because the king promises him that he'll come back for him the next day- and he does.

| by Rey, H.A.

Curious George, a monkey from Africa, receives a new bicycle from a man who wears a yellow hat. He has many interesting adventures on his new bike, including riding into a rock when he watches boats travel down the river.

| by Kellogg, Steven

As it gets close to bedtime, a brother and sister gather up their animal friends and go on an adventure because they do not want to go to sleep. They go hunting for more friends and fun and travel through woods and across an ocean. As the children and animals get sleepy, they return home to take a bath, brush their teeth, and put on their pajamas. The words of the story are set to the classic children's tune A-Hunting we will go.

| by Williams, Vera B

Evie receives everything she wants from her family, including something new to wear and a kite to fly. One of the best things Evie receives is a song from her father.

| by Khan, Rukhsana

Rubina is excited to get her first invite to a birthday party! However when she asks Ami whether she can go, Ami tells her she has to take her younger sister, Sana. After Sana ruins the party, Rubina has to learn how to overcome her anger and forgive her little sister.

| by Creedle, Ellis

Hetty and Hank want shoes, but there are no stores in the mountain and Pappy says they have no money. So Granny gives them an idea how to raise the money. They grow some turnips to take down the mountain. On the way they find most of the turnips away, but still have a happy ending.

| by Rice, Eve

Peter's mom made him a new pair of pants, but forgot to sew in pockets. When Peter visits the boat pond with his uncle, he has no place to put the little treasures he finds. When he gets home, Peter's mom sews on lots of pockets.

| by Turner, Ann

A woman tells her grandchild about the hard times she and her husband had on the Dakota prairie. The first year was hard, but then the corn grew and they were able to build a house and buy dresses.

| by Chevance, Audrey

Isabelle Warren can't concentrate on ballet class because she keeps thinking about the tutu she is about to try on. At the costume shop, she tries on the tutu with the help of Holly, the director of the costume shop. Isabelle feels special in her tutu, and it shows as she performs with her class in front of an enthusiastic audience.

| by Sanders, Scott Russell

Imagine sleeping in a cabin without clothing during the bitter, cold winter. Betsy Ward's three children do not have warm clothing. So Betsy buys sheep in order to give her children some warm clothing.

| by Hughes, Shirley

More than twenty rhymes tell about the daily life and activities of a young girl named Annie Rose. The playful poems cover several topics including animals, people, seasons, routines and adventures that children love.

| by Williams, L.

A little old lady, who isn't afraid of anything, takes a walk in the woods at night. A pumpkin head, a tall black hat, a pair of pants, a shirt, two gloves and two shoes try to scare her.

| by Feelings, Murial L.

Zamani goes on his first trip to the city with his father. He is to take the cow into the market and sell it. His father allows him to buy something in the market with the profits from their day. He decides to buy his mother a necklace, instead of the white shirt he wanted for himself. While he is not looking his father buys him the shirt.

| by McKissack, Patricia C.

David Earl knows what day of the week it is by the color of Ma Dear's aprons. She wears a different apron each day to reflect the day's chores. Ma Dear is a single, hard-working mother from the South that creates a loving home for her son.

| 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 Kijikawa, Kimiko

Yoshi is a fan maker in the city of Yedo. His favorite food in the whole world is broiled eels. Every night, his neighbor Sabu goes off to catch eels, broils them on his hibachi, and waits for customers, but they never come. Yoshi thinks that Sabu should share the leftover eels with him, but he is too greedy to give Sabu any of his money. Yoshi continues to sit day after day smelling Sabu's eels, but never buying any of them. Finally, Sabu presents Yoshi with a bill for smelling his eels. Yoshi dances around the town shaking his money box and tells Sabu that he will charge his for listening to…

| by Morris, Ann

A rhyme about shoes from all over the world ranges from new shoes to work shoes, game shoes to fun shoes.

| by Woodson, Jacqueline

A fence not only divides two properties -- it segregates two families because of their different cultures. Initial fears from the parents cause them to set rules that will forbid the friendship of their young daughters. Little did they know that their daughters would break the barrier as they climbed the fence together to see the world as it should be, not as it is.

| by Willard, Nancy

A young child believes that a magician lives above his grandmother in the mountains. Two worlds that seem so far apart are brought together into one when the grandmother and the magician help each other out.
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