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| 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 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.

| by Lewis, Marjorie

A boy grows up in a small village and trains to be a hero. After growing up he leaves the village to become a hero, but instead of rescuing a princess he is caught by a witch. He outwits the witch and returns to the village to be a farmer.

| by Sorel, Edward

Leo goes to the theatre with his friends every weekend. On Saturday, Marty, a bully, is disruptive in the theatre. The usher thinks it is Leo so he is thrown out. The next Saturday, Leo looks forward to going to the theatre, but his violin teacher wants to teach him a new piece. Leo is upset that he will miss the movie, but he goes to practice anyway. In the end, Leo's hard work pays off when his picture with his violin appears on the movie screen later that night when his mother takes him to see the later show.

| by Gerrard, Roy

Buckskin Dan and his followers embarked on a wild and dangerous journey on the Oregon Trail. After many exciting adventures like fighting off outlaws and saving an Indian boy, the group finally settles in the Willamette Valley.

| by Stanley, Diane

The town sheriff adopts eight orphans to save them from the mean Ms. Stump, but there are a few problems. Pa is not too good at cooking and his cleaning is quite shabby. The orphans one wish is for him to get married. One of the orphans, Sweetness, believes a letter that arrived in the mail is the answer.

| by Hazen, Barbara Shook

A little girl breaks a vase and asks her mom about all these horrible things she could have done. She wonders if her mom will still love her. Her mom proves to her that she will love her, no matter what.

| by Westcott, N. B.

Tiny Tim ate soap so his mother calls the doctor, the nurse, and a lady with the alligator purse. The lady with the alligator purse cures Tim with pizza.

| by Christelow, Eileen

Five little monkeys wake early to make mama a birthday cake. But the five little monkeys must be careful not to wake mama or their surprise will be ruined -- can they do it?

| by Macaulay, David

A chicken crosses a road. This starts a whole series of events which eventually come back to the beginning to explain why the chicken crossed the road.

| by Numeroff, Laura

A little boy decides to entertain a moose who asks for many things. The boy runs around trying to satisfy the moose, who in turn, makes a big mess.

| by Munsch, Robert

Kristen's mom is having a baby but she accidently makes a wrong turn into the zoo. Her parents make repeated attempts to find their baby until finally Kristen takes a journey to the zoo.

| by Lawson, Julie

The silk trains that constantly cross the tracks near Emma's house fascinate her and spark her imagination of having silk clothing of her own. Her whole town is set into a frenzy when one of the trains derails, and in her attempt to snag a beautiful swatch of red silk in the river, she is swept away. Her rescue is dramatic and exciting.

| by Butler, Dorothy

Brown bear Barney goes with his owner, a little girl, everywhere. The little girl's mother told her that bears do not go to school. The little girl does not listen and takes the bear to school.

| by De Veaux, Alexis

Sudan had unruly hair. Everyone made fun of him for it. He found a place to be himself with people who were like him. He began to appreciate his differences.

| by Alexander, Martha

Oliver's new baby sister gets a lot of attention and he feels neglected. He tries to give his sister away, but realizes that she wants to be with him. Oliver discovers that he will have a playmate when she is a little older.

| by Conford, Ellen

Randolph was a possum who could not hang upside down like everyone else. He cheats by using sticky sap on his tail, but the sap dries up in the winter. His pesky sister lends a hand and he finally can hang like the rest of the possums.

| by Brooks, Jennifer

A young princess with a pure heart plays with three gnomes who are handicapped. She is kind and accepting to her new friends. In turn, she gains another friend.

| by McGinley, Phyllis

Annabelle and Lucy are best friends. Annabelle tells Lucy how awful boys are for all sorts of reasons, but she goes off with a boy at the end.
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