Browse Abstracts (2210 total)

| by Carlson, Nancy

Henry can't wait for his first day of kindergarten to begin!He imagines all the wonderful things that he and his classmates will do. When he arrives at school, Henry becomes frightened that he will get lost and won't enjoy all of his new classmates. When his teacher invites him in and shows him all the neat activities, Henry realizes again how much fun kindergarten will be!

| 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 Byars, Betsy

Two sisters, Rose and May-May, travel in a covered wagon to many places dancing and singing and encounter many adventures

| by Falconer, Ian

Olivia, a very active pig, wears everyone out during her daily activities. From waking up, going to the beach, dancing and playing, Olivia has a busy day.

| 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 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 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 Zemach, Kaethe

Although the character in this book enjoys his life immensely, he is ecstatic to receive an invitation to visit his Auntie in another book. There's just one problem, he can't figure out how to get out of his book!After many attempts, he is finally able to hop, skip, whirl, twirl, skate, scoot, and crawl his way through his book and into some new adventures in his Auntie's book.

| by Cross, Verda

Great Grandma tells her grandchildren of threshing day. It is a day in late June when the wheat is harvested. The men harvest the wheat while the women cook a hearty meal. This was always an exciting day for grandma and her brother. Threshing day was a day she will never forget.

| by Paterson, Katherine

It's almost Christmas and Marvin doesn't know what gift to give his parents. After he asks his older sister for some help, he ends up making a wreath. Marvin's parents love their gift and it hangs on their trailer almost all year. When they finally decide to take it down, they discover a family of birds who have been enjoying it too.

| by Neitzel, Shirley

A young boy plans to build a house for the wrens in the yard. He starts with a diagram showing what the house will look like. He gets out a toolbox which holds wooden boards, a ruler, hammer, sandpaper, nails, a level, paintbrush, paint, and a scredriver. While he is constructing the birdhouse, his mother comes home. The boy and his mother hang the birdhouse from a tree in the backyard and admire his accomplishment.

| by Schroeder, Alan

Willie isn't a smart man, but he sure is strong. He decides to enter a contest to prove it. However, Delilah and her granny have to get him in shape first. Now Willie's reputation and Delilah's love depend on his winning the contest. Do you think he can do it?

| by Brown, Margaret Wise

The little scarecrow boy anxiously awaits the day when he can go into the fields and frighten crows like his father does every day. As he grows and grows, he becomes even more determined to become an actual scarecrow. The day finally comes when he has to put his courage to the test.

| by Lexau, Joan M.

Benjie's granny loses her earring on the way home from church, so bashful Benjie sets out to look for it while his granny is takng a nap. He finds the earring, but in the process he loses his bashfulness.

| by Graham, Bob

Max is the son of the legendary superheroes Captain Lightning and Madam Thunderbolt. His family has high expectations for him to follow in their footsteps and become a superhero too. Now he just needs to learn how to fly. After many persistent tries, Max still can't keep himself off the ground. His family is supportive and determined to get him to fly. Will this confidence be enough to help him fly like the birds?

| 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 Adorjan, Carol

A little girl tells what her big sister is able to do which happens to be difficult for her. Then she tells what she can do. She keeps learning how to do more things each day.
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