Browse Abstracts (379 total)

| by Fassler, Joan

Jenny does a lot of things little girls do; she sucks her thumb, wets the bed, stutters her words, and pretends her stuffed animals are real. Many people laugh at Jenny, but her mother tells her not to worry because things will get better as she grows up.

| by Rosen, Michael

This dog has three pet humans for whom he is responsible. He loves them and takes care of them. Sometimes they all go to the beach together. The littlest human, Rover, wanders away. No one can find her but the dog. When she is found, the dog promises never to let her out of his sight again.

| by Graham, Bob

Benny is a very talented magician's assisstant. When he outshines the magician though, he is kicked out of the show. For the first time, Benny is on his own and he doesn't know where to go or what to do. He searches everywhere for a place to belong. In the last place he looks, Benny finds the perfect home.

| by Reid, Barbara

Two sisters leave their friends to go to a family birthday party. When the girls get to the party, they play games with lots of children and eat lots of good food and birthday cake. They have so much fun at the party that they don't want to leave!

| by Marshall, Edward

Fox falls in love with many girls. He goes to the fair with each of them, but pretty soon they all find out he has other girlfriends. Because all of the girls are upset, he has to enter the dance contest with his sister and they win second place.

| by Grant, Eva

Jaya, a young boy in India, desperately wants a cow for his family. However, when his parents buy Khubi, the cow, Jaya is disappointed because she is so ugly. Despite Khubi's physical apperance, she and Jaya develop a close friendship when Khubi saves Jaya from trouble.

| by Yolen, Jane

Dove Isabeau is a young beauty whose stepmother is a jealous witch. One day, the witch turns Isabeau into a dragon. A young man saves her by risking his own life. In the end, Dove Isabeau saves her lover's life and they live happily ever after.

| by Babbitt, Natalie

The king and queen, wanting only the best for Bub, start asking everyone what they think is the best thing for Bub. Finally, the cook's daughter suggests that the king and queen ask Bub what is best.

| by Rylant, Cynthia

A lost cat finds a home with Henry and Mudge. After Henry and Mudge help the cat find his owner, everyone is sad when the cat finally leaves.

| by McClintock, Barbara

A cat falls in love and escapes her old life. She marries, but soon the marriage falls apart. Her husband falls in love with another cat. She leaves him, writes a book which makes her famous, and is courted by her former husband's lawyer.

| by Cabrera, Jane

What is cat's favorite color?Cat visits the ten most popular colors to try and decide which color is his favorite. In the end the decision is easy. Cat's favorite color is orange, the color of his mom!

| by Gantos, Jack

Ralph, a really rotten cat, is upstaged on Christmas by a really nice cat that his friend Sarah takes in.

| by Giffith, Helen V.

Janetta is going to her grandfather's house for the first time in a year. She is worried that her mother will be lonely and that her grandfather will not recognize her.

| by Griffith, Helen V.

Janetta is excited about the upcoming visit from her Grandaddy. She makes a list of everything she wants to show him. Grandaddy shows Janetta that they share the same stars. Now when Janetta looks at the stars she realizes that Grandaddy isn't that far away after all.

| by Reiser, Lynn

The relationship between mother and daughter is seen in one girl's family. Each generation of women in the family makes tortillas, picks flowers, washes clothes, and sings lullabies. The little girl does these same things for her doll. This story is told in both English and Spanish.

| by Mizumura, Kazue

The many positive aspects of mothering by different animals are described. The narrator realizes that she would like to be like her mother.

| by Gerstein, Mordicai

A man finds a seal that sheds her skin and becomes a beautiful woman. He falls in love with her and makes her stay for seven years. They have a son who realizes that his father takes his mother's seal skin. The boy finds the skin and gives it to his mother, who then returns to the sea.

| by Martin, Bill Jr.//Archambault, John

Sitting around a campfire, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses and his grandfather talk about special events like the night that the boy was born and the special meanings of them.

| by Dunbar, Joyce

Willa is having a hard time falling asleep because she is afraid that she will have bad dreams. So she asks her brother Willouhgby to tell her something happy to help her have good dreams instead. Willoughby helps Willa out and they both eagerly await the morning.

| by Hest, Amy

On a dark and stormy night, Sam's mother puts him to bed in their cozy little house. After a bedtime story and a glass of warm milk, Sam needs a kiss goodnight.
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