Browse Abstracts (420 total)

| by Spier, Peter

Two children play outside in the rain discovering all of the wonderful things to do. When it is dark, they come in and warm up. The next day, the sun is shining.

| by Williams, Vera B.

While her grandmother is sick, Rosa helps her mother with expenses by playing her accordion with her friends in a band.

| by Battle-Lavert, Gwoddolyn

Derrick, a young African American boy, learns to make music on the harmonica. Uncle Booker T., a talented musician, spends each day, one hot summer, teaching Derrick the art of playing the harmonica. Finally, after much practice and determination, Derrick discovers the secret of Uncle Booker T.'s music: it comes from the heart.

| by Crews, Donald

Each summer, young Donald Crews takes a train ride and car ride to Bigmama's farm. He plays with the his cousins on the big porch, then explores the shed, outhouse, toolshed, stable, barn, and pond for fishing. His family gathers around a big table to eat and celebrate being together.

| by Hooks, Bell

A whimsical rhythm of sweet jive jumps from watercolored illustrations on different pages to portray portraits of little girls who celebrate their African American culture. Hooray for the frizzy, fuzzy, nappy, twisty hair!Hooray for the sizzling semblance and fantastic flare that shines in every hair on every head. Beauty lies everywhere.

| by Davies, Sally J.K.

A little boy is having problems adjusting to his new home. He compares his new school to his old school which makes him feel sad and frustrated. The boy decides to go ice skating with other kids even though he isn't invited. He helps to solve a problem when the ice isn't safe.

| by Hurwitz, Johanna

One day Silvia's family receives a package of gifts from Tia Rosita. Silvia's gift is beautiful -- new red shoes!Unfortunately they are too big. Silvia uses her new shoes for many other purposes until one day they fit.

| by Walsh, J. P.

Three children walk along an old viaduct and leaving their slum neighborhoods by using their imaginations. Dulcie is sad because she's always lived in England and can't share memories with the other two.

| by Hoban, Russell

Walter is bored, so his father gives him a magic stone that will make him think of fun activities when rubbed. However, after Walter loses the stone, he realizes that he is capable of entertaining himself. He gives his sister a magic stick so she will stop bothering him.

| by Kellogg, Steven

While out playing in the snow, Annie has lost one of her mittens. Annie and her dog Oscar search each place Annie has been that day to try and find the red mitten. You'll never guess where they find it!

| by Neitzel, Shirley

A girl is playing in the snow. Her zipper gets wet and becomes stuck so she goes home so her mother can help her.

| by Lindgren, Astrid

Skrallan loves to spend her summers on the island of Saltcrow with her family and friends. A curious two-year old, she gets into mischief as she plays with her grandfather and other children.

| by Wood, Audrey

A little boy shows how he can be as quick as a cricket, as slow as a snail, as small as an ant, and as large as a whale.

| by Moss, Elaine

Polar decides to have fun and sled down a big hill. He is careless and breaks his leg. His friends take care of him and find ways to cheer him up.

| by Vigna, Judith

A little girl uses her imagination while playing in the snow in her favorite boots.

| by Schaefer, Carole Lexa

A young girl walking with her class finds a piece of string on the sidewalk. In her imagination, the string becomes a cloud, fireworks, a dragon, and more.

| by Brown, Margaret Wise

A little bunny uses his imagination when he thinks of ways to run away from home. He thinks of becoming a fish, a bird, a mountain climber, etc. His mother tells him how she will catch him and bring him back home.

| by Schulz, Charles M.

Linus becomes friends with Janice, a young girl who is diagnosed with leukemia. Despite all of the rumors and jokes, Linus learns that friendship is a very important part of Janice's recovery. He learns how to stand up for himself as well as others.

| by Harper, Isabelle

When Isabelle's grandpa goes to work, she takes care of his dog Rosie. Isabelle does everything for Rosie -- feeds him, plays with him, and even bathes him. Isabelle loves to take care of Rosie!

| by Ashman, Linda

Animals make their homes using many different things. Some are made of twigs, others of sand, and others are in caves. Although they are all different, they also have similarities. Castles, caves, and honeycombs are a place to share, play, rest, and live.
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