Browse Abstracts (123 total)

| by Yorinks, Arthur

A traditional family celebration of Hanukkah turns into a national emergency when a minor dispute between family members triggers a food fight that sends a latke flying out the window into outer space. The flying potato pancake is mistaken for a UFO by news reporters which forces the family to remain in the house with only the company of each other and the remaining plate of latkes to survive on for eight days and nights. In the end, they learn to get along and the true meaning of Hanukkah is shared.

| by MacGill-Callahan, Shiela

Delaware Indians carve a rock into a turtle. The turtle watches man progress as centuries go by. Eventually, it is found by an archaelogist and taken to the New York City botantanical gardens for all generations to revere.

| by Johnston, Tony

A young boy returns to the childhood village that introduced him to music. He repays the village with music of his own.

| by Francoise.

A young girl shares the traditions of Christmas with her pet lamb.

| by Thompson, Lauren

Upon the arrival of his first Christmas Eve, a little mouse explores his house which is full of Christmas surprises. His Christmas discoveries culminate in the appearance of the one and only Santa!

| by Grossman, Patricia

Everyone gathers together early Saturday morning to open the market. They sell their wares, food, flowers, sandals, rugs, shawls, or animals to the tourists

| by Chalmers, Mary

A little girl and her animal friends get ready for Christmas by putting up a tree. They have to go looking for a star for the top of the tree because they do not have one.

| by McCully, Emily Arnold

A family of mice celebrate Christmas. They go to their grandparents and open gifts. Unfortunately, one of the children break all of their toys, so Grandpa takes him up to the attic and gives him his old train set.

| by Manushkin, Fran

A snowstorm limits the supply of apples and potatoes during Hanukkah. A family gives shelter to a hungry kitten and a puppy, which deepens the meaning of the holiday.

| by Lasker, Joe

Justin is a newly made knight who prepares for his first tournament. Justin must fight a more experienced knight named Rolf in order to keep his honor.

| by Monsell, Helen A.

Paddy the bear discovers Christmas. He asks his parents, uncle, and aunt for the meaning of Christmas. Each of them gives a different answer, but it is his mother who knows the true meaning of Christmas.

| by Bunting, Eve

Tony and his extended family celebrate the birthday of the Statue of Liberty every October. They travel out to Libery Island to have a picnic and show their appreciation to the meaning the statue brings. Tony is embarrassed by his family's dedication, but in the end realizes the meaning of the statue.

| by Medearis, Angela Shelf

An African American family watches a Seminole Indian celebration. After watching and learning of this culture and its customs, the family joins in the dancing.

| by Mendez, Phil

Jacob, a young African American boy, lives with his poverty striken family in the city. He dislikes his culture, life and heritage and is filled with hate. It takes some special magic to change his ideas.

| by Wolff, Ferida

An adventurous travel through Halloween night which uses thirteen holiday objects such as crows, witches, and bats describe the scary evening.

| 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 Winter, Jeanette

Captain Herman and his crew cut trees in Michigan to deliver to the city of Chicago for Christmas. When a blizzard forms over Lake Michigan, the Captain and his crew disappear. From then on, the Captain's wife and daughters carry out the Christmas Tree Ship tradition for many years.

| by Engel, Diana

Josephina hates her name because it is unusual. She wants to trade her name with her friends' names. After Josephina's grandmother explains the uniqueness of her name, she is proud of it from that day forward.

| by Choi, Sook Nyul

Yunmi's grandmother moves from Korea to New York City and is not used to American traditions. Yunmi worries that other people will make fun of her grandmother.
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