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Blance, Ellen // Cook, Ann
A friendly monster and a little boy think it is lonely in their house. They decide that if they go to the pet store and buy an animal to keep them company, it will help. After picking out two dogs and two cats, the owner of the pet store coaxes monster and the little boy to give all the pets a home.

Edmonds, Lyra
Lyra is a young girl who lives in the city and who comes from a line of African princesses. She is teased by her classmates and starts to wonder whether or not she is a princess. Her family goes to visit her aunt who confirms that she is an African princess.

Stock, Catherine
Monsieur Monmouton has never been to Paris, France so he decides to take a vacation with all of his farm animals. Once there, they shop, eat in restaurants, and go to a museum. But there is much more they have to do!

Huneck, Stephen
Sally, the dog, goes on a camping trip to the mountains. Sally dreams of meeting new animals including: rabbits, birds, fish, racoons, beavers, skunks, moose and bears. Will Sally really get to meet these new animals on her trip?

Stevenson, James
A crabby man leaves his home for a vacation. At his hotel, he meets crabby people. He actually likes the crabby people, because they are worse than he is, even though he will not admit it.

Porte, Barbara Ann
Grandma tells stories to her grandchildren of a car trip to Florida she took with her family and grandparents when she was younger. Her vacations were usually filled with exciting adventures and amusing mishaps.

Lindman, Maj
Snipp, Snap and Snurr vacation with their parents in Sweden. They meet a family from Lapland who come to their rescue accompanied by their pet reindeer.

D'Amico, Carmela & D'Amico, Steven
There's nothing more that Ella wants than to be a good helper. Ella can't help but feel inadequate when her mother won't let her help with a lot of the bakery chores because they're dangerous. When Mr. Banjo forgets an important delivery ,though, Ella proves herself by saving the day...and the cake.

Arnold, Tedd
A pet fly follows Buzz and his parents on vacation. Throughout the trip the parents continue to worry that Fly Guy is lost, but always find him hiding in inconspicuous places. As it turns out, Buzz's parents get lost and have to rely on Fly Guy to save the day.

Robinson, Fiona
Molly loves moose so much that her family vacationed in Alaska, so that she could see them up close; except when they got there the moose had left for a vacation in the city. Once in the city, she saw moose everywhere and befriended three young moose who were tired and needed rest. She invited the moose to stay with them when they cooked, cleaned, and became part of the family. The moose became homesick for their own family, so they went back to Alaska. Molly was sad when she invited the moose to her birthday party and they didnメt respond, but they surprised her by jumping out of an airplane at her party and promised to come back often.

Falconer, Ian
After making breakfast for her two younger brothers, Olivia dresses herself and heads to school. Today is Olivia's turn to tell the class about her vacation. She tells of a time when all the circus people are sick and she has to run the entire show. She uses her imagination to tell about her experiences as a lion tamer, juggler, and more. Olivia then heads for home, talks with her mother, and goes to bed.


Hoffman, Mary
According to the stories Grace read, her family is not normal. Grace's father lives in Africa while she and her mother live in America. Grace visits her father to learn about his new family and the African culture in Gambia. Grace's visit to Africa helps her to understand that her family is normal.

Diakite, Penda
Amina and her parents take a trip to Mali to visit family. On the way, Amina realizes that her tooth is loose! While visiting her father's family, Amina loses the tooth and places it under a calabash tree. She receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy.

O'Malley, Kevin
A little boy is trudging through the snow to the bus stop. He comes up with every excuse why he can't go any further in the snow. Suddenly, he finds out school is closed and he gets up to play.

Talbot, Hudson
Carey is a young boy who goes on vacation to Kenya with his aunt. While there he learns about the culture and all of the animals.

Levine, Abby
When the O'Hares take a trip to New York, Ollie seems to know everything. When he gets lost on the subway, he is able to finds his way back to the hotel.

Stevenson, James
Hubert and his family go on vacation to a beach. Hubert expects to play with other youngsters, but there are none. He never expects a grown-up could be fun too!

Boyd, Lizi
Hessie is looking forward to her summer vacation with her father, except for one thing, her stepmother. She can only imagine how wicked and ugly her stepmother must be. After getting to know her, Hessie realizes her stepmother is not the witch she thought she would be.

Pearson, Tracey Campbell
Every winter Joe from the neighborhood Snack Bar disappears without a trace. All of the towns people have creative ideas on where he is. But in the end he turns out to be someone the children love...even more than the hotdogs and ice cream he gives them in the summertime!

LaMarche, Jim
When a boy visits his grandmother for the summer, he finds adventure along the river. By making a raft, the boy is able to interact with the nature around him. He especially enjoys drawing the animals and fishing.

Kellogg, Steven
During his summer vacation with his eccentric aunt, Ralph is forced to take bassoon lessons. When he succeeds at charming snakes, Aunt Georgiana sends Ralph to charm a sea serpent for the navy!The music only makes the monster angry, but Ralph saves the day with his secret weapon.

Hedderwick, Mairi
Katie Morag eagerly waits for the arrival of her Grandma Mainland who lives in the big city. Upon her arrival, Grannie Island, Katie's other grandmother tries to get Alecina, the prize sheep out of the murkey pool. Likewise the judging for the best ewe and fleece trophy is about to begin when Katie Morag saves the day.

Goodall, John S.
A family takes a trip away from home to a variety of places.

Brandenberg, Aliki
Take a trip to the seaside through memories. Travel to the seaside to build sandcastles and splash around in the ocean with family members. Experience the magical, musical spell of the boardwalk at night. Never forget those wonderful memories from the trip to the seaside.

Smith, Maggie
A family recalls its summer vacation to Maine through number. From packing one baby to backing sixteen blueberry pies to catching twenty fireflies the trip is remembered.

Stevenson, Harvey
Woody spends an exciting summer weekend visiting Grandpa. Together they go canoeing, out for breakfast, and to the beach, as well as share many other special memories.

Lewis, Kim
James takes his new stuffed elephant, Harry, everywhere with him. Eventually, when Harry begins to become worn and his ears start to sag, James is old enough to start school. Being separated from a close companion like Harry will take a little more effort than James thinks.

Lent, Blair
Bayberry Bluff starts out as a summer tenting island but some of the campers wish to extend their visit. The campers stay and the little island becomes a small village with houses instead of tents.

Thomas, Elizabeth
Dorthea's Gramma has very proper and strict ways of doing things including growing green beans. When Gramma leaves for a trip, she leaves Dorthea and her father in charge but they forget to take care of the beans. Everyone is surprised when Gramma returns.

Fife, Dale H
Eric, a young boy, is on vacation at the beach with his family but has not found a treasure to take home. Eric meets a native Californian who tells him of a fish that comes to shore that night. Eric catches a fish at the beach in his hands, gets his picture taken with the fish, and then lets it go back to the sea.

Lester, Helen
Pinkerton always has to be first in everything. On a trip he learns a lesson that being last is alright too.

Christelow, Eileen
Bert and Ethel receive a post card from Florida from runaway pigs and an adventure begins. Bert wants to go to Florida to look for the pigs while Ethel wants to go on vacation. When Bert won't stop looking for the pigs, Ethel decides she wants to go home. Bert and Ethel eventually learn that the pigs were right under their noses.

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.

Hewitt, Kathryn
Noah builds a boat to sail two of every animal for forty days and forty nights. It starts out as a pleasure trip until the rain becomes a problem. All the animals fight but in the end, they learn a valuable lesson never to be forgotten again.

Sheldon, Dyan
Brenda loses her teddy bear, Pete, on a bus. She thinks he's gone forever, but soon starts to receive postcards from him. Pete is traveling all over the world and having many adventures. He soon realizes he misses Brenda too much and returns home.

Meddaugh, Susan
Martha, the dog, has a special feature of being able to talk. When she hears of a radio contest, she calls in and wins a family vacation. Dogs aren't allowed on vacations until she changes their minds.

Kellogg, Steven
Kathy and Louise are best friends but Louise goes to the mountains for the summer. Kathy is mad because Louise is having a great summer without her. When Louise comes back, they both get a puppy to raise together.

Chall, Marsha Wilson
A little girl spends the summer up north at a cabin with her grandparents and family. Her summer is filled with exploration and activities that she cherishes during the winter months until she can return again.

Williams, Vera B.
Stringbean sends postcards to his Ma, Pa, and Grandpa. His postcards describe his trip to the Pacific Ocean.

Schachner, Judith Byron
A young girl has a special relationship with her Aunt May and Willy, her aunt's bird. The girl is only able to visit them twice a year, but always has an unforgettable time. When the girl's mother becomes ill the summer trip is cancelled and Aunt May plans to visit over Christmas. Unfortunately, a huge snowstorm makes the trip nearly impossible, but with the help of a Christmas friend Aunt May and Willy arrive safely.

Fassler, Joan
Ellen's mother goes away on a business trip leaving her alone with her father. Ellen and her father have a very good time being together while the mother is away. Ellen decides she wants to marry somebody just like her daddy when she grows up.

McCloskey, Robert
A family goes to a summer island house. The daughter makes friends and learns a different way of life. They all experience a hurricane.

Garland, Sherry
When a raging storm destroys the sand dunes that several animals and plants called home, a community works together to restore the dunes in a most creative way. Includes an author's note about the ecology of the coastal sand dunes and what is being done to preserve them.