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Alcott, Louisa May.  A Christmas Dream.
A young girl learns the true meaning of Christmas when her mother arranges for her to be the Christmas Angel at the local orphanage.
Grades: 4, 54 Stars. 15 Pages.
Appears in: Wagenknecht, Edward.  A Fireside Book of Yuletide Tales
Category: Christmas, Family, Female Protagonist
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Alcott, Louisa May.  An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving.
A lovely look at a 19th century farm Thanksgiving as only Louisa May Alcott can do. When Farmer Eph and his wife have to leave suddenly for a family emergency, the girls decide they are perfectly capable of cooking a Thanksgiving meal. Between mixing up ingredients and quantities, their dinner looks fine but the taste brings about good-natured humor from their parents and the relatives they brought home.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 11 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 2, Num 3, Nov 1974
Category: Thanksgiving, Historical Fiction, Family
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Alleyne, Leonora.  The Husband of the Rat's Daughter.
The mother of the loveliest rat daughter decided her daughter must marry only the greatest husband so they set out to arrange a marriage with the sun but the sun said the clouds were greater, and he said the wind was greater...
Grades: 3, 4, 53 Stars. 4 Pages.
Appears in: Manning-Sanders, Ruth.  The Hamish Hamilton Book of Magical Beasts
Category: Fantasy, Mythical Creatures
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Bacheller, Irving.  Lost in the Fog.
Young Willie can't fathom why anyone would like geese but he does like Mother Tipton, the local goose-woman. When he accompanies her on her journey across the bay to sell her feathers, they are overtaken by a fog and driven far off coarse. Mother Tipton's skill and the instincts of the geese steer them safely to dry land, giving Willie a new respect for Mother Tipton's gaggle.
Grades: 5, Adult4 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Frye, Burton.  A St. Nicholas Anthology: The Early Years
Category: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Female Protagonist
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Bangs, John Kendrick.  The Time Shop.
A young boy visits a department store where everything is paid for in time but is disappointed to find that the owner of the shop across the street, Mr. Procrastination, has picked his pockets clean.
Grades: 3, 44 Stars. 16 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The Second St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Fantasy
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Beard, Daniel C..  A Snow Battle.
During recess from school a full scale snowball war forms, complete with ammunition sleds, forts and commanders.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 2 Pages.
Appears in: Frye, Burton.  A St. Nicholas Anthology: The Early Years
Category: Historical Fiction, United States, Winter, School
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Blatchford, Claire.  Weird, Wonderful Mrs. Becker.
Cat thinks her new neighbor, Mrs. Becker, is really weird when she sees her hauling rocks and dirt into her house a month before Christmas. But when Cat's mom asks her to take Mrs. Becker some fresh cookies, Cat discovers a wonderful and kind woman that has a perfectly good reason for bringing bushels of dirt into her home.
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 54 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 18, Num 4, Dec 1990
Category: Christmas, Holidays, Female Protagonist
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Busby, Cecilia.  The Beautiful Necklace.
Izzie wants to hear the story of the beautiful necklace, and her grandmother begins; "Long age, your ancestors lived on the island of Kiriwina, in the deep blue Pacific Ocean." In the Kula ring, the regional exchange of shells between islands, Kaibola receives the most beautiful necklace ever seen in the islands. Its beauty is so great, he can't let it go until it loses its luster and he realizes he must let it reenter the Kula ring. But it comes full circle and passes down through the generations until is rests radiantly on Izzie's neck. "Long ago, your ancestors..."
Grades: 2, 3, 45 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Busby, Cecilia.  Readmeastoryink.com
Category: Adventure, Family, Female protagonist, Friendship, Kindness, Historical Fiction
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Butler, Ellis Parker.  Pigs is Pigs.
Mr. Morehouse claimed that the two crated guinea pigs that had just arrived at the Westcote train station should be charged at the 25 cent rate for shipping pets, but Mike Flannery, the station agent, claimed they should be charged at the 30 cent rate for pigs. While their argument raged on over days, the guinea pigs multiplied once, then again ... and again ...
Grades: 54 Stars. 11 Pages.
Appears in: Manley, Seon.  Merriment! A Treasury for Young Readers
Category: Humor, Historical Fiction
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Butler, Ellis Parker.  The Rowena O'Toole Company.
When young William's rabbits destroy Mr. Morton's lettuce, and his chickens pecks holes in Mr. Grady's tomatoes, Mr. Morton and Mr. Grady decide that William should try his hand at raising a pig.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Historical Fiction, Humor
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Claudy, C. H..  The Story of Old Father Gravity.
A story that goes back to the very, very, very first of all beginnings before the earth was formed when everything was just a big mess and Father Gravity was called upon by Mother Nature to form the Earth.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 10 Pages.
Appears in: Claudy, C. H..  "Tell Me Why" Stories
Category: How & Why
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Coombs, F. Lovell.  A Runaway Train.
Two telegraphs operators know the only way to stop a runaway train is to get ahead of it on a handcar and when it slows near the top of a rise, jump aboard.
Grades: 5, 6, 74 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Adventure
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Crompton, Anne Eliot.  The Lifting Stone.
Mandy Jane's older sister was to be betrothed to the first person who could remove the giant stone from the middle of their field. Mandy felt secure that she could keep her sister at home since only she had figured out how to move the stone.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 6, Num 8, April 1979
Category: Historical Fiction
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Culp, Robert.  What Happened at School Last Wednesday.
Cotton and Rooster decide to try to pig riding before heading to school but they get cornered by Old Lop Ear - the meanest, orneriest, ugliest hog in the west half of Arkansas and never do make it to school.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 7, Num 9, May 1980
Category: Historical Fiction, Humor, Friendship
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Culp, Robert.  The Honey Tree.
The continued adventure of Cotton and Rooster as they decide to get the honey from the honey tree they discovered. Unfortunately Garvey Bockenweiler beats them to it and he hates everything in general and kids in particular.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 7, Num 10, June 1980
Category: Historical Fiction, Humor, Friendship
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Culp, Robert.  The Pups' First Hunt.
Rooster, Cotton and Uncle Jake along with Flitter, Uncle Jake's hound and her seven half grown pups were headed out to hunt, but first they had to pass Old Man Garvey's place. Old Man Garvey was the meanest, orneriest, most cantankerous old coot that ever held a bad thought. Well, they almost made it until the pups saw a bobcat sneaking into Garvey's hen house, then all hell broke loose.
Musical introduction by Caleb Summeril
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 8 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 6, Num 1, Sept 1978
Category: Humor, Historical Fiction
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Culp, Robert.  Tom and His Coffee-Colored Horse.
Tom's father walked in frowning. Tom had forgotten to feed his horse again. "It's more than just responsibility, Tom. If you take care of your horse, he'll take care of you." Tom's father's wisdom is soon put to the test when the half-full school bus skids off the road during a blizzard near Tom's road. Tom can just make out Coffee standing on the other side of the fence ready to take Tom to safety and get help for the other children.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 3 Pages.
Appears in: readmeastoryink.com
Category: Adventure, Coming of Age, Horses, American
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Culp, Robert .  Miz Mephitis.
When Rooster ducks into the barn to get out of the afternoon rain storm he is surprised to have his sneeze answered by a polite "God bless you, young man." When he realizes it is Miz Mephitis, the skunk, he backs away just a far as he can. But his fear is replaced by curiosity when a right friendly discussion ensues and Rooster learns there is a lot more to skunks than he had imagined.
Musical introduction by Caleb Summeril
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 8 Pages.
Appears in: Culp, Robert D..  Rooster
Category: Historical Fiction, Humor, Animal Stories
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Culp, Robert .  Darlene and the Ice Storm.
When Darlene, Rooster's pregnant heifer, wanders off during an ice storm, Rooster and Cotton must find her before she gives birth. Unfortunately they are too late and have to figure out how to get the newborn to safety, especially when Darlene won't let them near her young calf.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Culp, Robert D..  Rooster
Category: Historical Fiction
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Culp, Robert .  A Kindness.
Rooster is wondering how to untangle his lucky bobber when the thieving, pig-murdering Old Man Bockenweiler comes strolling down the path. Rooster hides and to his surprise, his dreaded enemy stops, untangles the bobber, neatly rolls the line and leaves Rooster's fishing pole by his can of worms showing Rooster a different and surprisingly kind side of the Old Man.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Culp, Robert D..  Rooster
Category: Historical Fiction
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Culp, Robert.  The Turkey Hunt.
Best friends Cotton and Rooster join their Uncle Jake for a spring turkey hunt accompanied by Uncle Jake's old hound Bogus. When they sight a turkey, Rooster grabs hold of Bogus' collar so he won't scare the bird but when the shot rings out, Bogus takes off after the fallen gobbler over bushes and ledge with Rooster in tow.
Musical introduction by Hannah Seng
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 3 Pages.
Appears in: readmeastoryink.com
Category: Historical Fiction, Friendship, Humor, Family, Thanksgiving
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Culp, Robert D..  Me and Samuel P. McGillicuddy.
While a young boy barely escapes from Old Lop Ear the hog, he ends up face to face with Samuel P. McGillicuddy, a massive rattle snake who turns out to be not only friendly but quite talkative.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 4, Num 8, April 1977
Category: Animal Stories, Humor
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Culp, Robert D..  The Night of the Wolves.
Tom's mom said there hadn't been a wolf around their Colorado ranch for ten years. But 1904 was the worst winter on record and the howls near their pasture would indicate that the wolves had returned. With their dad away on business, it was up to brothers Tom and Rob to save their newborn calves.
Grades: 4, 55 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Topp, Robert.  Read Me a Story, Ink
Category: Adventure, Historical Fiction
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Davol, Marguerite.  The Coldest Night of the Year.
One night in Carroll county it was so cold that Papa Alonzo's words just froze in mid air. But little Lulie who was as sharp as an icicle and as quick as an avalanche gathered them up and stored them in canning jars so come spring when anyone wanted one of Papa Alonzo's stories, all they had to do was take down a jar and open the lid.
Musical introduction by Hannah Seng
Grades: 3, 4 , 54 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Davol, Marguerite.  Papa Alonzo Leatherby: A Collection of Tall Tales
Category: Tall Tale
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Davol, Marguerite.  Summer Soup.
One July afternoon in Carroll county the sun got stuck at two o'clock. It got so hot that fish jumped out of the river into the frying pan already fried and the hens laid hard-boiled eggs.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Davol, Marguerite.  Papa Alonzo Leatherby: A Collection of Tall Tales
Category: Tall Tale
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Dole, Nathan Haskell.  Percy Ray's Trick Boat.
Percy Ray builds a real beauty of a boat except for one minor flaw. Everytime someone tries to sail her, she lays over and throws them overboard.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 13 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The Second St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Historical Fiction, Humor
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Grahame, Kenneth.  Dulce Domum (excerpted from The Wind in the Willows).
A lovely excerpt from The Wind in the Willows. When Ratty and Mole are returning to Toad Hall, Mole smells his own home and is overcome with nostalgia. When Ratty agrees to go with Mole, despite the coming snow, they find all the coziness, warmth and cheer that should fill everyone's Christmas.
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 64 Stars. 14 Pages.
Appears in: McFerran, Ann.  Stories to be Read Aloud to Children and by Children
Category: Animal Stories, Christmas
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Grahame, Kenneth.  The Reluctant Dragon.
When a young boy stumbles upon a poetry reciting dragon, he must find a way to prevent St. George from killing the dragon which he does with the aid of St. George himself.
Grades: 4, 54 Stars. 18 Pages.
Appears in: Lurie, Alison.  The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales
Category: Fairy Tale, Dragons, Mythical Creatures
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Hale, Lucretia P..  Solomon John Goes for Apples and Cider.
Solomon John can't seem to mount his horse right so rides backwards to get apples, which he loses and cider, which he forgets.
Musical introduction by Hannah Seng
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 54 Stars. 4 Pages.
Appears in: Hale, Lucretia P..  The Peterkin Papers
Category: Humor, Family
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Hale, Lucretia P..  The Peterkins Celebrate the Fourth of July.
The Fourth of July celebrations get under way too early for Mr. & Mrs. Peterkin and the day only gets worse as Solomon John tries to make his own fireworks.
Grades: 4, 54 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Fourth of July, Holidays, Humor
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Hall, Esther Greenacre.  The Send-and-Fotch Book.
Set in rural Kentucky, Nancy Davis and her family are so poor she can only dream of owning a beautiful dress from a mail order catalogue. When some money finally comes from the sale of their hog, Nancy decides her brothers and sisters need things more than her but her generosity is rewarded in a way she couldn't have imagined.
Grades: 55 Stars. 13 Pages.
Appears in: Robinson, Mabel L..  Blue Ribbon Stories (1932)
Category: Historical Fiction, Female Protagonist
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Hansen, Joyce.  New Day Dawning.
On the day of their emancipation, field hands on George Thomas' plantation threaten to leave unless he builds a school to educate their children. Young Sarah, the Mistress' personal slave, is conflicted between taking her freedom and dedication to her Mistress but decides to stay on awhile if she can go to the school and study to become a teacher.
Musical introduction by Hannah Seng
Grades: 4, 55 Stars. 11 Pages.
Appears in: Asher, Sandy.  But That's Another Story
Category: Historical Fiction, African-American, Female Protagonist, Slavery, United States, School
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Hansen, Joyce.  Sweet Hour of Prayer.
Cracke Road in Charleston, South Carolina was on land that used to be a plantation and it was rumored that when you sang "Sweet Hour of Prayer" you could see the ghosts of slaves that tried to run away. No one believed it until a young girl said a ghost was going to help her reunite with her mother in New York, and sure enough, two weeks after disappearing a letter arrived from New York saying that she was safe and with her mother.
Musical introduction by Amanda Ply. Spiritual by Sydnie Rubaine
Grades: 55 Stars. 17 Pages.
Appears in: Gale, David.  Don't Give Up the Ghost
Category: Ghosts, African-American, Female Protagonist
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Hansen, Joyce.  The New Man.
A young man who volunteers at a veteran's shelter is discouraged as Christmas approaches because his family can't afford presents, or even a tree and there's no Christmas spirit at the shelter. That is, until a mysterious, very disheveled "New Man" arrives who teaches everyone, by example, the true meaning of Christmas.
Grades: 4, 54 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Celebrate, Grades 5-6[Life Signs December 29,1991]
Category: African-American, Christmas
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Hansen, Joyce.  Bird Legs Nelson.
Big Reggie is not only the widest kid at Queensbridge Middle School, but he could have just as easily been nicknamed, The Tormentor. No one thinks up better insults than Big Reggie. But when Reggie turns his unique skills on seventh grader, Nelson, he picks on the wrong kid, setting in motion a series of events that leads to his own comeuppance.
Grades: 4, 54 Stars. 4 Pages.
Appears in: Read Me a Story, Ink
Category: African-American, Humor
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Hansen, Joyce.  A Safe Place.
After-school writer's club proves a fertile ground for an unlikely three-way friendship. Lamont - "fat boy" to his classmates- a closet braniac; Deidre, who hides behind her smile and Tommy, the only white student in ninth grade, all struggle to fit in. But with the support of their friendship and the sharing of their writing, each learns to accept who they are and what makes them special.
Grades: 6, 7, 8, 95 Stars. 12 Pages.
Appears in: Topp, Robert.  Readmeastoryink.com
Category: African-American, Humor, Authors, School
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Harris, Joel Chandler.  Brer Rabbit He's a Good Fisherman.
When Brer Rabbit accidentally falls down a well, he convinces Brer Fox that he is just fishin' and that he should come on down and try it.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 3 Pages.
Appears in: Corrin, Sara & Stephen.  A Time to Laugh
Category: Humor, African-American, Brer Rabbit
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Hawes, Charles Boardman.  The Cat-King of Abol.
After 10 years in prison a man unjustly seeks revenge against a mountain hermit surrounded by scores of cats. He doesn't reckon on the ability of the old man to summon his cats to swarm.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 12 Pages.
Appears in: Greenberg, Martin.  The Horse of the War God and Other Selections by Newbery Authors
Category: Fantasy
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Hawes, Charles Boardman.  Adoniram.
A long-standing feud between two best friends comes to an end when one friend helps save the other's barn from burning.
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 65 Stars. 11 Pages.
Appears in: Greenberg, Martin.  Adoniram and Other Selections by Newbery Authors
Category: Historical Fiction, United States
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Hawes, Charles Boardman.  The Wild Dog of Caucomgomoc.
When an old trapper dies, his faithful bloodhound turns wild and fearsome tales grow around his mournful bark, that is, until he saves a child from the swamp after which he is welcomed back by the people of the town.
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 84 Stars. 10 Pages.
Appears in: Greenberg, Martin.  Lighthouse Island and Other Selections by Newbery Authors
Category: Historical Fiction, Animal Stories, Dogs, United States
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Hawes, Charles Boardman.  The Last Hunt.
In his excitement after treeing a coon, an old hound dog goes through the thin ice on the river which only leads to a worse situation when Old Man Ballin goes to save him and ends up in the river himself.
Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 84 Stars. 8 Pages.
Appears in: Greenberg, Martin.  Lighthouse Island and Other Selections by Newbery Authors
Category: Historical Fiction, Animal Stories, Dogs, United States
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Henry, O..  The Gift of the Magi.
The classic tale of poor young newlyweds trying to make Christmas a time of giving. He sells his grandfather's pocket watch to buy her a comb for her beautiful long hair. She sells her hair to a wig-maker to buy him a silver watch-chain for his grandfather's watch.
Grades: 4, 55 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Wagenknecht, Edward.  A Fireside Book of Yuletide Tales
Category: Christmas, Female Protagonist
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Housman, Laurence.  The Rat-Catcher's Daughter.
A greedy father sells his beautiful daughter to a gnome but gets his come-upins.
Grades: 3, 4, 53 Stars. 10 Pages.
Appears in: Housman, Laurence.  The Rat-Catcher's Daughter
Category: Folk Tale
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Housman, Laurence.  Gammelyn, The Dressmaker.
A dressmaker must make two impossible dresses for the princess.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 8 Pages.
Appears in: Housman, Laurence.  The Rat-Catcher's Daughter
Category: Fantasy
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Housman, Laurence.  A Chinese Fairy Tale.
Tiki-pu enters a painting to learn from the great artist himself.
Grades: 4, 54 Stars. 13 Pages.
Appears in: Housman, Laurence.  The Rat-Catcher's Daughter
Category: Folk Tale, Fantasy, Chinese
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Jacobs, W. W..  The Monkey's Paw.
A mummified monkey's paw from India holds three wishes for three men, but to their horror the wishes never seem to produce what they expect.
Grades: 5, 6, 7, 84 Stars. 12 Pages.
Appears in: Asimov, Isaac.  Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, 7: Magical Wishes
Category: Fantasy, Magic, Horror, Halloween
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Jewett, Sarah Orne.  An Empty Purse.
A young woman brings warmth to her neighbors at Christmastime with small gifts and kind acts.
Grades: 4, 5, 63 Stars. 8 Pages.
Appears in: Wagenknecht, Edward.  A Fireside Book of Yuletide Tales
Category: Christmas, Female Protagonist
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Jones, Ursula.  Eva and the Hopeless Prince.
Eva and her trusty dog, Gladdo, Live alone in a house far out on the plain, until one day a hopeless prince chances by while on his quest to become less hopeless. The prince falls hopelessly in love with Eva, who is anything but hopeless, and is most certainly not a princess, and that is against the rules. It takes Gladdo and a dragon who is a stickler for rules, to convince the prince to break the rules and ask for Eva's hand in marriage - who by this, has fallen hopelessly in love with Prince Hopeless. Whew!
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 55 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Topp, Robert.  readmeastoryink.com
Category: Female Protagonist, Humor, Dragons, Fantasy
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Kipling, Rudyard.  The Cat That Walked by Himself.
All the animals were wild-as-wild-as-wild-could be-and they walked in the Wet Wild Wood by their wild lones. But the wildest of all the wild animals was the Cat.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 8 Pages.
Appears in: Adams, Richard.  Favorite Animals Stories
Category: Animal Stories, Cats
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Lennon, Joan.  Skivvy and Cuttle.
Skivvy and Cuttle the Dragon, team up with Robin's merry men to save Robin Hood from the Sheriff of Nottingham's dungeon.
Musical intro by Caleb Summeril
Grades: 2, 3, 44 Stars. 12 Pages.
Appears in: Carus, Marianne.  Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales From East and West
Category: Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures
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Lennon, Joan.  In Search of....
In children's literature, where speculative fiction is dominated by fantasy, this is a welcome and refreshing return to good-old science fiction. On a watery world, the far descendants of a failed human exploring expedition have adapted to life in the sea. Fifteen year-old Tay longs for something different and finds herself outside of the safety zone and caught in a net heading for the surface ... but no one lives on the surface!
Grades: 54 Stars. 21 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 34, Nums 2, 3, 4, 5, Oct, Nov, Dec 2006 & Jan 2007
Category: Fantasy, Female Protagonist, Science Fiction
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Lennon, Joan.  Plantagenet and the Primordial Pondweed.
A vertically challenged junior wizard named Short and his familiar Plantagenet must rid the town of Dull-on-Purpose of a rather ill-mannered dragon. With a little primordial pondweed and a skeleton from the natural history museum, their task is as good as done.
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 54 Stars. 4 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 22, Num 1, Sept 1994
Category: Humor, Dragons, Mythical Creatures
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Lennon, Joan.  Piers and the Begonia.
Piers, the Keeper of the Threshold Beast at Castle Camphor, was embarrassed because all of the other castle beast keepers had real beasts; wolves, griffins and boars, but Piers had only a potted begonia.
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 55 Stars. 4 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 17, Num 8, April 1990
Category: Humor, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures
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Lennon, Joan.  Robin Hood and the Rather Rude Martian.
It's just another day of taking from the rich and giving to the poor for Robin and his brightly colored band of outlaws, when they are beseeched by a Martian to help retrieve her flying saucer from a tree. In return for their kindness the Martian, Gorgeous Fair Maiden, gifts Robin and his men enough green cloth to make them blend in, not stand out in Sherwood Forest.
Grades: 3, 45 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Readmeastoryink.com
Category: Fantasy, Humor
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Levitin, Sonia.  I Want to Go to Kurachek.
When Fedor is taking his grapes to market one day he is passed by a man on his way to the miraculous city of Kurachek. Fedor becomes obsessed with going to Kurachek but in preparing to go, he discovers that there is no place like home.
Musical introduction by Caleb Summeril
Grades: 5 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 5, Num 10 , June 1978
Category: Folk Tale, Growth & Living, Wisdom
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Levitin, Sonia.  All the Cats in the World.
Old Mikila fed the wild cats at the base of the light house, all the while ignoring the teasing of the light house keeper. But when she fell sick, it was the very same keeper who fed her beloved cats thus starting a friendship that brought warmth to their aged lives.
Musical introduction by Caleb Summeril
Grades: 2, 3, 4, 55 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 12, Num 6, Feb 1985
Category: Friendship, Love Story
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Levitin, Sonia.  The Fisherman and the Bird.
Rico has lived and fished alone since being jilted in his youth. But one day, Rico discovers that a pair of beautiful birds have built a nest at the top of his mast. He is ready to destroy the nest so that he can sail, but the local school teacher convinces Rico of the rarity of the birds and the importance of letting them nest. Begrudgingly, Rico lets the birds nest and is meanwhile transformed by their beauty and the friendship of the villagers.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Levitin, Sonia.  The Fisherman and the Bird
Category: Historical Fiction, Kindness, Friendship
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Levitin, Sonia.  Boom Town.
Amanda and her family have come to California to join her father in the mining camp but they find nothing but a few broken down log cabins. Soon Amanda is baking pies that her Pa sells to the miners and she is suggesting to traveling peddlers and wandering artisans they they settle down and open shops. Soon enough their cabin is smack dab in the middle of a Boom Town.
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Levitin, Sonia.  Boom Town
Category: Historical Fiction, Female Protagonist, Frontier Fiction
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London, Jack.  The Sounding of the Call.
The only thing that keeps Buck from heeding the call and joining a wolf pack in the frozen north, is his love for one man, John Thornton.
Grades: 4, 53 Stars. 12 Pages.
Appears in: Adams, Richard.  Favorite Animals Stories
Category: Animal Stories, Dogs, Wolves
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Marie-Victorin, Fr.  Don't Sell the Farm.
Felix Delage is saddened to see all the farms around his being sold for development and is about to give in to the inevitable when his grandchildren ask to have it saved for them.
Grades: 5, 6, 7, 84 Stars. 13 Pages.
Appears in: Kingston, E. F..  Modern Stories for Modern Schools
Category: Family
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Moreau, Shannon.  The Story of Ida B. Wells.
A moving short biography of Ida B. Wells, a woman born into a slave family who became a journalist and devoted her life to raising the conscience of the nation about crimes against black people, especially lynchings. It wasn't for decades after her death in 1931 that lynchings finally stopped.
Grades: 54 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 26, Num 6, Feb 1999
Category: Non-fiction, Biography, African-American, Female Protagonist
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Muir, John.  Stickeen.
When John Muir sets out one morning in 1880 to explore the glacier above Taylor Bay, Alaska, he is followed by the small but intrepid camp dog, Stickeen. Stickeen had never developed an attachment to anyone until their harrowing day on the glacier when he and John Muir became inseparable companions after an unimaginable close call.
Grades: 4, 5, Adult5 Stars. 13 Pages.
Appears in: Peterson, Florence.  The Big Book of Favorite Dog Stories
Category: Adventure
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Pyle, Howard.  The Story of King Arthur and His Knights.
A beautiful recounting of the marriage of King Arthur and Lady Guinevere.
Grades: 4, 5, 64 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Frye, Burton.  A St. Nicholas Anthology: The Early Years
Category: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Arthurian
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Pyle, Howard.  The Water of Life.
The only way that the fairest Princess will marry the King is if he brings her a cup of the water of life to revive her beloved raven. But the King sends off his servant in his stead and in the end gets his comeupins.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Pyle, Howard.  The Wonder Clock
Category: Folk Tale, Story Tellers
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Pyle, Howard.  One Good Turn Deserves Another.
A young fisherman frees a stork from netting and in return the stork has him cast his net, whereupon he catches a fish whose scales are of gold and silver. The young lad takes the fish to the King asking for his daughter's hand in exchange. The Princess agrees to marry the fisherman but only if he can bring her the key to the Wish-house. She thinks it an impossible task not realizing the fisher lad still has the stork to aid him.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 10 Pages.
Appears in: Pyle, Howard.  The Wonder Clock
Category: Folk Tale, Story Tellers
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Pyle, Howard.  How Boots Befooled the King.
The wisest King promised his daughter and half the kingdom to anyone who could befool him. Three brothers tried, Peter failed, Paul failed but Boots the simpleton befooled the King and won his daughter.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Pyle, Howard.  The Wonder Clock
Category: Folk Tale, Story Tellers
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Pyle, Howard.  Master Jacob.
When the priest, the provost and the master mayor hear that Master Jacob is bringing his fat pig to market, they decide to fool him and gain a fat pig for free. But Master Jacob is not the fool he seems and in the end they get their comeupins and Master Jacob goes home richer by $100.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 8 Pages.
Appears in: Pyle, Howard.  The Wonder Clock
Category: Folk Tale, Story Tellers
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Rice, Alice Hegan.  The Theater Party.
A heart warming scene from Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch in which Billy Wiggs comes up with a scheme to grant his mother her wish of going to the old "Opery" house just once in her life.
Grades: 54 Stars. 15 Pages.
Appears in: Fenner, Phyllis.  Fun, Fun, Fun: Stories of Fantasy and Farce, Mischief and Mirth, Whimsy and Nonsense.
Category: Historical Fiction, Humor, Family
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Rinn, Miriam.  A Miracle for Marci.
Young Marci needs the help of their neighbor, Mrs. Gold to plan a surprise Hanukkah party for her recently emigrated family. Since religious practices were banned in her native Soviet Union, Marci and her family never learned the true history of Hanukkah or how to celebrate it.
Musical introduction by Caleb Summeril
Grades: 4, 54 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Cricket Magazine Vol 19, Num 4, Dec 1991
Category: Hanukkah, Female Protagonist, Judaica
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Robinson, Harry Perry.  On a Mountain Trail.
On a supply trip from Livingston to Gulch City, Montana, two men travel the first part without trouble but at the ten mile mark they are surrounded by a pack of black wolves, lean and hungry from the winter.
Grades: 5, 6, 74 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Frye, Burton.  A St. Nicholas Anthology: The Early Years
Category: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Wolves, United States, Western Fiction, Winter
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Rounds, Glen.  Baby Rainstorm.
All the buildings in Paul Bunyan's camp were well built to keep out the rain, that is until the day it rained up instead of down.
Grades: 3, 45 Stars. 11 Pages.
Appears in: Ramsey, Eloise.  Story Parade: A Collection of Modern Stories for Boys and Girls. Silver Book
Category: Humor, Tall Tale
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Scoville, Samuel.  The Reef.
A young Caribbean boy sponge diving with his grandfather must summon all of his courage to dive in the reef where a tiger shark killed his father.
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 84 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Adventure, Historical Fiction
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Seton, Ernest Thompson.  Lobo, the King of Currumpaw.
Old Lobo, the gigantic leader of a pack of gray wolves, terrorizes the ranches in the Currumpaw cattle range in New Mexico while outwitting hunters for years.
Grades: 4, 5 4 Stars. 12 Pages.
Appears in: Adams, Richard.  Favorite Animals Stories
Category: Animal Stories, Wolves
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Squier, Emma-Lindsay.  Even-Steven.
An old prospector, after escaping from the debt farm, returns to his old claim only to find his cabin occupied by a runaway orphan. But soon they join forces against the man who falsely claims he owns the cabin and the gold claim. Trouble is, there is no gold until the boy's pet pack rat, Even-Steven, starts trading gold nuggets for scraps of food.
Grades: 4, 55 Stars. 16 Pages.
Appears in: Robinson, Mabel L..  Blue Ribbon Stories (1932)
Category: Historical Fiction
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Stockton, Frank.  The Griffin and the Minor Canon.
When a Griffin hears of his likeness carved by a sculptor over a church door, he comes to town to view the sculpture. The frightened towns people send the Minor Canon to talk with him, a young man for whom the Griffin takes quite a liking but doesn't like the way he is treated by the cowardly and selfish inhabitants of the town.
Grades: 4, 5, Adult5 Stars. 9 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Fantasy, Griffins
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Swett, Sophie.  How Santa Claus Found the Poor-House.
Two young friends in an English poor house are befriended by a portly old doctor that looks surprisingly like Santa Claus but gives them a gift that even Santa couldn't match.
Grades: 4, 54 Stars. 7 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Holidays, Historical Fiction, Christmas
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Terhune, Albert Payson.  "One Minute Longer".
When a young boy falls through the ice, he keeps repeating something he had read..."Heroism is the ability to hang on one minute longer"... until his dog, Wolf, can fetch help.
Grades: 3, 4, 54 Stars. 14 Pages.
Appears in: Commager, Henry Steele.  The Second St. Nicholas Anthology
Category: Animal Stories, Dogs, Historical Fiction
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Twain, Mark.  Jim Wolf and the Cats.
On a two cent bet, Jim Wolf climbs out on an icy roof in pursuit of two old tom cats arguing atop the chimney. Jim gets within reach of one of the Toms but when he stands to grab it his feet fly up and down he slides landing in the hot-candy dishes at the party below.
Grades: 5, Adult4 Stars. 4 Pages.
Appears in: Twain, Mark.  The Birds and Beasts of Mark Twain
Category: Humor
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Twain, Mark.  The Pinch Bug and His Prey.
Board with the Sunday sermon, Tom Sawyer takes out his pinch bug but when it bites him he flings it in the isle where a wandering Poodle sits on it and takes off yelping for parts unknown with the pinch bug stuck to his rear.
Grades: 5, Adult4 Stars. 5 Pages.
Appears in: Fadiman, Clifton.  The World Treasury of Children's Literature, III
Category: Humor
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Twain, Mark.  The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.
Jim Smiley had about the most uncommonest luck of anyone who ever placed a bet, that is until he placed Daniel, his jumping frog up against another man's frog and Daniel could barely lift himself off the ground due to the quail shot the other man secretly dumped down his gullet.
Grades: 5, Adult4 Stars. 8 Pages.
Appears in: Twain, Mark.  The Birds and Beasts of Mark Twain
Category: Humor
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Wells, H. G..  The Magic Shop.
After an eerie and somewhat frightening visit to a magic shop, a father and his son are hard pressed to find the shop again, which seems to have never been there.
Grades: 54 Stars. 10 Pages.
Appears in: Lurie, Alison.  The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales
Category: Fairy Tale, Magic
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