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17 Stories for listening to:

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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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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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.  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 .  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.  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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Musical introduction by Caleb Summeril
Grades: 3, 4, 55 Stars. 6 Pages.
Appears in: Levitin, Sonia.  Boom Town
Category: Historical Fiction, Female Protagonist, Frontier Fiction
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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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