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by Roger D.
Abrahams
Found in The Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales
by Kevin
Crossley-Holland
Dying of envy for the creatures with long tails who can kill flies just by a switch of their tail, Brer Rabbit marches right up to God’s door and asks God for a long tail. But God thinks he created rabbits just right the first time.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5, Adult
Rating
4/5
12 Pages
Categories: African-American, Brer Rabbit, Folk Tale
by J. L.
Adams
Found in Cricket Magazine Vol 19, Num 4, Dec 1991
A young girl earns the rights to a new pair of boots when she braves a winter storm and a hungry wolf to fetch help for her desperately ill mother.
Grade Levels: 4, 5
Rating
4/5
5 Pages
Categories: Female Protagonist, Historical Fiction, Winter
by Sulaiman
Addonia
Found in Give Me Shelter: Stories About Children Who Seek Asylum
by Tony
Bradman
Fourteen year old Kareem is sent away to London by his mother to flee the endless war between her country, Eritrea, and Ethiopia. Though he makes the dangerous journey safely, he finds London a hostile and lonely place. But, he is determined to work hard so that he can bring his mother out of Eritrea someday.
Grade Levels: 5, Adult
Rating
5/5
13 Pages
Categories: Coming of Age, Family
by Jan
Adkins
Found in Cricket Magazine Vol 6, Num 11, July 1979
Luther Tarbox had a pure tenor voice and when a fog bank rolled in over Buzzard’s bay, his voice helped one boat after another find safety.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
4/5
6 Pages
Categories: Humor
by Allan
Ahlberg
Found in Ten in a Bed
by Allan
Ahlberg
A charming series of stories where fairy tales are stood on the head. Each night, little Dinah Price climbs the stairs at bedtime only to find a new fairy tale character in her bed. Each time she must tell them their tale, but she cleverly mixes them up until each character gets insulted, or confused and leaves.
Grade Levels: 2, 3, 4
Rating
5/5
Categories: Fairy Tale, Humor
by Janet & Allen
Ahlberg
Found in The Clothes Horse and Other Stories
by Janet & Allen
Ahlberg
Once upon a time a magician made a horse our of cloths… A clever story based on a common expression but with a very different interpretation.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
4/5
3 Pages
Categories: Silly
by Janet & Allen
Ahlberg
Found in The Clothes Horse and Other Stories
by Janet & Allen
Ahlberg
There was once a woman who decided to save parts of her life till later… A clever story based on a common expression but with a very different interpretation.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
5/5
3 Pages
Categories: Silly
by Janet & Allan
Ahlberg
Found in Cricket Magazine Vol 7, Num 3, Nov 1979
Jeremiah Obadiah Jackenory Jones sets out in the dark woods to find out who stole his grandma’s freshly made jam tarts. Along the way he meets a host of fairy tale characters and with their help discovers the surprising identity of the thief.
Grade Levels: 2, 3
Rating
4/5
8 Pages
Categories: Animal Stories, Fantasy, Humor
by Joan
Aiken
Found in The Last Slice of Rainbow
by Joan
Aiken
A young boy is given the gift of a rainbow and uses it all to heal those he meets on his journey.
Grade Levels: 2, 3, 4
Rating
4/5
8 Pages
Categories: Fantasy
by Joan
Aiken
Found in Guardian Angels
by Stephanie
Nettell
Jeff moonlights guarding rare flowers for the Nature Conservancy in order to pay for a trip to Niagara for his wheelchair-bound brother.
Grade Levels: 5, 6, 7
Rating
3/5
17 Pages
Categories: Family