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by Diane
Bailey
Found in Cricket Magazine Vol 31, Num 2, Oct 2003
After Daniel’s and Joseph’s pa died at the Alamo, the boys joined Sam Houston’s brigade to fight for Texas independence. After Santa Anna’s surrender, Sam Houston passed around an ear of corn from their meager supplies and encouraged each soldier to take a kernel home so that they could cultivate the arts of peace as nobly as they had mastered the arts of war.
Grade Levels: 5
Rating
5/5
5 Pages
Categories: Historical Fiction, War
by Sharon
Bailly
Found in Cricket Magazine Vol 30, Num 7, March 2003
Gyffes Llaw is the finest shoemaker in Wales and the Princess of Wales goes barefoot for lack of good shoes. Well, as you might guess, Gyffes Llaw wins her heart while making her shoes.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
5/5
5 Pages
Categories: Folk Tale
by Daniel C.
Beard
Found in A St. Nicholas Anthology: The Early Years
by Burton
Frye
During recess from school a full scale snowball war forms, complete with ammunition sleds, forts and commanders.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
4/5
2 Pages
Categories: Historical Fiction, School, United States, Winter
by Gary
Blackwood
Found in Cricket Magazine, Vol 43, Num 6, March 2016
Mama, Papa and Granny all have peculiar ways of knowing that a big rain is coming – none of them very scientific. But that doesn’t stop Papa from building a raft the size of an ark for the great flood of 1908.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
5/5
4 Pages
Categories: American, Historical Fiction, Humor
by Gary
Blackwood
Found in Short Circuits: Thirteen Shocking Stories
by Donald
Gallo
A young booklover thinks the librarian is a witch, only to find out how true that is when he is locked in the library after closing on a stormy night.
Grade Levels: 4, 5
Rating
5/5
15 Pages
Categories: Authors, Books, Fantasy, Ghosts, Halloween, Magic
by Claire
Blatchford
Found in Cricket Magazine Vol 18, Num 4, Dec 1990
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.
Grade Levels: 2, 3, 4, 5
Rating
5/5
6 Pages
Categories: Christmas, Female Protagonist, Holidays
by Ellis Parker
Butler
Found in The St. Nicholas Anthology
by Henry Steele
Commager
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.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
4/5
5 Pages
Categories: Historical Fiction, Humor
by Mary
Carey
Found in Young Witches & Warlocks
by Isaac
Asimov
Kate is refused entrance to Miss Perkle’s School for Young Witches, until one of her spells saves the school and causes Miss Perkle to reconsider.
Grade Levels: 4, 5, 6
Rating
4/5
12 Pages
Categories: Fantasy, Female Protagonist, Halloween, Magic, School, Witches
by Shirley
Climo
Found in Cricket Magazine Vol 9, Num 8, April 1982
In this lovely retelling of a traditional Norse legend, a young girl finds a frozen bird during a long cold winter and calls upon Eostre, the Bringer of Spring, to help save the bird. What Eostre does explains the origin of the tradition of the Easter rabbit and brightly colored eggs.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
4/5
6 Pages
Categories: Easter, Fairy Tale, Female Protagonist, Norse, Winter
by Shirley
Climo
Found in The Cobweb Christmas
by Shirley
Climo
Every Christmas old Tante cuts a tree and decorates it with presents for the village children and farm creatures. Then one Christmas as Christkindel is passing by the spiders ask him to open Tante’s door so that they can see Christmas. Creeping quietly past a snoring Tante, they soon have the tree spun with magnificent webs which Christkindel turns to tinsel of gold and silver giving old Tante a special gift in return for her generosity.
Grade Levels: 2, 3, 4, 5
Rating
5/5
5 Pages
Categories: Christmas, Fantasy