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by Louisa May
Alcott
Found in Cricket Magazine Vol 2, Num 3, Nov 1974
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.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
5/5
11 Pages
Categories: Family, Historical Fiction, Thanksgiving
by Louisa May
Alcott
Found in A Fireside Book of Yuletide Tales
by Edward
Wagenknecht
A young girl learns the true meaning of Christmas when her mother arranges for her to be the Christmas Angel at the local orphanage.
Grade Levels: 4, 5
Rating
4/5
15 Pages
Categories: Christmas, Family, Female Protagonist
by Leonora
Alleyne
Found in The Hamish Hamilton Book of Magical Beasts
by Ruth
Manning-Sanders
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…
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5
Rating
3/5
4 Pages
Categories: Fantasy, Mythical Creatures
by Irving
Bacheller
Found in A St. Nicholas Anthology: The Early Years
by Burton
Frye
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.
Grade Levels: 5, Adult
Rating
4/5
5 Pages
Categories: Adventure, Female Protagonist, Historical Fiction
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 John Kendrick
Bangs
Found in The Second St. Nicholas Anthology
by Henry Steele
Commager
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.
Grade Levels: 3, 4
Rating
4/5
16 Pages
Categories: Fantasy
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 Shirley
Beistle
Found in Story Parade: A Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 10, Num. 10, Oct 1945
Every Spring the Old Witch’s cat, Shadow, has a litter of black, green-eyed kittens that are eagerly taken home by young witches. But one Fall, just before Halloween, Shadow has a litter of one, snow-white, blue-eyed kitten. The Old Witch swears a white kitten is bad luck and that the kitty has to go. But Shadow comes up with a clever plan to save her child and to soften the Old Witch’s heart.
Grade Levels: 2, 3, 4, 5
Rating
4/5
4 Pages
Categories: Halloween, Witches
by Gary
Blackwood
Found in Cricket Magazine, Vol 23, Num 10, June 199
This engaging non-fiction chronicles an auto race in 1908. The race, sponsored by the New York Times and Le Matin, was from New York to Paris and included teams from The US, Germany, Italy and France. “The Impossible Race” captures all the excitement and trevails of what, at the time, was considered a positively ridiculous and outrageous idea.
Grade Levels: 3, 4, 5, 6
Rating
5/5
4 Pages
Categories: Non-fiction