When Charlie's grandfather gives him a harmonica as a present he can't stop playing it. His mom and dad are constantly telling him to put it away, but his efforts paid off when they have a talent show at school and all his classmates encourage him and his harmonica to enter.
Seven-year-old Leland has trouble writing, but he loves drawing. He so dislikes his teacher that he conjures up Delilah, an imaginary seeing-eye dog to help him into class each day. When a neighborhood painter recognizes Leland's gifts as an artist, Leland grows more confident about the world as he uniquely sees it. And when his family's cat goes missing, it is Leland's keen observation skills that lead to finding him. Leland's newfound confidence helps him both confront and sympathize with his teacher, who only wishes Leland could be a bit more focused.
The world of Rip Squeak exists in a summer cottage in the country where no humans live ten months out of the year. The stories are about Rip Squeak and his little sister Jesse and their strange friendship with Abbey, and abandoned kitten, and a frog named Euripides. Rip and Jesse live inside the walls of a summer cottage. Abbey prefers to befriend creatures like mice and frogs and birds rather than other cats. She introduces Rip and Jesse to her friend Euripides, a very entertaining actor and storyteller who lives and breathes the theater. Through Rip's own words, the books introduce the stories of these creatures and the friendships they develop, setting the stage for adventures yet to come. How do you tell Mom and Dad you love them? How about throwing them a surprise party? For Rip Squeak and his friends, Jesse, Abbey and Euripides, it's all part of a nonstop, fun-filled day where cleaning the house, baking a cake and blowing up balloons becomes an adventure they'll never forget!
Midge is having a hard time organizing her list of things to do. Her friends are coming over for ice cream but her dog keeps needing more bones. When the day is through and nothing on her list is done, the friends arrive but Midge has no ice cream so she decides to take them and her dog out for ice cream.
When Jimmy's mother brings home a bag of five beautiful oranges, he wants to keep them all for himself. But his instinct to share with his family and friends is too strong to resist - until he has no oranges left at all! This day, Jimmy will learn a lot about the gift of generosity.
Maddie has big-city dreams, and this summer she's found her chance to visit New York. An art magazine is holding a portrait painting contest, and the first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Big Apple. Maddie plans to win, but her mother has different plans for her: a mother-daughter adventure in organic farming. Maddie is furious. How will she find an inspiring subject for her portrait amid the goat poop and chickens? And worse, her new age mother's attempts at pig reiki are an embarrassment. But Maddie befriends the farmer's daughter, Anna, and between dodging her mother and doing her chores, she finds the perfect subject for the portrait contest.
Mary wants to play with her friends Clara and Ana, but they're playing with their dolls, and Mary doesn't have a doll. Her mother suggests that she make one using wool and cotton and other things that they have around the house. So Mary makes a beautiful doll, but then she realizes: Her doll has to breathe, and how will it sneeze? What can she use for her lovely doll's nose? Marie veut jouer avec ses amies Clara et Anna, mais elles jouent avec leurs poupées et Marien'en a pas. Sa maman lui suggère d'en fabriquer une avec de la laine, du coton et d'autres objets qu'elles ont à la maison. Marie fabrique donc une belle poupée, mais elle réalise que sa poupée doit respirer; comment va t-elle éternuer? Que peut-elle utiliser pour faire un nez à sa belle poupée?