Ernest Elephant wore hats for every day of the week. He needed a hat to wear on Fridays and when he saw the beautiful, red cowboy hat Priscilla Pony was wearing he knew he had to have one. The only problem was he didn't have enough money. After finding five dollars on the playground and wanting to keep it to buy the hat, he remembers it is his friend Mike's lunch money. He returns the money to Mike and three weeks later Ernest gets the red cowboy hat as a birthday present.
When the cast of characters decide to have a food fight in the school cafeteria it turns into a real mess. The lunch lady tries to stop them but they pay no attention to her. As the animals get up to leave they notice the sad look on the lunch lady's face and decide to miss recess that day to stay and clean up their mess.
Nell makes two wishes on her birthday, but the next day they show little sign of coming true. Everyone in her household is busy and wants her out from underfoot and no one is willing to help her find her lost cat. In the end she finds more than a cat and she makes her own wishes come true with the help of a row of tall, bright, smiling sunflowers.
Kate is determined to win her spelling club's spelling bee, but the competition is fierce. She can almost put up with Violet's relentless claims of superior spelling ability, but when Kate and Jake begin to fight with each other, Kate is miserable. She wants to win the contest, but she doesn't want to lose her best friend.
Lawrence hates being teased about his dimples, but nothing he does seems to make any difference. Joe goes right on teasing him, and the teasing gets meaner and meaner. Finally, Lawrence notices something about his friend Stewart that may provide the tool he needs to tease-proof himself once and for all.
Kate and Jake have always been best friends; always, that is, until Jake's cousin, Lionel, moves nearby and Jake starts spending time with him instead. Kate struggles with his abandonment and her own loneliness as she seeks new friends that share her likes and dislikes. And, perhaps there is a place in her life for her old best friend after all.
Penguin likes to visit his friend Duck. But he begins to miss some of the things at home. How can Duck cheer up his homesick friend? Concept: Empathy/Caring for others. Book features: Big Words and Big Questions; original illustrations.