Kate has decided on a pirate theme for her party. She thinks that seven is going to be the best age to be. Her friend Jake is going to teach her to ride a two-wheeler. And her party is going to be fabulous. That is, until Violet starts spreading stories. Kate goes right on with her planning, but she is worried. When Violet is the only one to show up on the big day, Kate thinks that her worst fears have come true.
George is hardly bigger than a child's middle finger. His knees and his elbows don't bend and his legs are fused together. When Katie and Mackenzie find him at the edge of the ocean, they are unimpressed, but George keeps turning up in their lives. And what may seem ordinary to a girl and a boy can be an awesome adventure if you are six centimeters tall.
Sam and Nate tells the story of a developing friendship between two boys. Through letters, notes, school projects, a pregnant teacher and a substitute who has never taught children before, Sam and Nate support each other as best they can, but get into some funny scrapes while they're at it.
Harriet has a large collection of stuffed animals. Her favorite is an intrepid bear, Theodora (Teddy, to her friends), who leads the others in a variety of attempts to boss Harriet around and to claim the spot of alpha animal in the household. It is all Harriet can do to get her own way once in a while.
Jake and his younger brother Tommy are visiting family at a beach house on the coast. Having already lost a race to his cousin Lexie, Jake can't resist a second chance at victory when she challenges him again. Only this time it's a boat race-to the legendary Smuggler's Cave and back. The ocean is deep and choppy, and the boat is harder to control than Jake thought it would be. When he and Tommy reach Smuggler's Cave, the unthinkable happens. The boat capsizes, and they are swept into the cave. Lexie comes to their rescue, but the rising tide prevents them from escaping, and the three of them soon realize they are trapped.
Reg and Keely are twins. Keely loves painting and bugs. Reg loves rocks. Keely sings crazy rhymes. Reg plays softball. Shawna and Burt are their friends. In this series of linked stories, the children's deep involvement with their daily activities never falters, from a bug walk, through incidents flying a kite and dividing labor at clean up time, to a chance to swim in the river on a hot summer's day.
The accurately-named Red Cat and Blue Cat share a house and mutual antagonism. But each also secretly wishes that they could have some of the other's signature traits--Blue Cat is a smartypuss who's good at opening cans and the fridge; Red Cat can bounce across rooftops and zoom up the drapes. After two attempts to change to the other's color don't pan out, each instructs the other in the art of being the cat that they are not. And though Blue Cat and Red Cat try very hard to be a different sort of cat, the real change happens when they become friends. Until they spot Yellow Cat...who sings...really, really well...and the friends consider whether a new hue might be the way to go!
Brave and smart and big at heart. Kylie Bell may be the smallest one in her first-grade class, but when it comes to standing up to mean ol' bully-boy Rusty Jacks, her courage is monumental. Life isn't easy when you can't reach the water fountain, but Kylie Bell's big heart and good manners prove that sometimes it takes the most courage to do what's right. Frank Dormer's playful art extends the funny animal metaphors and appeals to both girls and boys. This book is good for your brain because: Building character, Problem solving, Bullying
Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending. Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. First Day Jitters is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has every anticipated a first day of school.
Two worms who are best friends have fun together as they tunnel their way through a garden. Includes facts on how worms help plants grow.
Elephant, Alligator, and Stork share poolside hijinks as they mix up their towels, tussle over ice cream, and compare diving styles. Best-selling author/illustrator Ethan Long brings his energetic and engaging style to this delightful story of poolside fun and summertime friendship.
Opie is an opossum with a problem--he keeps fainting when he's frightened! And what is that awful smell every time he wakes up? The bunnies aren't sure what is wrong with Opie either, or whether they should be friends with such a strange, stinky creature. But when the wolf comes back, the bunnies might change their minds ...
Arnie is always sticking his nose where it doesn't belong. But he can't help it--he's a hungry anteater. The other animals aren't happy with Arnie. He pokes them while they're sleeping, knocks over their stuff, and even tickles them. But when another animal loses its baby, Arnie's nose comes in handy.
When Freddy moves to the new farm, he hopes the other goats will forgive his fainting falls. Freddy's in for a rude awakening--no one will be his friend. When the kids visit the farm, however, Falling Freddy's luck begins to change. Maybe it isn't so bad to be a fainting goat!
Sally is a slippery, slimy salamander. She brags about how fast she is, and how no one can catch her. One day, though, she almost gets eaten. Sally escapes, but she loses her tail. How embarrassing if her friends find out! Will Sally ever tell a tale again with her tail gone?
Sammy the Tree Sloth is very, very slow. The monkeys in the trees breeze right by him. Sammy doesn't mind--but when a big storm hits, will he be fast enough to save himself? Or will Sammy save someone else?
As Priscilla Pony and Lucy Goose prepare to play a game of Duck, Duck, Goose they are finding trouble finding anyone to join them. So, they decide to ask Cooper Cub and Calypso Cat whom they have never talked to before. After the two decide to join in the game and neither Priscilla or Lucy choose them as the goose they lose interest, leaving Priscilla and Lucy wondering why.
Spike and Mike monkey have a game called Snatch and Stow. They take items from their friends and hide them inside a secret cave. They think it is all in fun but when their friends call a meeting to discuss who could be doing this, they confess to their mother and learn a valuable lesson of not taking what is not yours.
Two artists, two styles, and one book that may not be big enough for the both of them. See, Ink (the mouse) likes things to be clean and precise. Scribbles (the cat) is the opposite. But while there should be plenty of room for each of them to make their art without getting in each others way, or on each others nerves, THEY CAN'T MANAGE THAT! And from there paint splatters, ink goops, pencils get broken and brushes go wild until...it's not a work of art, IT'S A MESS! Discovering that they are no longer having any fun, the duo tentatively tries to collaborate instead of clobber, and, thus, a disasterpiece becomes a masterpiece. Include a giant fold-out and a detachable sketchpad. With this much creative friction, will this disaster-piece ever become a masterpiece?
In Ryan Sias's Zoe and Robot - Let's Pretend, a young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend, but how do you use your imagination when you're a robot? Sias's vivid cartoons lend wit and warmth to a funny friendship.
A young boy and his best buddy Butterscotch search for hidden treasure, save the city from an angry monster, and patrol a kingdom. Amazing adventures ensue as brave boy knight saves the day!
Max's dog, Puppy, is lost! She was here, and now she's gone. Where can Puppy be? Max can't sleep! Max can't eat! He calls for her, plasters posters all over town, and searches everywhere for his beloved pet. It's not until both Max and Puppy have the same idea that they finally find each other.
Lucy has been adopted by a nice family. "Wha-ooo-ooo-roo!" Lucy howls - all day, all night, and even in between. What does Lucy need? A comfy bed, special treats, lullabies? Lucy has a family, but helping her feel at home is a little trickier. This story portrays that growing-up-moment when a kid steps outside of her own concerns and tries to help someone she doesn't totally understand. Add in a dash of drama and mystery, a little canine craziness, and a session with a dog psychologist, and you've got a bright and funny "new pet" story that's simply wise and wisely simple.
Cow is stuck in the fence and needs some help. But when Bee passes the word on, it turns into: "Cow put Duck in a tent!" Later renditions convey a woodchuck having a tent fall on him, Cow getting good luck, a penny, some money, some honey, and - with messages like these, will this poor cow ever get out of that fence?
Acclaimed author Kathryn Lasky explores the nature of friendship in three delightful stories for beginning readers. Creative, impulsive Poodle and loyal, dependable Hound are an unexpected pair. Together they star gaze, plant a garden and prove that two very different individuals can not only be compatible, they can complement and help one another. This book is good for your brain because: Friendship, Helpfulness, Language Arts