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The Peasant’s Pea Patch by Guy Daniels
When his pea patch is invaded by a flock of hungry cranes, a peasant lets them peck away. He even gives them vodka and honey for dessert. Oh, how sleepy that makes them, allowing the peasant to tie them together and drag them home. But the cranes awake and take the peasant for a wild ride through the sky. And that is only the beginning of his adventures! In this uproarious and antic rendering of a Russian merry tale, things get worse and worse for the poor peasant until, at last, with the help of a friendly bee-keeper, he makes it back home.
The Open Boat by Stephen Crane
Four prized selections by one of America’s greatest writers: “The Open Boat,” based on a harrowing incident in the author’s life: the 1897 sinking of a ship on which he was a passenger; “The Blue Hotel” and “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky,” reflecting Crane’s early travels in Mexico and the American Southwest; and the novella Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, a galvanizing portrait of life in the slums of New York City.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson
A lavishly illustrated retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, in honor of his bicentenary, this is the powerful and haunting classic tale of the one-legged tin soldier who falls in love with a proud dancer. Valiantly enduring various trials, the soldier remains steadfast until the end.
A Long Long Time by Inez Rice
A little boy sits under a tree and a leaf falls on his head. When the leaf stays on his head he decides that he will be a tree. All day he is a tree, even though his friends warn him that he may be chopped down or nested in, and he remembers not to run and greet Daddy because trees stand still. Eventually, at bed time, (for supper he carefully breathes air and sunshine) the leaf blows off and the little boy then decides to run inside and be a little boy. This is a very natural little story, in which the author has delightfully captured a child’s whimsy. The large crayon illustrations, drawn in bright fall colors, are pleasingly childlike. Adults will enjoy reading this one aloud.
Adventures for Americans By Derrick/Schramm/Spiegler
Textbook of American literature includes stories by and about Americans Worth Remembering, such as Benjamin Franklin, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, many more.
The Two Worlds of Damyan by Marie Halun Bloch
Damyan dreams of swimming in the Olympics, but to succeed he needs training and to become “politically conscious.” Fedya got him a tryout at the Sports Complex, but his family will never mix with the world of school, Pioneers, and sports, in Communist Ukraine.