When a young boy is captured by a band of robbers and forced to do their bidding, he foils their attempts to steal by taking their instructions too literally.
When Swamp Thing appears in 12-year-old Lily’s closet, with sorrowful eyes, begging for help in cleaning up his trash-strewn home, Lily elicits the help of her classmates in forming the North Florida Nature Preservers to clean up the swamp. But she keeps her friendship to Swamp Thing her special secret.
After his wife and son die in the epidemic of 1918, Jonathan Ford must find a way to keep his farm alive and instill the will to live in his young, influenza stricken daughter, which he does with love, ingenuity and some electric pumpkin seeds.
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.
Amanda and her family have come to California to join her father in the mining camp but they find nothing but a few broken down log cabins. Soon Amanda is baking pies that her Pa sells to the miners and she is suggesting to traveling peddlers and wandering artisans that they settle down and open shops. Soon enough their cabin is smack dab in the middle of a Boom Town.
When Hsing Li's brother is injured, Li must deliver a critical military message to the emperor, but is nearly forced to turn back by a severe winter storm...that is until she outwits the Snow Dragon and gains his respect and support.
When Mary's papa announces he can't go to the mill because Buttercup is about to have her calf, nine-year-old Mary begs to go alone. Her mother calls her dauntless, her father gives in and Mary sets off on Old Major. But neither Mary nor Old Major are prepared to meet the biggest bear even seen in the Maine woods.
Dr. Bee is the greatest saucerer in the land. Why his sauces are almost magical. Or so that is what his young apprentice, Clara, discovers when she stirs the super-duper, extra special Christmas honeycomb caramel sauce with an old spoon she finds hidden away behind a cupboard.
Young John Maxwell and his dad live in a Nebraska soddy, two and one-half miles from the railroad crossing. But with a freezing rain storm and only a half hour to intercept the afternoon train, that two and one-half mile ride on their little black mare, Ozark, seems like an eternity to John who has to get help for his dying father.
Young Marci needs the help of her neighbor, Mrs. Gold to plan a surprise Hanukkah party for her recently emigrated family. Since religious practices were banned in her native Soviet Union, Marci and her family never learned the true history of Hanukkah or how to celebrate it.
After Jennie and her mother mixed the batter for the Christmas cake, Jennie took it into her sick father's room so that he could stir in his wish. Then Jennie and her mom both stirred in their wishes. Now, it was up to the Christmas Elf to grant one of the three wishes.
When an old trapper dies, his faithful bloodhound turns wild and fearsome tales grow around his mournful howl. But when the Wild Dog of Caucomgomac saves a young boy lost in the swamps, the townsfolk reassess their fears and give him a loving home for the rest of his days.
Rico has lived and fished alone since being jilted in his youth. But one day, Rico discovers that a pair of beautiful birds have built a nest at the top of his mast. He is ready to destroy the nest so that he can sail, but the local school-teacher convinces Rico of the rarity of the birds and the importance of letting them nest. Begrudgingly, Rico leaves the nest undisturbed and is transformed by the their beauty and the friendship of the villagers.
A gently told story of how small things can bring joy. Alice finds and old, engraved powder horn in Mr. Hall's antique shop. When she brings it home, she and her father decide to build a "rainy-day" room in the attic decorated in the same designs as the powder horn.
During the Great Peshtigo Forest Fire of 1871, Susanna's papa sets off to help his sister-in-law and her baby back to the river and safety. But before he can make it home the smoke becomes so thick he loses all sense of direction. Luckily, Susanna has the presence of mind to climb the bell tower of the old schoolhouse and ring the school bell giving her papa a beacon of sound to follow.
Zachary just can't seem to stay in his seat. But as it turns out, it isn’t entirely his fault. Mr. Leeks, the old janitor, lets on that Zack’s seat is the orneriest bucking chair at W. T. Mellon Elementary School. Well, yahoo! Looks like there’s going to be a chair bustin’ rodeo in the classroom at the end of the hall.
A fresh and lively retelling of a traditional German folk tale in which a piper is not paid his due for ridding the town of Hamelin of its rats. But he forewarned the town that his pipe could play many tunes and they paid the price.
Kate is refused entrance to Miss Perkle's School for Young Witches, that is until one of her spells saves the school from destruction and causes Miss Perkle to reconsider.
Jesse just can't help but get dirty, which is a problem when he goes to visit his aunt who lives in a town where EVERYONE is clean and tidy, that is until the soap bandit steals all of the soap. As everything and everyone gets dirtier and dirtier, attitudes begin to change, until the whole town understands how much fun it is to do things that might just get them a little dirty.
A young book lover thinks the librarian is a witch, only to find out how true that is when he is locked in the library after closing on a stormy night.
When the Kite Flier's wife dies in childbirth, the Kite Flier stops making kites until he realizes the joy they bring his infant son. From that day forth kites are what father and son share. Even when the son is grown and moved away, the first windy day of each year they both put a kite up and let is fly away as a symbol of their love for each other.
A thrilling account based on a true event which took place in Iowa, in 1881. A young Kate Shelley witnessed the collapse of a train bridge during a raging storm and risked her life crossing another trestle bridge in the pitch dark to warn the station master to stop the Midnight Express, which was already barreling toward disaster.
Ona doesn't have any particular talent, not like her brother, the swiftest runner, or her sister, the storyteller. In fact, Ona means "nothing at all." But when the dragon from the distant mountains threatens to burn their village, it is Ona that is clever enough and brave enough to riddle the dragon, sending him back to the high mountains and earning herself the name Kima Reetana-"Brave One, Who Riddles with Dragons."
In this lovely retelling of a traditional Norse legend, a young girl finds a frozen bird during a long cold winter and calls upon Eostre, the Bringer of Spring, to help save the bird. What Eostre does explains how a rabbit and brightly colored eggs came to be associated with Easter.