Dragon Gets By. I.

Pilkey, Dav. Dragon Gets By. I. 1993

Dragon can’t seem to get anything right today.  He reads and egg and fries his newspaper for breakfast, sweeps a hole in his floor, eats all his groceries because they don’t fit in his car, and combs his teeth while brushing his hair with a toothbrush.  What a day for Dragon!!

TAGS: silly, funny, Dragon, housework, yardwork, groceries, shopping, chores, fiction, I, North Franklin

Dragon’s Halloween. I.

Pilkey, Dav. Dragon’s Halloween. I. 1993

More misadventures with the lovable blue Dragon.  Dragon wants to make a big jack-o’-lantern, but can only find six small pumpkins.  Though some bullies come along to try and ruin his fun, Dragon perseveres and scares them off.  Dragon also gets invited to a costume party and gets scared by his own grumbling stomach in the woods.

TAGS: Dragon, Halloween, funny, humor, pumpkin, jack-o’-lantern, costume, party, silly, scary, bullying, fiction, I, North Franklin

Dragon’s Merry Christmas. I.

Pilkey, Dav. Dragon’s Merry Christmas. I. 1991

Dragon gets ready for Christmas!  Though everything doesn’t go as planned, dragon helps make Christmas special for others in need and get a Christmas treat in the end.

TAGS: Dragon, funny, Christmas, caring, kindness, silly, winter, holiday, fiction, I, North Franklin

Stone Soup: A Traditional Tale from Sweden. I.

Hawes, Alison. Stone Soup: A Traditional Tale from Sweden. I. 2000

This is a folktale about a man who likes to play tricks.  He comes to a town and tries to sell stone soup (a pot of water with a stone in it) to the townspeople.  The people don’t believe him at first but come over to see how he is able to make it.  He tricks the people into giving him all of the other ingredients he needs to make the soup and then sells it to them. 

TAGS: stone, soup, folktale, fiction, trick, lying, Sweden, I, North Franklin

Danny and the Bully. I.

Coulton, Mia. Danny and the Bully. I. 2002

One day Danny is at the dog park playing with his friends when another dog, Spike, starts to bully him.  Danny overcomes the bully by learning to stand up for himself and not let the mean things Spike says to him bother him and stop him from having fun.

TAGS: fiction, bully, dog, animals, Danny, I, North Franklin, perseverance

Shipwrecked! R.

Pedersen, Frank. Shipwrecked! R. 2000.

A young sailor, William Wainwright, is shipwrecked and cast up on a desert isle in the Indian Ocean in this very brief take on Robinson Crusoe. William must solve the problems of how to get the basics for living—shelter, food, water, and fire—using only what he is able to find on his island (coconuts, leaves, rocks, and bits of shipwreck).  Kids like imagining how to build

TAGS: fiction, historical fiction, building, engineering, technology, sailors, ships

Tents. J.

Rollis, Charlemae. Tents. J. 1976.

Tents (Scott Foresman Reading Systems Level 3, Book B)

Like the other books in the odd-covered UNICEF English-language education series, this book is a combination of a short story and a brief nonfiction section. In this case, the short story is  one about two boys named Dan and Carl and their desire to sleep outside in their very own tent—even the rain can’t keep them from enjoying it.  The nonfiction section has instruction on how to make your own tent, whether you make it outside between some trees, off the edge of a porch, or indoors.  The book also has short built-in multiple-choice comprehension questions.

TAGS: J, fiction, chapter, camping, outdoors, tents, crafts, friendship, perseverance