Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, better than best friends, they'd be identical twins if only they'd been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn't such a fast - faster than fast - runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they're not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens...and no one ever sees her again.
Three lonely riverside dwellers - a boy, a firefly, and a cricket - are all trying to make sense of unexpected changes in their world. Each has a secret dream, but each finds himself trapped. Becoming friends brings them happiness and solidarity, but more changes are in store. Each character stands up to his greatest fear, and, in doing so, finds his greatest strength.
All the apprehension about school "firsts" is playfully presented in these reassuring stories. In Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, advice from a "knowledgeable" second grader has the first grade worry-wart convinced that her new teacher is really a 300-year old alien. In Countdown to Kindergaten, a five-year-old has 10 days until she starts kindergarten, and she's in trouble: she doesn't know how to tie her shoes.
These two girls are marvelous companions who often do not agree... on socks... or goldfish... or venturing to the Andes. This humorous story relates how compromise helps these two very different individuals remain the best of friends.
The fair is in town and these two very different girls--but best friends extraordinaire--use teamwork to navigate its many wonders.
One Halloween, a little witch decides she'd finally like to see what this special night is about. As soon as she makes a new friend, she discovers how much fun trick-or-treating with humans can be.
A mother's love leads to a mother's dream - every mother's dream - for her child to live life to its fullest. A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life, Someday is a story that you'll want to share today.
With a missing father, sister, and grandfather - and a mother who refuses to explain - 11-year-old Clara lives with many questions. When she begins interviewing an elderly immigrant for a school biography assignmnent, she learns he too has a shadowy past. Attempting to fill in gaps, Clara invents version upon version of stories for both her new friend and herself. As the tales evolve, she uncovers some unsettling family history, but most importantly, she begins to discover what matters most in life. Filled with small surprises, Shadow Baby is at turns funny, poignant, and heartwarming.
Edwina "Eddie" Beckey and Sally Hobart are best friends. They love to jump rope, camp, and eat chocolate doughnuts with sprinkles. Eddie wears different colored rubber bands on her wrist. She nevers takes them off until the one day she finds an important reason to pass them on to Sally.
Clean, cold, white snow! Snow for sledding. Snow for catching on your tongue. Snow for making a SNOWMAN! Is there anything as wonderful as SNOW? Is there any better friend than a SNOWMAN? Snow isn't forever, though. The wind shifts, the weather warms and snow melts into spring. The Snowman has become something else - the fog, the rain. But, how can this boy forget his good friend? He doesn't…and he doesn't have to.
The angels are aflutter: a baby is soon to be born! One small angel can tell this baby is especially special. And holy moly, are their presents extraordinary. The little angel wants to give a present too, but, what could she possibly offer that is as worthy as the others’ gifts? At a loss for ideas, she peeks over the side of her platform and spies something going on in the desert - a caravan of kings on camels, lost in the dark.
Solange Fünkchen denken kann, hat man ihr eingeschärft, das Tal der Glühwürmchen nicht zu verlassen. Zu feindlich ist die Welt, zu hell die Sonne, zu tückisch das Wasser und zu gefährlich sind die Riesen. Doch Fünkchen ist neugierig und fasziniert von der Menschenwelt. Sie träumt von einem großen Abenteuer: Zum Mond will sie fliegen! Warum sollte das nicht möglich sein? Die Menschen können es doch auch. Und der Menschenjunge, der am Waldrand lebt, sieht eigentlich ganz nett aus.