This largely autobiographical series of vignettes captures the grimness, wildness and unpredictability of an era when times were tough and people were tougher. Gilbert’s simple, yet masterful storytelling frequently leads the reader in very unexpected directions. These human narratives ring with honesty and humor and contribute to preserving a unique part of the past.
A fictional account of the life of a real goose named Lucy who survives many trials over the years and becomes a beloved figure at the small seaside harbor she calls home. When one harbor resident decides he has a problem with Lucy, her community rallies in support and fights for her right to continue living there in peace. Hers is a remarkable story with a bittersweet ending.
No doubt about it, Stuart was an absolute charmer who left a lasting impression on everyone who met him. A work of fiction based on the true story of Stuart, a pot-bellied pig, "Stuart the House Pig" introduces readers to the characters that enhance Stuart's life and shares his many adventures, from his days at the local animal shelter to the happiness he ultimately finds at his forever home.
Marvin enjoys being a wicked little boy. He's disrespectful to everyone and everything. One day he hatches the wickedest plan of them all. But sometimes even the best laid plans backfire. Ultimately, Marvin learns a lesson that changes his whole life.
Have you ever been tormented by a pesky bee that just won't stop harassing you? That's what happens to Sal, who becomes incensed when a bee targets her and her honey tea. Told in verse, this fun read-aloud story takes a light approach to share a message about the importance of bees.
When Bianca's beloved kitty disappears, she's devastated and won't come out of her room. Her parents do everything they can to cheer her up to no avail. This story relates the misery of a little girl whose cat runs away, the love of her parents who try to cheer her up and Bianca's joy when her kitty returns with a secret.
Have you ever been face-to-face with a horrible cat? The kind of cat that growls and snarls and snorts in anger when she's in a foul mood? This read-aloud story contrasts two cat personalities and concludes with the message that being kind and patient with animals can earn you the great gifts of trust and friendship.
After sitting on a dusty shelf in an antique store for decades without being read, A. Book feels despondent. She’s forgotten what story she holds on her pages! Her friends try unsuccessfully to help her but it’s not until a young girl discovers her that the story that dwells within her comes alive through the girl’s imagination.
What could be worse for a grumpy old clown than to have a permanent smile spread across his face? Full of wild and colorful word visuals, this story shares the terrible misfortune of Mr. Brown who gets frustrated because people expect him to perform on cue. He retreats to his house to concentrate on his balloon art. By the end, Mr. Brown has developed a real smile and embraced his community.
What's a dog do when his master dies and he ends up homeless and hungry? Join the rodeo! This dusty road-bitten story stars Willy Nilly, whose heroic actions in the face of two bulls change his destiny forever. He hits the road with the rodeo clown Huck, who runs Huckleberry's Hounds, the best dog show around. What Huck doesn't know is that Willy Nilly can perform the stunt of all stunts.
Morrie doesn't like children and Mrs. Aster doesn't like lizards. Or so they think. Morrie is a classroom pet who feels pestered by the students and looks forward to peace and quiet. That is, until the kids go on summer break. Morrie feels lonely before Mrs. Aster shows up. At first, she's fearful of the lizard, but she develops an affection for him when she learns they have something in common.
The young merman had just found the perfect gift for his fiancée when he gets scooped from the sea by a scientist and held hostage. Once his soon-to-be father-in-law, the king of all oceans, learns of his abduction, he kidnaps the scientist's son in retaliation. This story's vivid narrative explores themes of compassion, humility, respect, family and love.