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PERSEVERANCE – to keep at it

ISBN: 0688087426

The Trek by Ann Jonas

The city streets become a jungle, then a desert, as a child forges her way to school, observing and avoiding all the wild animals posing as trees, chimneys, fences, and even fruit.

ISBN: 0688147321

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

ISBN: 0688040683

Hot-Air Henry by Mary Calhoun

A sassy Siamese cat stows away on a hot air balloon and ends up taking a fur-raising flight across the mountains.

ISBN: 0803710402

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman


Grace loves stories, and with a boundless imagination she acts them all out. One day, her teacher asks who would like to play the lead in the play Peter Pan. Grace eagerly raises her hand, but Raj tells her she isn't a boy, and Natalie tells her she can't because she is black. Nana sets Grace straight: she can do anything she sets her mind to!

ISBN: 0671664905

A Weed Is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki

Brief text and pictures present the life of the man, born a slave, who became a scientist and devoted his entire life to helping the South improve its agriculture.

ISBN: 0874996171

Wiley and the Hairy Man: Adapted from an American Folk Tale by Molly Garrett Bang

With his mother's help, Wiley outwits the hairy creature that dominates the swamp near his home by the Tombigbee River.

ISBN: 0785747087

Mary of Mile 18 by Ann Blades

Mary's father tells her she cannot keep a part-wolf puppy since the only animals kept by farming families in their remote part of northern British Columbia are those that work or provide food.

ISBN: 0395259398

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Although steam shovels are being replaced by more modern machines, Mike Mulligan refuses to consign his beloved Mary Anne to the junk heap. Desperate for work, Mike promises to dig the cellar of Popperville's new town hall in just one day--or go without pay.

ISBN: 0380709163

Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary

The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.

ISBN: 0064400581

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.

ISBN: 0688131034

At the Crossroads by Rachel Isadora

South African children gather to welcome home their fathers who have been away for several months working in the mines.

ISBN: 0394890523

John Henry: An American Legend by Ezra Jack Keats

Describes the life of the legendary steel-driving man who was born and who died with a hammer in his hand.

ISBN: 0440439884

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast.

ISBN: 0448400715

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Although he is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.

ISBN: 0374409277

Brave Irene by William Steig

Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.

ISBN: 0060581808

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls's story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Four-year-old Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack.

ISBN: 0394800168

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss turns 50 simple words into magic in this time-honored classic. Sam-I-am won't give up! He keeps trying to get the grumpy grown-up in the story to taste green eggs and ham. No matter how Sam-I-am presents the green eggs and ham (in a box, with a fox, in the rain, on a train), the curmudgeon refuses to try them. Finally, Sam-I-am's pesky persistence pays off.

ISBN: 014050172X

Crow Boy by Taro Yashima

A lonely boy in a village school in Japan learned all the calls of the crows as he left his home at dawn and arrived home at sunset on schooldays. A Caldecott honor book.

ISBN: 088776326X

I Want a Dog by Dayal Kaur Kaur Khalsa

When her parents refuse to get her a dog, May creates an imaginary dog out of a roller skate.

ISBN: 0064440524

Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner

Shortly after the Civil War a black family travels to Kansas to take advantage of the free land offered through the Homestead Act.

ISBN: 0395185572

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Marjorie Flack

The country bunny attains the exalted position of Easter Bunny in spite of her responsibilities as the mother of twenty-one children.

ISBN: 0064432106

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss


A small boy plants a carrot seed, only to be told by his family members that it won't grow. The little boy ignores the family, continues to tend his seed, and is rewarded one day with a HUGE carrot. This story about belief in oneself has been enjoyed by children for more than two decades.

ISBN: 0152046992

The Secret School by Avi

In 1925, fourteen-year-old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as the teacher when the one-room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.




ISBN: 0316075515

Fairway Phenom by Matt Christopher

Malik overcomes obstacles to learn to play golf.

ISBN: 0688109918

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams


Kondi is determined to make a galimoto -- a toy vehicle made of wires. His brother laughs at the idea, but all day Kondi goes about gathering up the wire he needs. By nightfall, his wonderful galimoto is ready for the village children to play with in the light of the moon.

ISBN: 0439098262

Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban

Two discarded toy mice survive perilous adventures in a hostile world before finding security and happiness with old friends and new.

ISBN: 0439856302

The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick

After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a huge bluefin tuna.

ISBN: 0316112690

D.W. Flips! by Marc Brown

D.W., a young aardvark, discovers that lots of practice eventually helps her master the new routine in her gymnastics class.

ISBN: 0760766924

Sophie's Castle by Heather F. Levine


One day at the beach, Sophie builds a fabulous sand castle, complete with lofty towers and a surrounding moat. But when ocean tides wash closer and closer, she must suddenly face the loss of her castle. With help from a new playmate, Sophie finds the courage to start over again in this charming poem about friendship and faith in tomorrow.

ISBN: 0689871813

Timothy Cox Will Not Change His Socks by Robert Kinerk


What ever has gotten into him! One morning he decides to accomplish the impossible -- to go an entire month without changing his socks. Ever. No matter what. Phew! Despite the pleading of his parents, the urging of the school principal, and a visit by the Board of Health, Timothy sticks to his word. After all, a boy must keep his promises. Just ask Timothy -- he'll tell you. And now his town will never be the same again.

With wit and whimsy, Robert Kinerk tells a story of a boy who follows through on what he says he'll do.



ISBN: 0763618578

Max by Bob Graham

Max, the young son of superheroes, is a late bloomer when it comes to flying, until he is inspired by the plight of a falling baby bird.

ISBN: 8484880346

Bravo, Tanya by Patricia Lee Gauch

Tanya loves to dance but has trouble integrating her steps with the clapping and counting of her ballet teacher, until she tries moving to the music and the sounds inside her head.




ISBN: 0735819262

Leonardo's Dream by Hans de Beer


Every day Leonardo would smile confidently at his little wings and encourage them to grow. He'd stand on one leg at the top of the cliff, letting the wind brush through his feathers and imagine that he was flying over the ocean. The other penguins laughed at Leonardo. Whoever heard of a flying penguin? But Leonardo was no discouraged. Day after day, he practiced flying.

ISBN: 0007141211

What Friends Do Best by Jonathan Emmett

An encouraging story about sharing, friendship, and perseverance, by the author of Dinosaurs After Dark.

ISBN: 0152049037

Gordimer Byrd's Reminder by Robert Weinstock

Frustrated by his failed attempts to find magic objects, a bird creates an object of his own.

ISBN: 0374306575

Being Teddy Roosevelt by Claudia Mills

Riley O’Rourke is writing his report on President Teddy Roosevelt in preparation for the fourth-grade biography tea, but he has a far more important goal: to get a saxophone so he can take instrumental music. His mother can’t afford to rent him a sax, and he’s sure he’ll never save up enough money to buy one. But as Riley learns more about Roosevelt’s “bully” spirit, he realizes that there just might be a way to solve his problem after all.

ISBN: 0805067124

The Boll Weevil Ball by Kelly Murphy

When a very, very small beetle decides to attend a ball, he won't let anything stop him -- not even the danger of being squished on the dance floor.

ISBN: 0670035491

Belinda the Ballerina by Amy Young

When Belinda auditions for the Spring Ballet Recital and the judges tell her she can not be a ballerina because her feet are too big, she tries to forget about dancing.

ISBN: 0689800762

Virgie Goes To School With Us Boys by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard


Virgie is an adamant young girl who is insistent about one thing -- she wants an education. But in the days of Reconstruction, only boys went to school. This doesn't discourage Virgie, and she keeps nagging her brothers. But her brothers are sure she won't be able to make the seven-mile walk to school or that she'll cry over having to spend a whole week away from Mama. Finally, they argue that girls don't even need school. But Virgie thinks girls should learn to read and write too.

ISBN: 912965940X

Julia Wants a Pet by Barbro Lindgren


For as long as Julia can remember, she has wanted a pet. She takes the baby carriage out every day to look for one. Crows are too fast and flies are too small. A horse would be perfect, but a hedgehog or a frog would be fine, too. One day, on a fruitless search, Julia spots a small boy - and gets an unusual inspiration . . .




ISBN: 0689858906

Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club by Janet S. Wong

Alex quits playing chess after losing a game to Uncle Hooya; but when other activities fail to satisfy him, he gives his favorite game another try by joining the chess club.

ISBN: 1550748815

The Best Figure Skater in the Whole Wide World

by Linda Bailey



That's all Lizzy wants to be—the best. Dreams are one thing, but Lizzy finds that becoming a champion is another. She tries as hard as she can, but so do all the others, and when the cast for the Winter Carnival performance of Snow White is announced, Lizzy is only one of the trees.

ISBN: 0718829719

Bravo, Persevere! by Robert Spencer

Persevere is a lonely little biplane. He used to carry passengers, but now they all travel on the bigger planes. But when a rescue flight must be flown to a remote mountain airstrip the huge jets are too big and clumsy for the job. Can Persevere fulfil the mission?

ISBN: 1584301007

Butterflies for Kiri by Cathryn Falwell


Kiri is delighted with a birthday gift she receives: colorful origami papers and a special book of instructions. But when she can't seem to properly make a purple butterfly, she begins to feel frustrated. Things get worse when she thinks she's ruined one of the paintings she's working on. Then she remembers the origami papers.

ISBN: 0066239362

Francine's Day by Anna Alter

Francine the fox does not want to go to school, but she has a good day anyway.

ISBN: 0817013970

I Have a Dream, Too!, Vol. 2 by Jean Alicia Alicia Elster

As he reads about Mary McLeod Bethune, a boy learns to hold onto his dream of going to college and works to make it happen, despite the teasing of his friends.

ISBN: 0439568692

Just for You!: My Shoelaces Are Hard to Tie by Karla Roberson

A young girl gets help from her big brother while learning to tie her shoelaces.

ISBN: 1584301694

The Legend of Freedom Hill by Linda Jacobs Altman

During the California Gold Rush Rosabel, an African American, and Sophie, a Jew, team up and search for gold to buy Rosabel's mother her freedom from a slave catcher.

ISBN: 0689862342

Lettice, the Flying Rabbit by Mandy Stanley

Lettice Rabbit wishes she could fly, and her dream comes true when she encounters a pink toy airplane.

ISBN: 076362070X

Little One Step by Simon James


As three duckling brothers cross forest and field to return to their mother, the older ones encourage the youngest by teaching him a game that earns him the name of Little One Step.




ISBN: 157537014X

The Little Red Train by Carl Sommer

When the three big trains refuse to go up the mountain in the deep snow, the Little Red Train finds brave helpers and goes on a rescue mission to take food to the stranded villagers.

ISBN: 039923604X

Luke Goes to Bat

by Rachel Isadora




Whenever the Dodgers play in Brooklyn, Luke goes up to his roof where he can see the lights of Ebbets Field and imagine each play in the game. Someday he wants to hit a homerun like his hero, Jackie Robinson. But the kids on Bedford Avenue won't let him play. "You're just a squirt," they tell him. When he finally does get to play stickball with the others, he does so badly that he thinks they'll never let him play again.

ISBN: 1589250370

Oops-A-Daisy! by Claire Freedman

As little Daisy Rabbit struggles to learn how to hop, her mother points out other baby animals having trouble with their lessons until Daisy realizes that everyone needs practice when trying something new.

ISBN: 1577684478

Princess Fidgety Feet by Pat Posner

Princess Bridget cannot seem to keep still, especially on Thursdays when she plays secret soccer games with her friend Ryan, but when her parents hire a strict etiquette teacher, the princess is afraid she will never play soccer again.

ISBN: 088899544X

Secret of the Snow Leopard by Tenzing Norbu Lama

Tsering, the boy hero of Himalaya, returns in this touching story of courage and persistence. On a trip with his new stepfather, Tsering is warned not to approach the mountain pass where his father was killed. But as the child and grandchild of two hotheaded men, and driven by anger at his father's untimely death, Tsering decides to follow his instincts and goes off in the night to climb.
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