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The Lonely Dragon

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by Lance O. Redding –  Come children and listen, as I tell you a tale of a beautiful princess, her fire-breathing dragon, and the brave knight who tried to save her, but really just got in the way… It all started

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The Cow Milker

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by Hannah C. Howard Raina woke early, as she always did, to milk the royal cows.  Stumbling down the hall of the servants’ wing of the castle, and vainly rubbing her eyes to stop them from drifting shut, she tied

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Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat

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Rolli, Master of Tales, offers a new collection of children’s stories that are sure to delight both you and your kids!  PLUS – he’s created stylish original artwork to go with each story. 125 pages, ideal for young readers aged

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Spread Your Wings

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- by Laird Long – Princess Suzy awoke, as she did every morning, with her pet dragon, Ollie, snuggled into her side next to her in bed. Ollie liked to burrow under the warm blankets of the large bed, pretending

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Helgi the Brave

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- by Holly Stacey – Helgi wiped the drool from his chin and frowned. He’d not been told “no” by his father before, and it made him mad. So mad, in fact, his jaw dropped for so long a long drip

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Small but MIGHTY

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- FUN FACTS – Do you sometimes feel like you’re too small?  You can’t reach things that are high up or you’re always picked last for the team? Even though this may be frustrating for you, there’s some creatures that do just

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Dr. Franklin’s Staticy Cat

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- by Rolli – Dr. Franklin had a cat. The cat had static. It had more static than any cat in America that year. Oh, it was in 1752. Whenever Dr. Franklin stroked his staticy cat, electricity flowed into his

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The Brave Little Tailor

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by The Brothers Grimm One summer’s day a little tailor sat on his table by the window in the best of spirits, and sewed for dear life. As he was sitting thus a peasant woman came down the street, calling

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Message in the Night

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- by Nancy Julien Kopp – “I can do it, Mama. Please, let me,” I pleaded. Mama’s pale face and the pillowslip seemed one and the same. Her hand closed over mine, and a weak sigh escaped from her lips.

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Just Plain Sarah Jane

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by Nancy Julien Kopp Sarah Jane gasped when she spied a dainty white china dish in the display window of Owensby’s General Store. How many times had she heard Ma wish for something beautiful for their cabin? The dish was

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Snuggles Has to Go!

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- by Kimberly Solís – She found it in the alley behind a dumpster, trying to stay dry as it huddled in a cardboard box. Rain slashed down from the sky, pounding on Sara’s blue rain hat. “Here, kitty,” Sara

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Terrific Tongue Facts

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FUN FACTS: I’m the strongest and most flexible muscle in the human body and the only one that attaches at just one end. I’m as individually unique as a set of finger prints and contain around 8,000 taste buds. Did

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The Lonely Dragon

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- by Lance O. Redding – Come children and listen, as I tell you a tale of a beautiful princess, her fire-breathing dragon, and the brave knight who tried to save her, but really just got in the way… It

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The Velveteen Rabbit

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By Margery Williams There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and

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Monster Kids

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by Lance O. Redding David and Sally were brother and sister and they LOVED Halloween.  In fact, it was their favorite holiday out of ALL the holidays.  They loved Halloween so much they dreamed about it all year.  They talked

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Freaky Fruits

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FUN FACTS: Apples, oranges, grapes and pears, these are all familiar fruits but did you know there’s a fruit that has horns?  Or one that is bright pink and has green scales like a dragon?   How about a fruit that is considered

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S.O.S.

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by Max Elliot Anderson “Impossible!” old Wade Thacker fumed. “You couldn’t give me the a, b, c’s if your life…” “Can too,” Jimmy Randall shot back, his bright, blue eyes flashing. “Me and Dusty have been practicing. That’s a dot

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Mr. Gorilla and Me

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- by Dulcinea Norton-Smith – “Make it interesting but truthful please, Jamie,” said Miss Grainger as she raised her eyebrow at him. “Ella’s report about her visit to the city farm was thrilling. A wonderful example, Ella.” Miss Grainger smiled

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The Ugly Duckling

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by Hans Christian Anderesen It was summer in the land of Denmark, and though for most of the year the country looks flat and ugly, it was beautiful now. The wheat was yellow, the oats were green, the hay was

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Haddie and the Hoppers

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 – by Michelle Brown – Haddie tossed an ear of corn into the wagon, then dried her sweaty palms on her burlap apron. She pulled another roasting ear and let her sunbonnet drop down her back. Was it hot! Haddie half expected

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Killer Algae!

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FUN FACTS: I’m green and leafy, live under water and can grow up to 2.8 metres (about 9 feet) in height.  And even though I’m a plant I’m still considered dangerous. What Am I? Killer Algae! More Than Just Sludge

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Sapphire and Weld

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by Holly Stacey – In a small coastal village somewhere in Cornwall, a storyteller sat down on an ancient oak overlooking the sea. He then pulled out an old pipe, smiled at his audience of twenty or so children and

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Kabungo

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by Rolli My best friend Kabungo lives in a cave on Main Street. It’s right by the post office. One day, I banged on the side of the cave with a rock. Caves don’t have doors, unfortunately. A pair of

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Cinderella

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by Charles Perrault Once there was a gentleman who married, for his second wife, the proudest and most haughty woman that was ever seen. She had, by a former husband, two daughters of her own humor, who were, indeed, exactly

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Artwork by Chelsea

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  This picture is a work-in-progress drawn by Chelsea N., from Utah. Chelsea is 10 years old.  Her favorite hobbies are art and reading.  Her favorite food is Pizza and ice cream. When she grows up, Chelsea wants to be

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Reading Tips – Finding a Book That Fits Your Child

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by Phillip Chipping Finding the Perfect Book Children love to read books that are perfect for them. What does that mean? There are two components of a “perfect” book. 1. Reading Level First, the book has to be right for

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Spread Your Wings

Spread Your Wings – a collection of princess and dragon stories. Choose from 4 different options: 1. Kindle: $2.99 JUST $0.99 THIS WEEK ONLY! (immediate delivery, read anywhere, full-color pictures (small), lacks the beautiful layout of knowonder! books) 2. Paperback (from publisher):

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eBooks vs. Physical books – which is better for kids?

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As the digital debate over books rages on, this is one question I’ve pondered about a lot. You may have other opinions, and I hope you’ll share your comments, but here’s what I think. Digital books (ebooks) are awesome! I

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Flowers, by Kandice

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    Name: Kandice Title: Flowers Age: 8 yrs. old Favorite Food: Ramen noodles Favorite Activity: Ballet

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Vase, by Andrew

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    Title of Artwork:  “Vase” Name of Artist:  Andrew Age of Artist:  8 years old Favorite Food:  Pizza Favorite Color:  Orange Andrew, that is one great picture!  Very talented.  Thank you for sharing it with us. 

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Timber Wolf

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          This is Baden! His pictures are called “Timber Wolf” and “Random.” Baden is 8 and 3/4 years old. His favorite food is Hawaiian Pizza. His favorite animals are Tigers. His favorite hobby is Soccer. His

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“The Destiny of the World…”, and J.R.R. Tolkien

I found a quote a few weeks ago and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorite quotes because it so beautifully and succinctly conveys the power of words. This is the quote: “The destiny of the world is

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New Year’s Resolutions…

by Phillip Chipping OK, so you’re thinking about all sorts of possible resolutions for the new year, right? Well, if you’re like me, the ones that are on the top of your list have to do with losing weight (cause

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Picture Books – Are They dead? Dying?

by Phillip Chipping I read a couple of articles recently that said, in effect, picture books are dying. I found it interesting, because, in my estimation, what’s really been dying over the past couple of decades is read-aloud stories. Picture

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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By L. Frank Baum 1. The Cyclone Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer’s wife. Their house was small, for the lumber to

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The Goose Girl

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by The Brothers Grimm – Once upon a time an old queen, whose husband had been dead for many years, had a beautiful daughter. When she grew up she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off.

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The Golden Bird

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By the Brothers Grimm – In times gone by there was a king who had at the back of his castle a beautiful pleasure garden, in which stood a tree that bore golden apples. As the apples ripened they were

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The Crow

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Once upon a time there were three Princesses who were all three young and beautiful; but the youngest, although she was not fairer than the other two, was the most loveable of them all. About half a mile from the

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The Dog in the Manger

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By Aesop – A Dog asleep in a manger filled with hay, was awakened by the Cattle, which came in tired and hungry from working in the field. But the Dog would not let them get near the manger, and

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The Tortoise and the Ducks

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By Aesop – The Tortoise, you know, carries his house on his back. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot leave home. They say that Jupiter punished him so, because he was such a lazy stay-at-home that he would

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The Wolf and the Kid

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by Aesop – There was once a little Kid whose growing horns made him think he was a grown-up Billy Goat and able to take care of himself. So one evening when the flock started home from the pasture and

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The Eagle and the Jackdaw

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by Aesop – An Eagle, swooping down on powerful wings, seized a lamb in her talons and made off with it to her nest. A Jackdaw saw the deed, and his silly head was filled with the idea that he

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Sleeping Beauty in the Wood

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by Charles Perrault – There were once a King and Queen, who were very unhappy at not having any children, more unhappy than words can tell. Vows, pilgrimages, everything was tried, but nothing was of any avail; at length, however,

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Fruit Bowl

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  Title: “Flutter” and “Fruit Bowl” Name:  Marielle Age:  7 years old Favorite Food:  French Onion Soup Favorite Animal:  Horse Favorite Hobby:  Art Favorite Subject in School:  Math Favorite Activity:  Violin   Look closely and you will notice that this

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The Lioness

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by Aesop – A controversy prevailed among the beasts of the field as to which of the animals deserved the most credit for producing the greatest number of whelps at a birth. They rushed clamorously into the presence of the

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My Family

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Title: “My Family”Name: Haylie Age: 6 years old Favorite Food: Ice Cream Favorite Animal: Dog Favorite Hobbies: Soccer and Art Favorite Subject in School: Language Arts Favorite Sport Activities: Soccer and Dance I love my family

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The Frog Prince

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In the olden time, when wishing was having, there lived a King, whose daughters were all beautiful; but the youngest was so exceedingly beautiful that the Sun himself, although he saw her very often, was enchanted every time she came

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The Cat, the Cock, and the Young Mouse

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by Aesop – A very young Mouse, who had never seen anything of the world, almost came to grief the very first time he ventured out. And this is the story he told his mother about his adventures. “I was

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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

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In a town in Persia there dwelt two brothers, one named Cassim, the other Ali Baba. Cassim was married to a rich wife and lived in plenty, while Ali Baba had to maintain his wife and children by cutting wood

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Say ‘Cheese’

If you have a camera lying around somewhere, you might want to go get it for this Talk Time because today, it’s all about photographs and cameras! A photo album would even be better, but whatever you have, let your

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