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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Character Children's Reading

This section of our website is devoted to book lists that you can take to your library. The lists are sorted by Category, Subcategory and then Topic.

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Character Children's Reading List

  • Can You Help Me Find My Smile?
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370077
  • Can You Help Me Find My Smile? Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375079
    Teddy the cub lost his smile, and only one bear knows how to find it. After much searching, Teddy discovers that making others happy makes big smiles. Grades K-3.
  • Carla's Sandwich
    by Debbie Herman, Sheila Bailey
    ISBN: 0972922520
    This charming story presents a new way for young children to understand how to creatively embrace who they are, no matter what others think. Carla’s lunch box is filled with odd delights like the Olive, Pickle and Green Bean Sandwich, the Banana-Cottage-Cheese Delight, and the unforgettable Chopped Liver, Potato Chips, and Cucumber Combo. To Carla, they are delicious and creative lunches, but her teasing classmates are unconvinced and abandon her at the lunch table to eat her bizarre sandwiches alone. One day, however, tables turn when Buster—the worst tease of all—forgets his lunch on the day of the picnic and Carla thoughtfully offers him her extra sandwich. Her own spirited nature helps Carla teach her classmates that "unusual" can actually be good. Lively illustrations help showcase the book's messages of acceptance, tolerance, individuality, and creativity, and the funny plot and authentic dialogue are sure to make this tale a favorite among elementary school children. Carla's creative sandwich solutions provide young chefs-to-be with the inspiration to create sandwich masterpieces of their own.
  • Character Builder: Where's Beeper?
    by Tony Salerno
    ISBN: 0892216034
    • Bright, colorful animated stories of the adventures of little Bill, his dog Beeper and other characters
    • Read along with well-written narration and thrilling sound effects on the CD
    • Exciting and upbeat songs highlight the story on CD (and the lyrics are included!)
    • Kids will love the 30-page activity section in each book with coloring pictures, mazes, puzzles, word games and much more!
    • A unique and creative way to reinforce positive character in kids
  • Character Builders: A Sticky Situation
    by Tony Salerno
    ISBN: 0892216069
    Tony Salerno has created a wonderful and charming series of books that follows the adventures of little Bill and his friends as they learn through experience the values and benefits of good character. The books are large, containing full-color cartoon illustrations that tell the complete story, and include a perforated activity section in the back that reinforces the positive trait. Activities are rated easy, medium, and difficult as a guide for parents. The audio CD has the complete animated narration of the story and exciting sing-along songs (the lyrics are in the activity section!) that kids will love. These books mean hours of fun for children 6 to 12.
  • Goops and How to Be Them: A Manual of Manners for Polite Children
    by Gelett Burgess (Author), Barbara Ross (Introduction)
    ISBN: 0971236801
    100 year old book of children's manners. Delightfully illustrated with each page a separate manner and each manner in rhyme. Easy to teach and fun to learn. Build your children's self esteem by teaching proper manners.
  • Great Royal Race Read-Along - w/ CD
    by Carl Sommer, Dick Westbrook (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375087
    A tale of fame, fortune, and true love. Three handsome suitors compete for the hand of the beautiful princess, but only one chooses wisely. He perseveres and passes the royal test. Grades 1-4.
  • Great Royal Race, The
    by Carl Sommer, Dick Westbrook (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370549
    A tale of fame, fortune, and true love. Three handsome suitors compete for the hand of the beautiful princess, but only one chooses wisely. He perseveres and passes the royal test. It was time for the beautiful princess Elizabeth to be married. Charming Simon and the strong, handsome Thomas came to ask her hand in marriage. And then there was John, the handsome but not-so-flashy commoner whom Elizabeth had first noticed helping an old man get his wagon out of a muddy ditch. Not sure about the true character of her three suitors, Elizabeth had them run a race to show what they were really like in difficult situations. Tempted by distractions planted by the wise king, two of the three runners failed to keep their eyes on their goal. But the commoner John stayed focused on the beautiful princess—he passed the test of the Great Royal Race. This inspiring story by Carl Sommer shows how goal setting, perseverance, and loyalty will bring success.
  • Hero Tales, Vol. 1: A Family Treasury of True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes
    by Dave and Neta Jackson
    ISBN: 076420078X
    In this beautifully illustrated treasury, Dave and Neta Jackson present the true-life stories of fifteen key Christian heroes. Each hero is profiled in a short biography and three educational yet exciting and thought-provoking anecdotes from his or her life. Ideal for family devotions, homeschooling, and more, this inspiring collection includes stories from the lives of Amy Carmichael, Martin Luther, Dwight L. Moody, John Wesley, Samuel Morris, Gladys Aylward, and nine others.
  • Hero Tales, Vol. 2
    by Dave & Neta Jackson
    ISBN: 0764200798
    These inspiring true tales and beautiful illustrations make up two powerful treasuries, each featuring forty-five stories from influential Christian heroes' lives. Excitement and adventure allow elementary-age children to learn valuable lessons of virtue through the lives of important historical figures. Loved by parents and children alike, Dave and Neta Jackson's newly repackaged collections include the lives of heroic Christians such as Florence Nightingale, Corrie ten Boom, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, and many more.
  • How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger
    by Elizabeth Verdick, Marjorie Lisovskis
    ISBN: 1575421178
    Anger is a part of life. We can’t avoid it, we shouldn’t stuff it, and we can’t make it go away. Kids need help learning how to manage their anger. This book speaks directly to kids and offers strategies they can start using immediately. Blending tips and ideas with jokes and funny cartoons, it guides kids to understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways—some healthy, some not. It teaches them how to recognize anger in themselves and others, how to deal with situations and emotions (loneliness, guilt, frustration, fear) that lead to or mask anger, and how to deal with the anger they feel. Young readers learn that violence is not acceptable and there are better, safer ways to resolve conflicts. They also discover what to do when people around them are angry, how to get help, and how to locate other resources (books, hotlines, school groups) when they need more support.
  • I Am a Lion!
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 157537059X
    Sangu is not interested in learning. After getting lost, some gazelles befriend him and teach him their ways. After many disappointments, Sangu finally learns to accept himself.

    To grow up to be big, little lions have to learn survival skills, but the cub Sangu didn’t want to listen to Papa and Mama’s lessons. Getting lost while escaping a charging rhino, Sangu learned how unprepared he really was to be out on his own. Befriended by some kind gazelles, Sangu didn’t have the slightest idea as to what a lion should be. Sangu finally learned some valuable lessons—the hard way.

    In a powerful story with superb illustrations, Carl Sommer teaches children to be assertive, to value learning, to respect their parents, and to respect themselves for who they are.
  • I Am a Lion! Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375095
    Sangu is not interested in learning. After getting lost, some gazelles befriend him and teach him their ways. After many disappointments, Sangu finally learns to accept himself. Grades K-4.
  • I Just Am
    by Bryan Lambke (Author), Tom Lambke (Author)
    ISBN: 1589850203
    All too often, we shroud ourselves in ignorance, thus preventing us from learning from others whom we consider to be somehow "different." In a book that is both charming and disarming, Bryan Lambke—a young man with Down syndrome—invites us into his world where he lets us know he shares the same dreams and emotions as everyone else. "I have a disability," says Bryan. "It is not my fault. I just am." Bryan, with the help of his father Tom, helps us all examine what is normal about each of us. The book includes additional information about Down syndrome.
  • If Only I Were Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375028
    Missy the mouse has a very big problem--she wants to be like Horace the cat! Tired of being chased, Missy tries wishing her problems away. To her great delight, she learns that being herself is the best. Grades K-3.
  • If Only I Were...
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370026
    In this story, Missy the mouse wishes she could be anyone else but herself. She doesn't like being so small and she doesn't like the way she looks. Every day she is chased by Horace the cat and she has become very tired of this daily routine. She makes a wish that she could be big like Horace and, when her wish comes true, she learns that being a big cat is not everything she had thought it would be!
  • It's Not Fair
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370212
    Life couldn't have been better for Buzzie Bee, until she overheard some disturbing news. Buzzie became furious and started a revolt among the younger bees. The angry bees left the hive to start their own. In the new hive the young bees argue and fight over who should do the work. They return and follow the Queen Bee.

    This intriguing story demonstrates the influence of an angry thought and the power of a wise answer.
  • It's Not Fair! Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer
    ISBN: 1575375206
    Life couldn't have been better for Buzzie Bee, until she overheard some disturbing news. Buzzie became furious and started a revolt among the younger bees. The angry bees left the hive to start their own. In the new hive the young bees argue and fight over who should do the work. They finally discover that working together with a leader is the only way to have a happy hive. They return and follow the Queen Bee. Grades 1-4
  • Journeys of Faithfulness: Stories for the Heart for Faithful Girls
    by Sarah Clarkson
    ISBN: 188869209X
    Sarah Clarkson, 17-year-old daughter of Clay and Sally Clarkson, is an aspiring writer. Journeys of Faithfulness-Stories for the Heart for Faithful Girls, her first book, has grown out of Sarah’s personal desire to encourage other serious young women like herself to be faithful to God, wherever they are in their life’s journey. In her book, Sarah has identified four young, unmarried women in the Scriptures—Mary of Bethany, Esther, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Ruth—and created fictional narratives from the events of each of their lives. In the narratives, each of which is three chapters long, Sarah has skillfully captured the spirits of these young women of God and how they had to choose to be faithful to Him. Each chapter is followed by Sarah’s thoughts on the aspect of faithfulness revealed by the narrative, shared with vulnerability and insight, and lessons she has learned from God. These “Reflections” conclude with a brief Bible study with discussion questions that can be used alone, with a mother, or in a group. Several attractive “Journey Journal” pages are included for the reader to record her own thoughts and prayers.
  • King of the Pond
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370166
    Tombo the tadpole thinks he is the king of the pond. He brags that he is the biggest, the fastest, and the strongest tadpole, and teases and chases all the other tadpoles. However, while Tombo is showing off doing a triple flip, a boy catches him. The boy puts him into a fish tank and gives him fish flakes to eat, a food Tombo despises. When Tombo turns into a frog, the boy releases him back into his pond. Then Tombo discovers that he is no longer the biggest and fastest, but he does learn the value of friendship.

    In this superbly illustrated book, Carl Sommer reveals the importance of respect for others, forgiveness, and sportsmanship.
  • Light Your Candle
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370190
    After witnessing all sorts of violence, Stephanie decides to “light her candle.” After encountering much opposition, with the help of her two friends, they transform their inner city school and neighborhood.

    Witnessing the deterioration of her inner-city neighborhood, Stephanie decides to “light her candle” to help clean up the trash and stop the violence. After convincing her two friends to do as much good as they can for one week, Stephanie and her friends, with the help of parents, end up transforming their inner-city school and neighborhood from a place of violence and deterioration to a model of order and cleanliness.

    Carl Sommer shows that in spite of many obstacles, one person’s determination and desire to do well can transform a whole area. This inspiring story teaches the importance of citizenship, caring for others, and community service.
  • Listen and Learn
    by Cheri J. Meiners, Meredith Johnson (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575421232
    Knowing how to listen is essential to learning, growing, and getting along with others. Simple words and inviting illustrations help children develop skills for listening, understand why it's important to listen, and recognize the positive results of listening. Includes a note to teachers and parents, additional information for adults, and activities.
  • Little Red Train, The
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370611
    Three big trains refuse to go up the mountain in the deep snow to bring food to the hungry people. But The Little Red Train with its brave helpers to save the village. Trapped high on a mountain by deep snow, hungry townspeople wait desperately for one of the three big trains to bring them food, but they all refuse to go up the mountain. However, The Little Red Train and a family of brave helpers take up the struggle against severe obstacles and save the people from starvation.

    In this exciting and vividly illustrated book, Carl Sommer shows the value of perseverance, compassion, and civic virtue.
  • Mayor for a Day
    by Carl Sommer, Dick Westbrook (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370573
    As a reward for winning the soccer championship, Davy is chosen mayor for a day. Tired of his parents’ rules, Davy’s first official act is to eliminate all rules. Davy and his friends thought they would have a wonderful time, but the day was a disaster for everyone. The whole town becomes angry, but Davy finally saves the day.

    In this fascinating story, Carl Sommer has graphically illustrated the importance of citizenship, rules for maintaining civic virtue, and respect for the law.
  • Mayor for a Day Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer, Dick Westbrook (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375133
    As a reward for winning the soccer championship, Davy is chosen mayor for a day. Tired of his parents' rules, Davy's first official act is to eliminate all rules. Davy and his friends thought they would have a wonderful time, but the day was a disaster for everyone. The whole town becomes angry, but Davy finally saves the day. Grades K-4
  • No Longer a Dilly Dally
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370530
    Ants have to work hard during the summer to fix up their homes and gather food for the winter, but the Dilly Dally family have a different tradition: they always play first. If they have any time, then they do a little work. The ants of the Work First family, however, build their house and gather their food FIRST—and then they relax and have fun. So they have a very strong house and lots of food for the winter. When the long, cold winter comes, the Dilly Dally family has a very tough time getting food and keeping warm. However, they learn an important lesson, which makes them change their ways—and their name.

    In this delightful and inspiring book by Carl Sommer, children will learn the importance of diligence, responsibility, and having a proper work ethic: to work first and then play.
  • No Longer a Dilly Dally Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 157537501X
    In contrast to Family Work First, the fun loving Dilly Dallys have a family tradition--play first then work. But tough times convince the Dilly Dallys that they must change to survive. Grades 1-4.
  • No One Will Ever Know
    by Carl Sommer, Dick Westbrook (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370069
    Teased by their friends that "No one will ever know," Johnnie and Janie squirrel ignore their parents' warnings about the big, bad wolf. Wanting big, delicious acorns, they lie to their parents and sneak out one night to Mr. Smith's farm. Their delightful meal suddenly ends with them being chased by a very hungry wolf. Barely escaping with their lives, the young squirrels learn that to disobey is wrong even when you think no one will ever know. This thrilling story by Carl Sommer shows the importance of honesty, respect for parents, and trust.
  • Noise! Noise! Noise!
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator), Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375680
    Marcus and Marcella hate the noisy forest animals and the hard work in searching for food every day. Their eyes light up when a chipmunk tells them that a farm has no noise and lots of food.

    In spite of being warned by Mama Beaver, they immediately move to the farm. Their dreams come true. But their dreams are shattered when the farmer and his wife come home. The chase is on. After barely escaping, they quickly return to their forest home. They discover that even with all the noise and hard work, the forest is a wonderful place to live.
    Book and Audio CD
  • Only One Club, The
    by Jane Naliboff, Jeff Hopkins (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0972922539
    This heartwarming story explores the many ways in which children feel unique and special. Mrs. Matthews's first grade class begins making Christmas decorations, but because Jennifer is Jewish, Mrs. Matthews allows her to make Hanukkah decorations instead. Jennifer enjoys the attention and creates "The Only One Club," of which she is the sole member. When her classmates want to join, she is resistant until she realizes that each of her friends is also "the only one" at something. As she inducts them into her club she reveals the unique qualities that make each of her classmates extraordinary. Through this touching story, young children are encouraged to discover and treasure their own uniqueness and to actively look for special qualities in others beyond race or culture. A medley of pencil, watercolor, acrylic paint, and pastel illustrations bring this inspiring and humorous tale to life.
  • Proud Rooster and Little Hen
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375109
    Always ignoring everyone's advice, Proud Rooster gets into all sorts of trouble. One day he goes too far, but that day changes him forever. Grades K-3.
    Virtues: Humility / Obedience to Parents / Self-Discipline
  • Respect and Take Care of Things
    by Cheri J. Meiners, Meredith Johnson (Illustrator
    ISBN: 1575421607
    Encourages children to put things back where they belong and ask permission to use things that don’t belong to them. Teaches simple environmental awareness.
  • Riding the Tiger
    by Eve Bunting, David Frampton (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0395797314
    Esteemed author Eve Bunting brings all her insight, empathy, and storytelling skill to this powerful allegorical tale, set in the streets of an unnamed city and illustrated with striking woodcuts. Danny, new to town, is proud when a glittery-eyed tiger invites him for a ride. He climbs up onto the tiger's massive back, and together they cruise the neighborhood. Everyone gives them respect-shopkeepers and passersby, even other kids. Danny feels powerful and much older than ten. Soon, though, he realizes it isn't respect people feel for him and the tiger-it's fear. And when he decides to get down off the tiger's back, he discovers it's a lot harder than climbing on. Whether the tiger is interpreted to represent gangs, drugs, or something else altogether, this poetically told, dramatically illustrated book is sure to provoke discussions about temp-tation, peer pressure, and conformity.
  • Riley and Rose in the Picture
    by Susanna Gretz (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763626813
    It's a rainy day, and furry friends Riley and Rose are stuck inside with nothing to do but draw . . . and bicker. While Riley likes to draw circles and triangles and rectangles, Rose likes to draw flowers and tents and boats in scenes that tell a story — right on top of Riley's work! Is there room in this picture for both artists?
  • Share and Take Turns
    by Cheri J. Meiners, Meredith Johnson (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575421240
    Sharing is a social skill all children need to learn—the sooner the better. Concrete examples and reinforcing illustrations help children practice sharing, understand how and why to share, and realize the benefits of sharing. Includes a note to teachers and parents, additional information for adults, and activities.
  • Sly Fox and the Chicks
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 157537062X
    Mama and Papa have always told their chicks never to have anything to do with strangers. But the sly fox disguises himself as a little lamb, and tries to trick the chicks into going with him. His early attempts fail because Clucky listens to Papa and Mama.

    The fox finally succeeds by promising delicious corn to lure some of the chicks. After a horrifying experience, Clucky’s sister Wendy escapes and realizes the importance of always listening to her parents and never talking to strangers.

    To help protect our children from unscrupulous strangers in today’s society, Carl Sommer teaches the importance of trust, safety, and obedience to parents.
  • Sly Fox and the Chicks Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375044
    The sly fox disguises himself as a little lamb and tries to trick the chicks. He tricks some of them, and the other chicks discover why they should never talk to strangers. Grades K-3.
  • Sosu's Call
    by Meshack Asare
    ISBN: 1929132212
    When a great storm threatens, Sosu, an African boy who is unable to walk, joins his dog Fusa in helping save their village.
  • Three Little Pigs
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370115
    Dozey, Pokey, and Hardy were warned to build strong houses because of the big bad wolf. Dozey and Pokey built shabby houses, but Hardy worked hard to build a strong house. After narrowly escaping from the wolf, Dozey and Pokey have a dramatic change of mind.

    In the rewriting of this classic tale, Carl Sommer teaches the importance of diligence, respect for labor, and self-discipline.
  • Tic Talk: Living with Tourette Syndrome
    by Dylan Peters
    ISBN: 1589850513
    Dylan Peters has lived with Tourette Syndrome more than half of his young life. Only four years old when he was first diagnosed with TS, Dylan is now nine and ready to enter the fourth grade. What he's learned about tolerance and acceptance during those five years, most of us fail to learn in an entire lifetime. In his own words--often humorous, always insightful--Dylan helps others, young and old, understand Tourette Syndrome and the enormous pressures this little, mysterious affliction places on those who have it and on those who love them. Illustrated by Dylan's friend, Zachary Wendland.
  • Tied Up In Knots
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370034
    Benny and Sally don't mind doing their farm chores and caring for their mules, but they absolutely refuse to share anything. Benny keeps his toys for himself, and Sally won't let Benny play with her toys. Their mules, Bossy and Stiffy, imitate their owners' selfishness by stubbornly refusing to let anyone else ride them, and fussing whenever they work together doing farm work.

    Dad needs to teach the mules a lesson. He ties them together which forces them to learn to cooperate in order to eat. After much selfish struggling, the mules learn to work together happily, and teach their owners Benny and Sally that sharing brings happiness.

    This delightful story by Carl Sommer shows the importance of cooperation, tolerance, and respect.
  • Time Remote
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370123
    Christopher has great dreams of becoming an inventor, but he dislikes anything requiring work. When he discovers that his neighbor Dr. Finkle has invented a time remote, Christopher uses it to avoid schoolwork, wholesome food, and jobs he doesn't like. Sending himself quickly through a life of avoiding problems, right into old age, he finally realizes the misery of an easy life. Discovering a hidden button on his discarded remote, he fortunately gets a chance to start his life over.

    This fascinating Carl Sommer story teaches the value of diligence, self-discipline, and responsibility. A sensational and inspiring book that will transform its readers.
  • Treasury of Goops, A: Timeless Manners for Every Generation
    by Gelett Burgess (Author), Barbara Ross (Author)
    ISBN: 0971236852
    Over 100 years ago Gelett Burgess blessed the world with his delightful Goops !

    A Treasury of Goops respects his work going one step further by presenting the Goops in vivid color with beautiful full page watercolor illustrations by Diana Camille
  • Try and Stick With It
    by Cheri J. Meiners, Meredith Johnson
    ISBN: 1575421593
    Introduces children to flexibility, stick-to-it-iveness (perseverance), and the benefits of trying something new.
  • Ugly Caterpillar Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 157537515X
    Speckles the spider and Crumbs the cricket think Katy the caterpillar is much too ugly to be their friend. But Annie the ant doesn't agree, and she and Katy become best friends. As Katy the caterpillar begins her strange transformation into a beautiful butterfly, her friend Annie is shocked and amazed. Speckles and Crumbs finally learn the true meaning of beauty and friendship--and caterpillars. Grades K-4.
  • Ugly Caterpillar, The
    by Carl Sommer, Greg Budwine (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370158
    Speckles the spider and Crumbs the cricket think Katy the caterpillar is much too ugly to be their friend. But Annie the ant doesn't agree, and she and Katy become best friends. As Katy the caterpillar begins her strange transformation into a beautiful butterfly, her friend Annie is shocked and amazed. Speckles and Crumbs finally learn the true meaning of beauty and friendship-and caterpillars.
    In this inspiring and beautifully illustrated book, Carl Sommer teaches the importance of respect for others, kindness, friendship, and the true meaning of beauty.
  • Wally WaddleSnout and the Peppermint Race!
    by Donna L. Hull
    ISBN: 0971001707
  • You Move You Lose
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575370565
    Book Description
    The bear cubs Stubby and Prissy can’t seem to agree on anything—not even on who should close the door. Even their forest friends walk out because of their bickering. The cubs finally decide to settle the issue with a game of “You move, you lose.” However, two raccoon burglars show up for an unforgettable game of their own.

    But when a wolf comes by chasing a little kitten, their stubbornness is tested to the limit. Stubby declares victory, but he soon realizes that the true winner is his sister Prissy.

    In this stimulating book, Carl Sommer shows the folly of stubbornness, and the importance of tolerance, cooperation, and friendship.
  • You Move You Lose Read-Along
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1575375052
    Stubborn Stubby and Prissy are always disagreeing. After playing a game of "You Move, You Lose", two raccoon bandits teach the folly of their stubbornness. Grades K-3.
  • Your Job Is Easy
    by Carl Sommer, Kennon James (Illustrator
    ISBN: 1575370670
    When Jane, the farmer’s wife, complains to her husband Sam about the crooked rows he has plowed, they decide to switch jobs for a day. Both Sam and Jane expect to have lots of free time after each finishes the other’s “easy” job. But Sam and Jane encounter one calamity after another doing each other’s chores. After having the hardest day of their lives, they meet each other and end up laughing at their misconceptions.

    In this delightful and humorous adventure, Carl Sommer teaches the importance of respect for others, responsibility, and forgiveness.
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