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Baby Duck doesn't like her new glasses. When she looks in the mirror she doesn't look like Baby Duck anymore. When her mother asks, "Don't you like them just a little?" Baby Duck says, "No." And when Grandpa comes to play, Baby Duck hides behind a tree. But, as always, Grandpa has a surprise way of cheering up Baby Duck.
Baby Duck's cozy blanket needs to be cleaned. So does Baby Duck. Touch and feel her fluffy tummy, her soft sponge, and lots more. Getting clean has never been such fun!
It was a cold, cold night on Plum Street. Mrs. Bear is putting Sam to bed, when suddenly-Hak hak! Coughs Sam. Mrs. Bear gets some syrup. But there's too much syrup on a too-big spoon, and Sam can't swallow it. What will make Sam feel better?
It's a rainy day and Baby Duck has a little cold. But Baby starts to feel better when Grandpa comes to visit-especially when she sees the cheering-up present he has brought. It's a book, and it's filled with pictures of Baby Duck. There she is on the day she was born, and after a bath, and when she took her first steps. Baby likes what she sees, and she loves sharing this special gift from Grandpa.
It's a rainy, rainy day, and that makes Baby mad. Baby's parents worry-whoever heard of a duck who doesn't like the rain? But when Grandpa uncovers a sparkling red umbrella in the attic, and matching boots too, Baby finds out just how much fun playing in the rain can be. With gentle affection and lots of pluck, Amy Hest and Jill Barton create a story that will have every puddle-jumper wishing for rain.
Inside the little white house, it is Sam's bedtime. Mrs. Bear reads him a story, tucks him in, and brings him warm milk. "Ready now, Sam?" she asks. "Oh no," says Sam, "I'm waiting." What else could Sam need before going to sleep?
Baby Duck longs to join the swimming team. But she won't go in the water. She's scared that her arms might get tired and make her slow or that she'll swallow water. Luckily Grandpa always knows what to say and do to make Baby Duck feel better...and brave enough to take the plunge.
It's midnight, and everyone is sleeping. Except Samantha J. Blustein--and her grandmother, who is sharing Sam's room. Sam and Nana are wide awake and ready for a late-night snack. "You're supposed to stay put," Sam reminds Nana. "Doctor's orders." "Well, phooey to the doctor." And with that, Nana leads Sam on a deliciously scary journey through the darkened house to the kitchen, where they build a cozy fire. Sam and Nana concoct Luscious ice- cream sundaes, and they savor every bit. Then it's time to look at the pictures in Nana's scrapbook. There is Nana, impossibly young; there is Sam's grandfather, "Mr. Handsome." Sam thinks it isn't fair that Grampa had to die, and Nana confides it's not always easy to grow old. But Sam is reassured by the knowledge that she and Nana--the "midnight eaters" are sure to have another meeting soon.
With subtlety and tenderness, Amy Hest tells the tale of an elderly man and a young boy linked by the common pursuit of learning to read. George can't read. A hundred years old, and he never learned how. "That must be corrected," says George. George Baker and Harry don't seem the likeliest of friends. But sitting side by side on George's porch in the morning, waiting for the school bus to come, the two have plenty in common -- this hundred-year-old musician with the crookedy fingers going tappidy on his knees and the young schoolboy whose shoelaces always need tying. They're both learning to read, and it's hard. What's easy is the warm friendship they share. In an inspired pairing, a best-selling author and illustrator pay quiet tribute to the power of language and intergenerational bonds.
It's the first day of school and Baby Duck's stomach is all jitters. She loves the important things in her new school bag. But what her teacher is mean? And what if school isn't any fun? Luckily Grandpa knows just what to do to make Baby Duck feel better. And when Baby Duck meets her teacher and makes a new friend, she suddenly feels much, much braver.
Although she loves her father, their home in New York City, and her third-grade teacher Miss Meadows, Annie misses her mother who died recently.
In an inspiring pairing, Amy Hest and P. J. Lynch create an unforgettable tribute to the immigrant experience. Jessie lives with her grandmother in a poor village in the valleys of eastern Europe. When, to everyone's surprise, young Jessie is chosen by the village rabbi to travel to America, and to leave her grandmother behind, they both feel their hearts will break. Award-winning author Amy Hest brings her sure and inspired touch to the story of our immigrant heritage as she follows Jessie across the ocean to a new life--and a new love--in America. Exquisitely illustrated by P. J. Lynch, with paintings that glow with warmth and carefully observed detail, WHEN JESSIE COMES ACROSS THE SEA transcends time and culture in a tribute to the courage and hope of all who seek a better life. It is destined to become a modern classic.
When Mrs. Bear and little Sam deliver the cakes they have made for their friends in the neighborhood, Sam carries the cakes all by himself, through the snow and up to the front doors.
Baby Duck is back-and she's not a baby anymore. Hot Stuff, Baby Duck's little sister has arrived, and everyone is making a great big fuss over her. Baby Duck feels pretty cranky about the whole matter. Luckily, Grandpa knows just what to say and do to help Baby feel much better. With picture descriptions.