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1. Thomas' Second 978th Story



978.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was talking nonsense.  And he was spinning in dizzy circles.  And he was racing bubbles.  In the vanilla rain.
The End.



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2. Thomas' Second 979th Story



979.     Once upon a time, there was a robin and there was a bluebird.  The robin ate salad.  The bluebird was a carnivore.
The End.

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3. Thomas' Second 976th Story



976.     Once upon a time, there was a mommy named Mommy.  She had glasses today.  She was just a librarian today.
The End.


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4. Thomas' Second 977th Story



977.    Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  And there was a kitten named Molly.  Thomas and Molly Kitten saw a bird.  It was a robin.  And it was in the backyard.  Thomas and Molly were very excited.
“Your crazy noise is annoying me,” said the robin to Thomas and Molly.  “Good day!”  And the robin flew away.
The End.


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5. Thomas' Second 975th Story



975.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He can’t paint right now.  He’s just making a new moon.
The End.


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6. Thomas' Second 974th Story



974.     Once upon a time, there was a girl. She was a little girl.  She had dark hair and she was wearing a pink dress.  She had silly eyes.  Thomas liked her.
The End.


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7. Thomas' Second 973nd Story



973.     Once upon a time, there was a clock.  The clock had a face.  On the clock’s face was a mustache.  It was a 5:35 mustache.
The End.


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8. Thomas' Second 972nd Story



972.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He wanted a new pet.  He wanted a pet whale.  He wanted to keep the whale in an aquarium.  But Thomas’ aquarium was much too small. 
So Thomas turned his house into an aquarium.  And the whale could fit, but the whale couldn’t swim.  The whale was not happy.  The whale wouldn’t sing. 
So Thomas turned his street into an aquarium.  But the whale was still not happy.  The whale still wouldn’t sing. 
So Thomas took the whale to the ocean.  And the whale was happy.  The whale was happy because he had the biggest aquarium of all.  And the whale sang and sprayed water at Thomas.
The End.


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9. Thomas' Second 970th Story



970.     Once upon a time, there was a train full of monkeys.  They were going to the island.  To visit the ladybugs.
The End.


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10. Thomas' Second 971nd Story


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971.     Once upon a time, there was a cat named Chloe.  She was singing.  She was singing like purrrrrrrrrr-purrrrrrrrrr.  She sang-purred so much she turned into a robot.  A cat robot with a remote control.  And a cat robot with a heartbeat.
The End.


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11. Thomas' Second 968th Story



968.     Once upon a time, there was a cat named Chloe.  Chloe Cat was not little.  Chloe Cat was big.  Chloe Cat was like a teddy bear.  Because she was cuddly and full of love.
The End.


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12. Thomas' Second 969th Story



969.     Once upon a time, it was time for dinosaurs.  When the big hand was on the missing 6, it was the time for dinosaurs.
The End.

 

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13. Thomas' Second 967th Story



967.     Once upon a time, there was a space man.  His name was Not Thomas.  He went into space on a special rocket.  He went into space so he could go bowling.  With the moon and the stars.
The End.


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14. Thomas' Second 966th Story



966.     Once upon a time, there was a cricket.  He was an old singer.  He had an appetite for music.  And he was a singer of old music.  He sang music as old as the drums of Africa.  The cricket always was a king.  And he lived on a hill and sang.
The End.


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15. Thomas' Second 965th Story



965.     Once upon a time, there was a giant cat.  She lived in a treehouse.  Her named was Molly Kitten.
The End.


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16. Thomas' Second 964th Story



964.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had a cool room.  Because he was a Mr. Cool Thomas.
The End.


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17. Thomas' Second 963rd Story



963.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He just needed some milk.  He just needed some milk to make an egg pie.
The End.


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18. Thomas' Second 962nd Story



962.     Once upon a time, the light went down in Thomas’ room.  It was light and dark in Thomas’ room.  And Thomas didn’t like the one bright shining light.  Because a big storm was coming.
The End.


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19. Thomas' Second 959th Story



959.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was just growing.  He was just growing bigger.  He was turning into a man.  He’ll turn into a man one day.  Maybe Friday. 
The End.


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20. Thomas' Second 958th Story



958.     Once upon a time, there was a cat named Buster.  And there was a rabbit named Hop-Hop.  Hop-Hop was dancing.  Buster Cat did not like Hop-Hop’s dancing.  Hop-Hop’s dancing did not make Buster Cat happy.  Hop-Hop’s dancing made Buster Cat angry.  And a little sad.  Because Buster Cat couldn’t hop like Hop-Hop.
The End.


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21. Thomas' Second 956th Story



956.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had cereal.  With milk.  And the milk was glowing.  The milk was glowing green.
“It’s your glass that is making the milk glow green,” said Mommy. 
“It’s called imagination,” said Thomas.  “It’s what I do.”
The End.



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22. Book 344

My Little 1 2 3 Book, by Bob Staake, Little Simon (Simon & Schuster), 1998.

My son is five; I gave away most of his board books a year or two ago.  Yet, this year, I bought him this one.  He keeps it in a small, portable, bookseller's shelf on top of his "art" desk (or under the pillow of his bed).

I bought my son this book for two reasons:

1.  My son LOVES Bob Staake's work.  Not just the illustrative work in children's books.  He can see a Washington Post illustration or a New Yorker illustration and know it is Bob Staake's work.

2.  I've told my son that he can draw pretty much anything he wants by using the basic shapes that he knows.  I've shown him by drawing shapes and turning them into a cat or a dog or a cow jumping over the moon, but it wasn't until he saw the shapes used for the illustrations in this series of "Little" books that he really caught on. 

These books are great for the purpose they were intended, i.e, teaching numbers to very young children.  They can also be used to teach colors and shapes.  And, while the illustrations may some lack the sophistication and finesse of Staake's later computer work, they are absolutely perfect for teaching a child to draw.



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23. Book 343

The Little Red Hen, A Traditional Folktale, pictures by J. P. Miller, Little Golden Books, 1954 (and 1982).

This was the first Little Golden Book I bought for my now five-year-old son.  One of the reasons I bought it because I remembered using it for a story time at the library.  Of all the versions of The Little Red Hen, this one really shows how much work the hen did between the finding of the grain of wheat and the eating of the bread. Even my son understands the injustice of the hen doing all the work, and the other animals expecting to eat the bread.

The other reason I bought it was for the delightfully timeless illustrations. 


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24. Thomas' Second 961st Story



961.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was looking for a silver man.  For Mommy.  Mommy’s silver man was missing.
The End.


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25. Thomas' Second 960th Story


960.     Once upon a time, there was a cat named Shauna.  She lived in a store.  Shauna was a little cat.  Shauna was Molly Kitten-sized.  Shauna was very beautiful.  She had dragon eyes.
The End. 


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