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1. Thomas' Third 153rd Story


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1.          153.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  When he is ten, he’ll take the car and drive Mommy to vote.  And when he is eleven, he’ll do dishes all by himself.  And when he is twelve, he’ll go to the hot dog store and buy a hot dog.  And when he is 21, he’ll do something important.  When he is 32, he’ll make a square box game.  When he is 100, he’ll go down the stairs by himself without getting hurt.  And when he is 400, he’ll fix the grandfather clock.
“I can’t wait!” said Thomas.
The End.

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2. Thomas' Third 152nd Story



1.          152.     Once upon a time, there was a seashell.  It was a seashell from the ocean.  Thomas found it, but not in the ocean.  He found it in the leaves by the sidewalk at Thomas’ house.  Maybe the wind carried the seashell to Thomas.  Or maybe the sea brought it.  Because the ocean misses Thomas and wants Thomas to come back.
The End.

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3. Thomas' Third 151st Story



1.          151.      Once upon a time, there was a hamster named Fred.  Fred Hamster was nocturnal.  That means he was always tired.
The End.

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4. Thomas' Third 150th Story



1.          150.     Once upon a time, there was a toilet.  If you have to go potty, you have to go to the toilet.  You can’t go potty outside.  If you go potty on a tree, the tree will turn back into a seed and disappear.
The End.

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5. Thomas' Third 149th Story



1.          149.     Once upon a time, there was an Aunt Dianne.  One day, she got in her car and she drove all over the world.  Just to see Thomas.  Thomas loves Aunt Dianne, and Uncle Jason, too.  But Uncle Jason isn’t in the car.
The End.

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6. Thomas' Third 147th Story



1.          147.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Kirchel.  He erased his shadow and drew a smiley face instead.  Because there was a girl named Aleshia, and she liked smiley faces.
The End.

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7. Thomas' Third 148th Story



1.        148.      Once upon a time, it was Friday the 16th.  And somebody was coming.
The End.

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8. Thomas' Third 146th Story


1.          146.    Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He combed his hair so he had style.  He had handsome hair.  He didn’t want to wear a hat to school because the hat would mess up his handsome hair. 
The End.


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9. Thomas' Third 145th Story



1.          145.     Once upon a time, there was a Kangerine.  It was a tangerine kangaroo.  It was orange.  And it hopped.  And it squished.
The End.

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1.          144.     Once upon a time, there was a Mrs. Claus.  In January, Mrs. Claus is at the North Pole.  So she can make gingerbread men cookies.   Santa is just sleeping.
The End.

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11. Thomas' Third 142nd Story



1.         142.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was just singing.  He was singing with his guitar voice and X-ray eyes.  He was just singing as the frozen ground turned to stone.
The End. 

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12. Thomas' Third 143rd Story


1.          143.     Once upon a time, there were lions.  They were yellow lions.  And they lived on the Savanna.  The Savanna was like Honalee where the green dragons lived.
The End.

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13. Book 433


The Easter Rabbit's Parade, by Lois Lenski, Random House, originally published in 1936.

I found this book at a library book sale.  Easter was coming up, so I bought the book to put in my six-year-old son's Easter basket. 

On Easter morning, my son decided he liked the cover, the end-papers, and the internal illustrations.  He wasn't so sure about the story.  Yet.  It might still grow on him.  It is a bit repetitive and dated, but still is rather charming. 

The illustrations, however, were worth rescuing this book from the library cart.


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14. Book 432



Bigger Digger, by Steve Webb, illustrated by Ben Mantle, Picture Corgi, 2012.  

Right now I have a soft spot for any book that is entertaining and my Kindergarten son can read on his own.  This book is perfect on both counts.  And how can you not love a giraffe in a digger?









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15. Book 431


Happy Easter, Curious George, written by R. P. Anderson, illustrated in the style of H.A. Rey by Mary O'Keefe Young, Houghtin, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2010.

This was a pretty adorable book to put in my six-year-old son's Easter basket. He could read, and he enjoyed, and I loved the illustrations. 




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16. Thomas' Third 141st Story



1.          141.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was singing the Kangaroo song.  He was hoppity-hoppiting and skippity-skippiting with his hands.  But the chairs were in the way.  The chairs hurt his hands. They were the front row chairs.  Thomas was in the second row.  Because he was too tall.
The End.


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17. Thomas' Third 140th Story



1.         140.      Once upon a time, there were alien librarians.  They came to Earth from outer space.  They came for all the pirate ships.
The End.

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18. Thomas' Third 139th Story



1.          139.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He built a ship.  It was a beautiful fire ship.  And it was for going to the North Pole.  Because it had a bell.
“Land, ho! For Greenland!” said Thomas.  “See?  I’m not too little.”
The End.


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19. Book 426


poemcrazy, by Susan Goldsmith Wooldrigdge, Three Rivers Press, 1996.


I first read this book about twelve years ago when I was housesitting for the senior partner at the law firm where I was working.  He had a house full of cats and one very needy little dog.  I was surprised to find this little book on his bookshelf, so I read it.  I was intrigued by her relationship with words, and inspired enough to consider the weight of my own words.  I liked it enough to buy my own copy.

Now, twelve years and four books and one kid later, I re-read this book.  The second reading did not impact me as much as the first, but the fault is not with the book or the author.  The fact is, my six-year-old son is a natural word-collecter.  Whenever he hears a new word, he tests it and weighs it and considers it and then uses it.  He makes up word to work with his new words.  There is a natural poetry -- the kind promoted in this book -- in his speech and writing.  And I think that is the key; this book is not so much about writing poetry as it is about loving words and how they fit together. We should all be word-collectors.  We should all know the value of the words we use. 



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20. Thomas' Third 138th Story



1.          138.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was just six years old, and he had a dragon.  He’ll still have a dragon, even when he is grown up, like seven years old.
The End.



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21. Thomas' Third 137th Story



1.          137.     Once upon a time, there was a lighthouse.  It was for the whole world.
The End.



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22. Book 430


Cezanne, Eleanor Marrack, Chartwell Books, 1993.


This was another art book I found in a thrift store.  Again, the text is competent, but way too thorough and dense for a six-year-old, but the images of the paintings are lovely.





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23. Book 429


Van Gogh, by Eleanor Marrack, Chartwell Press, 1992.


I found this book in a thrift store, so I probably didn't pay more than a dollar for it.  That doesn't mean it wouldn't have been worth more; it just means that when I saw it I thought it would be great for my six-year-old son's Easter basket. 

Although the text is competent, I won't be reading it to my young son just yet.  I will, however, look at the prints of the paintings with him because I believe it never too early to learn to appreciate Art.




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24. Book 428

The Double Tongue, by William Golding, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995.


This book did feel a bit incomplete and unfinished.  Because it was incomplete and unfinished.  Because the author died before he had a final manuscript.  In spite of that, this book is brilliant.

First he gives an incredibly sympathetic portrait of a young girl.  Then he perfectly portrays that young girl becoming the Pythia.  And finally, through the narrative, of a believing woman who was used by the gods. 

I have read this book at least four, probably five times, and every time I read it, I pick up on something new.  The manuscript may just be a sketch, but it is a sketch by a master.  And every time I read this book, I want to go back and re-read C.S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces. 



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25. Book 427


Pooh's Grand Adventure, Little Golden Books, 1997.


This is a book based on a not-very-good movie.  Even so, the book is better.  Maybe because my internal narrator sounds like John Cleese. 

I do find it funny that "school" is spelled "skull", and the illustrations are delightful.




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