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1. Thomas' Third 57th Story


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1.    57.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was winning.  He was winning at being a Thomas named Thomas.
The End.


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2. Thomas' Third 56th Story




1.     56.     Once upon a time, the church bells were ringing.  And the children were singing.  It was because it was Christmas time.
The End.


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3. Thomas' Third 54th Story




1.     54,      Once upon a time, there was a juice bottle.  It was a pumpkin juice bottle, and it looked like a pumpkin.  It rolled down the hill.  It rolled into the garden.  Into Thomas’ garden.  And that’s why Thomas is Jack Thomas.  Because his head is like a pumpkin.
The End.


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4. Thomas' Third 55th Story



1.     55.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had a bad day.  He needed a big kiss.  Two big kisses.  Maybe he didn’t have a bad day really, but he still needed two kisses.  Because Thomas was a cutie-pie.
The End.


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5. Thomas' Third 53rd Story



1.         53.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He wore slippers on his feet.  To keep his feet warm.  Because the morning was deep and dark, like the night.  And because the house was deep and dark, like the night. 
The End.

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6. Thomas' Third 52nd Story



1.     52.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  But at Christmas, Thomas won’t be Thomas anymore.  He’ll be Jack. 
The End.


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7. Thomas' Third 51st Story




1.     51.     Once upon a time, there were mean toys.  They were bully toys.  The mean toys couldn’t play with the other toys.  The mean toys couldn’t stay with the other toys.  The mean toys couldn’t stay in the toy box with the other toys.  The mean toys had to stay in the brown box.  Because they were bullies.
The End. 

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8. Book 396


Puff, the Magic Dragon, words by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton, and illustrations by Eric Puybaret, Sterling Children's Books, 2007.

I reviewed this book for Goodreads a little over a year ago.  Then, this past December, I encountered "Over The Rainbow", also illustrated by Puybaret, and discovered his work all over again. 

This is what I said in my original review:


My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week, because, you know, there was a dragon on the cover.

There was no disc in our copy of the book because it was a library book. I remembered the tune and the refrain to this song, so I started singing it. I didn't remember the last verse, so that caught me off guard. At first I thought that Jackie died, but as I keep singing it was clear that Jackie just grew up and Puff was forgotten. The text, because it is the same as the song, is a downer, but the illustrations at the end are not.

The illustrations were colorful, soft and playful -- they had a very dreamlike quality. They suited the text perfectly, even right up until the end, because, even though Jackie grew up and forgot about Puff, he was not abandoned. There are still other children in the world, so at the end of the book was hope, which, of course, is what children are.


I did buy this book for my son, last month, and he loves it as much as he did in November 2013.


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9. Book 395


Country Wives, by Rebecca Shaw, Doubleday, 2001.

I bought this book for a dollar at a thrift store.  I had just found a wool jacket for $2, so I was feeling generous, and this book SEEMED intriguing.


As a child, I spent five years in James Harriot country.  I recognized the speech and the scenery in both the books and the movies.  I didn't get this book at all.

Everything about this book felt so forced and contrived.  I wasn't expecting another Harriot series, but I was expecting quite a bit more than this book delivered.




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10. Book 394


Skippyjon Jones, Snow What, by Judy Schachner, Dial Publishing, 2014.

I didn't buy this book, but I was with my sister when she was picking out a book for my son, and we decided together on this one.

This Skippyjon Jones book is probably my favorite one since the first one. The story is a take-off from a fairy tale, and it did help (immensely) that the book came with a CD of Ms. Schachner reading the book. I speak Franglais, not Spanglish. 

My six-year-old son, however, followed the CD along with his book -- twice in a row. He would have listened to it again a third or fourth time right then if we didn't have to go somewhere that morning. 

I have always loved the illustrations of the Skippyjon Jones books, even when I stumbled over the text, and this book is absolutely no exception. 





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11. Book 393


He's Just Not That Into You, by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, Simon Spotlight, 2004.

I've been married, more or less happily, for a little over ten years now, so this book wasn't especially relevant to my life now.  I did, however, date for about twenty years before I got married, and I WISH this book had been around then. 

Yes, the advice is simplistic and fairly obvious, but that doesn't mean that single women don't need to hear, or rather, read it.  I wasted a lot of time making excuses for the men I was dating.  It was very hard for me to be a single women when I was in my 30s, so I understand the excuses very well, but I did myself, nor the men, any favors by making the excuses.



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12. Thomas' Third 50th Story



1.     50.     Once upon a time, there was a square.  The square didn’t want to be a square anymore.  So the square turned sideways, and then he was a diamond.
The End.


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13. Thomas' Third 49th Story


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1.     49.   Once upon a time, there was a man.  The man was named Penellio.  The man had a necklace.  The necklace was a picture; it was a painting of a lady.  And the lady was a star.  Like a diamond star.
The End.


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14. Thomas' Third 48th Story



1.     48.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had a room.  He had a window in his room.  There was a hole in the window in Thomas’ room.  A bug flew in through the hole in the window in Thomas’ room.  It was a dirty bug.  The dirty bug flew in through the hole in the window in Thomas’ room and it pooped on Thomas’ silver brush.  That’s why Thomas can’t brush his hair.
The End.


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15. Thomas' Third 47th Story



1.     47.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  And there was a mommy named Mommy.
“I’m staring at you, Mommy,” said Thomas.
“Why are you staring at me?” asked his mommy.
“Because I love you.  So much,” said Thomas.
“I love you, too,” said his mommy.
“I have muscles,” said Thomas.
The End.


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16. Thomas' Third 46th Story



1.    46.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had an apple.  It was a golden apple.  It was a magic golden apple.  It was magic because if you hit it on the counter and stomped your foot it would turn into a Hot Wheels car.  But it didn’t turn into a Hot Wheels car.  Maybe it needs magic words, too. 
The End.


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17. Thomas' Third 45th Story



1.     45.     Once upon a time, there was a room.  In the room were shelves and kitty cat bowls.  But there was no room for the rabbits.
The End.


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18. Thomas' Third 44th Story



1.     44.     Once upon a time, there was a headless specter.  And the headless specter was named “Turkey”.
The End.


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19. Book 392


Over the Rainbow, illustrated by Eric Puybaret, 2013, Imagine Books

We checked this book out of the library about two weeks ago, so we didn't listen to the CD. Instead, I just sang the text to my six-year-old son. 

The next morning, my son, without the book, starting making his own illustrations for Over the Rainbow. That was when I ordered him his own copy of this book. 

I am so in love with Eric Puybaret's gorgeous and whimsical illustrations -- I'm pretty sure that before long we will end up owning every book he has illustrated. 




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20. Thomas' Third 42nd Story


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1.     42.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He liked marshmallows.  Marshmallows are white, so marshmallows are healthy.
The End. 

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21. Thomas' Third 41st Story



1.     41.     Once upon a time, there was a queen.  She was a queen in green.   She was a queen in a dress that was green like leafs.  And she was the queen of frogs.  She was a frog queen.
The End.


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22. Thomas' Third 39th Story



1.   39.       Once upon a time, there was gray.   And the gray crept like the night.  Until everything was dark with the gray.
The End.



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23. Thomas' Third 40th Story



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1.    40.      Once upon a time, there was a letter A.  A is a tricky letter; it makes a lot of sounds.  It wants to be a consonant, but it can’t be a consonant, because it’s a vowel.  It’s an Awful Ape eating an Apple vowel.
The End.


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24. Thomas' Third 38th Story



1.    38.      Once upon a time, there was a cat named Buster.  Buster Cat wore black and white, like a pilgrim.  Buster Cat liked turkey, like a pilgrim.  I think Buster Cat was a Pilgrim Cat.
The End.



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25. Thomas' Third 43rd Story



1.    43.    Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He liked pies.  Pies are good.  Lemon pie is good for Thanksgiving.  Lemon pie is healthy, because it is yellow.  And pumpkin pie is good for Thanksgiving.  Pumpkin pie is healthier, because it’s orange.  With whipped cream.  Thomas is very thankful for Thanksgiving. 
The End.


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