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1. Book 410


The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat, by Catherine Ann Cullen, illustrated by David Christiana, Little, Brown Publishing, 2001.


What a magical, mystical, marvelous story!

The coat, of course, is beautiful, but the buttons of the coat are truly special, as is the child wearing the coat. 

I liked the rhyming scheme of this book.  It was surprising sophisticated for a picture book as it didn't contain rhyming couplets that were complete on every two-page spread.  This book read more like a poem than a story in rhyme (and, yes, there is a difference).

The illustrations were nothing short of magical, mystical and marvelous.




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2. Book 409


The Aristocats, (Walt Disney), Little Golden Books, 1970,

This is not a bad book interpretation of the Disney movie.  It would be hard to capture all the excitement from the songs, but the book does a good job telling the main story, and the illustrations are delightful.




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3. Book 408


Murder at the Vicarage, by Agatha Christie, 1930.

I adore Agatha Christie's writing.  I think she is almost always brilliant.  Almost always.  Which is why I can't rate this book very high.  The mystery was obvious that about 80% of the book was just filler and misdirection.




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4. Thomas' Third 101st Story

     101.    Once upon a time, there was a Santa Claus.  He didn’t really have claws.  He had a candy cane suit.  And he had a cherry nose.  And his mouth looked like a bow-tie.  And he had a snow beard.  Like the snow above Greenland.
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The End. 

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5. Thomas' Third 100th Story



1.          100.     Once upon a time, there was a daddy named Daddy.  He was turning into Santa Claus, because he had grey hair and his belly was full.
The End.

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6. Thomas' Third 99th Story



1.          99.     Once upon a time, there was Pennsylvania.  Daddy lived in Pennsylvania with his mommy and daddy when he was a little boy.  Daddy’s daddy looks like Santa Claus.
The End.

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7. Thomas' Third 98th Story



1.          98.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was talking to the snowmen cookies.
“We are very delicious,” said the snowman cookies.
“I don’t believe you,” said Thomas.  So he ate a cookie.  And it was delicious.  But then it was gone.
The End.


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8. Thomas' Third 97th Story



 97.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He wanted to be a rocket-driver.  He wanted to be an astronaut rocket-driver when he grew up.  So he could go into outer space.  And so he could see the world from outer space.  Because the world is very beautiful from outer space. 

The End.


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9. Thomas' Third 96th Story



1.     96.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had special glasses.  He wore his special glasses.  And then he could see the world colorfully.
The End.

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10. Thomas' Third 95th Story



1.          95.     Once upon a time, there were yellow bananas falling down from the sky.  They were falling down from the rainbow where bluebirds fly.
The End.

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11. Thomas' Third 94th Story



1.          94.     Once upon a time, there was a kitten named Molly.  She was a grey kitten named Molly.  Molly Kitten wanted to take a nap in Thomas’ room.  But she couldn’t.  Because the night was too long for grey kittens.  And because there was no floor left.
The End.


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12. Thomas' Third 93rd Story



1.          93.     Once upon a time, there was a Christmas castle.  There was a Christmas queen in the Christmas castle.  She was the queen of Christmas.  She was in charge of making reindeer fly.  And she was in charge of the magic in icicles.  The Christmas queen was magic.  And she lived in Thomas’ house.  And Thomas’ house was full of Christmas magic.
The End.

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13. Thomas' Third 92nd Story



1.          92.     Once upon a time, there was a stellaphone.  It went inside a box.  It was dark in the box.  The stellphone saw something.   It saw a little bat.  And the little bat was watching the stellaphone. 
The box was flying.  A policeman came and saw the box.  The policeman was a melting snowman.  He melted in the lights on the street.  And the lights glowed lighter and lighter and lighter.
The End.



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14. Thomas' Third 91st Story



1.          91.     Once upon a time, there were green gloves.  They were warm, green gloves for a cold, dark night.
The End.

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15. Thomas' Third 90th Story



1.          90.     Once upon a time, the aliens were landing.  They were coming from the sky, and they were landing on the earth.  They sailed through the air in silver ships.  And they landed in the beautiful Christmas lights.  The aliens came to earth because they were looking for beautiful lights.  And they were looking for joy to the world.
The End.


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16. Thomas' Third 89th Story



1.         89.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He found a magnifying glass.  And he found a clue with his magnifying glass.   The clue was named Molly Kitten.  And she was under the Christmas Tree. 
The End.

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17. Thomas' Third 88th Story



1.         88.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had one red glove in his backpack.  The other red glove was lost.  On the playground – maybe.  So Thomas couldn’t wear his gloves on his hands.  Instead, Thomas put his red glove on his head.  And he turned into a rooster.  Cock-a-doodle-doo!
The End.

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18. Thomas' Third 87th Story



1.          87.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He found a tooth.  It was a big tooth.  It was a sharp tooth.  It was the tooth of a dragon. 
Dragons are hot – like nachos.  And they breathe fire, and smoke – like a school bus.
The End.


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19. Thomas' Third 86th Story



1.          86.     Once upon a time, there was a gingerbread man.  It was running away.  It was running away from an old man and an old woman.   It was running away with the spoon.
The End.


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20. Thomas' Third 85th Story



1.          85.      Once upon a time, there was a princess.  She was a red princess.  She had a red dress.  And she had red shoes.  And she had red hair.  And she was reading princess.  She read to her grandfather.  In the garden.  She read a story that started, “Once upon a time, there was a princess.”
The End.


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21. Thomas' Third 84th Story



1.          84.     Once upon a time, there was a hedgehog.  He wore a light on his head.  So he could see in the deep, dark dirt.  Of the undergarden.  The hedgehog went up.  And he saw a flower.  It was a talking flower. 
The flower said, “What’s your name?”
And the hedgehog said, “My name is Hedgehog.  What’s your name?”
And the flower said, “My name is Flower.  It’s nice to meet you.”
The End.


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22. Thomas' Third 83rd Story



1.          83.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  We wanted to watch Christmas Vacation.  Because Christmas Vacation is Uncle Jason’s favorite Christmas movie.  And Thomas wanted to watch Christmas Vacation seven times.  Because 7 is Thomas’ favorite number.  Because 7 is a Christmas number.  And if Thomas watching Christmas Vacation seven times, Aunt Dianne and Uncle Jason will come back to see Thomas.
The End.


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23. Book 407


A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond, 1958


When we first moved to England in 1978, Paddington was HUGE.  I'm not really sure why.  Maybe because the story was turning 20.  The curious thing was, where we were living (North Yorkshire) felt like it was stuck in the 1950s, so the book felt both nostalgic and contemporary to me at that time.

Even though I dressed my young son up as Paddington one Hallowe'en, I hadn't re-read the story since my primary school days in the deep, dark 1970s.  England, including the North Yorkshire area, has modernized by leaps and bounds, and today it doesn't really feel any different, contemporary culture-wise, than the US.  So now when I read the Paddington book, it feels nostalgic, but part of my history.

It has recently been turned into a movie, and, although I know that the story will most likely be altered greatly, I do hope the characteristic of Paddington always landing on his feet remains the same.



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24. Book 406


Sleeping Murder, by Agatha Christie, 1976.


Agatha Christie had remarked that she was not a "good writer".  Because I love, and have loved, her books for as long as I can remember, I thought it was a strange statement when I heard it.  I think I understand now better what she was actually saying.

Christie is a straight-forward writer in an age when more ornamental writing was esteemed.  Now just about every murder mystery writer has adopted Christie's style of writing.  What sets her apart and makes her work stand out is her gift of observation and her talent for translating her observation into writing.  Ornamentation in style would have interfered with that gift and talent. 

This book is unusual because it deals with a murder that transpired almost twenty years ago with a very young child witness.  The story does rely on coincidences to unfold, but not very far-fetched coincidences.  And, of course, it works.




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25. Book 405


Froggy Gets Dressed, by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Penguin Books, 1992.


Of all the Froggy books, this one is my favorite one for beginning readers. 

Yes, it is repetitive.  That's the point.  Once beginning readers hear part of a phrase read, they can work out the rest for themselves, and the next thing they know, they are reading the book by themselves. 

So, it is repetitive.  It is also very funny. 


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