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1. Thomas' Third 17th Story


17.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  There was a dream right there, right over his head.  It was a good dream.  The dream was waiting for night to come.  The dream was waiting for Thomas to fall asleep.  And then the dream would find Thomas.

The End.

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2. Thomas' Third 16th Story



      16.    Once upon a time, there was an H, an A, and an S.  They made the word “has”.  But the H was magic.  The H could disappear.  The H disappeared and “as” was left.  Ta-da!
The End.


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3. Thomas' Third 15th Story



      15.    Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was swinging so high that he fell off of the swing.  Like the boy who fell off of the moon.
The End.


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4. Thomas' Third 14th Story



1  14.     Once upon a time, the whole world was free. 
The End.

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5. Thomas' Third 13th Story



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    13.    Once upon a time, there was bee.  He flew to the moon for five days.  Then he rode down the sky on a shooting star.  He rode all the way down to his flowers.
And, once upon a time, there was a butterfly.  She flew for ten days.  She flew up to the sun.  The sun was a big yellow flower.
The End.


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6. Thomas' Third Twelfth Story




  13.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was a boy.  And he was a pilgrim.  He had a potato.  And he had jelly beans.
The End.


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7. Thomas' Third Eleventh Story




   11.       Once upon a time, there was a rabbit.  The rabbit wanted snow, but there was no snow.  So the rabbit played with a block of ice.  And the rabbit got cold.  Very cold.
The End.

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8. Thomas' Third Tenth Story



    10.    Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had a red crayon.  The red crayon was broken.  It was broken, like the bell.  It was cracked, like the Liberty Bell, and nobody could fix it.
The End.


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9. Book 382


A Living Story Book Jack and the Beanstalk, Crown Publisher, 1962.

It all started on my quest to find The Golden Goose book that I used to own as a child.  I did find The Golden Goose, but along the way, I stumbled over Tom Thumb and Jack and the Beanstalk.  When my son saw the photos of the book, he decided right then and there he needed those books, too.  So I bought all three.

Just like The Golden Goose book that I so fondly remembered from so long ago, this book, although sometimes described as being illustrated using puppets, is more akin with Rankin/Bass productions than the kind of creepy puppets in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.  (I loved Mr. Rogers, but the puppets scared me.)

The story is competently told, but it is the illustrations that elevate this book from ordinary to extraordinary.  Just look at that cover!



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10. Book 381


Rhinoceros Tap, by Sandra Boynton, Workman Publishing, 1996.

I bought this book because I love my son.  Really.

This book and the CD are SO ridiculous I can hardly stand it.  Which, of course, is exactly why they have been among my son's favorites for over three years. 

If you love the ridiculous, over-the-top style of Sandra Boynton, you NEED this book.  And I will say, that for as silly as the lyrics are, the music is surprisingly sophisticated, and features some very talented singers.




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11. Book 380

Twenty-Six Pirates, by Dave Horowitz, Nancy Paulson Books, 2013.

This will be a very short review, because if I write more, it will be longer than the book itself.  This book falls somewhere in the middle of Argh and Ugh.  It's a cute idea, with fun illustrations, but perhaps a little on the slim side as far as story and text go.



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12. Book 379

A Living Story Book -- Tom Thumb, Crown Publishing, 1962.

When I was a child, I used to have a few of these Living Story Books -- not Tom Thumb, but others.  Recently, I was trying to find some of the books I had when I was a child, and my six-year-old son was looking over my shoulder.  He decided he needed Tom Thumb.  Since he is sometimes "Tom" at school, I couldn't argue with him.

Tom Thumb was done just as well as the ones I remembered, including The Golden Goose, which I recently replaced.  The story was well told, and the illustrations should appeal to anyone who grew up with Rankin/Bass Christmas specials, like Rudolph and The Little Drummer Boy.  They are right on par with those.



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13. Thomas' Third Ninth Story


   9.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was sleeping in his bed.  He did not want to get up.
The End. 

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14. Thomas' Third Eighth Story



   8.     Once upon a time, there was a pilgrim.  He had chicken noodle soup.
The pilgrim said, “I don’t want chicken noodle soup.  It’s not good for me.”
It was time for the pilgrim to get up.  He got up, and it was still night outside.  He put on his hat on his head, and he walked outside.  He saw a tree.  The tree was too high, but the pilgrim climbed it.  And, Boop!  He fell down.  He broke his elbow.  He went to the doctor.  He was OK – he was still breathing.  The doctor put a cast on the pilgrim’s arm and the pilgrim said, “I feel much better!”
The End.


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15. Thomas' Third Seventh Story


       7.  Once upon a time, there was a Thomas and a T.J.  They went to the store and bought a bottle of milk.  The milk was sour.  It didn’t taste so good.
The End. 

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16. Book 378


Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude, by Kevin O'Malley, and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley, Carol Heyer, and Scott Goto, Bloomsbury, 2005.

I was a little leery when I first heard of this book, and even when I first began reading it.  I never was a purple-and-pink princess type, and I like motorcycles -- well, I like vintage trucks more -- but I can appreciate a great motorcycle. 

The beginning of the book does seem to put the kids in the color-coded toy aisles, but then there a shift, and the story becomes far more interesting.  The two wildly divergent stories merge into one very fun story.

And the artwork for the story again seems to be from two competitive art styles, that, by the end work very well together.



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17. Book 377


Albie's First Word, written by Jacqueline Tourville, illustrated by Wynne Evans, Schwarz & Wade Books, 2014.

I love this beautiful book for so many reasons that I'm making a list.

1.  It's a great and very well-told story.  Every word is perfectly chosen.

2.  It's based on a true story of a very famous person -- Albert Einstein, at around three years of age.

3.  It's a relatable story for kids of preschool and early elementary school age.

4.  In this day and age of constant comparisons, and growth and learning charts, it is a great reminder to parents, especially first-time parents, that every child will develop at his or her own rate.  I have one child, who is now six, and I still need to be reminded.

5.  It's a beautifully, wonderfully illustrated book.  The illustrations are absolutely perfect for the text and story.



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18. Book 376


Now We Are Six, by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest Shephard, Dutton Children's Book, originally published in 1927.

I love this book.

When I was six, my great-aunt (whom I loved very much) gave me a copy of this book for my birthday.  Over the years, that copy was lost, but not before it was practically read to death.  I didn't remember any specific poems in this, but I've always remembered that I loved it.

Last week, my son, Thomas, turned six.  I gave him this book for his birthday.  Later that evening we read from it, and how perfect was it that we read about Sir Thomas Tom.  I didn't remember Sir Thomas Tom, but there is a good chance that my son will when he gets older.



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19. Thomas' Third Second Story



12.     Once upon a time, there was dog named Sophie.  She had to go to her room because she wasn’t paying attention.  She wasn’t listening and she wasn’t following directions, so she had to go to her room.
The End.


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20. Thomas' Third Fourth Story


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4.     Once upon a time, there were words.  There were so many words.  Some words rhymed, like “back” and “pack”, and “dog” and “fog”.  Some words didn’t rhyme, like “stop” and “go”, and “up” and “down”, and “right” and “left”.  Those words don’t rhyme, but they are opposites.  And some words don’t rhyme and aren’t opposites, like “stop” and “car”.  All words are good words, because all words are like quilt patches in sentences.
The End.


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21. Thomas' Third Third Story


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3.     Once upon a time, there was an old man.  The old man had a name.  His first name was Misery.  His second name was Oh-My.  Misery Oh-My took the cards from Santa.
The End.



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22. Book 375

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, by Bob Shea, Disney-Hyperion, 2008.

How can you not love this book?  It has everything:  An adorable dinosaur with a wide toothy grin, ROARS on every other page, and a storyline. 

This perfect little picture book would appeal to very young listeners of stories, and to beginning readers of stories, and to the parents of both.




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23. Book 374


Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, Little Pickle Press, 2010.

It is hard to imagine a Kindergarten kid getting excited about a picture book about brains, but my son was very excited about this book.  He was so excited about this book that he picked it out when he earned a free book for reading 100 books in just over a month. (Yeah, my kid uses his brain.)  :)

I didn't read all of the denser writing when I read the book to him tonight, but the lighter text and the illustrations were so engaging that I think my son chose well.




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24. Thomas' Third Sixth Story

6.  Once upon a time, there were two little boys, not named Thomas.  They wanted to visit the grandfather clock.  They climbed up a hot lunch tray, and they fell into the chicken noodle soup.  They were VERY little boys.

The End.

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25. Thomas' Third Fifth Story



            Once upon a time, Mommy was like a book.  She had a storybook scarf.  And she had storybook gloves.  Mommy looked like a book.  Mommy looked like a book because she was a librarian.
The End.

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