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1. Thomas' Third 126th Story



1.          126.     Once upon a time, there was a man.  He had a hat.  I think he had his hat inside his head.  Because he wasn’t thinking straight.
The End.

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2. Thomas' Third 127th Story



1.          127.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was playing in the sand.  He was building in the sand.  He was building a sandcastle in the sand.
A princess lived in the sandcastle that Thomas built.  She was not a sand-princess; she was a beautiful princess, named Charlotte.  She had blonde hair and dark like night eyes.
The Queen of the Sand lived in the castle, too.  She was the queen of all the sand, and all the things made of sand. 
Near the castle was a dragon.  It was a purple polka-dotted yellow dragon.  And it was a bad dragon.  It was stealing all the sand and eating it.  The sand knights in silver armor fought the dragon with their sharp-stick spears and their round-circle shield.  The bad dragon died.  And then he turned to sand.
The End.


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3. Thomas' Third 124th Story




1.          124.      Once upon a time, there were two dragons.  There was a green dragon and there was a black dragon.  The black dragon growled at the green dragon, but the black dragon wasn’t angry; he was saying “Hello”.  And he was saying, “I want to be your friend.”  And the green dragon growled back and said, “Would you like to play with me?”  And the two dragons were friends, just like that.
The End.

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4. Thomas' Third 125th Story




1.          125.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He didn’t want a kiss right now.  He wanted a snack right now.  What about later for a kiss?
The End.

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5. Book 421


Starry Messenger, by Peter Sis, Frances Foster Books, 1996.

First of all, this book is gorgeous.  Amazingly and staggeringly and phenomenally gorgeous. 

The story itself is a great introduction to the history of astronomy for early grade school children.  There is not a happy ending, because Galileo's story did not have a happy ending, but I like honesty in children's literature. 

Overall, I thought this book was VERY well done.  I was not surprised to see Frances Foster's name associated with it.



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6. Book 420


Dear Mili, by Wilhelm Grimm, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, 1957.

This is an absolutely gorgeous rendering of a little-known fairy tale.  The beautifully lush illustrations pay homage to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement, and yet are unmistakably Maurice Sendak. 

The story itself is wonderfully told.  Does it end happily?  Um, no.  It's Grimm.  ;)



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7. Book 419


The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett, 1934.

The Thin Man is NOT Nick Charles (or William Powell).  The Thin Man in the book is the missing professor, who apparently was terribly thin.  The movies, however, were perfectly cast with William Powell and the incomparable Myrna Loy.

This was Hammett's last completed novel, and the first that he infuses with snappy, bantering humor.  Nora Charles was supposed to have been based on Lillian Hellman, who, while not my favorite writer, must have been quite witty.  This book is also an ode to alcohol -- whatever the question, alcohol is the answer.

It IS a pretty good mystery novel, but the mystery part does take a back seat.




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8. Thomas' Third 123rd Story



1.          123.     Once upon a time, there was a moon.  A tree caught the moon.  The tree wrapped the moon.  The tree wrapped the moon up tight in its branches with no leaves.  The moon was caught, like a jacket in the branches.  The moon shook off its jacket, and disappeared to become a new moon.
The End.


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9. Thomas' Third 122nd Story



1.          122.     Once upon a time, there were rabbit in the garden.  The rabbits were eating the food in the garden.  The rabbits ate the spinach, the lettuce and the strawberries.  Strawberries are good for rabbits’ blood pressure.
The End.


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10. Thomas' Third 121st Story



1.          121.     Once upon a time, there was a Hey! Diddle Diddle moon.  The Hey! Diddle Diddle moon was holding rattles – two red rattles.  The moon was shaking the rattles and making strange faces.  It was very scary.  It was so scary that Thomas woke up.  And it was almost three o’clock.  Thomas had to stay awake so that the moon wouldn’t come back.
The End.


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11. Thomas' Third 120th Story



1.          120.     Once upon a time, there was a dark morning.  And there was a star in the sky on the dark morning.  You don’t have to catch the dark morning star to make a wish.  You just blow it a kiss and wish.
The End.


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12. Thomas' Third 119th Story



1.     119.     Once upon a time, there was a hotel.  It was a Christmas hotel.  It was always Christmas at the hotel.  And it was always winter at the hotel.  And there was always snow on the roof of the hotel.  You could slide down the roof to where the snowmen lived.  But you couldn’t walk – it’s too slippery. And when it was night, the snowmen would play and wish on stars.
The End.


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13. Thomas' Third 117th Story



1.          117.     Once upon a time, there was a tree.  The tree was robbed.  Someone stole all the silver and gold off of the tree.
         The End.


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14. Thomas' Third 118th Story



1.          18.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was singing, and the stars came out.  He was singing, and a star fell to the ground.  Thomas caught the star.  But the star wasn’t a diamond; the star was a dragon.  It was a sometimes good, sometimes bad dragon.  Today it was a bad dragon.  It threw fire at the Matchbox cars, and it messed up Thomas’ room.
The End.

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15. Thomas' Third 116th Story



1.          116.     Once upon a time, there was Duck Glue.  It was like Super-Glue and Duct Tape.  I don’t know what it looks like, but you can shake it.  And it can fix anything.
The End.



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16. Thomas' Third 115th Story



1.          115.     Once upon a time, there was an echo.  It lived in a trumpet horn.  And it came out during the music class.  And the echo said, “Hello.  Hello.  How how are are you you?”
The End.


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17. Thomas' Third 114th Story



1.          114.     Once upon a time, there was a Nutcracker.  His name was “Toolbox”.  He had frozen red skin.  His skin turned blue.  And he had blue eyes – he always had blue eyes.  And he was lost in the dark and snow.
The End.

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18. Thomas' Third 113rd Story


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1.          113.     Once upon a time, there was a blue car.  The blue car was a light car.  It sent out light.  Like a lighthouse.  And the blue car spun around in circles.  Like a lighthouse.  The blue car sent light out over the water so people could see.  And the blue car sent light to the moon.  And the light wrapped the moon.
The End.


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19. Thomas' Third 112th Story



1.         112.      Once upon a time, there was a train.  It was a little train.  It was a little train with a steam funnel and a whistle.  The little ran down the tracks.  It ran on the tracks into the woods.  There was snow in the woods.  And there was ice in the woods.  The little train ran off the tracks and onto the ice.  And it fell into broken frozen river. 
But the little train got out of the broken frozen river.  And it got back on the track.  The little train went home.   It went over hills and the through the snow to go home to his mommy.  And the little train and the mommy train had hot chocolate in the shed.
The End.

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20. Thomas' Third 111th Story



1.         111,      Once upon a time, there was a star.  It was a falling star.  A Thomas named Thomas caught it.  He caught it, and he made a wish.  He wished for little bees.  He wished for enough little bees to fill a jar.  He wished for enough little bees to fill his garden.
The End.


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21. Thomas' Third 110th Story



1.     110.    Once upon a time, the desert was closed.  It was closed for camels.  The shepherds put up a sign that said “Desert Closed.”
The End.


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22. Book 418


The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press, 2003.

I bought this book because I found it in a thrift store, and I knew it was a Newbery winner.

I did not love this book. I wanted to, and I thought I would love it, but I didn't. Despite the wonderful illustrations, I didn't even really like this book. 

I do not like the smug asides of 'Dear Reader'. I never have. I was willing to overlook them for the sake of the story, though. 

I do not like unmitigated brutality. Especially to children. Again, I could have overlooked that for the sake of the story.

But what if I don't especially like the story? I get the play on light and dark (chiaroscuro), I mean, it IS the name of one of the main characters. But here the book and the movie differ. And here the movie got what the book missed. Yes, you need darkness to appreciate the light, but darkness, especially in a children's book, should never consume the light. And forgiveness works both ways -- a princess may forgive a rat, but the rat may also forgive the princess. 



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23. Book 417


The Dain Curse, by Dashiell Hammett, originally published in 1929.

It was a simple case of missing diamonds.  The diamonds were not worth enough to attract the number of murders that followed.  Of course there was something else going on, with someone else involved. 

Hammett is brilliant with his writing.  It doesn't take too many of his books to know we've met the perpetrator fairly early on.  It is the "why" that is always worth the read.



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24. Book 416


Lord Peter, by Dorothy Sayers (short story collection).

I'm not even sure how often I've read this collection of stories -- four, maybe five, times, maybe even more -- and I was a pretty late arrival to the Lord Peter party.  I didn't discovery Dorothy Sayers until I was well into my 20s. 

The mysteries are well thought out, often complicated, and usually intriguing.  And that is not even the best part of the stories.  Lord Peter is.  Or rather, the brilliant writing bringing Lord Peter to life is.






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25. Book 415


The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1957.

I've written about SO many books, that sometimes I miss the obvious.  I was planning to be a guest reader in my son's Kindergarten class this week, and read Dr. Seuss books -- only, after I packed my bag of books and my Thing 1 and Thing 2, my son became very sick and had to stay home all week.  Still, what a great time to re-read this classic.

I grew up on Dr. Seuss -- his books were pretty much written for my generation.  There were still a few "Dick and Jane" books around (with that character weirdly named 'Sim'), but "Dick and Jane" were work, and Dr. Seuss was fun.  And still is great fun.  And this, this perfect classic of Dr. Seuss, is the perfect book to share.



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