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1. Thomas' Third 407th Story



1.          407.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He made a space shooter.  It was for shooting meteors in space.  It was for shooting meteors so that they won’t crash down to the ground.  Earth is safe now.
The End.


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2. Thomas' Third 406th Story



1.          406.      Once upon a time, there was man.  He had on a flat hat with a little string in the middle.  And a black striped shirt with white black stripes.  And blue pants.  And black shoes.  And he had a black beard.  He was the caretaker of Paris.  He took care of Paris so that the Eiffel Tower wouldn’t fall down.
The End.


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3. Thomas' Third 405th Story



1.          405.     Once upon a time, there was a story.  The story was running away.  Thomas trapped the story like a fairy in a jar.  But he didn’t tell the story because then it would get away and be gone.   Instead, Thomas took the story over to Ricky’s house for Father’s Day.
The End.



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4. Thomas' Third 404th Story



1.          404.     Once upon a time, there was a little green frog.  He was green like a leaf.  He lived in Russia.  He lived in a little green hole in a little green meadow in Russia.  The little green frog could jump big jumps.  He jumped out of the hole.  And he jumped over the meadow.  And he jumped to the sea.  Then he took one big jump and he jumped over the ocean to America.  And then he landed.  On Thomas’ towel.
The End.


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5. Thomas' Third 403rd Story



1.          403.     Once upon a time, there was a big storm – it was last night.  The big storm shook the house.  The big storm knocked everything off of the shelves.  The big storm made the telephone on the shelf ring.
“Ring.  Ring,” said the phone.
Thomas picked up the phone.  “Hello?” said Thomas.
“I’m going to get you,” said the big storm in the phone in a big storm scary voice.  “I’m going to electrocute you, and turn your hair white.”
Thomas went to the window, and there was the big storm.  The big storm was growling at the trees, and screaming at the house and shaking it.  The big storm zapped Thomas through the window.  He was inside; he was safe.  But now his hair is turning white.
The End.


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6. Thomas' Third 402nd Story



1.          402.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was a scientist named Thomas.  He made a green potion.  The green potion worked like night-vision goggles when Thomas looked through it.  And the green potion turned Thomas into a duck when he drank it.  But he didn’t turn into a duck right away.  Maybe he’ll turn into a duck when he goes swimming.
The End.


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7. Book 469


American Lady:  The Life of Susan Mary Alsop, Viking, 2012.

I like reading about fascinating people, so when I saw this book, I bought it.


This book presents a interesting slice of history and politics.  I felt like history was brought to life, but the woman who was the subject of the book was not.  After reading this book, I know whole lot about Susan Mary Alsop's, but still very little about Susan Mary Alsop.





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8. Book 468


A Murder, A Mystery, and a Marriage, by Mark Twain, published in book form in 2001, by W.W. Norton & Company.

I read this story back when it appeared in the Atlantic Monthly (complete with illustrations from Peter de Seve.)  When I saw the story in book form, I bought it, although I did not re-read it right away.  I have to say that the Foreword and the Afterword by Roy Blount, Jr., add much to the story by giving it a context and a history.




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9. Book 467


Tom Sawyer and the Buried Treasure, by I. M. Richardson, Troll Publication, 1984.

I found this book in a thrift store for less than a dollar.  It looked interesting, so I bought it.  While the text in this book doesn't have the flair of Twain's original, it is a good introduction to the Tom Sawyer character for younger readers.  It is of one of the most memorable scenes in Tom Sawyer.  And the illustrations are appropriately dark and tension-filled. 

I'm hoping that since my son likes this book at six, he will love Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer at ten. 


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10. Book 466


Bye-Bye, Mom and Dad, by Mercer Mayer, HarpersFestival, 2004.


Little Critter has a pretty great day with his grandparents while his mom and dad are away.  He even made lunch for them all.  It is the expressions of the grandparents, however, that make this book truly funny.





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11. Book 465


The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, by Dr. Seuss, Random Books, 1938.

Unlike most Dr. Seuss books, this one doesn't rhyme.  And also unlike most Dr. Seuss books, this one has a hint of violence and a threat of danger -- a near-beheading of a child -- oh my!  Maybe that is why this is one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books.  Or maybe because it is shot through with fantasy and magic.  Whatever the reason, this is a great book.




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12. Book 464


The Purple Shroud, by Stella Duffy, Puffin Books, 2012.


I bought this book for a dollar because it looked interesting. 

This novel took me FOREVER to read -- OK, maybe it was only three days but it felt SO much longer. 

I kept waiting for the portrayal of Theodora to become sympathetic -- that never happened.  Instead we are reminded at every turn that she used to be a prostitute.  And an actress-prostitute.  And an acrobat-prostitute.  And now she is an empress (who used to be a prostitute), who wears purple and makes people kiss her feet.  And, in case you missed it, she used to be a prostitute.  Honestly, Wikipedia gives a more sympathetic portrayal of Theodora than this book gives. 

I want my dollar back. 

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13. Thomas' Third 401st Story



1.         401.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  And there was mommy named Mommy.  Thomas loved Mommy because Mommy has a beautiful voice at night.  And because Mommy has an imagination.  And because Mommy makes good brownies.
The End.


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14. Thomas' Third 400th Story



1.          400.      Once upon a time, there was a big ship.  We were all on the big ship.  The ship was on the wrong path.  The signs said, “abandon ship”.
Thomas turned on his computer.  He went to Microsoft Word and he typed in “loose ropes”, and the ropes were loosened.  Then Thomas typed in “nails”, and he got nails.  Thomas patched the ship with the nails, and the ship was fixed.
Thomas got out of the ship, and he was in Russia.  A big wolf came out of the forest and chased Thomas.  Thomas ran back to the ship. 
Thomas turned the wheel to the University World.  The University World is where all the nursery rhymes and fairy tales live, and other things like that.  There is a real world, with a real Russia, and with real wolves.  And there is a University World, with a fairy tale Russia, and with Peter and the Wolf.  But in the University World, the wolf isn’t real, and it doesn’t eat ducks, and cats, and men, and boys.
The End.


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15. Thomas' Third 399th Story



1.          399.      Once upon a time, there was a multi-boat.  The multi-boat could swim across all the seas, and all the oceans.  Thomas had the multi-boat.  Thomas lived on the multi-boat – with his mommy and his daddy.  The multi-boat was like a house, but it could float.
Thomas packed up the multi-boat.  He opened the “flunge” to let the ocean in.  Too much water came in.  It was too much water for Molly Kitten.  So Thomas closed the “flunge”, and all the ocean water ran out. 
Thomas was sailing to the North Pole.  He wanted to see if Santa was home.  Santa can make every day Christmas.  But first Thomas wanted to stop in Iceland, because Iceland is so beautiful. 


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16. Thomas' Third 398th Story



1.          398.      Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  Thomas needed a car.  He needed a car so he could drive to Dunkin Donuts.  Because we were out of donuts.  This is terrible!
The End.


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17. Thomas' Third 397th Story



1.          397.      Once upon a time, there was a hamster named Fred.  He was a fat-faced Fred.  His face was full of food.  His face looked like a butt.
The End.


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18. Thomas' Third 396th Story



1.          396.     Once upon a time, there was a bat.  It wasn’t a dog bat.  It was a cat bat – a baby cat bat.  It was outside Thomas’ window.  It was squealing outside Thomas’ window.  Thomas saw it.  Thomas opened the window and petted the bat.  It was so soft.  The baby cat bat didn’t come in Thomas’ window.  It flew away to catch mosquitoes.
The End.


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19. Thomas' Third 389th Story



1.          389.     Once upon a time, there was a dog named Sophie.  She wanted to go to the North Pole.
“You can’t go to the Arctic, Sophie,” said Thomas.  “You’re not a Saint Bernard.  It’s too cold for Sophie Dogs at the Arctic.  Your eyes would bend down from the wind.  The moose would say ‘hrrrrrrr, hrrrrrr’ and that would annoy you.  Sophie, you aren’t a field dog that mushes in the snow.  You have to stay here.”
So Sophie didn’t go to the North Pole.
The End.


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20. Thomas' Third 395th Story



1.          395.     Once upon a time, there was a train.  The train was driving through the countryside with his engineer.  The train saw a shed house in the meadow.  It was an old man’s house.  The train went over to get a closer look at the shed house and Boom! It ran right over the house.
The engineer said to the old man, “I did not mean to run over your house.  The train just wanted to see your house.   He’s a train explorer.”
The old man said, “That’s OK.  Let’s just get a lift on the express.  I needed a new house anyway.”
The End.


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21. Thomas' Third 394th Story



1.          394.      Once upon a time, there was a word magic wizard.  The word magic wizard was a good wizard, but he was not good; he was evil.  The word magic wizard had a magic umbrella.  The magic umbrella could make snow fall in Madagascar.  And the magic umbrella could make Greenland melt like ice cubes in the sun.  To stop the word magic wizard with the magic umbrella, you need a magic word.
The End.


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22. Thomas' Third 392nd Story



1.          392.      Once upon a time, there was something weird.  It was weird like a man riding a cow.  Or a cow in a bubble in the sky – that is weird.  Or a fish on a fence – that is weird.  Or a zebra growing a tree like a tooth – that is weird.  It was Molly Kitten flying a rocket ship – that is weird.
The End.


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23. Thomas' Third 393rd Story



1.          393.      Once upon a time, there was a Santa Claus.  Santa Claus had white hair --  like Grandpap.  Santa Claus had a white beard -- like Grandpap.  Santa Claus looked a LOT like Grandpap.  Santa Claus left the North Pole to go on vacation.  Santa Claus went to live in Florida – like Grandpap.  He had a house on a swamp – like Grandpap.  He had a house on the island – like Grandpap.  Hey...
The End.



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24. Thomas' Third 391st Story



1.          391.       Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He could fasten his seatbelt on Sunday, but he couldn’t fasten his seatbelt on Monday.  Because his brain was working on Sunday, but his brain wasn’t working on Monday. 
The End.


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25. Thomas' Third 390th Story



1.          390.      Once upon a time, the moon was slipping from the sky.  It was too full of stuff and it was too heavy.
Thomas took a rocket and a ladder and a hammer and he went to the moon.  He took off the stuff that was pushing down on the moon and he used his ladder and hammer to nail the stuff to sky.  Now the moon was much lighter and it won’t slip down from the sky anymore.
The End.

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