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1. Thomas' Second 564th Story



564.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was a magic Thomas.  He said the magic words and he could make things disappear.  He made a car disappear.  And he made a crane disappear.  And he made his bed disappear.  And he made Hop-Hop disappear.  And he was lonely.  So he made them all come back.
The End.


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2. Thomas' Second 563rd Story



563.     Once upon a time, there was a little grey elephant named Barbara.  And there was a little grey rabbit named Pop-Pop.   Barbara and Pop-Pop were friends.  They had a picnic.  Outside.  They had fresh fruits and vegetables.  They had a box of carrots and a box of peaches.  It was a very good picnic.
The End. 


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3. Thomas' Second 562nd Story



562.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named No.  His name was No, Thomas.   And he said “No!”
The End.


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4. Thomas' Second 561st Story



561.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He sneezed.  He caught his sneeze in a tissue.  Just like that.
The End.


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5. Thomas' Second 560th Story


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560.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He went bear hunting.  So that he could find some honey.  With a bear.   Thomas needed some honey for his strawberries.
“Gently, gently,” said Thomas to the bear, “Or your fingers will get all sticky.”
The End.


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6. Thomas' Second 559th Story



559.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was singing.  He was singing in the subway.  He was stuck on the subway ceiling.  It wasn’t really a subway.  It was a table.
The End.



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7. Book 308


Beethoven in Paradise, by Barbara O'Connor, Frances Foster Books, 1997.

I didn't actually buy this book.  Instead, I bartered with the author for a signed copy.  I think that still counts as a book I would "buy".

I've been following Barbara O'Connor's writing since Fame And Glory in Freedom, Georgia.  I think I've read everything that she's written since Fame And Glory, but I haven't read everything she's written before it.  Beethoven in Paradise is her first novel.

One of the things I've always liked about O'Connor's writing is her quirky, well-developed characters.  I've wondered if her characters were always quirky or if she developed that as her writing style.  This book answered that question:  Her characters were quirky right from the start.  As in the other books she's written, the setting is as much of a character and an influence as the people.

Again, as in other books, I love how she resisted the urge to tie up the story in a tidy, happy bow.  The story ends on a positive note, but not all the problems have been solved. 


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8. Thomas' Second 557th Story



557.     Once upon a time, there was a kitten named Molly.  Molly Kitten was singing.  She was singing to the moon.  But the moon was too small tonight, and it couldn’t listen.  Molly Kitten kept singing.  She sang to Aunt Luna in a caboose.  Aunt Luna was very far away, like the moon.  But the caboose was listening.
The End.

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9. Thomas' Second 558th Story



558.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  And there was a dog named Sophie.  Sophie Dog bumped Thomas.  And Thomas fell on the stone by Daddy’s garage.  Sophie was a sorry dog.  Thomas was a hurt Thomas.  He had a three band-aid hurt on his elbow.  A kiss will make it feel better.  And a hug will make it feel better.  And sugar cookies will make it feel better.
The End.


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10. Thomas' Second 555th Story



555.     Once upon a time, there was a Superman.  He had a blue shirt.  Like Thomas.  He was really nice.  Like Thomas.  And he was a superhero.  Like Thomas.
The End.


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11. Thomas' Second 556th Story



556.     Once upon a time, there was a deer farm.  There was a baby deer in the deer farm.  There was a Jack in the deer farm.  The baby deer ate Jack’s pocket.  There was only paper in Jack’s pocket, not any candy.  So the baby deer looked in Mommy’s purse for the candy.  No candy for you, my dear.
The End.


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12. Thomas' Second 553rd Story



553.     Once upon a time, there was a kitten named Molly.  She was walking through the city that Thomas built.  She was walking on sleeping trains.  She was walking on the sleeping hoboes.  She was walking on the sleeping engineer.  Molly Kitten was a monster Molly Kitten.
The End.


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13. Thomas' Second 554th Story



554.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was playing downstairs.  He couldn’t play quietly downstairs.  But he was playing happily downstairs.
The End.


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14. Book 307


The Happy Man and His Dump Truck, Miryam, illustrated by Tibor Gergely, Little Golden Book, 1950.

I'm an adult but not a grown-up:  The title makes me giggle.

Aside from that, this book is a cute little non-story.  I didn't buy this book for the text, and I doubt if anyone else does.  I bought this book for Tibor Gergely's fabulous illustrations.

The illustrations completely make this book.  They are filled with wit and humor, and are downright wonderful.





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15. Thomas' Second 551st Story



551.     Once upon a time, there were dinosaurs.  Dinosaurs were very awesome.  Dinosaurs could fly and snap.  They were cute little guys.
The End.


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16. Thomas' Second 552nd Story



552.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He found the English muffins named Thomas.  And there was writing on the English muffins box.  The writing said, “Thomas likes cinnamon muffins.”
The End.


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17. Thomas' Second 549th Story



549.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He wanted to be happy.  He needed a song.  So he asked his mommy for a song.
The End.


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18. Thomas' Second 550th Story



550.     Once upon a time, there was a dragon.  It was right there.  At Mommy’s feet.  It was a very nice dragon.  It was a very beautiful dragon.  It was a Buster Cat dragon.
The End.


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19. Thomas' Second 542nd Story



542.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He was a ninja.  With a blue phone box.   He was Batman.  And he caught a star.
The End.


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20. Thomas' Second 543rd Story



543.     Once upon a time, there were monkeys downstairs.  They weren’t scary monkeys. And they were ticklish monkeys.  A Thomas named Thomas tickled the monkeys, and then they were gone.
The End.




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21. Thomas' Second 547th Story



547.     Once upon a time, there was an elephant named Barbara.  She had blue inside ears and blue outside eyes.  She was very cute.  She was very nice.  She liked books.  She liked to write books.  She had a heart book on her ear.  The book said, “Elephants are very nice.”
The End.


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22. Thomas' Second 546th Story



546.     Once upon a time, there was a Thomas named Thomas.  He had a butterfly net and an ice cream beard.  He couldn’t wipe his face because it was against the rules.
“Come on, ice cream butterflies,” said Thomas.  “I’m going to catch you.”
The End.


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23. Thomas' Second 545th Story



545.     Once upon a time, there were four jackets.  One jacket was for monkeys.  One jacket was for jaguars.  One jacket was for tigers.  And one jacket was for Thomases. 
The End.


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24. Thomas' Second 544th Story



544.     Once upon a time, there was an Aunt Luna, and there was a Jack.  Aunt Luna was gentle.  Jack was very happy.
The End. 


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25. Thomas' Second 548th Story



548.     Once upon a time, there was a guy named Jack.  Jack was in the blue phone box.  He was a Jack in the box. 
The End.


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