The Story Girl, by Anne of Green Gables author L.M. Montgomery, tells about the summer Felix and Beverly King visit their cousins in Carlise, Canada. Along with various cousins and other soon-to-be-friends, they meet Sara Stanley, the Story Girl, a cousin who has a story for every situation. As the children pass the summer, they get into trouble, have adventures, listen to the Story Girl's enchanting tales, and then... get into a bit more trouble!
(Summary by Heather Barnett)
Vrolijk Amerikaans gezinsverhaal over de vier zusjes March die zo verschillend zijn en toch eendrachtig hun moeder helpen terwijl vader in de oorlog is. Nederlandse vertaling (ietwat gedateerd) van "Little Women".
Jack and Jill went up a hill
To coast with fun and laughter.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.
When Jack and Jill tumble off of their sled on the first good snow of the season, their injuries cause them to be bedridden for many months putting an end to their fun and frolics. Their parents and friends fill their days with the joys of Christmas preparations, a theatrical production and many other imaginative events. Both learn how to become better friends to each other and their other school mates through their many trials. This is sure to become a family favorite! Summary by Mary Anderson.
Rebecca goes to live with her two stern aunts in a village in Maine. Her joy for life ends up inspiring them. (summary from Wikipedia)
Five Little Peppers Midway is the joyous continuation of the Pepper family's story. A snooty cousin comes to stay with the Peppers, and yet even this can't dampen the joy the Pepper children feel about the wonderful prospect of Mamsie's upcoming wedding! (Summary by Mary Anderson)
Lisbeth Longfrock - (Sidsel Sidsærkin in its original Norwegian) was seen by the author as a book written for adults, telling the story of a young girl growing up in a farming district in a steep-sided Norwegian Valley. First written when the author's daughter was 8 years old so she would know about his childhood spent in similar surroundings, living on a farm and spending summer in charge of the cows and goats on the mountain pastures. (Summary by Annise)
The Bobbsey Twins are the principal characters of what was, for many years, the Stratemeyer Syndicate's longest-running series of children's novels, penned under the pseudonym Laura Lee Hope. The first of 72 books was published in 1904, the last in 1979. The books related the adventures of the children of the middle-class Bobbsey family, which included two sets of fraternal twins: Bert and Nan, who were 12 years old, and Flossie and Freddie, who were six. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Tom Playfair; Or Making a Start is a book by a Roman Catholic priest, originally published in 1890, and written for youth ages 9-12.The story opens with 10-year-old Tom Playfair being quite a handful for his well-meaning but soft-hearted aunt. (Tom's mother has died.) Mr. Playfair decides to ship his son off to St. Maure's boarding school — an all-boys academy run by Jesuits — to shape him up, as well as to help him make a good preparation for his upcoming First Communion. Tom is less than enthusiastic, but his adventures are just about to begin: life at St. Maure's will not be dull. (Introduction from Wikipedia)
Toby Tyler tells the story of a ten year-old orphan who runs away from a foster home to join the traveling circus only to discover his new employer is a cruel taskmaster. The difference between the romance of the circus from the outside and the reality as seen from the inside is graphically depicted. Toby's friend, Mr. Stubbs the chimpanzee, reinforces the consequences of what happens when one follows one's natural instincts rather than one's intellect and conscience, a central theme of the novel. (Summary from Wikipedia)
“When Captain Carey went on his long journey into the unknown and uncharted land, the rest of the Careys tried in vain for a few months to be still a family, and did not succeed at all. They clung as closely to one another as ever they could, but there was always a gap in the circle where father had been….. The only thing to do was to remember father's pride and justify it, to recall his care for mother and take his place so far as might be; the only thing for all, as the months went on, was to be what mother called the three Bs -- brave, bright, and busy."
From the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, this book tells the story of a widow and her four children, forced to leave their home due to financial difficulties, and move to the “Yellow House” in turn of the century Beulah, Maine. The Disney movie “Summer Magic” starring Hayley Mills was loosely based on this book. (Summary by Maria Therese – with quotes from the book)
The second book in The Bobbsey Twins series finds the two sets of twins experiencing life in the country during the first part of their summer vacation from school. Their stay with their aunt, uncle and cousins on their farm in Meadow Brook is filled with new adventures for the 'city' Bobbseys. (Introduction by Lee Ann Howlett)
Have you seen a human fairy? Meet Alice Morrow, the dainty fairy of the snows, who will dance her way right into your heart! Get ready to laugh and cry as you follow the antics and trials of the Morrow family, living in early 20th Century Cincinnati. (Introduction by A.E.)
In this third volume of the “Bobbsey Twin Series”, the twins – Nan and Bert and Freddie and Flossie – go with their family to visit relatives at the seashore. Excitement and adventure are sure to abound! (Summary by Maria Therese)
In this delightful story ”The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation” by Annie Fellows Johnston the Little Colonel, Lloyd Sherman. together with her friends Betty, Kitty and Allison are starting the schoolyear at a new school, Warwick Hall, a Boardingschool for girls in Washington. They find it a wonderful and stimulating place, make many new friends and have many experiences and also adventures there. But Lloyd comes down with high fever shortly before Christmas, and while home on Christmas Vacation she almost breaks down, and the doctor says she must not go back to school but stay at home to regain her health.Lloyd is very, very disapointed at first but by and by finds that Lloydsboro Valley holds so much of interst and interesting people which she really didn't know or had noted before. During her forced Vacation she learns to see herself and people in a new light. She sets out to to help and to cheer people up, with some strange results to herself sometimes, but she is also the instrument of changing the life for some. When Spring comes her health is fully restored and she is turning sixteen, and at her Birthday a very astonishing letter arrives, and there it ends with the scene set for another story. (Summary by Lars Rolander)
Full of delightful fairy tales, charming poems and engaging stories, this is the fifth volume of the "My Bookhouse" series for little ones. Originally published in the 1920's as a six volume set, these books, edited by Olive Beaupre Miller, contained the best in children's literature, stories, poems and nursery rhymes. They progressed in difficulty through the different volumes. (Summary by Maria Therese)
Note: Due to a numbering error, the audio introductions do not say "Section 6" but jump from 5 to 7. There is no text missing.
Four children: Henry, Jess Violet and Bennie. They are living alone in a stranded boxcar. They find items they need from the dump and a stray dog whom they name Watch. Henry earns money by working for a man named Dr. McAllister and his mother, Mrs. McAllister. But, while they are living their daily lives, little do they know that the McAllisters are watching their every move. (Summary by francesb)
This delightful little book is another in the "Our Little Cousin" series that offered American children insight into what their young counterparts in other lands were like; the games they played and the life they lived. - Summary by Phil Chenevert
The Little Kentucky "Colonel," so much of a favorite with young readers, has reached the age for interest in other people's love affairs. The main action of this new page of happenings in the life of Lloyd Sherman centers about a southern wedding, so perfectly arranged as to give the impression that everything "bloomed into place." (Book Review Digest, Vol. 2 - 1906)
Hal and Mabel's Daddy knows everything - how a thermometer works, what makes a car go, why we get warm when we run. It's a cold and icy evening after school and Daddy has a secret but what is it? And what is in the mysterious packages he has for the children? The "Daddy" stories were originally published as part of the 'bedtime stories' of the Newark News. - Summary by Lynne Thompson
This story is about an American lad of 7 years old who lives with his young widowed mother in New York. He spends his days with his friend the grocery man Mr. Hobbs, the boot black Dick, and other young lads from his town. His best friend is his mother, whom he calls dearest, because that is what his papa used to call her. Cedric has curly blond hair, a sturdy young body, and a beautiful face that is only matched by his sweet temperament. He is always thinking of others and what they might need.One day, an English lawyer comes to Cedric's house with news that will change his young life forever. Cedric's papa was the son of a great Earl in England. The earl has lost all three of his sons and is now looking for his heir. He is a crusty old gentlemen with a hard, cold heart. He has spent his life chasing after his own pleasures and not caring one mite for the needs of others, especially the needs his tenantry. He is extremely prejudiced against Americans and was outraged when his youngest son married an American woman. His proud heart views with disgust his young heir before he even meets him, expecting him to be rude, uneducated, and selfish. Little does he know that the meeting of the Earl of Dorincourt with little Cedric is destined to change his life forever. (Summary by Abigail Rasmussen)
Narrator: Abigail Rasmussen
Cedric : Steven Rasmussen
Earl of Dorincourt (Grandfather): John Trevithick
Mrs. Errol (Mother): Lydia Rasmussen
Mr. Hobbs: Sven Rafferty
Mr. Havisham: Robert Harder
Dick: Zack Rasmussen
Tall Footman: Jacob Rasmussen
Mary (Mother's Maid): Deena Rhoads
Mrs. Dibble: Beth Thomas
Mrs. Mellon: Kara Shallenberg
Wilkins the Groom; Mr. Mordaunt the minister; Sir Thomas Asshe: Todd
Miss Vivian Herbert: Julia Niedermaier
Lady Lorridale; Gate-keeper's Wife; Woman in Crowd; Starter (friend of Cedric): Rachel
Sirr Harry; Clerk: Elizabeth Klett
Ben (Dick's Brother); Mr. Higgins; Workman: Arnaldo Machado
Mr. Harrison; A Young Gentleman: Glenn O'Brien
Bridget; Dawson: Savannah Alday
Friend of Cedric: Vanessa Cooley
Another friend of Cedric: Mercy Rafferty
Lookers-on: Todd; Savannah Alday; Rachel and Glenn O'Brien
Audio edited by: Abigail Rasmussen and Rachel
Proof listeners: Abigail Rasmussen and Adele de Pignerolles
"Imagination is like a sail, as Mr. Joyce had said that evening; but sails are good and useful things sometimes, and carry their owners over deep waters and dark waves, which else might dampen, and drench, and drown." Twelve year old Isabella Bright is endowed with just such an imagination and spends her time amusing herself and her friends with stories. Will her imagination be called upon to help her navigate tempestuous seas? - Summary by Lynne Thompson
After her father, Hugh Blair, falls ill from exhaustion as editor of the town newspaper, The Rolfe Herald, and leaves for a rest cure in the southwest, his plucky teenage daughter, Helen, takes over along with brother Tom. Good-natured Depression-era tale for young adults. - Summary by BellonaTimes
The sweet story of a five year old boy named Bobby, who is an orphan. When Bobby learns that other children have birthdays, he goes hunting to find his. Go with him and meet the Man with the Pocketful of Quarters and the Lady who Likes Little Boys and learn how he finds his birthdays and a family besides! (Summary by Trotsa)
Child of an atheist father and a devoutly Catholic mother, Tommy has been from childhood the object of a battle of love. Tommy’s courage and unfailing loyalty to his Faith help him to overcome obstacles which threaten his whole future with spiritual tragedy.
Brother Ernest Ryan, was a Holy Cross Brother, the founder of and a prolific author for the Dujarie Press, a Catholic publishing house of Juvenile Saint books for children in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He wrote numerous juvenile biographical saint books for children, as well as several children’s fictional titles – of which this is one. (Summary from an original jacket and Maria Therese)
Tomokichi is a boy. His family is father, mother, a younger sister and a baby. They lived in his mother's home town until he was five. Then they moved to Tokyo. His father drank too much. At last his mother went back to her home with a baby. His father and the two children went to his father's home town. One day in summer Tomokichi and his sister went out of the home and got on a train to Tokyo. Then they took another train to his mother's home town. At last they met their mother, grandmother, aunt, etc. - Summary by ekzemplaro
The seventh in the Elsie Dinsmore series, this book begins with the death of Elsie's beloved husband. As Elsie learns to live in widowhood, the story shifts to the lives of those most precious to her - her children and extended family. - Summary by KHand
A new story by Father Finn! It will be glad news to many to learn that Father Finn has found time from his many duties to write a new story, and such a story! From the opening chapter to the last page of the book the interest never lags. The plot is very simple, turning on a prize contest for pianos offered by certain newspapers to the school, society or club that receives the greatest number of coupons. Of course, this calls for keen competition on the part of the young people of the city, and it is in this contest that Michael Desmond, "That Office Boy," figures prominently. The characters in the book are just those people that Father Finn delights in drawing—people that we meet every day, that we know intimately—good, straightforward folks and others, too, that we would not care to associate with. What the result of the contest is, who the successful competitors are, must be learned by reading the story.
Of course, there is a strain of Father Finn's delightful humor running through the book, with here and there a touch of genuine pathos that brings the tears to our eyes. Father Finn has so long been recognized as a master of fiction that he needs no words of commendation. Suffice it that "That Office Boy" is the equal of anything he has ever written. - Summary by American Catholic Quarterly Review
The Five Little Peppers are off to school - Joel and Davie at a boys' boarding school, Polly, Phronsie and Ben at home. At first the storyline shifts between the boys and the girls, until the boys come home for the holidays and all the children are caught up in plans to help the poor family of a brakeman who was killed in an accident. Meanwhile Polly struggles to keep Jasper's friend from being expelled, Phronsie has a frightening accident and Ben works hard to repay Mr. King. It's another heart-warming tale from the author of Five Little Peppers and How They Grew! (Summary by Rachel)
Mary Louise is a girl who lives with her mother and grandfather. Ever since she was small, every little while they have had to pack up and move. Why? What is the secret about her grandfather? Summary by Esther ben Simonides.
Dramatis Personæ:Narrator: MaryAnnJennie Allen, Hannah Conant: RachelMable Westervelt: graciebelle010Dorothy Knerr, Beatrice Burrows, Telephone Girl: April WaltersSue Finley, Sarah Judd, Josie O'Gorman: Esther ben SimonidesMary Louise: Adele de PignerollesColonel Weatherby, James J. Hathaway: tovarischUncle Eben: OxenhandlerSecret Service Agent: Ryan CooleyLina Darrow, Agatha Lord: LydiaMiss Stearne: Beth ThomasMr. Watson: Matthew TraversJohn O'Gorman: BillPeter Conant: Larry WilsonIrene MacFarlane: Kristin GjerlowBill Coombs: Andrew TraversBub Grigger: Rupert HollidayNan Shelley: Vanessa CooleyAudio Edited by: Esther ben Simonides
Mildred Keith has a good life in Lansdale, Ohio - family, friends and school keep her happy and busy. But when her parents announce they're all moving to Indiana, Mildred's faith is tested beyond anything she could have imagined. Through good times and bad, follow Mildred and her family as they learn to rely on the Lord for strength in every circumstance!
This project was proof-listened by Adele de Pignerolles and Linette Geisel. - Summary by Rachel
Katy Carr always gets in trouble for everything. When her mother died, she told Katy to be a mother to the little ones. But it seems like Katy can't do anything right. Her Aunt Izzie always scolds her, so one day Katy decides to ignore her aunt's command and ride the swing in the barn. Suddenly, something cracks, Katy feels like she's falling, and everything goes dark. (Summary by Esther ben Simonides)
Narrator: Michele EatonAunt Izzy/Miss Carr: Beth ThomasKaty Carr: Adele de PignerollesClover Carr, Miss Knight: Esther ben SimonidesElsie Carr, Millerite, The German Girl: RachelDr. Carr: BillDorry Carr: Eddy ShermanCecy Hall: LydiaJohnnie Carr, Woman, Maria Fiske: RosalynnPhil Carr: Johnny SmithDr. Stone, Dr. Alsop, Mr. Berger: Larry WilsonMiss Petingill, Mrs. Spenser, Alice Blair, Debby, Mrs. Worrett: Becca MaggieImogen Clark: Jennifer FournierMarianne O'Riley: SuperCoconutMama Carr: TheMomA bigger girl, Old Mary: SoniaCousin Helen: KHandTeacher of the School of Pain: Zames CurranBridget: TwinkleAudio Edited by: Esther ben Simonides
The Bobbseys are home from their adventure on the houseboat and now they're off to visit their cousins at Meadow Brook Farm. But they haven't even arrived before they encounter a runaway boy, a runaway dog, and a runaway ram! Meadow Brook proves even more exciting, what with wild animals, a missing twin, and even acting in a movie. It's the Bobbsey twins on another delightful adventure!
This the 7th in the Bobbsey Twins series, which were published by the Stratemyer Syndicate under the house pseudonym of Laura Lee Hope. - Summary by Summary by Rachel
In this charming girl's book we meet again the four chums of Dandelion Cottage. Their friendship knit closer than ever by their summer at playing house, the girls enlarge their activity by mothering a pretty little Indian baby.
"Those who have read Dandelion Cottage will need no urge to follow further. . . . A lovable group of four children, happily not perfect, but full of girlish plans and pranks and a delightful sense of humor." - Summary from the book
In this ninth book in the classic Elsie Dinsmore series, the family finishes their summer at the seaside and returns to Ion. The narrative turns from Elsie to Violet's family, particularly her step-children Max and Lulu as they adjust to life in their new family. - Summary by GabrielleC
Little Prudy’s Sister Suzy is the second book in the Little Prudy series. It follows three sisters, aged 3 to 8, through the Christmas break and the following months as they get into all kinds of situations. - Summary by TeeLee
In the previous book in this series, Lloyd was the maid of honor, but now it will be the Little Colonel's turn to be the bride. But who will be the groom? Will it be one of our old friends from previous books such as Malcolm MacIntyre, Rob Moore, Alex Shelby, Phil Tremont, or Jack Ware . . .or perhaps a new Knight that comes riding! (Summary by Maria Therese)
One soft summer evening, when Woodville was crowned with the glory and beauty of the joyous season, three strangers presented themselves before the Grant family, and asked for counsel and assistance. The party consisted of two boys and a girl, and they belonged to that people which the traditions of the past have made the "despised race;" but the girl was whiter and fairer than many a proud belle who would have scorned her in any other capacity than that of a servant; and one of the boys was very nearly white, while the other was as black as ebony undefiled. They were fugitives and wanderers from the far south-west; and the story which they told to Mr. Grant and his happy family will form the substance of this volume. - Summary from Chapter 1 of text
Listeners, please be advised that this book contains material related to slavery which some may find offensive. These types of actions and language were common during the historical period during which this account is written.
Rich and Humble; or, The Mission of Bertha Grant
In School and Out; or, The Conquest of Richard Grant
Watch and Wait; or, The Young Fugitives
Work and Win; or, Noddy Newman on a Cruise
Hope and Have; or, Fanny Grant Among the Indians
Haste and Waste; or, The Young Pilot of Lake Champlain
Spinster Polly Harrington is perfectly content to be in control of her comfortable life, even if is she alone in a big house. But then a letter arrives informing her she is the guardian to her young orphaned niece, and she as well as the whole town quickly learns that life will never be the same with Pollyanna around to help them count their blessings. - Summary by thestorygirl
Before "Peter Pan" came "The Little Minister", J.M. Barrie's first published novel. This is not a children's book, but reflections on life in a remote village in Scotland. The story opens with the minister and his mother moving into the village of Thrums, where the minister must earn the respect of the villagers, threading his way through class differences, politics and suspicion of the travelling gypsies. But what would happen if the newly respectable minister of Thrums fell in love with a gypsy woman? And how will her secret impact upon them all? (Summary by Beth Thomas)
Jo’s little men and women are grown up and entering new stages of life. Along with discovering their individual niches, there are lots of lessons to study, plays to perform, and parties to attend… and love is undeniably in the air. When three of Jo’s most beloved boys embark on journeys of their own, they encounter some of the most difficult challenges ever faced in their young lives. Meanwhile, back at home, Jo and her family must be strong when they receive the news that not all three of the boys may return. Will Emil, Nat, and Dan find their way home to Plumfield?
Find out in Jo’s Boys, the final installment of the Little Women trilogy by Louisa May Alcott. (Summary by Twinkle)Cast List:
Narrator: Christine LehmanJo Bhaer: MaryAnnFritz Bhaer: Paul SimoninDan Kean: Tomas PeterEmil Hoffmann: George AllenNat Blake: Zames CurranDemi Brooke: McKinnie Lee SizemoreDaisy Brooke: RachelJosie Brooke: TwinkleRob Bhaer: KangarooTed Bhaer: ABFriesBess Laurence: Esther ben Simonides
Additional characters voiced by
Adele de Pignerolles,
Barbara Anne Scott,
Chee Sing Lee,
Delmar H Dolbier,
Will the Ninja, and
Audio edited by Cari Shorrock, KHand, Twinkle, and Zames Curran
A darling story of little Charlie and his adventures with cats and kittens and how he became many things. Also how the kitten Topsy, unhappy with being a kitten and having his face washed, tries different life styles with different animals but finally makes the right choice. - Summary by Phil Chenevert
The Feland family go on a holiday in Switzerland. While there, their impulsive younger daughter gets into a scrape that teaches the whole family a lesson in love and faith. Summary by Devorah Allen.
El caballero Carmelo es un cuento del escritor peruano Abraham Valdelomar, considerado por la crítica como lo mejor de toda su creación ficticia y uno de los cuentos más perfectos de la literatura peruana. Publicado el 13 de noviembre de 1913 en el diario La Nación de Lima, encabeza el conjunto de los cuentos denominados «criollos» o «criollistas», ambientadas durante la niñez del autor transcurrida en Pisco, una ciudad de la costa peruana, en medio del desierto. Contado en primera persona con un lenguaje tierno, conmovedor y ambientado en un entorno provinciano y rural, este cuento nos narra la historia de un viejo gallo de pelea llamado el Caballero Carmelo, que debe enfrentar a otro más joven, el Ajiseco. El Carmelo, sacando fuerzas de flaqueza, gana, pero queda gravemente herido y poco después muere, ante la consternación de sus dueños. Este es el tema central.
Como temas secundarios podemos mencionar la vida familiar en el hogar del protagonista-narrador (incluida las peripecias del gallo «Pelado») y la vida de los pescadores de la aldea San Andrés, cercana a Pisco. (Wikipedia)
Pixie is older, her world becomes wider. The stories of her sister Bridgie and her brother Jack emerge, and also that of an intriguing neighbor, Miss Sylvia Trevor. (Summary by Judi Mason)
This is a very cute children's book. Mr. West's half-sister Matilda is orphaned and she comes staying with the family for a while. It looks like Mr West doesn't like her very much, her being "blue" and all. What this means is an entirely unknown concept to his children, but they also anticipate that they won't like her very much either. But then Matilda arrives and neither her skin nor her hair are blue at all, and she turns out very very nice - winning the hearts of the children in no time. - Summary by Carolin
Bobby is a little orphan boy of about 5 who discovers he has somehow lost his 'birfhday' and decides to go looking for it. This epic quest takes him into strange places and meetings with people who are sometimes scoffing, but mostly kind and helpful to the small tot. Does he find his birfday? Well I can't tell you that, you will just have to listen. If you like warm, sweet stories with a great ending, this is for you! A delightful tale full of whimsy and fun. - Summary by phil chenevert
A short sweet, yet sad, Christmas story about forgiveness, but especially about loving others for who they are and not for who we want them to be. - Summary by The Reader
Magic wishing emeralds mysteriously arrive in the little kingdom of Skampavia. King Skamperoo immediately confiscates them and wishes to become the Emperor of Oz, with his magic horse Chalk as his advisor. All the residents of Oz are enchanted to forget Ozma and their own rulers, except for Dorothy and Pigasus the flying pig. Can Dorothy and Pigasus break the enchantment and rescue Princess Ozma? Will they forge an unlikely alliance with the Gnome King? And who is the real owner and possessor of the secret of the wishing emeralds?The Wishing Horse of Oz is the twenty-ninth in the series of Oz books created by L. Frank Baum. (Summary by Beth Thomas)
Elsie and her family travel to Nantucket Island to spend the summer. The Raymond children and others learn important lessons. After a delightful summer, they journey on to Lansdale, Ohio to visit Aunt Wealthy. - Summary by Amy
A charming children's story following the trials and tribulations of the simple life of Marie-Celeste as she endears herself to everyone whose life she touches. With her parents, she moves to Windsor Castle to live with her orphaned cousin and learns about Queen Victoria, her life, home and family as well as other aspects of English life, sharing her knowledge and innocent insight in a delightful way.