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Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed
Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he'd never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did--in a most surprising way.
Strongheart: the World's First Movie Star Dog
When silent movie director Larry Trimble decides to put Strongheart, a police dog, into his movies as the lead actor, he must first train him to play with toys and walk like a regular dog, but Strongheart becomes a sensation until his military training leads to trouble, and possibly the end of his career. Includes author's note on the real Strongheart.
Trooper, a three-legged dog, remembers his life as a stray, before he was adopted.
Jangles: A Big Fish Story
A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught.
Painter and Ugly
Painter and Ugly, two sled dogs who are inseparable best friends, are put on different teams for the Junior Iditarod, but they manage to find their way back to one another for the big race.
The Blue House Dog
A boy whose beloved dog has died, and a dog whose owner also died, find each other and slowly begin to trust one another.
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival
Based on a true story, Two Bobbies takes place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when many pets were lost or abandoned. A dog and cat wander together through the devastated city and miraculously survive hunger, floods and other dangers. When they are finally taken to an animal shelter, the volunteers discover that the cat is blind and could not have survived without the dog's help. Although their owner or owners are never found, the two friends, re-named Bob Cat and Bobbi, find a new home and a happy ending to their ordeal. The story includes an authors' note and a photograph of the real Bob Cat and Bobbi.
A stray dog moves into George's formerly peaceful home, dazzling the man and woman of the house with lively tricks and antics that just leave George exhausted.
A cat gives birth to a litter of kittens in an abandoned building that catches fire while she is out searching for food.
Magnus at the Fire
When the Broadway Fire House acquires a motorized fire engine, Magnus the fire horse is not ready to retire.
Based on the true story of a bird of prey's survival after being struck by a poacher's arrow.
Two hungry wolves in disguise attempt to raid a sheep farm.
A retelling of a classic tale in which a well-intentioned young possum continually takes his mother's instructions much too literally.
After the principal of P.S. 88 is turned into a frog by a bumbling magician, the frog bargains for the chance to act as principal until Mr. Bundy returns from his "family emergency."
Hooway for Wodney Wat
All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.
A farmer's young daughter shares numerous adventures with the dragon that she raises from infancy.
A young python does not want to grow slow and boring like the older snakes he sees in the tropical jungle where he lives.
Duke the Dairy Delight Dog
Darla doesn't want a dirty dog around her Dairy Delight, but Duke patiently tries every tactic to convince her that her shop is his home.
Heart of a Tiger
As the Name Day celebration approaches, a young kitten tries to deserve a noble name, by following the path of the beautiful Bengal tiger.
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
After losing running, climbing, throwing, and burping competitions to her obnoxious older brother, a young girl makes a wish on a falling star.
Soap! Soap! Don't Forget the Soap!
A forgetful boy gets himself into trouble when he repeats what each person he meets on the road says to him.
Sukey and the Mermaid
Unhappy with her life at home, Sukey receives kindness and wealth from Mama Jo the mermaid.