Short Stories

The Velveteen Rabbit

It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck

The story of a domestic duck whose eggs are routinely confiscated by the farmer's wife. Jemima is a domestic duck whose eggs are routinely confiscated by the farmer's wife because she believes Jemima a poor sitter. Jemima searches for a place away from the farm where she can hatch her eggs without human interference, and naively confides her woes to a suave fox who invites her to nest in a shed at his home.

The Woggle-Bug Book

The Woggle-Bug favors flashy clothes with bright colors (he dresses in "gorgeous reds and yellows and blues and greens" and carries a pink handkerchief), falls in love with a gaudy "Wagnerian plaid" dress that he sees on a mannequin in a department store window.

A Garland for Girls

"These stories were written for my own amusement during a period of enforced seclusion. The flowers which were my solace and pleasure suggested titles for the tales and gave an interest to the work. If my girls find a little beauty or sunshine in these common blossoms, their old friend will not have made her Garland in vain." - L.M. Alcott, September, 1887

The Blue Jar Story Book

This is a collection of 6 delightful stories about children by some of the best authors of the period: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Maria Edgeworth and Alicia Catherine Mant. These stories are well written and although they feature children and their escapades, clearly can be enjoyed by adults as well if not more.