Wagon Wheels

Based on  a true story!

After the Civil War, the Muldie boys and their father came along way to Kansas to look for land.

They had heard about the Homestead Act, which promised free land to anyone who was willing to settle the West.

They build a dugout house and live through a hard winter, saved from starvation by a band Osage Indians.

Spring comes and daddy moves on to find a better home for them.  The three boys are left to fend for themselves, and when at last daddy sends for them the boys must find courage to brave dangers of the wilderness alone.

Courage, Leadership, Responsibility, Teamwork, and Trustworthiness


AR Reading Level 2.6

AR Point .5

Word Count 1619


A Hat for Mrs. Goldman – A Story About Knitting and Love

Mrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia, who thinks knitting is too hard, helps by making the pom-poms. But now winter is here, and Mrs. Goldman herself doesn’t have a hat—she’s too busy making hats for everyone else!

It’s up to Sophia to buckle down and knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman. But try as Sophia might, the hat turns out lumpy, the stitches aren’t even, and there are holes where there shouldn’t be holes. Sophia is devastated until she gets an idea that will make Mrs. Goldman’s hat the most wonderful of all.

Readers both young and old will relate to Sophia’s frustrations, as well as her delight in making something special for someone she loves.

Empathy and Critical Thinking-Problem Solving


AR Reading Level 2.7

AR Point .5

Word Count 794

Little Bear’s Little Boat Eve Bunting


In this heartwarming book about generosity and growing up Little Bear realizes he has outgrown his favorite boat. He quickly decides he will find another little bear that will love his boat as much as he did. After searching the forest all summer long Big Bear finds a little bear and gives his much loved boat away. The new owner promises to pass it along when he too outgrows it. It brings Big bear happiness to see little bear enjoying his old boat and on the last page you will see Big Bear building himself a new and much larger boat.

ATOS Book Level 2.5
Word Count 486

SPIC-AND-SPAN! Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen

My favorite story is a true one.

Whenever I find a great one, I make an effort to read it to the kids.

Nothing like getting a good conversation going.

For instance, in my most recent find—Spic-and-Span! Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen, we saw the challenges women faced not so long ago.  After her husband died she is left to provide for their 11 kids.  Her family is determined to stick together and do whatever it takes to make ends meet.  This is Lillian’s inspiring story of how she not only overcame obstacles but excelled.