The Stories Julian Tells (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

The Stories Julian Tells (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))

Ann Cameron

Language: English

Pages: 80

ISBN: 0394828925

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Julian is a quick fibber and a wishful thinker. And he is great at telling stories. He can make people—especially his younger brother, Huey—believe just about anything. Like the story about the cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree. But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that's exactly where Julian and Huey end up!

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Stories) in Appendix B

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the summer we had vegetables from the garden every night. And the corn did grow as high as the house, although there wasn’t very much of it, and it was almost too tough to eat. The best thing of all was Huey’s house made of flowers. After a while the flowers dropped their petals and turned into beans, and we ate the beans for supper. So what Huey made was probably the first house anyone ever played in and then ate. Catalog cats are strange—but a house you eat for dinner is stranger yet.

I could hardly wait to grow my own sweet juicy purple figs. We planted the tree by our back fence, and I gave it water every day. And then one morning it had two new leaves. “Fig tree, you’re growing!” I said. I thought I should be growing too. There is a mark on the wall in the bathroom of our house, where my father measures us, and I ran into the house to measure myself against my old mark. I pressed my hand against my head, flat to the wall, and checked where my hand was compared to the old

Thread didn’t look as painful as pliers. “This is a simple way,” my father said. “Just let me tie this thread around your old tooth.” “All right,” I said. Very carefully my father tied the end of the thread around my old tooth. That didn’t hurt. “Now,” my father said, “stand here by the door.” I stood by the kitchen door, and my father tied the other end of the thread to the doorknob. “Now what?” I said. “Now,” my father said, “you just close your eyes …” “What are you going to do?” I

“there shouldn’t be one wish in the tail. When the wind takes all your wishes, that’s when you know it’s going to work.” The kite stayed up for a long time. We both held the string. The kite looked like a tiny black spot in the sun, and my neck got stiff from looking at it. “Shall we pull it in?” I asked. “All right,” Gloria said. We drew the string in more and more until, like a tired bird, the kite fell at our feet. We looked at the tail. All our wishes were gone. Probably they were still

his big brother, Julian, and he’s not going to be pushed around. Not if he can help it, anyway. He’s got sunflowers to save, basketball shots to make, and fifteen billion stars to count—with or without his brother by his side. But some problems can’t be solved alone, no matter how brave you are. And when a treasure hunt leaves Huey trapped at the bottom of a crumbling mine, it’ll take more than Julian to help him escape. The narrator of The Stories Huey Tells returns with five new adventures

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