A Bloodhound’s Sniff – Mark Scott

1100 words Children’s Story

A bloodhound arrives in a dishonest town and catches fibbers and thieves.

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THERE was a town not long ago where people fibbed and cheated so. They stole things that were not nailed down which made them a dishonest town. One summer day, a great surprise, a hound arrived with drooping eyes. His ears, his tail, his floppy face, his skin drooped down in every place. That drooping dog with drooping eyes was a detective in disguise. It was his sniffing nose, you see, that made him a celebrity. That sniff found thieves, discovered lies, discovered fibs of every size.

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Butterfly Boy – Mark Scott

1400 words Children 7 – 10 years

Farm boy Wilbur Butterfield is forever being bossed by his big sister, Daisy.  Her bossing just gets worse and worse.  Because people can’t save him from his sister’s shouting, yelling, and hollering, Wilbur is finally rescued by butterflies, who teach Daisy a lesson she never forgets.

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WILBUR Butterfield lived on a dairy farm with his mother, father, big sister Daisy, and dog Muggins. Little Wilbur always did his daily chores, but still had time to have fun, play with the other farm kids, skate on the pond in the winter, sniff peonies in the spring, swim in the creek in the summer, chase fireflies on warm nights, and race Muggins from the farm house door to the front fence whenever he had a chance. Happy as can be, Wilbur had a special gift folks never understood. He was famous for it. Butterflies loved him.

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Charley’s Lucky Penny – Mark Scott

820 words Children 6 – 10 years

A man drops a penny, thinks it has little value, and leaves it on a city sidewalk.  Charley and his dog Emmy discover the penny and keep it.  Charley’s grandpa examines the penny, and announces that it is a lucky penny indeed.

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ONE day a man walked into a grocery store to buy some hot dogs. That’s all he wanted for dinner—hot dogs. He didn’t need a lot of money for hot dogs. Besides, he didn’t have a lot of money, because he was rather poor. He thought that hot dogs were just the thing for him to buy. He went to the meat section, found his favorite doggies, took them to the checker, and paid her.

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Grandpa Moze and the Catfish – Mark Scott

1400 words Children 7 – 9 years

African-American Grandpa Moze has a talent for catching huge catfish in the Kansas River.  He won’t reveal his secret until his grandson Possum persuades him to tell.  Terrified by the discovery, Possum decides his grandpa’s method of catching fish is far too dangerous—a matter of life and death.

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FOLKS fishing the Kansas River haul in the biggest catfish you ever did see. Grandpa Moze got his whoppers from just a tiny creek that flowed into the river. Could he ever catch them! He never showed anyone his special fishing hole, but always came home walking down the narrow dirt road smiling happy as can be carrying a brown grocery sack full of giant, squirming, whiskery catfish. Some were more than two feet long! No one knew Grandpa Moze’s secret. He didn’t seem to have any special fishing tricks. The elderly black gentleman had once been a porter on the Santa Fe Railroad. He worked there thirty years until he retired.

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How Mina Learned to Read – Mark Scott

1500 words Children 7 – 10 years

Mina’s boyfriend encourages her to learn to read, but she stubbornly refuses.  She discovers a perfumed letter in his jacket and steals it.  She’s too embarrassed to ask anyone else to read it for her, because it might be a love letter from another girl.  How will she discover what that perfumed letter says?

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Folks once believed there was no need for people to know how to read. No, many could not read or write, and others thought this wasn’t right. Young Mina was the fairest maid, thought reading scary, was afraid to even give the slightest look at any sign or any book. She did not want a book, you see, but something else which constantly was in her heart, was in her mind, that somebody for whom she pined.

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Little Hans and the Chestnut Pony – Mark Scott

3100 words Fairy story Children 9 – 11 years

Little Hans has two older stepbrothers who are very mean, always telling him how dumb he is.  The three try to save Princess Valentina from a wicked witch’s evil spell.  Little Hans is helped by a magical chestnut pony.  Guess who saves the princess, and how.

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ONCE UPON A TIME many years ago a rich man named Magnus married the beautiful Annalisa.  They had a son—Little Hans.  Everyone was happy as can be until Annalisa died in a carriage accident, leaving Little Hans with his father.  The wealthy Magnus soon married again, but this time to the vain and greedy Dagmar, who already had two sons of her own—Bruno and Rolf.  When Magnus unexpectedly died, his widow continued to live lavishly in his splendid house with the three boys.  She spoiled her own sons rotten, but never spoiled Little Hans.  She and her sons treated Little Hans like a stable boy.  In fact, Hans took care of the horses, but was not allowed to have a horse of his own.

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Phineas and Velveeta – Mark Scott

770 words Children 7 – 10 years

Phineas has a pet pig named Velveeta.  Some mean kids make fun of Velveeta for being fat and an unusual pet.  Phineas recalls all her wonderful qualities, says he wouldn’t want any other pet, and decides that she is smarter and nicer than the kids who are so mean to her.

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CHUBBY Phineas Fillpot had a pet pig. Her name was Velveeta. “Ha-ha-ha! Ho-ho-ho! Hee-hee-hee!” some kids laughed and chuckled and snickered whenever they saw Phineas and Velveeta walking merrily down the street together. Mean boys sometimes shouted, “Hey, there, Fatso!” Phineas wasn’t sure if they were making fun of Velveeta or him, because both of them were chubby. Other mean boys made fun of Velveeta.

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Sasha and the Golden Eagle – Mark Scott

1700 word Fairy story Children 6 – 10 years

Sasha is a boy hunter who feels mean and shoots a golden eagle.  Sorry for what he’s done, Sasha, his mother and sister try to save the bird.  The eagle teaches Sasha a lesson he never forgets.

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ONCE UPON A TIME many years ago a boy named Sasha lived in a thick, dark forest in a moss-covered log hut with his mother, Marfa, and his big sister, Zoya.  Sasha lived his whole life in the forest, never seeing the mountains, prairies, rivers, or seas. One spring morning Sasha woke up, ate his breakfast of porridge and goat’s milk, grabbed his bow and arrow, and left his forest hut.  He was a hunter.  That’s how he fed his family.  He hunted rabbits, deer, birds, squirrels, and the monstrous, dangerous tusked boar.  “Maybe I’ll get some rabbits today,” he thought to himself, “or even the giant boar!”

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Scaredy Kate – Mark Scott

1250 words Children 9 – 11 years

Joey dares Kate to sled with him.  She’s terrified by the experience.  While racing down a snowy slope, she hears a voice shout, “I love you!”  Who said it?  Was it Joe, the howling wind, or her imagination?  Still scared, she continues sledding with Joe to discover the truth.

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SNOWFLAKES whirling in the air, twirling almost everywhere. Swirling now around a stream, curling as if in a dream. Sprinkling white upon a house, powdering the shy field mouse. Spreading wisps of chimney smoke, fluffy flakes on cap and cloak. Beating on the windowpane, blanketing a country lane. Dusting pine trees standing tall, melting in a waterfall. Melting on the children’s tongues, stinging puffing little lungs, stinging noses, stinging eyes, stinging folks of every size.

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The Chatterbox and the Treasure Chest – Mark Scott

Children 7 – 9 Fairystory 1400 words

Barnaby’s wife, Lolly, is a chatterbox who likes to exaggerate.  He discovers a chest full of gold coins, and tells Lolly not to blab because the greedy king will take the coins if he finds out about them.  Lolly blabs.  The king finds out.  How does Barnaby stop the king from stealing the coins?  How does Lolly stop blabbing?

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ONCE UPON A TIME many years ago a woodchopper named Barnaby and his wife, Lolly, lived in a little cottage deep in the forest.  Barnaby and Lolly were happy as can be, except for one thing.  Lolly was a wonderful person, but she was also a blabbermouth and chatterbox.  She couldn’t help it, no matter how hard she tried.  She just loved to blabber, blabber, blabber, chatter, chatter, chatter.  It was easy as pie to pry any secret from the little chatterbox. When Lolly and Barnaby met Betsey the baker, the lady who made such delicious sweet rolls and doughnuts, Lolly told her, “Barnaby thinks you’re getting fat.  You’ve been eating entirely too many sweet rolls.  He says you need to go on a diet.”

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The Couch Potato – Mark Scott

1100 words Children 7 – 11 years

Mitzi Butterworth watches so much television that she actually turns into a potato.  She becomes world-famous overnight.  How will her husband Elmo save her from permanent potatohood:?

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Mitzi Butterworth watched TV day in and day out. It was as if her eyes were glued to that color screen. She watched and piggled, piggled and watched, watched and piggled, and before you could say hippopotamus she had turned into a couch potato. Her husband, Elmo, didn’t know what to do with her. He tried to talk some sense to her, tried to persuade her to get some exercise, tried to get her to read a book now and then. “Mitzi,” he hollered, “your body’s turning to mush. Your mind’s turning to slush. You don’t even have the sense to blush!”

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The Magical Golden Ring – Mark Scott

Children 7 – 9

Toby the Woodchopper must perform three amazing feats before he can marry Princess Gwendolyn the Fair.  To do so, he needs the help of a little brown mouse, a calico cat, a dappled dog, a bullfrog, and a magical golden ring.

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ONCE UPON A TIME many years ago an old woman and her son, Toby, lived in a deep, dark forest in a little wooden hut with a little wooden porch with little wooden steps that led to a rickety wooden fence that led to the woods. Whew! Toby’s mother was a widow. She and her son had to take care of themselves, which was not easy, because they were poor.

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The Tale of the Monstrous Meteor – Mark Scott

1400 words Children 7 – 10 years

A monstrous meteor terrifies everyone in a village when it suddenly crashes into the market square and causes tremendous damage.  The king unsuccessfully tries everything to move the stone, but all his efforts fail.  A girl immediately knows what to do, and children solve the problem.

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A meteor of monstrous size once sped to earth from summer skies. It quickly fell from outer space while heading to a marketplace. It fell so fast, at last it crashed. It hurtled down, it really smashed into the empty market square and frightened people everywhere. The houses shook and tottered too, then teetered, crumpled, broke in two. The leafy trees swayed back and forth as bridges tumbled south to north.

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