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Persistence

The Farmer is very lazy, and never keeps his promise to help his wife with the pigs, even when they are “growing” from the tree like apples. When he believes they are gone forever, he changes his attitude and never goes back to being lazy again.

Joe and Gram plant a garden together, but they each have their own special way of doing things. Together, this grandma and grandson pair complete tasks during each of the four seasons, and then wait as the good brown earth takes care of the rest. Children will relate to Joe’s creative way of gardening. They will appreciate the magic that happens when the earth turns a seed into a plant.

When it’s time to pick apples everyone in town helps, including Anna and her family.

Friends come in all shapes and sizes. While one friend finds himself completely transformed after a long snooze, the other sticks to his routine and feels that he has missed out on something special. In the end, however, they discover that one could not have survived without the other.

A girl bands together with her community to plant a garden on a vacant lot.

Eddie decides he wants a garden and gets to work, with just a bit of help from him mom and younger sister. He learns about all of the elements that help his garden to grow!

As soon as spring arrives, Grandma Lena begins growing turnips. After diligent weeding, watering, and care, Grandma Lena finds herself with one big ol’ turnip!

Can chickens swim or fly or lay golden eggs? Henrietta is tired of life in the cramped chicken coop and is ready for something more. Even though the older chickens laugh at her, she soon inspires them to reach a little bit higher themselves.

Jody and her grandfather plant some beans and watch them grow.

Who should be the king of the birds? The fastest? Largest? The best nest builder? Each bird has their own opinion, and the results may surprise you!