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Persistence

Alice’s grandfather made her promise to do something to make the world a more beautiful place. But young Alice isn’t sure yet what that will be.

When a ‘for sale’ sign goes up in the field across from a man’s house, he begins scheming of ways he can raise enough money to buy it. His solution? To grow hundreds of thousands of pumpkins that he ships around the world.

When the lunch lady, Harriet, goes on a much needed tropical vacation, the school has a hard time filling her shoes. After trying out several substitutes, the school starts to worry that Harriet will never return!  The book is told through a series of letters to Harriet on vacation.

Sophie loves her squash, Bernice, it is just the right size! Sophie loves Bernice so much that she plants her in the ground to get better, and what do you know, it worked! Bernice turned into a big plant that produced Bonnie and Baxter.

Sal’s father is always telling her to “think big,” and that’s not hard for her to do, considering that she’s taller than all the other women in her family. Being big has its advantages, but Sal is sad that she’s not good at fine work, like quilting. One summer, she thinks big and makes a giant quilt of her own out of sunflowers!

A little boy planted a carrot seed, but no one believes a carrot will actually grow. See what happens with a little persistence and steady gardening!

This fast-moving, quick-talking ‘Chicken-Chasing Queen,’ a high-spirited little girl on her grandma’s farm, comes to understand and respect Miss Hen when she discovers this prize chicken’s well-guarded secret!

The story of one boy’s dream, and how one person’s efforts can change the world!  This story is based on the High Line railroad in New York City, which has been converted into a city park.

One farmer can’t pull this potato out of the ground. But can the farmer, his wive, daughter, dog, cat, and mouse get this spud uncovered?

Sometimes it takes the whole family pitching in to get something done. Even the tiniest member can be helpful. In the end all the effort is worth it when you get to eat an enormous turnip.