1. He had a fine view from the balloon but he couldn’t see his window. He couldn’t even see a house.
2. Then he dragged his feet s-l-o-w-l-y to make tracks. And he found something sticking out of the snow that made a new track.
3. Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy! Swishy swashy!
4. Mamas and papas and uncles and aunts hug their little dears, then dust their pants.
5. Would you eat them in a box? Would you eat them with a fox?
6. “Oh please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!”
7. He felt he would be a rock forever and he tried to get used to it.
8. “You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway.”
9. Soon there were no more lights to be seen. We traveled through cold, dark forests, where lean wolves roamed and white-tailed rabbits hid from our train as it thundered through the quiet wilderness.
10. Tiptoeing with solemn face, with some flowers and a vase, in they walked and then said, “Ahhh,” when they saw the toys and candy and the dollhouse from Papa.
11. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.
12. She went boneless.
13. He felt he MUST have a bright red balloon. He reached over and tried to help himself, but—instead of one balloon, the whole bunch broke loose.
14. Mud is to jump in and slide in and yell doodleedoodleedoo.
15. And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly.
Answers: 1) Harold and the Purple Crayon; 2) The Snowy Day; 3) We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; 4) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; 5) Green Eggs and Ham; 6) Where the Wild Things Are; 7) Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; 8) Olivia; 9) The Polar Express; 10) Madeline; 11) The Giving Tree; 12) Knuffle Bunny 13) Curious George; 14) A Hole Is to Dig; 15) The Story of Ferdinand
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