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"The Precious Plum" illustration: A young girl pushes an old-style baby carriage -- with a plum in the carriage.
The Vol. 11 story "The Precious
Plum
" was written and
illustrated by Sophia Rose
Kinninger.

 

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Read Selected Stories from
The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration 2015/2016
Vol. 11

Please note that the copyrighted stories and illustrations shared below appear here with permission of the authors and illustrators. They may be copied and/or printed for limited classroom or personal use. To reprint a story and/or illustration in an article about The Grannie Annie, please contact The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration for permission.

 

Note to Parents and Educators

1. Chat and Thomas (before 1861) by Gray Perry; North Carolina, USA
The story of Chat and Thomas has been passed down for many generations in my family. It was told by . . .

2. The Scalding Iron (1865) by Marion Grace Jones; North Carolina, USA
The year was 1865, the last year of the Civil War. My four-times-great-aunt lived on a farm in . . .

3. No Shoes, No Guardian, and No Protection (1893) by Fiona Hayreh; Missouri, USA
Two girls walked along a dirt path in the Pocono Mountains. They had no shoes, no guardian, and no. . .

4. Coal Miners’ Doctor (c. 1920s) by Mary Frances Blount; North Carolina, USA
My great-granddad Harry King Buttermore, Jr., . . . grew up in a coal-mining town — Harlan, Kentucky . . .

5. The Man Who Saved the Chicks (c. 1935) by Adina Rohr; New York, USA
Fifty bricks. That’s how you keep chicks warm in the winter. My great-great-grandparents were born in . . .

6. The War’s Cons: My Great-Aunt’s Story (1939) by Izabella Kulczycka; Alabama, USA
“Do not hang on his neck when he comes in,” lectured Miss Helen, Ciocia Basia’s father’s maid. “Do not . . .

7. Henrik (c. 1940) by Kristin Nyenhuis; Illinois, USA
“Service before self.” This phrase means a lot. My great-grand-uncle named Henrik Palmstrom definitely . . .

8. Watching Over Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) by Paige Hunt; Missouri, USA
My great-grandpa could have died if he had not gone to church. While in the United States Navy . . .

9. One Suitcase Each (1941–1945) by Kiki Rosenthal; Colorado, USA
One hundred years ago two sets of my great-great-grandparents arrived in California from Japan. . . .

10. One Little Girl, One Night’s Journey (1942) by Grace Andrews; Missouri, USA
“Do you think she’ll be okay?” asked her mother worriedly. “I mean she’s just five.” “My Sissie? Oh, she’ll . . .

11. The Troubling Telegram (1942) by Zachary Fink; Missouri, USA
In the year 1942, during World War II, my thirteen-year-old grandmother was sitting and enjoying . . .

12. The Precious Plum (c. 1942–1943) by Sophia Rose Kinninger; Missouri, USA
This story is about my oma Ursula Schultz during World War II. (“Oma” means “grandmother” in German. . . .

13. A Risky Plan (c. 1943) by Yael Zimmerman; New York, USA
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a plan that could get you arrested? Well, someone . . .

14. My War Hero (1940s) by Sydney Lanier; North Carolina, USA
I never knew my granddad David, because he died when my dad was only eleven years old. But the story . . .

15. The Galloping Goat (1943) by Gregory Miller; Ohio, USA
It was the summer of 1943. My great-grandparents owned a small farm, where they grew vegetables. . . .

16. The Brush and the Manicure Set (c. 1949) by Faigy Arnold; New York, USA
When my grandmother was growing up, she had to face great challenges. My grandmother, Elizabeth . . .

17. Seeds for the Future (c. 1950s) by Dylan Faulkner; North Carolina, USA
My granddad Ernest Quincy Faulkner, Jr., always spoke about growing up on the farm in the 1950s. I can . . .

18. The Pathway (c. 1950) by Jaithra Mallipeddi; Missouri, USA
This story goes back to my grandfather’s childhood in Lodidhalanka, a small hamlet near the . . .

19. The World’s Most Expensive Toaster (1958) by Molly Kuzma; North Carolina, USA
Just last month I was driving with my grandparents during a brief trip to Pennsylvania. Despite the cost of . . .

20. No-Shoe Sunday (1959) by Alli Grant Avery; North Carolina, USA
On one crisp Saturday in the fall of 1959, Suzy Waters and her brothers, Charlie, Gary, and Carl, Jr., were . . .

21. “Look! I Found a Bee!” (1960s) by Niasha Kodzai; North Carolina, USA
On a warm and sunny day at the Mutambara Mission in Zimbabwe, a large family of five boys were all . . .

22. The Mysterious Man Who Lived in the Pipe (c. 1960s–1970s) by Julian L. Prakken; Missouri, USA
When I was a child, my brother Mike and I lived near a railroad underpass. Sometimes Mike and I would . . .

23. Uncle John’s Pet Crow (1963–1964) by Anna Devine; Colorado, USA
In April of 1963, when my great-uncle John was a little boy, he climbed a tree and took a baby crow out of . . .

24. Fifty Years Ago and One Hundred Years Later (1967) by Anagi Rhoda Shalomi Pieris; Missouri, USA
Almost fifty years ago, in 1967, Sri Lanka, my parents’ country of origin, celebrated one hundred years of . . .

25. Avi and the Sohoy-7 (November 27, 1969) by Tillie Yael Cohen; Colorado, USA
Avi Simon, my grandma’s cousin, was going through a lot when he was fourteen years old. In August 1962. . .

26. Sandman (1972) by Belle Sara Gage; Missouri, USA
It was a beautiful summer day in Idaho, and I was rafting down the Salmon River with my family and . . .

27. A Crabby Story (c. 1974) by Cindy Zhu; North Carolina, USA
It was a stormy night in Nanjing in August of 1974. To pass the time, my mother and Uncle Tao were . . .

28. Cold-Blooded Savior (c. 1977) by Sofia Brantley; North Carolina, USA
It was a warm summer Saturday. I had just wolfed down my breakfast, for I was eager to go on my . . .

29. The Tale of Gardner’s Hut (c. 1980) by Whitley Anderson; North Carolina, USA
The thump of the car passing over cracks in the Wright Memorial Bridge woke my dad. It was 1980, and . . .

30. Shame to Lose to You (1982) by Benjamin Ni; Ohio, USA
My grandma told me something that I never knew — that in my family we have someone who won third . . .

31. A Failed Attempt to Escape Vietnam (1982) by Timothy Lai; Missouri, USA
After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, my dad’s family suffered hardship as other Vietnamese families did. . . .

32. Eyes Straight Ahead (c. 1985) by Bray Woodard; North Carolina, USA
“Left at the light.” Cautiously, Belinda turned onto North Main. It was one o’clock, and traffic in Troy was . . .

33. The Day America Fell Silent (January 28, 1986) by Sarah Elmore; North Carolina, USA
Some say that you never forget where you were and what you were doing on a memorable day such as . . .

34. The Christmas Angel (1988) by Sara Waida; North Carolina, USA
Betsy, my mother, stared into the twinkling glass of the snow globe. Admiring the two girls rejoicing in the . . .

35. Cow Patty Bingo (c. 1990) by Ty Williamson; North Carolina, USA
Have you ever heard of bingo? Have you ever heard of cow patty bingo? About twenty-five years ago in . . .

36. The Great Miracle (September 11, 2001) by Shira Arieh; New York, USA
The date of my brother’s bris was September 11, 2001. That was also the day when something major . . .

 

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