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Books in Laugh-Along Lessons series

  • Me First

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, March 27, 1995)
    Being first isn't always best, as Pinkerton Pig finds out after an encounter with a mean Sand Witch. As always, Helen Lester's wonderfully offbeat humor and Lynn Munsinger's whimsical illustrations result in a hilarious lesson about piggishness. The picture book duo of Lester and Munsinger has created six previous books, including the award-winning TACKY THE PENGUIN.Featuring bonus audio!
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  • A Porcupine Named Fluffy

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, July 9, 2013)
    The humor is just absurd enough to make the picture-book set howl along with Hippo and Fluffy.” –New York Times Book Review Fluffy the porcupine is unhappy with his name: “So he decided to become fluffier.” He climbs a tree and pretends to be a cloud! He even poses as a pillow. (His mother is not pleased when she sits on him.) When Fluffy meets a rhinoceros named Hippo, it puts his plight in perspective…and he makes a friend. This terrific tribute to self-acceptance—complete with the cutest porcupine pictures on the planet—is now part of a fun, 8” x 8” hardcover series about life lessons. Includes downloadable audio!
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  • Listen, Buddy

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, March 3, 1997)
    Buddy's father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy's mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn't matter. Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have created eight children's books together. Munsinger's unparalleled animal characters and Lester's hysterical text have joined together to create another silly tale about a bunny who just can't seem to listen.
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  • A Porcupine Named Fluffy

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Oct. 30, 1989)
    A porcupine named Fluffy is happier with his name after he meets a similarly misnamed rhinoceros.
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  • Hurty Feelings

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, March 26, 2007)
    Fragility was a solid piece of work. But despite her sturdy exterior, Fragility was fragile. Anything and everything hurt her feelings. In the most benign compliment, Fragility heard an insult. No one could even say she looked nice without evoking images of big, squishy cupcakes—since they are also nice—and causing Fragility to flop on the ground and weep. Fragility’s friends stop speaking to her for fear of another fit, but Rudy, a very rude bully, has other ideas. In the face of real insults, will Fragility finally learn to take a compliment?Featuring bonus audio!
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  • It Wasn't My Fault

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, March 26, 1989)
    When accidents happen to Murdley Gurdson, they are usually his own fault, but when a bird lays an egg on Murdley's head one day, he tries hard to find someone else to blame.
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  • Me First

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, July 9, 2013)
    “This funny, fetching tale will bring chuckles—and a lesson—to any child with a tendency to echo Pinkerton’s cries of ‘Me first.’” –Publishers Weekly Pinkerton Pig will do anything to be first—first down the slide, first in line at the trough-a-teria, first on the bus. His pushy ploys backfire on a Pig Scouts hike when he hears the magic words “Would you care for a sandwich?” Little does he know, he’s being tricked by a sandcastle-dwelling Sandwitch in need of care! How long will Pinkerton be doomed to powder her warty nose? This cheery look at the dangers of piggishness is now part of a fun, 8” x 8” hardcover series about life lessons. Includes downloadable audio!
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  • Laugh-Along Lessons 5-Minute Stories

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 7, 2015)
    Having trouble listening? Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin? Finding it difficult to work as a team? No matter the trouble, laughter is the best medicine! This value-packed collection features eight stories that will have kids laughing and learning important life lessons. Parents will love that each story can be read aloud in five minutes flat. Hurty Feelings It Wasn't My Fault Listen, Buddy Me First A Porcupine Named Fluffy Princess Penelope's Parrot The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken The Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Includes bonus downloadable audio.
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  • Listen, Buddy

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, July 9, 2013)
    "…this sprightly paced tale amiably nudges kids whose direction-following skills need some honing." —Publishers Weekly"Buddy’s father had a beautiful big nose. He was a great sniffer. Buddy’s mother had beautiful big teeth. She was a great chomper. Buddy had beautiful big ears. It didn’t matter." When someone says squash, Buddy hears wash. Tomatoes, you say? He buys potatoes. One day—because he didn’t listen—Buddy accidentally ends up at Scruffy Varmint’s scary cave. Unfortunately, he doesn’t listen to Scruffy, either…and almost ends up as bunny stew! This delightful cautionary tale is now part of a fun, 8" x 8" hardcover series about life lessons.Includes downloadable audio!
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  • Princess Penelope's Parrot

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 23, 2001)
    Spoiled Princess Penelope cannot get her new parrot to talk, even after threatening it and calling it nasty names. But when Prince Percival comes courting, the parrot gets revenge on the greedy princess in a hilarious and fitting conclusion.
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  • Score One for the Sloths

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Feb. 3, 2015)
    "Score another one for Lester and Munsinger." —Publishers Weekly The sloths at Sleepy Valley Sloth School are content in their slothfulness. One day, a new sloth arrives, a go-getter, a mover and a shaker—which is to say she actually moves. The other sloths think she’s a pest, and she thinks they’re bores, that is until a real boar arrives—an official representative of S.O.S. (Society for Organizing Sameness) sent to close the school. Something has to be done, and all eyes turn to Sparky . . . This new addition to the Laugh-Along Lessons series focuses on the importance of being true to yourself. Includes a parent/teacher discussion guide and downloadable audio!
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  • Pookins Gets Her Way

    Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, Feb. 3, 2015)
    “Kids will recognize bits of themselves in Pookins . . . an amusing, hard-edged heroine.” —Booklist Pookins always gets her way. If she doesn't, she makes faces, she throws apples, and she yells very loudly! But when Pookins finds a magic gnome who grants her three wishes, she hastily wishes to be a flower. Powerless to do anything, she realizes that her way may not be the best way, and that a bit of empathy for the gnome might set things right. This new addition to the Laugh-Along Lessons series focuses on the importance of being considerate. Includes parent/teacher discussion guide and downloadable audio!
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