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The Girl who was Born with only Two Arms and Two Legs

Ages 6 - 12
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
Sticks and BallsSynopsis: Imagine being born with only 2 arms and 2 legs in a world where everyone else has 4 of both. Meant to be read aloud to children of all ages, this parable follows the trials and success of Quarta, a girl handicapped by having just four limbs.
©2013 Stuart B Baum and StuartStories.com
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The Boy Who Could Turn Into Things

Ages 5 - ? Synopsis: No one ever notices the small, quiet boy in the classroom. But he has a secret: he can turn into things, such as a bird, a chair, a marble and whatever he wants.  One day, this ability becomes very important - in more than one way.  Written in the first person, story-teller style for reading aloud to your children.
©2012 Stuart B Baum and StuartStories.com
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Alec and the Stream of Words and Ideas

Ages 5 - ?
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
SeedlingSynopsis: Alec (of Alec and the Clams) finds a new stream.  Instead of fish, though, this stream contains words and ideas, which Alec tries to catch. Meant to be read aloud, this visual story is a whimsical addition to the world of Alec and other "Stuart" stories.
©2011 Stuart B Baum and StuartStories.com
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Growing up in Kalapana

Ages 5 - ?
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
SeedlingSynopsis: The story starts with our hero floating in the ocean just off the coast of Hawaii. Where does it go from there? You will need to read the story ... aloud to your child(ren) ... to find out what happens next and the “identity” of the story’s hero. The story reveals the unusual rebirth of a real town devastated by volcanic lava.
©2010 Stuart B Baum and StuartStories.com
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Snowplows in the Wild

Ages 4 - ?
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
Feral SnowplowsSynopsis: Some towns have wild animals that appear during snowfalls. Our town has wild snowplows. But don't worry, the wild snowplows won't hurt you. Called "a cross between a fairy tale and child's tale," Snowplows in the Wild is a story the whole family can enjoy.
©2009 Stuart B Baum and StuartStories.com
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Escape to Monkey Island

Ages 4-15
Illustrations by Camilla Baum, age 10
Monkey IslandSynopsis: Leo, a rhesus monkey, escapes the laboratory in search of real-life Monkey Island, which is just off the shore of Puerto Rico. Told in in first-person (or more accurately: first monkey), this story is written to be read aloud.
©2008 Stuart B Baum and StuartStories.com
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Mavi Fare, The Mouse In The Mosque

Ages 4-15
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
Mavi Fare, The Mouse in the MosqueSynopsis: Mavi Fare, the legendary Blue Mouse of Istanbul, is trapped in the Blue Mosque. Inside are men with brooms who want to kill him and outside are many hungry cats who want to eat him. Read by David D. Friedman, author of Machinery Of Freedom, Hidden Order: The Economics of Everyday Life, and Harald.
©2007 Stuart B Baum and StuartStories.com
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Pushing The Glacier

A “chapter” book for children ages 5-12
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
Synopsis: Callan’s family home is slowly being pushed into the sea by a glacier. Pushing back doesn’t seem to work, so – with the help of a chocolate-loving troll – Callan searches for a better solution. Older children can read to themselves or, if you have a good ‘troll’ voice, it’s a fun story to read aloud.

©2006 Stuart B Baum and StuartStories.com

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The Little Time Thief

Ages 4-12
Illustration by Camilla Baum
The Little ThiefSynopsis: Allina steals fifteen minutes from the class bully and saves the time for later. A small, understated story that can be read aloud or to yourself.

©2005 Stuart B Baum and Camilla Baum

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Rocktalker

Ages 6-15
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
RocktalkerSynopsis: Lucy can talk to rocks, though they are more interested in telling her things than listening to what she has to say. We follow Lucy’s life in brief intervals, learning, along the way, that sometimes we end up in a different place than we might imagine. Meant to be read aloud.

©2004 Stuart B Baum and ZoŽ M. Baum

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The Giant Who Cried Waterfalls

Ages 4-14
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
The Giant Who Cried WaterfallsSynopsis: Against her parents' wishes, Bonnie travels to the top of the mountain to see what is causing the twin waterfalls. Her discovery creates an ethical dilemma and the start of an over-sized adventure. Written in story-teller style ... making it most fun to read aloud.

©2004 Stuart B Baum and ZoŽ M. Baum

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Ona, Cloud Rider

Ages 4-11
Illustrations by Molly Baum (Age 12)
Ona, Cloud RiderSynopsis: 3-year-old Ona has learned how to ride clouds. One day, while showing her friend Michael B. how it's done, they get caught in a lightning storm. But before that, we learn about the missing cups and the raining frogs.
Designed to be read aloud or to one's self.

©2002 Stuart B Baum

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Ruffino, The Truffle Pig

Ages 4-12
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
Ruffino, the Truffle PigSynopsis: Fun to read aloud, especially if you use a different voice for Ruffino's comments. This story follows Ruffino on his hunt for truffles and two missing children.

Special thanks to the mushroom-shaped stools at the Comfort Suite Hotel's pool-side bar for helping me come up with this story idea.

©2002 Stuart B Baum

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Jack and the Lump of Clay

Ages 5-13
Illustrations by Hal Baum (Age 8)
Read the StorySynopsis: A different Jack. A different cow. And a whole new adventure. Using some magic clay and his growing problem-solving skills, Jack reverses his fortunes, captures the Kingdom’s biggest foe, and rescues the King’s niece. But what happens to the cow? And whatever happened to the first Jack’s cow?
Designed to be read aloud or to one’s self.
©2001 Stuart B Baum

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How The Firefly Got Its Blink

Ages 5-11
Illustrations by ZoŽ M. Baum
Winking Moon - click to go to storySynopsis: Designed to be read aloud, this fable is about a nondescript beetle that's determined to play with a certain child. So determined, in fact, that he ends up becoming the firefly. Watch for the one moment where children can’t help but laugh out loud. 2003's most popular StuartStories story.
©2000 Stuart B Baum

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The Same Old Story Book

Ages 5-12
Cover illustration by Fred Plewa

 

The Same Old StorybookSynopsis: The youngest child reads the new book during story hour, but the tale he reads isn’t the same one the other children see. A book within a book, "The Same Old Story Book" can be read to one’s self or aloud.
©2000 Stuart B Baum

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The Shrunken Giant

Ages 4-10
Illustrations by Molly Baum (Age 9)
The Shrunken GiantSynopsis: The town's giant hates children because they are so small. A good witch turns the table on him and a not-so-surprising thing happens.
© 1999 Stuart B Baum

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The No Monster, The Please Police, And The Big Tickle

Ages 3-10
Illustrations by Molly Baum (Age 8)
NOSynopsis: Three very short bedtime stories designed to be read together. A father decides to make up three stories: one for his son, one for his daughter, and one for himself. The "No Monster" is about a boy who "no's" everything and the fairy who finds a way to make him more agreeable. In the "The Please Police" a tiny "please" officer teaches a little girl to be more polite. And in the "Big Tickle" the two children are sent to bed in a hurry. Without a doubt, this is my most popular tale with the children and a great last story before bed.
© 1998 Stuart B Baum

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A Speck Of Wishing Powder

Ages 6-12
Not illustrated

 

Speck of Wishing PowderSynopsis: A small fairy loses a speck of wishing powder which is used by a boy to bring the world's imaginary friends to life. You and your child(ren) hurry along after the action at a break-neck pace. Written in story-teller style, "Wishing Powder" is not an easy read, but is ultra-engaging. Read first to sort out the voices and plotline, as well as to determine if you and your kids can handle this.
© 1998 Stuart B Baum

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The Right Magic

Ages 4-10
Illustrations by Victor Tito
The Right MagicSynopsis: Becca and Bill are bored. So Dad decides to conjure them up a friendly dragon to entertain them. The kids must supply the ingredients, but aren't as careful as they might be and learn a lesson about paying attention -- especially when creating magic potions. Written in the classic style.
© 1997 Stuart B Baum

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Hal's Frog Prince Story

Ages 4-8
Not Illustrated

 

Synopsis: My son (then age 4) told this story at dinner one night. I had been working on "The Frog Princess" (as of yet still unfinished) and he said, "I have a better story." Sadly, he did. It's basically a joke.
© 1997 Hadrian Baum

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The Boy Who Outraced His Shadow

Ages 4-10
Illustrations by Victor Tito

 

The Boy Who Outraced His ShadowSynopsis: The title here pretty much explains the story. Dustin goes so fast on his bicycle that his shadow cannot keep up. I thought this story would be more popular, but for some reason it generated very little response.
© 1996 Stuart B Baum

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The Pirates and Their Yo Ho Ho

Ages 4-11
Illustrations by Victor Tito

 

The Pirates and their Yo Ho HOSynopsis: Nicely illustrated throughout and written in the classic children's story style, this tale tells of pirates who kidnap various members of a family in order to get help locating their missing ‘Yo Ho Ho.' Kids love this story and play/sing along, but parents have complained about where the ‘yo ho ho' is finally found.
© 1996 Stuart B Baum

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The Princess, The Dragon, And The Very Bad Knight

Ages 4-12
Cover illustration by Fred Plewa

 

The Princess, The Dragon, and the Very Bad KnightSynopsis: Your ordinary "dragon rescues princess from an evil knight" story. Told in story-teller style, this mid-length tale is the one parents seem to like to read the best.
© 1995 Stuart B Baum

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Pastafazool

Ages 4-10
Cover illustration by Fred Plewa
PastafazoolSynopsis: The sultan searches the lands for anyone strong and fast enough to climb his castle's tallest spire. The prize? Princess Mahleeba's hand in marriage. Pastafazool succeeds with the help of a flying carpet. But what's at the top of the as-yet unclimbed spire? Told in classic children's story style.
© 1994 Stuart B Baum

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Fooey, The Horse

Ages 3-9
Illustration by Fred Plewa
Fooey, The HorseSynopsis: No one wants to ride Fooey, the clumsiest horse in the stable, until one day, Fooey stumbles onto something interesting. Told in classic style. Enjoyably illustrated throughout. Very much a favorite among younger children. Be prepared to read it many times.
© 1993 Stuart and Molly Baum

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Alec And The Clams

Ages 5-10
Illustrations by ZoŽ Baum
Alec and the ClamsSynopsis: Whimsical fable about how Alec, the ‘boy who lives in the woods just past where you are allowed to go' is repaid for a good deed and learns to eat clams. Sort of an odd tale and not for all tastes.
© 1991 Stuart B Baum

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The Laziest King, A Bedtime Story Set In Medieval Japan

Ages 4-12
Not illustrated
Synopsis: Fuyuzara Tadashi sleeps through an invasion by the Evil Count Dag. But who can blame him? His bed is so comfortable! This was the first of my ‘holiday' stories and puts parents to sleep as well as children.
© 1990 Stuart B Baum

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