When Bea Garcia is paired with Judith Einstein, the smartest kid in the universe, for the geography contest, she worries that Einstein won't want to be her friend if she makes any mistakes. And Bea becomes convinced, if she can just use Einstein's pencil, she'll write all the correct answers.
Penny's excitement over the start of first grade turns to sadness when she and her best friend are placed in different classrooms, but they make the best of it--and some new friends--in this poem based on "The Night Before Christmas."
"There's a very special 150-year-old oak tree outside the window of Bea's classroom at Emily Dickinson Elementary School. When Bert, Bea's nemesis, climbs the tree, he gets in a lot of trouble--and that leads to even more trouble for everyone. "Concerned" citizens proclaim the tree a hazard and call for cutting it down. But the class won't let that happen, and using Bea's artistic ability, they work out a great plan to save the tree named Emily."...
"While the rooster is gone, the pig, cow, sheep, and other farm animals attempt to rouse Farmer McPeeper with "cock-a-doodle SQUEAL," "cock-a-doodle MOO," and "cock-a-doodle BAAAA," with hilarious results"--
A young boy named Danny is going to be late to school once again, and he has an excuse all ready to go--there are zombies out there, and also trolls and pirates. Danny's quick thinking, wit, and humor may not be enough to get past his teacher, however.
Three tales follow the misadventures of the Wise Acres farm animals as they try to help one another find a cow's lost tambourine, send letters to a lonely ram, and comfort a turkey who is worried about getting wrinkles.