Common Sense

Some things are so basic and simple, we can easily know whether they’re right or wrong.

The Berenstain Bears forget their manners

Stan & Jan Berenstain
Ej Ber

Mama Bear comes up with a plan to correct the Bear family's rude behavior.


Coleen Salley
J 398.2 Ep

A retelling of a classic tale in which a well-intentioned young possum continually takes his mother's instructions much too literally.

Fanny’s dream

Caralyn Buehner
Ej Bu

Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl who dreams of marrying a prince, but when her fairy godmother doesn't show up, she decides on a local farmer instead.

The girl who wore too much: a folktale from Thailand

Margaret Read MacDonald
398.2 Girl Who Wore Too Much Mac

Spoiled and vain, Aree cannot decide which of her many silken dresses and lavish jewels to wear to the dance, so she wears them all.

Gone is gone; or, The story of a man who wanted to do housework

Wanda Gág
J Ga

A husband resents doing all the hard work of farming, so his wife suggests they exchange jobs for a day. He thinks that there will be nothing but relaxation and pleasure in housework, but his carelessness leads to one disaster after another.

King Bidgood’s in the bathtub

Audrey Wood
Ej Wo

Despite pleas from his court, a fun-loving king refuses to get out of his bathtub to rule his kingdom.


Jon Agee
Ej Age

When Suzie Gump, the richest lady in town, walks into Otis's empty antique shop and insists on buying nothing, she starts a fad that has everyone buying nothing and emptying their homes and stores to make room for it--until Suzie realizes things have gone too far.

Obedient Jack

Paul Galdone
J 398.2 Obedient Jack Gal

Jack's simple-minded efforts to follow his mother's instructions have disastrous results until he makes a rich girl laugh.

The three sillies

Steven Kellogg
J 398.2 Th

A young man believes his sweetheart and her family are the three silliest people in the world until he meets three others who are even sillier.

Trust me, Mom!

Angela McAllister
Ej Mca

Ollie tries to be safe and polite on his first walk to the corner store alone, even when scary creatures appear on the way.