John E. Tyo

Butternut Street tells the story of an eccentric but delightfully lighthearted inventor who moves into a house next to one occupied by two young children, their parents and their kitties. The inventor turns to the children with a twinkle in his eye for their ideas in solving problems with his flummox machine. With their parents’ permission, they respond with creativity and imagination. They utilize ordinary household items, like a sheet of plastic, a laundry basket, a mirror and a candle to enable the machine to fly. The whole neighborhood celebrates the accomplishment.

The Rhyme Family tells the story of a book with a raspberry-colored cover left on the doorstep of the Rhyme Family, Willy, Milly, Lilly, Billy and Dilly. The book was actually discovered by their kitties, Sleeper and Beeper, who heard a “plop” in the middle of the night, while everyone was sleeping. The family embarks on a quest to find the owner of the book. She had told a neighbor that if she ever lost it, it could only be returned by a special family. And a rhyme in the book said that the book would return “on good deeds three”. The story is about the return of the book and the good deeds which made it possible.


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