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Grannie Annie, Vol. 15, includes
five student illustrations. The
Vol. 15 story "Ridge on the
," illustration shown above,
was written by Benjamin Nathan
Mark and illustrated by Carissa



The setting of each story is
noted after its title. In
cases where the exact year
is not known, “c.” (circa)
indicates that the year given
is approximate.

An asterisk (*) preceding a story title indicates the story is illustrated.


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Read Selected Stories from
The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration 2019/2020
Vol. 15

Please note that the copyrighted stories and illustrations shared below appear here with permission of the authors and illustrators. They may be copied and/or printed for limited classroom or personal use. To reprint a story and/or illustration in an article about The Grannie Annie, please contact The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration for permission.


1. The Original Mountain Man (early 1800s) by Brock Mitchell Roberts; Missouri, USA
It was 1803, and a mountain man named John Colter saw an advertisement by Meriwether Lewis and William . . .

2. The Walk Back Home (1865) by Blaney Blizzard; North Carolina, USA
Confederate soldiers who were captured by the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War were often housed in . . .

3. The Reunion (c. 1895, 1910) by August Hromadka; Missouri, USA
Before World War I, my great-great-grandparents Mary and Theodore lived in a small village in Ukraine. . . .

4. Guarding the Holy Shabbos (1906) by Laylay Weinberg; New York, USA
Why would a sixteen-year-old have to sleep on a park bench?! My great-great-grandfather Rabbi Shalom . . .

5. The Sugar Baroness of The Hill (1920s) by Sophia Sikes; Missouri, USA
This is a story of the Consolino family, as told by their granddaughter Jean Hutchinson. Their story had never . . .

6. A Brave Girl (c. 1930) by Elena R. Webb; Ohio, USA
My great-great-grandma Nancy Young was a little girl who lived in Tennessee near the mountains during the . . .

*7. The Birthday Wish (1937) by Ben Oetjen; Missouri, USA
Kids in 2020 might look forward to a hoverboard or a video game for their birthday. Some might even wish for . . .

8. Fred’s Decision (c. 1937) by Allison Winkeler; Missouri, USA
“Mommy, why don’t we have any food?” a small child asked his mother outside Progress Mercantile, a local . . .

9. The Lucky Escape (1939–1940) by Judah Weitzman; New York, USA
My great-grandmother Ruthie Small was a little girl in 1939. She was living in Czechoslovakia in a wonderful . . .

10. Railroad (1940s) by Magdalene Gilbertson; Ohio, USA
As a kid in Philadelphia in the 1920s and 1930s, my great-grandma Ruth Hilger looked for adventure. . . .

11. A Child’s Nightmare (1944) by Milan Oosthuizen; Colorado, USA
It was 1944. I had just turned five and was full of energy, my mind full of interesting thoughts. . . .

*12. The Pawfect Dog Walker (1944) by Matis Kahn; New York, USA
Many things are different today from the way they were in 1944, when my great-uncle Harold was a child. . . .

13. A New Beginning (1945) by Olivia Young; Missouri, USA
It was Indiana — late spring, 1945. My grandma Shirley was five years old when her life changed forever. . . .

14. Freedom (c. 1945) by David Jen; New Jersey, USA
I still remember that dreadful day — the day when I ran miles and miles across China. I was still sleeping when . . .

15. Bull’s Eye (c. 1952) by Benny Bierman; Missouri, USA
One summer day in the early 1950s, in my hometown of Dayton, Tennessee, my brother Ronnie and I were . . .

16. The Back Seat (c. 1958) by Beckett Anderson; Missouri, USA
It was 1958, I was eleven, and my family was preparing for our one and only family vacation for the year. . . .

17. Sliding Away in the Early ’60s (c. 1960) by Hunter Beckmann; Missouri, USA
One excellent and fresh summer day in 1960 Syracuse, New York, ten-year-old John, his brother Lewis . . .

*18. Ridge on the Bridge (1960) by Benjamin Nathan Mark; New York, USA
In the spring of 1960, in Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia (modern-day Zambia), my sabba (my grandfather) had . . .

19. The Border of Berlin (1971, 1990) by Adeline Edwards; New Jersey, USA
I crossed over to East Berlin to talk with theology professor Heinrich Fink. He was a nice man who claimed to . . .

20. Crossed Paths (c. 1980) by Carolista Walsh; North Carolina, USA
Here’s the story of how my grandma emotionally connected with a young child that she didn’t know — who . . .

*21. From Lincoln to Cadillac (1984) by Sara Naylor; Alabama, USA
It was 1984 in Headland, Alabama. Flowers were sprouting from the ground, and the air was warm with the joy . . .

22. A Day in Whale’s Tale (1992) by Clive Besen; Colorado, USA
You may have thought some of your ancestors had it hard, but I bet it is nothing compared to what my mom . . .

23. The 78th Floor (2001) by Jake Bench; New York, USA
It was a beautiful Tuesday in September. Everyone woke up for work. My cousin Ari Schonbrun worked at . . .


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