Tawny Lynn Brown is a six year old African – American girl who lives in the City of Lackawanna. She lives with her mom Tamara, her dad Randy, her brother Sam and her pet turtle Duke. She... More > loves flowers and hates rainy days. She is a first grader at Roosevelt Elementary, where she attends class with her best friend Jessie Johnson who lives down the street with his mom and his pet cat named Zeus.
Tawny finds herself feeling sad because there have been two rainy days and there is no sign of it stopping. Tawny had plans to go visit Jessie today, because he said that he was coming home from the hospital. She was so excited. He promised that she could sign his cast and everything. Only problem is it won’t stop raining. Tawny hates when it rains and she is especially afraid of the thunder. But just as she thinks there is no hope, her mother gives her a surprise that makes this no good miserable low down rainy day a little brighter. And the sunshine helped too.< Less
Tawny was in trouble again. Today was chore day and her room was a mess. Tawny enjoyed having her own room, but she hated keeping it clean. She didn't have to worry about sharing it with anyone... More > except Duke, her pet turtle. If Momma saw this room she might not be able to go outside today. Everything was going okay until she discovered her long lost video game under her bed and decided to take a break from cleaning. When Momma showed up and scolded her for not finishing the job, she found herself spending the afternoon uncovering lost and forgotten treasures in her room and doing some cleaning too. She also learned from her Momma the importance of keeping a clean room and that everybody had to clean their rooms growing up even her brother Sam. Then to top it off Momma told her a story about Grandma Beatrice and the infamous “white glove test” and Tawny made the decision that it was better to have a clean room than a messy room any old day and finding her video game helped too.< Less
Tawny was so excited! Tomorrow is Duke's birthday. Well not exactly it's just the day that her parents brought him home and to celebrate Momma is allowing her to have a party and not just any party... More > a Big Birthday Bash!! She can invite her friends and their pets too! Tawny has big plans for this party; a part of the fun will be elephants, monkeys, ferrets, and birds. Oh my! She even had to put the finishing touches on Duke's birthday hat to mark the day. Momma was making a special cake too. Tawny was all set to prepare for the party she even got Jessie to help her with the finishing touch. Only problem is Ms. Ransal over heard them making plans and she told the whole class. Now everyone wants to come and Momma said, 'Just a few friends.' What will Tawny do? Will she get to make Duke's Big Birthday Bash the best ever or will her house be turned into a zoo instead?< Less