Girls picking berries scare each other with talk of bears until an unexplained noise sends them running.
When they hear an odd noise, the two girls scurry home. The illustrations are disappointing.
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Four girls of different races take a hike, when the youngest is briefly cast adrift in a boat.
It's 1900 on Saltspring Island in British Columbia, Canada. Three older girls, take little Martha for a hike and picnic along the shore. In a quiet cove, for fun, they place her in a beached boat. But, the older girls become distracted by the wildlife, as the tide rises. A last minute, wading, rescue of Martha ends the story. The Afterword provides material that could have made a good story: two of the girls are mulatto descendants of far-flung African slaves.