Little Sadie's childhood perseverance, at making her beloved snowman last, is to cute to ignore.
Each time Sadie's snowman melts she saves some of him so she can rebuild him with the next snowfall. The days grow warmer between snowfalls, but she is determined and resourceful. Her 'snowman' lasts a long time. Then summer comes, what will she do? For children this is a delightful story about keeping a value, but for adults Sadie and the Snowman is a touching allegory about enduring sentimental values.
Mathew dreams a night-time 'adventure' involving a tow truck operator, red licorice and a yellow van, then wakes to discover his misplaced yellow, toy van.
Though one of the more popular Matthew's Midnight stories, this fantasy is fantasy without redeeming value. At supper-time young Matt wants red licorice and finds he's misplaced a yellow toy van. In bed he dreams of helping a tow truck driver at night, one who provides red licorice and who shrinks cars for storage. He gives Matt a shrunken yellow van, which of course is in Matt's coat pocket in the morning. Children deserve more in fantasy.