We see how Tim learns to care for a Spaniel puppy, and that its fun!
Right off, the little Cocker Spaniel puppy chose young Tim to be his owner. The Little Puppy demonstrates the nature of puppies and some aspects of their care: a veterinary exam, a dog house, etc. Its images suggest the strong companionship one can have with a dog, so expect your child to want a puppy! Be sure you also read The Little Kitten. Both books could be used to help prevent some children's fear of animals.
These five stories present: 1) timely productiveness, 2) persistent effort, 3) academic detachment, 4) a deception to correct an error, and 5) the nature of jumping to conclusions.
This collection of Frog and Toad fables are as good as ever, but with two small flaws. We see Toad learn the benefit of caring for his home in a timely manner; that persistent effort finally flies their kite (though shouting appears to be a factor); that scary stories encourage a detached perspective; that a deception (a flaw) could improve the fit of Toad's birthday gift; and, that Toad jumped to faulty conclusions when he learned Frog wanted to be alone.
We see Jenny learn to raise a kitten according to its natural requirements and. thereby, to enjoy its character.
This is a photographic 'biography' of Pickle, a ginger kitten and her youthful owner, Jenny. The Little Kitten introduces children to the nature of animals. Its images show how cute kittens can be, rousing a child's appreciation of living things. Young children love it, but expect your child to want a kitten! Be sure you show him/her the slightly more informative The Little Puppy.
Five short stories showing rather gentle aspects of friendship, between Frog and Toad
This Frog and Toad anthology are a bit more subtle than others: Frog helps Toad see the world with a new perspective; they help each other endure illness; Toad demonstrates appreciation for Frog's help during an unnecessary annoyance; Toad handles his friend's indiscretion without rancor; and, Frog helps Toad feel 'visible' as a person. "Friends" shows readers some of the sensible, non sacrificial, elements of personal justice that make friendship a value.
Brother and Sister Bear learn the futility of fads, as a result of their compulsive pursuit of a popular stuffed toy.
Stuffed "Beary Bubbies" of all sorts appear in the Bear neighborhood. Brother and Sister spend all their allowance, and do chores to earn more. Prices climb as supplies are snapped up, until even Papa joins in the pursuit. But supply meets demand, and soon Bubbies are given out free, with a gas fill up. The fad fades. What does one do with dozens of Bearie Bubbies but look at them? The Bears learn a lesson in wise collecting: whatever did they accomplish?
A vain show horse slowly accepts the friendly overtures of a donkey named Ernest, giving him the justice he deserves
Ernest was just too scruffy and tiny for Twist, the newly arrived show horse. With nothing else to do, Twist vainly follows Ernest's tour of the farm, seeing the animals, the cool stream, the beautiful pasture, the barn and the feed. Ernest even figures out how to scratch an itch for Twist, and Twist realizes that Ernest is a decent little guy, worthy of friendship. And so it should be, that respect is born of character, not position.
Arthur develops a strategy of April Fools tricks to deal with Binky Barne's threatening behavior.
Binky Barnes has been threatening to punch-out Arthur, and has swiped Arthur's favorite pen. At the April Fools Day 'tricks' show on the school stage, Binky rises to sabotage Arthur's presentation. Arthur has an idea to get rid of him. Unfortunately we do not see Arthur prepare to 'magically' saw Binky in half. Still, the idea sends Binky running... Arthur even tricks Binky to get his pen back too. Nastiness is suitably laughed at.
Arthur is teased for having all his baby teeth, and feels unaccepted until the dentist and Francine help.
All his classmates have lost at least on baby tooth, but not Arthur. Even his loose one has been hanging on ‘forever’. Everyone he knows seems to be growing up, and they make sure he feels he isn’t. Even the dentist’s assurances don’t help as much as Francine’s accidental move. Marc Brown shows young readers that such minor abnormalities pass, but treats Arthur’s insecurity as normal, rather than unnecessary.
Frog and Toad's friendship copes with winter sledding, spring misunderstandings, summer lessons, failed good intentions, and worry over a late friend at Christmas.
Though less purposeful than usual, these Lobel stories still show character and friendship, in a seasonal context. While winter sledding at Frog's insistence Toad finally has enough, and heads home. Frog tells Toad how he misconstrued "spring is round the corner". In summer Frog is patient when Toad has trouble with melting ice cream. In autumn each tries to secretly help the other but fall winds scatter their good intentions. At Christmas, Toad worries when Frog is late.
Through entertaining verse, and well made collage images, children can understand a day in the life of a ravine raccoon —including a hunt among the humans' buildings.
In verse, coupled with interestingly detailed collage images, children can learn about a ravine raccoon's life. "Snoozing late this afternoon / in a tree, / hard to see / is a black masked ringtail coon." As evening arrives she seeks frogs, encounters well-defended ducklings, a snapping turtle, an owl defending eggs, and a fox's den. Still hungry she searches in "a people's neighborhood". "Ringtail" is plain, even boring, but neither 'coon nor human are misrepresented.