This unique story shows a child thinking: Sarah has outgrown her boots and, after a struggle to stretch them, realizes that growing up is natural, happy and irreversible.
Sarah's wonderful old rain boots wouldn't fit her feet. Nothing she tried made them bigger. The dog pulled on them, she filled them with rocks, and she planted them in the ground. Mathew inherited them, to Sarah's annoyance, and her mother bought her new ones. When Mathew worried her boots would shrink for him too, what would Sarah say? The illustrations show Sarah's thought processes and her appropriate, emotional, reactions delightfully.
Five young, Czech orphans attempt a daring escape by train to avoid a future under Communist tyranny.
Thirteen year old Franta is the oldest of 5 war orphans living in Czechoslovakia, with middle aged Ms. Novak. When the Communists take over in 1951, the "family" learns they will be broken up and sent to Communist educational centres. Though young, Fran knows the only preventative is a daring escape. All Aboard for Freedom is based on true events.
Norwegian school children use their ingenuity, and considerable bravery, to smuggle gold bullion from under the noses of the Nazi occupying army.
It is its improbability that makes it possible. Twelve year old Peter and 24 Norwegian school children must keep millions of dollars worth of gold bricks (26,000 pounds) from the occupying Nazi forces. Can they transport the gold through the snow, under the very noses of Nazi soldiers, to Uncle Victor's hidden fishing vessel? Grasping the nature of the Nazis, the intelligent and brave children get to work, but Peter soon discovers they are being watched.
Sarah's sailing skill develops from her mature, independent focus on technique and natural forces.
Eleven year old Sarah has a lot to learn to compete in the sailing regatta. The brashness of sailing boys like Tommy do not distract her. Her sensible determination, her Grandpa's advice and her bright sailing observations raise our hopes. Even Tommy offers surprising values in Sarah's benevolent world. Alvord makes unapologetic use of sailing terminology but provides many explanatory sidebars, and a glossary.
Arthur proves his resourcefulness when babysitting the terrible Tibble twins.
Arthur agrees to baby sit the terrible Tibble twins. However, his experiences with DW, plus all the negative comments of others who have sat the twins, make him nervous. Sure enough, they are terrible, but after several ideas fail he finds one that works. To DW's dismay he suggests she help him next time. Arthur Babysits shows independence and resourcefulness as practical virtues.
Hannah's thoughtful determination not only wins the friendship of Fog Cat, but also wins the best gift Fog Cat could possibly give her.
While beach-combing on a foggy day Hannah spotted a shadowy cat with bright green eyes among the rocks. No one had ever tamed it, but Hannah was thoughtful and patient, selecting just the right treats over several months. Hannah won! "Fog Cat" finally let Hannah touch her and moved in to stay. Fog Cat would go out every day without fail but one day, looking a quite plump, she stayed in her basket!
At Arthur's backyard sleepover, he and friends deal with a prank based on their unfounded fear of 'aliens'.
Brain and Buster have a sleepover in Arthur's family tent. Meanwhile, the town is a-buzz with talk of an alien sighting. The nervous trio has typical sleepover fun, but several normal things frighten them. Then one scare proves to be contrived. They enact a fitting revenge on DW. Marc Brown creates fun with a little suspense, while setting a good attitude for kid sleepovers.
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.
Four children struggle to prove they can assume full, practical responsibility for “Mr.Crumbs”.
Mrs. Cox is moving and must sell “Mr. Crumbs”. Laura’s parents will “think about it” if she can prove herself. She must raise money for six month’s of expenses, and find a place to keep him, by Christmas. With her brother and two friends enlisted, they set about planning a budget, sources of income (including a major bazaar), and a stable. The plot is tied closely to these practical matters, but suspenseful enough to keep one’s interest. Will the children manage?