Caillou learns the difference between his imaginary fear of a wolf in the attic and reality.
Caillou is afraid there is a wolf in the attic. Dad explores the attic with him, so Caillou can see there is no wolf. When Caillou decides to play in the attic he asks his Dad to stay with him. Unfortunately, we cannot be sure if Caillou is still afraid or if he just wants his Dad to play. Parents could emphasize the latter view, and suggest Caillou is no longer afraid because he knows the truth.
During a big snowstorm Jeanette realizes she had forgotten her cat, remembers its value, and rushes to find it.
Jeanette's cat, Kitty Doyle, regularly meets her as she returns from school, but this snowy day Jeanette visits her friend's for latkes. Suddenly Jeanette remembers KD will be waiting in the snow; she must find her. The Big Storm introduces a young girl's life in Winnipeg in the early 1900s, and presents her properly recovered sense of values.
Playing pirate and princess / is lot's of good fun. /
Will she tidy up that mess / and please her poor Mum?
"Jillian Jiggs" tells us, in very catchy verse, of Jillian and her friend's imaginative and crazy crafts and roles. Kids will be amused that she, in a cute way, drives her mother to distraction. Of course, Mom finally faints in dismay, into Jillian's arms, when Jillian is wearing a little angel costume! The story ends wisely, with Jillian saying,
"You'd better go now, Rachel & Peter.
"See you tomorrow when everything's neater."
Caillou copes with the first time his parents both go out without him.
This story gently shows that being left behind, when Mum and Dad go out to dinner, is not so bad. Babysitter Lisa plays distracting games with Caillou, who eventually 'goes out' with Lisa by leaving Teddy in the bedroom. A child's independence and self esteem depend on being able to do things alone. The Babysitter offers a useful approach to preparing a child for that inevitable night with a babysitter.
Arthur's original story for Rathburn's class proves much better than the one that used everyone else's 'good ideas',
Arthur's homework is to write a story. DW says the story of how he got Pal was boring. So Arthur tries to adopt everyone else's best parts. In the end his class presentation is ridiculous. Mr. Ratburn asks for the original story, which turns out to be the best. Unfortunately it is not clear that Arthur's second handedness was the problem.
Dora and Boots each plan a gift and a route to Rainbow Rock, where they will meet for Valentine's day.
So cute your tummy squirms. Dora and Boots will meet at Rainbow Rock for Valentine's Day. Dora is bringing strawberries, and Boots is bringing Chocolate from Chocolate(!) Lake. Will Swiper* get the key to "Valentine Gate" before Dora? Will Boots get past the smiling "Rosy Red Crabs"? Their claws look like opening hearts! With a map and good planning you know the outcome, and the positive value the Dora formula can offer young children.
D.W. shows a disbelieving Arthur that she actually can read the words on many street signs.
Arthur's Reading Race is an excellent sticker book for beginning readers. Arthur challenges D.W. to prove that she can read. Walking through town D.W. spots words on signs (which are shown in the illustrations). The accompanying text has certain words highlighted in blue, each identifying the sticker picture that the young reader can place by the word. This is a great activity book for interest, and for learning.
Caillou learns that several everyday things require special care and respect.
We consider this a useful story because young children can see that Caillou learns –from just the right amount of experience– that standing on a chair is risky, handling snow without mittens is cold, and that the stove is hot. This is typical Caillou: bland, but it does create a means for opening a dialogue with your child about safety.
A frantic search of the family farm for a loved one has an unexpected ending.
She is well loved, but she is missing from the family farm. The rhyming story is presented so the young reader/audience is invited to guess each rhymed search location. The loved one is finally found, safe and sound, in a tub, in the house. Even so, the story ends with a twist.
Dora plans and then takes the proper steps to return books to the library.
As she hikes to the library to return her borrowed books Dora invites children along . In her backpack are books and tools needed for the trip. The mapped route includes a "Troll" bridge, a storm cloud, mud, a river and of course 'Swiper'. Swiper represents a child who 'swipes' toys. He is thwarted by a firm, but non aggressive, "Swiper, no swiping" command. Dora's positive, smart world is useful literature, but it is limited to the same narrow formula.