— Out of print. — Jack's lousy dealings bring only magic beans, so he steals from & then murders a giant, and then lives happily ever after –unpunished.
Jack and his mother work little and are hungry. Jack sells their cow for 'magic' beans, seeking unearned fortune. The beans grow sky high and Jack climbs to the giant's cloud castle. He twice steals the giant's prize possessions disregarding the giantess's hospitality. Chased, Jack cuts the stalk, murdering the giant. Jack is thereby wealthy and content, a 'success'. Implicitly, robbery and murder are justified if you are poor and the victim is 'different'!
Kataujaq is taught to believe her deceased mother's eternal soul is part of the Aurorae Borealis, playing soccer with other souls.
We are told how Kataujaq enjoys childhood with her mother, who then dies. Kataujaq mourns deeply. In late fall the whole village plays soccer on the ice under the Northern Lights. She is told by her grandmother that the dead play soccer too, and is convinced she sees her mother playing with other souls in the Lights. This award winner(!) is a boring, awkwardly narrated story capitalizing on the political correctness of aboriginal mysticism.
In this multiple award winner, Max is sent to his room for wild behavior, where he fantasizes becoming King of Wild Things before returning to where "someone loved him best of all."
Sent to his room, Max fantasizes its total transmogrification. Trees and vines take over, and soon he is sailing to the land of the Wild Things. He becomes their king through the "magic" of 'staring them down', but then grows homesick and returns to warm food. This still popular and highly awarded story hints at a child's joint need for empowerment and a parent's love, but the real world is where such values are found.
This is an aboriginal warning to girls, in which Whispering Wind's innocence is taken, when a warrior charms her, steals her away to the village of the man-wolves, and 'ravages' her.
Strangely, it is 'wise' Whispering Wind whom the Warrior tricks. He transforms into a wolf-man as he abducts her to the Wolf Village. There her innocence is violently taken (in a children's book!). Mum rescues her with the help of the "Creator" and peyote. Later Whispering Wind unquestioningly resumes teaching children of the (actually unhelpful) ways of "the ancients". Whispering Wind's violent plot and man-hating theme may not be suitable for children, but may warrant study as a chic aboriginal 'myth'.
God drowns all that do not obey Him, warning only the obedient and pastoral Noah to build a large boat to save his family and mating pairs of all animals.
This impressive Biblical myth is wordlessly concretized through Spier's slightly subdued illustrations. He makes the events of The Flood seem possible, at least to naive children. The real utility of "Noah's Ark" is as a lesson in uncritical thinking (see full review) and as a culturally important, religious myth that older children should examine. For example, the story encourages children to 'blank out' and accept genocide as a fitting action (for God?) against non-believers.