Eva braves the caverns beneath coastal ice to collect mussels.
For the first time Eva will go alone to collect mussels beneath the coastal ice . Lit only by candles, she finds the icy caverns both beautiful and dangerous. Will she get out before the tide comes in? Illustrations of the strange beauty beneath the ice thrill the imagination.
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?
As they wrestle with grade school social conflicts and share a fantasy land, ten year old Jess learns from Leslie's bright character and values, until tragedy teaches him to adopt and live by those values.
Jess trained to be the fastest runner in 5th grade, but when he defended Leslie's right to run against the boys there was an unexpected result. She beat everyone. Jess saw a beauty in her gait, and she saw justice in him. As companions they deal with difficult school mates and escape to their imaginary forest kingdom of Terabithia. Jess gradually sees an approach to life brightly different from anything he had imagined. In a heart wrenching turn of events, Jess realizes what Leslie had shown him was worth sharing with those most worthy of it.
Marc Falkoff's abridged story of an orphan girl who seeks to fit into her new community of adults and friends without sacrificing her self respect and Romantic values.
Mathew and Marilla sought a boy to help on their farm, but the orphanage sent Anne. Anne has a number of "scrapes" as she tries to integrate into a rather austere household, and a community with a mix of characters. Her prideful pursuit of her own values is both charming and exemplary. Marc Falkoff does not merely enumerate Anne's scrapes, but presents them as if the reader was there —an essential aspect of writing for children.
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.
Barbie shows smart ways to deal with sleepover fears.
Barbie helps her sister's friend Emily feel at home during her sleepover. She explains that homesickness is normal and will fade, helps her phone home, provides lots of entertainment and leaves the hall light on at night. This story is useful, but not exactly "a keeper".
As he and his sister search their wilderness homeland for –or is it to replace– his falcon, Sam's values extend to an unselfish respect for the natural freedom of animals.
This sequel to My Side of The Mountain has Sam Gribley tracking his sister after she mysteriously leaves their wilderness home. Its more interesting plot has Sam's illegal falcon confiscated, and Alice stumbling upon a ring of falcon poachers. The plot is again padded with romanticized wilderness survival information. Although the author does not ask readers to subordinate their values to Nature, her strong message, that we admiringly invest our lives to support nature's creatures, inculcates that view.