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.
Dying of boredom in his retirement pasture, Charlie, a spirited Clydesdale, rediscovers his joie de vivre by setting the entire village "on schedule" for his favorite daily event.
The sorriest sort of creature is the one without a purpose. Marguerite Henry has captured this gravely important principle in a way that children can understand, and has done so by using a draft horse as her main character. One can still be active and important during retirement and Charlie delightfully ensures he is both.
Hilariously, a five year old is confused by convincing 'evidence' that his body is disassembling, like a cheap doll.
The pop-eyed characters of Parts completely complement the crazy fear the main character experiences. More importantly, Arnold shows children how true facts can be misconstrued. Laugh with your children. Then, see if you can find real world examples to show older children that the logic error in Parts is horrifically common, even among information specialists such as journalists & academics.
By learning to read, old Jeremiah discovers the beauty in literacy, and a shared joy.
Wise old Jeremiah farmed his whole life, and now wants to read. "You are wonderful as you are", said his wife. "But I can be better", he responds. Perhaps his way of learning was unusual, but he soon discovers that reading offers more than simple facts. Juliana asks, "When are you going to read to me?" He answers, "When the time is right". He has found a special new reason for reading!
When her widowed father advertises for a wife, Anna anxiously watches for signs that Sarah Wheaton’s visit to their prairie farm will fulfill her hopes for family harmony.
Anna's mother died after Caleb's birth, and the singing on their isolated prairie farm ended. When Papa advertised for a wife, Sarah came to visit, from Maine. And, Sarah sang! Would Sarah stay or would she return to the sea she missed? Dialogue keeps Sarah's uncertainty explicit, but MacLachlan's use of subtle action shows a growing relationship between Papa and this new woman. The contrast creates tension and encourages deeper comprehension from young readers.
After decades of disinterest, backwoods Indian children in Alaska are amazed to find school learning offers real values, and even happiness, thanks to a teacher from England.
The new teacher wears pants! Frederika, a 10 year old Athapaskan native, remarks, "We sure never started school throwing books out before". When Miss Agnes produced new art supplies she said, "The first thing you must do is brighten this school up." Who cares about reading, writing and arithmetic? People have to fish, hunt & trap. What could little Jimmy Sam, who could already disassemble and restore engines, or deaf Bokko, learn in school? A lot!
This simple story is literary art for children at bedtime: every child should have a 'life' on their own Maggie B.
Maggie Barnstable dreams of her own delightfully decorated boat. On board she happily scrubs and organizes, cooks favorite meals, and entertains little brother James. When an evening storm arises she confidently "battens the hatches", they then sit down for a delightful evening meal. The Maggie B. is a cozy bed time story, selectively and imaginatively presenting a child's self-made haven of personal pride and comfort.
A little girl wants to be as dynamic as the wind, and we see the fun things to know about wind.
A young girl notices how the wind zooms down hillsides, races through streets, and scatters seeds. It helps birds, butterflies and baby spiders soar. It snaps sheets and flags, drives rain and sailboats and more. "I want to play like a windy day." she thinks. Asch's bright illustrations mix depth and two dimensional objects in a way some may find surreal. He successfully makes the wind seem like a mischievous little girl, entertaining and benevolent.
Undeterred by rejections, a lovely cat proudly perseveres at finding a home.
The plot may be simple, but this children's story offers more than just a happy ending. Undaunted by a thoughtless woman, an intolerant old man, and a snappy dog, a young, white cat seeks a place of her own. She eventually exhibits her beauty in a setting that young Amy cannot resist. The books strength lies in the way each wonderful illustration shows us the kitten's strength of character, as she moves forward after each setback.
A mysterious sylph –a seamstress– instills beauty and a romantic view of life into the lives of austere villagers, via their pockets! [Image showsvillagers surprise at her arrival.}
Wafting from 'wherever', the sylph proved a seamstress. Fancier than the town wished, she grew bored with their taupish cotton. With tincture and texture she slipped motifs of embroidered fantasy into the pockets of functionaries and farmers; romance was rekindled. In her husband, one wife saw "a buccaneer holding pink shells, black pearls and a sword." Pockets evinces the ecstasy in aesthetics, and shows us verse in prose -a delight for embryonic elocutionists.