The narrow minds of "Narrow" discover love and community openness through a little girl whose only special quality is that she farts butterflies.
A baby girl that farts butterflies is an embarrassment to the parochial citizens of "Narrow". When a teenage boy falls in love with her, she happily farts more and bigger butterflies than ever. In banal absurdity, the butterflies form the word "Love" in the sky, and the minds and hearts of the townspeople are opened. In a culture where love needs serious explanation, the idea that butterfly farts have might encourage love and understanding only emphasizes and reinforces the intellectual confusion, further divorcing it from common sense.
Rejected by the tribe for his club foot, Tao's success as a cave artist depended on choosing between his tribe's mystical traditions and the truth of his own experience.
Tao knew his life was forever in the balance. His mother's shocking fight —against the elders and tribal custom— had saved her only child from being thrown to the hyenas. Despite his club foot, he grew to be quick and nimble. As an outcast he often violated tribal taboos. He befriended a wolf, hunted in the swamp of demons, and loved to draw animals —a taboo punishable by death! Could a low ranked and deformed youth survive, to become a cave painter? How is the battle between natural knowledge and religion & authority different today?
A cleanly written, entertaining and educational anthology of the most outstanding medieval legends.
This anthology exemplifies medieval literature, in a form young readers can understand. The simplified stories are of heroism, of initiation to manhood, of fate and mystical forces. Some are fables and others are stories of justice. They are as much a learning experience *about literature* as they are literature themselves (this was scored as a Discovery work). Because the stories have plainly unbelievable elements, young readers can grasp that the ideals pursued should be seen as suspect.
A cute description of cougar cubs under their mother's care, accompanied by simple illustrations.
This picture book shows and tells children that cougar cubs get all they need from their mother. "She keeps them warm. She feeds them milk. She protects them from strangers. She lets them play on her." and so forth. The text and illustrations are acceptable for the age group, but nothing inspires.
Erasing details of her appearance with white dust, a young hyena uses her ghostly look to avenge the insults other animals directed at her.
A young hyena tries to change her appearance. She was told her ears are too big, her mane too straggly and her stripes too fuzzy. Matted white dust makes her appear ghostly, and she uses this to frighten her critics into righting the wrong of their insulting habits. Thus, instead of reason, Cannon's excellent art is undermined by a story that uses the Argument from Intimidation as a means to resolve wrong doing.
D.W. learns not to be amused by another's misfortune when Arthur's chicken pox might prevent him from going to the circus with his family.
The circus is coming and Arthur isn't well. As he breaks out with chicken pox, D.W. becomes envious of the attention he gets. She puts on 'Chicken Pox' make-up, to trick Grandma Thora. Thora 'soothes' DW with bath! To Arthur's frustration, D.W. gleefully invites a friend to use Arthur's ticket ...but, will D.W. get away with that? This story will help children understand chicken pox; the less interesting Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox offers more information.
Five short stories showing rather gentle aspects of friendship, between Frog and Toad
This Frog and Toad anthology are a bit more subtle than others: Frog helps Toad see the world with a new perspective; they help each other endure illness; Toad demonstrates appreciation for Frog's help during an unnecessary annoyance; Toad handles his friend's indiscretion without rancor; and, Frog helps Toad feel 'visible' as a person. "Friends" shows readers some of the sensible, non sacrificial, elements of personal justice that make friendship a value.
These five stories present: 1) timely productiveness, 2) persistent effort, 3) academic detachment, 4) a deception to correct an error, and 5) the nature of jumping to conclusions.
This collection of Frog and Toad fables are as good as ever, but with two small flaws. We see Toad learn the benefit of caring for his home in a timely manner; that persistent effort finally flies their kite (though shouting appears to be a factor); that scary stories encourage a detached perspective; that a deception (a flaw) could improve the fit of Toad's birthday gift; and, that Toad jumped to faulty conclusions when he learned Frog wanted to be alone.
With school closed for a Snow Day, Little Critter plays outside until he is cold, after which Mum gives him hot chocolate by the fireplace.
Little Critter spends Snow Day catching snowflakes, making a snowman and a snow fort, and having a snowball fight with his sister. The reader is a spectator, uninvolved in the actions. Oddly, the snowball fight scene shows a snowball striking him in the eye! Perhaps that is a good talking point for parents about the hazards of snowball fights. Six pages of exercises requiring adult assistance add value to the but not the story.
Five carefully themed stories present slavish adherence to plans, foolish impatience with Nature, the nature of will power, integrity in bravery, and loss of friends through one-up-man-ship.
Each of the five stories in this little anthology present a point about the vagaries of individual behavior that a child can understand. Frog and/or Toad each make some wrongful judgment that leads to a smarter understanding. Parents can ask their children what that approach might be. The stories do not raise much tension, yet they are still interesting in a way that Winnie the Pooh is not.