The author keeps the interest of 8 to 12 year old girls, while sensibly presenting the many common, important health aspects they face.
The Care & Keeping of You covers almost every health aspect of grooming and hygiene girls might wonder about. It deals with nutrition, eating disorders, underarms, puberty and sleep troubles. Perhaps its most valuable information can be found in its discussion of puberty, which is detailed and sensible without being too technical. The book also deals with such woes as acne, body shape, and the emotional difficulties of menstruation.
Hannah's thoughtful determination not only wins the friendship of Fog Cat, but also wins the best gift Fog Cat could possibly give her.
While beach-combing on a foggy day Hannah spotted a shadowy cat with bright green eyes among the rocks. No one had ever tamed it, but Hannah was thoughtful and patient, selecting just the right treats over several months. Hannah won! "Fog Cat" finally let Hannah touch her and moved in to stay. Fog Cat would go out every day without fail but one day, looking a quite plump, she stayed in her basket!
Suddenly a girl for a day, Bill experiences the expectations and treatments many girls experience.
When Bill wakes to find he is a girl, he discovers he must wear a pretty pink frock with shells for buttons. Adults automatically expect him to do nice things for them. The boys exclude him from football (soccer), which dominates the schoolyard leaving little recess space girls. But, boys don't hit Bill when he takes their ball. A boy might get insight into girls from this story. How Bill's sex change occurred, is left unexplained, dangling.
This re-telling of the classic work suggest the heroines' sacrifices to friends and neighbors is the reason they catch the attention of wealthier benefactors.
Little Women tells of adventures and events in the lives of four sisters growing up at the time of the American Civil War. The author of this abridged version has selected elements that illustrate and laud the family's self-sacrificing nature, but this was not the fundamental to the story Alcott wrote. Is self sacrifice really a survival value ...for children?