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.
Sarah's sailing skill develops from her mature, independent focus on technique and natural forces.
Eleven year old Sarah has a lot to learn to compete in the sailing regatta. The brashness of sailing boys like Tommy do not distract her. Her sensible determination, her Grandpa's advice and her bright sailing observations raise our hopes. Even Tommy offers surprising values in Sarah's benevolent world. Alvord makes unapologetic use of sailing terminology but provides many explanatory sidebars, and a glossary.
The effect of shape, color, position and relationship of objects in an artwork are examined for their effect on one's perceptual and emotional interpretation of the work.
Beginning with Little Red Riding Hood, as a small red triangle, Bangs introduces a 'grandma', a forest of tree trunks, and the wolf. At each step she shows how modifications to their shape, color and relative position changes our reaction to the picture. Coordination of color to enhance associations is shown when the wolf's eye is given the same red as Little Red. The last half of the book examines and demonstrates general principles and provides useful exercises.
Princess Elizabeth uses her distinctly independent judgment to face a Dragon and her betrothed.
Princess Elizabeth's castle is destroyed by a dragon that also kidnaps her betrothed. She sets out to rescue the Prince. A smart judge of character, she manipulates the dragon by appealing to his vanity, to rescue Prince Ronald. Watch out for the surprise ending! The bold illustrations successfully convey the Elizabeth's bold character ...& the fun!
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.
A young Green Tree Python learns he cannot keep his youthful colors as he matures but, in surprisingly joyous ways, he does keep his zest for life.
As a youthful snake, Verdi resists growing out of his bright yellow skin, with its lovely brown zig zags. He loves his agility too, and resolves to never adopt the slothful life of older snakes. His fascinating 'forest gymnastics for snakes' are too good to miss. Verdi expertly shows us that "accepting what we cannot change, and changing what we can" is essential to the pursuit of personal happiness.
Young Percy proves he is of adult character when he courageously defends his family's home against a prairie fire.
In a nightmare, young Percy dreams of a wind driven prairie fire galloping, as a running horse, straight toward their home with nothing to stop it. Later, a prairie fire really comes and Percy and his family are in the fight of their lives. Deemed too young to help on the farm, and in great fear, Percy must now be a man. He must act to protect his values, not just to please his father.
A boy in a primitive tribe assumes an old man's chores, so the elder can leave to see if other men live in the world —both discover human benevolence.
Baylor successfully uses a little blue bead to show human curiosity, ambition and benevolence. The story, all in verse, begins in the present, with a blue bead tucked beside a tuft of grass. Flashback to a young cave-era boy who is captivated by an elder's burning desire to see if other men exist. The boy agrees to double his work so the man can go! Time passes. The boy's hope begins to wane. The tribe decides to move to a new hunting range. Suddenly, strangers arrive, and the men bristle with spears. What of the blue bead?
Red is Best portrays Kelly's admirable and fun, intellectual, independence as she happily tells us all her cute reasons for preferring red.
We can't give away too much of Kelly's clear delight with red. She knows her values, and when it comes to color, its red! Kelly says, "I like my red barrettes the best. My mom says, 'You wear pink barrettes with a pink dress.' But my red barrettes make my hair laugh." The simple illustrations provide all we need to appreciate her pleasure with red; Surely you too can see that red boots make bigger steps!
The itsy bitsy spider is undaunted by a fan, a mouse, a cat & a rocking chair, as she purposefully makes her way to the top of a tree to spin her web.
Iza Trapani offers us seven Itsy Bitsy Spider verses, accompanied with beautifully matched illustrations. The little spider is particularly cute, and she always bounces back. "The Itsy Bitsy Spider / Climbed up the yellow pail. / In came a mouse / And flicked her with his tail / Down fell the spider." you can guess what's next. Each verse is a happy "get up and try again" achievement worth sharing with your kids!