Bright humorous writing helps even young children understand the Emperor Penguin's extraordinary effort at laying and caring for a single egg, and then chick, through an Antarctic winter.
Imagine sitting for two months without food, in driving snow, high winds, -40C temperatures, and you have to keep an egg on top of your feet! Jenkins writes, "... I'd be very, very miserable. Luckily the penguins don't seem to mind too much. They have thick feathers and lots of fat..." In this way kids can enjoy learning the amazing way Emperor Penguins care for their young. Even the well executed illustrations are informative.
Baby Bear's Mum satisfies his 'before bed' needs so he can sleep/hibernate.
Baby Bear cannot settle into hibernation. Mother Bear has to get him a snack, a drink (water dripped from a branch) and the moon they used to sleep under! The solution to the latter problem is smart. At last, Baby Bear asks for (not another thing!) a good night kiss (that's nice) and they both fall asleep. Overall the story is uninspiring, and VM suggests children could fall asleep with better 'visions'.
In her hide and seek game Tilly likes to find her 'treasures', but she becomes the treasure when playing with her parents.
Tilly likes to play hide and seek for her favorite 'treasures'. She holds up each find and announces, "My treasure". Then, at bedtime she hides, until Mum and Dad pick her up and announce "My treasure." The repetition is too much, poor sentence structure, and really poor pictures detract from an insipid idea that only an excellent 'out loud' reader could salvage.
Katie tries to help Mum, but only makes a mess, until Mum sees Katie is lonely for her.
Mum sends Mary Rose away for disturbing the baby. Feeling alone, she creates little messes by pouring her own juice etc. Mary Rose then blames Katie, her doll, suggesting it be discarded for being bad. Mum remarks to Mary Rose, "Oh, no, not Katie! I'd never throw you away. I love you." Mother and daughter then play in the sand box together. Touching for adults, but misguidedly shows children poor ways of getting attention.
Though his son asks for the "truth" about the tooth fairy, a father explains that fairies used to exist, that humans and modern technology drove the fairies away, and that serious effort can make the tooth fairy real.
Gaby asks Dad (the author) to tell the truth: is there a tooth fairy or is it just parents? The author's 'truth' holds that fairies once existed, but vanished as humans gained control of their environment. Further, if one "tries really hard" to believe,the tooth fairy's voice still appears in parents' minds suggesting they provide small treasures in exchange for a baby tooth. Belief "must come from you, and you alone". Thus, Alexander urges fantasy and whim upon children, just as they are seeking reality and reason.