Arthur is teased for having all his baby teeth, and feels unaccepted until the dentist and Francine help.
All his classmates have lost at least on baby tooth, but not Arthur. Even his loose one has been hanging on ‘forever’. Everyone he knows seems to be growing up, and they make sure he feels he isn’t. Even the dentist’s assurances don’t help as much as Francine’s accidental move. Marc Brown shows young readers that such minor abnormalities pass, but treats Arthur’s insecurity as normal, rather than unnecessary.
Kataujaq is taught to believe her deceased mother's eternal soul is part of the Aurorae Borealis, playing soccer with other souls.
We are told how Kataujaq enjoys childhood with her mother, who then dies. Kataujaq mourns deeply. In late fall the whole village plays soccer on the ice under the Northern Lights. She is told by her grandmother that the dead play soccer too, and is convinced she sees her mother playing with other souls in the Lights. This award winner(!) is a boring, awkwardly narrated story capitalizing on the political correctness of aboriginal mysticism.