Eva braves the caverns beneath coastal ice to collect mussels.
For the first time Eva will go alone to collect mussels beneath the coastal ice . Lit only by candles, she finds the icy caverns both beautiful and dangerous. Will she get out before the tide comes in? Illustrations of the strange beauty beneath the ice thrill the imagination.
DW realizes, after all sorts of poor behavior, that she cannot reject food before trying it.
D.W. 'discovers' she doesn't like all sorts of foods, with spinach being the worst. She threw a tantrum at a restaurant when she found spinach in her salad, so her parents refused to bring her out to eat. She agreed to behave for Grandma Thora's birthday, and chose quite the surprise dinner! This story makes a small point about narrow judgments —and might be useful for parents of a picky eater.
Through entertaining verse, and well made collage images, children can understand a day in the life of a ravine raccoon —including a hunt among the humans' buildings.
In verse, coupled with interestingly detailed collage images, children can learn about a ravine raccoon's life. "Snoozing late this afternoon / in a tree, / hard to see / is a black masked ringtail coon." As evening arrives she seeks frogs, encounters well-defended ducklings, a snapping turtle, an owl defending eggs, and a fox's den. Still hungry she searches in "a people's neighborhood". "Ringtail" is plain, even boring, but neither 'coon nor human are misrepresented.
Nasty and rich, three farmers fanatically pursue a thieving fox as it escalates its thievery to benefit its family and community.
First, we meet three poultry farmers whose bad character lies only in their wealth and distasteful habits. Mr. Fox, the caring 'little guy', feeds his family by stealing from the farmers. Incensed, they resolve to kill the fox at all costs. Lying in wait at the fox den fails. Shovels fail. Steam-shovels arrive. Tension rises. Will the foxes always dig farther? This entertaining story may be useful for parents to show their children the nature of immorality.
Martin tells part of the true story of the crew of the explorer vessel Karluk surviving on barren ice and islands north of the Arctic Circle, for almost a year (1913-1914).
The Karluk was commissioned for exploration and study of the plants and people of the far north, but it was crushed in ice. Its crew struggled 100 miles to a small island, there to wait the return of the captain who sought help. This biography relates a remarkable struggle, but it is told with abject Naturalism. The crude Eskimo drawings fit the subject, but do not inspire. B&W photos show those who survived.
Distorting a classic, Red Hen's lazy housemates do not help make bread or cake, never know she is nearly eaten by a fox, and then for no good reason start to help.
The Little Red Hen leaves home with her cake because her housemates were too lazy to help with it, but wanted to eat it. Later, a fox spots her and bags her, but using her handy scissors she escapes. On her return her housemates suddenly want to help out, even though they had no awareness of her danger. This causeless change in behavior undermines the purpose of the fable, doing little for a child's developing grasp of moral cause-&-effect. The art work is crude, and crudely printed.