Thanks to an ugly little warthog, both the plain and the beautiful jungle animals learn that the physical trappings of beauty are not as important as cooperation and considerate behavior.
Ngiri, a small, ugly Warthog, was sick of being teased. Wise Nyumbu, an old Wildebeest, lent him magic bongo drums and Ngiri drummed up a change. What happened was quite unexpected. Traits of one animal had been randomly attached to another, except to Ngiri. After several attempts the whole community was in an uproar. What would they do on the day of the Grand Parade? Terrific art, with hidden characters, add to this book's value.
Ashman rhymes to us about a variety of animal homes shown with cozy illustrations.
This is useful as a comfortable introduction to the many ways animals find shelter. They will be introduced to a rabbit's warren, an eagle's aerie, a tidal pool, a hollow tree, and even a bedroom. Every illustration is 'encircling'. Each projecting the very security the homes are intended to provide. The simple verse offers the same feel. Some parents might hope for a bit more sophistication see Where Fish Go In Winter
Jack's survival comes to depend on the happy perspectives that his vocabulary and literary wit offers others
At the orphanage, Jack used his wits to avoid trouble. Then, horrified by his assigned apprenticeship he ran, taking only his prize possession and source of ideas: an old dictionary. To survive he peddled 'ideas' in town markets, as "fresh air for the brain". In a town where one could find "more lively company in a crew of clams", its mayor set about arresting him! Ellis's marvelous wordings just might encourage your child to love words.
A tree and boy reveal the opposite character presenting the false, modern, moral alternatives of altruistic & egotism, respectively: the tree gives its all –even its life– for the boy, whereasthe boy takes the benefits with indifference.
A little boy plays on a tree he loves, and that loves him. As he matures he only visits her when he wants something. Her happiness lies in giving him her fruit, limbs and trunk! Finally, as a depressed, unappreciative old man, he sits on the dead stump "and the tree was happy." An honest reader must ask, "Really? You're dead." This parable exposes the folly of giving and taking as today's preeminent moral choice. Parents are left to teach a smarter alternative...
Playing pirate and princess / is lot's of good fun. /
Will she tidy up that mess / and please her poor Mum?
"Jillian Jiggs" tells us, in very catchy verse, of Jillian and her friend's imaginative and crazy crafts and roles. Kids will be amused that she, in a cute way, drives her mother to distraction. Of course, Mom finally faints in dismay, into Jillian's arms, when Jillian is wearing a little angel costume! The story ends wisely, with Jillian saying,
"You'd better go now, Rachel & Peter.
"See you tomorrow when everything's neater."
Little Critter learns how babies can add to family happiness, and acts accordingly.
Little Critter has plans to show his baby sister all his toys and games, but she is uninterested or frightened. At his Mom's suggestion he tries basic cuddling, rocking, tickling and baby toys. His sister responds and starts to have fun. ValuedMinds suggests parents will find this book useful for showing children how to interact with a new baby and to not expect too much of them.
Franklin's grumpy mood eases when his father suggests he write to his friend Otter.
Franklin is grumpy. He breaks or loses things and finds no pleasure playing outside. He is even is rude to his mother. Father suggests writing to Otter, who has moved away, and Franklin cheers up. We see that facing the cause of a problem helps solve it. On p15 we see that Franklin knew why he was grumpy. Bourgeois missed a chance to have Franklin introspect, recognize the problem and deal with it himself.
Using only 'K' sounding 'C' words, Clarence Clown's balanced stack of "C" animals crashes when Clara Canary lands on the top.
This is a fun introduction to hard sounding "C" words for children. Clarence Clown begins by catching two "cats carrying canes", on top of which three "Collies carrying clubs" are stacked. Then it's "cows carrying cakes" and Caroline Catfish, ending with a Clara Canary as the last 'straw'. This is a great introduction to a single phonetic sound by alliteration. Apparently, the Berenstains only did "A", "B" and "C".
Arthur develops a strategy of April Fools tricks to deal with Binky Barne's threatening behavior.
Binky Barnes has been threatening to punch-out Arthur, and has swiped Arthur's favorite pen. At the April Fools Day 'tricks' show on the school stage, Binky rises to sabotage Arthur's presentation. Arthur has an idea to get rid of him. Unfortunately we do not see Arthur prepare to 'magically' saw Binky in half. Still, the idea sends Binky running... Arthur even tricks Binky to get his pen back too. Nastiness is suitably laughed at.
Mr. Happy brings Mr. Miserable out of hiding, and the real world brings a smile to his face.
Mr. Happy brings Mr. Miserable out of hiding and into the real world, where he gradually begins to smile. Mr. Miserable's unhappiness has two causes: a misperception of the world &/or a misconception of life. Hargreaves' twofold solution is for Mr. Miserable to discover the world as a happy place, and to build a smiling attitude. If parents help build the first, their child will build the second! "Mr. Happy" can help.