Franklin faces surgery and learns that bravery means acting properly in spite of one's fears.
Franklin's shell is cracked. Dr. Bear has to put a pin in it, and that means surgery and being anesthetized. Everyone tells Franklin that he is brave, but really he is scared. When he tells Dr. Bear, he learns why he really is brave. This. 'must have' Franklin story is useful to children who face medical or dental work, but it shows any reader the true nature of courage.
'Princess' is taught fear of germs, so she will wash her hands.
The Little Princess likes getting dirty and hates washing her hands. In a fun way, the princess's maid explains why hand washing is needed. Eventually TLP asks, "Do I have to wash my hands after washing my hands?" The maid: "Don't be silly. Eat your cake!" Kids find the odd illustrations to be fun, and enjoy the Princess' quirky character. To make it more useful see VMs full review.
D.W. learns not to be amused by another's misfortune when Arthur's chicken pox might prevent him from going to the circus with his family.
The circus is coming and Arthur isn't well. As he breaks out with chicken pox, D.W. becomes envious of the attention he gets. She puts on 'Chicken Pox' make-up, to trick Grandma Thora. Thora 'soothes' DW with bath! To Arthur's frustration, D.W. gleefully invites a friend to use Arthur's ticket ...but, will D.W. get away with that? This story will help children understand chicken pox; the less interesting Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox offers more information.
The story shows that the nasty symptoms of Chicken Pox, and some treatments, are a temporary nuisance.
Itchy, Itchy Chicken Pox presents the progression of Chicken Pox clearly, at a child's level. The disease is shown as having some nasty traits and marginally effective treatments, but that it passes. This book might be useful to pass around a neighborhood with young children, as it will help them deal with the illness, should they be infected. Arthur's Chicken Pox is more entertaining but less informative. Neither are 'keepers'.