Young Percy proves he is of adult character when he courageously defends his family's home against a prairie fire.
In a nightmare, young Percy dreams of a wind driven prairie fire galloping, as a running horse, straight toward their home with nothing to stop it. Later, a prairie fire really comes and Percy and his family are in the fight of their lives. Deemed too young to help on the farm, and in great fear, Percy must now be a man. He must act to protect his values, not just to please his father.
Undeterred by rejections, a lovely cat proudly perseveres at finding a home.
The plot may be simple, but this children's story offers more than just a happy ending. Undaunted by a thoughtless woman, an intolerant old man, and a snappy dog, a young, white cat seeks a place of her own. She eventually exhibits her beauty in a setting that young Amy cannot resist. The books strength lies in the way each wonderful illustration shows us the kitten's strength of character, as she moves forward after each setback.
McDuff chases a rabbit away from home, and his barks help a Mrs. Higgins bring him back.
McDuff is a "Westie" terrier who becomes lost chasing a rabbit. He ends up in the garden of a Mrs. Higgins. She puts him in her motorcycle sidecar, to go to the police station. On the, he sees and smells familiar things. Responding to his barks Mrs. Higgins finds his home. Both are happily treated to apple pie and sandwiches. The illustrations are well done, but the story is a merely a cute enumeration of events.
Alison loves her home so much she chooses to stay with its new owners, and soon discovers a home is not a house.
Alison's large and hectic family lived in small house. Her parents decided to move to a bigger house in sight of the old one. She says. "I love it here and I'm never going to leave." Well, her parents moved, and let her stay! But her old home with its new owners was too quiet. "You don't happen to have a baby, do you?" she asks. In this somewhat sappy, unchallenging story, Alison reconsiders her decision.
Barbie shows smart ways to deal with sleepover fears.
Barbie helps her sister's friend Emily feel at home during her sleepover. She explains that homesickness is normal and will fade, helps her phone home, provides lots of entertainment and leaves the hall light on at night. This story is useful, but not exactly "a keeper".