This unique story shows a child thinking: Sarah has outgrown her boots and, after a struggle to stretch them, realizes that growing up is natural, happy and irreversible.
Sarah's wonderful old rain boots wouldn't fit her feet. Nothing she tried made them bigger. The dog pulled on them, she filled them with rocks, and she planted them in the ground. Mathew inherited them, to Sarah's annoyance, and her mother bought her new ones. When Mathew worried her boots would shrink for him too, what would Sarah say? The illustrations show Sarah's thought processes and her appropriate, emotional, reactions delightfully.
During a big snowstorm Jeanette realizes she had forgotten her cat, remembers its value, and rushes to find it.
Jeanette's cat, Kitty Doyle, regularly meets her as she returns from school, but this snowy day Jeanette visits her friend's for latkes. Suddenly Jeanette remembers KD will be waiting in the snow; she must find her. The Big Storm introduces a young girl's life in Winnipeg in the early 1900s, and presents her properly recovered sense of values.