Sarah's sailing skill develops from her mature, independent focus on technique and natural forces.
Eleven year old Sarah has a lot to learn to compete in the sailing regatta. The brashness of sailing boys like Tommy do not distract her. Her sensible determination, her Grandpa's advice and her bright sailing observations raise our hopes. Even Tommy offers surprising values in Sarah's benevolent world. Alvord makes unapologetic use of sailing terminology but provides many explanatory sidebars, and a glossary.
This could be a Rudyard Kipling "Just So" story titled, How the Cat Got its Purr.
Mother Holly's lazy and mischievous cat is old enough to earn his keep in her magic cottage. She leaves him the task of cleaning up, or else! He promptly has an accident with her stew. Cleaning up the mess he grabs the watering can, and it rains from the ceiling. Now her wetted corn must be dried, so he fans up the fire place. The bellows produce so much fire the popcorn pops, but it explodes like thunder. Holly arrives just as everything is cleaned up, but one kernel. He pops it in his mouth and...