Children search through twelve carefully arranged & photographed scenes for 'treasure's named in Jean Marzollo's rhymes.
I Spy books engage more advanced search skills than Where's Waldo". The images mix realistic objects and objects that don't quite belong: a rock pattern forming a crab, a tea bag 'fishing net' on a dock, etc. In this tenth I Spy, Wicks primarily uses different views of a detailed, HO-scale town called "Smuggler's Cove". This is a great book for trips, but not for a child that gives up easily.
In Guatemala, specially made kites are flown to celebrate the lives of deceased love ones.
"Barrilete" is the Guatemalan word for kite. In an unusually positive celebration of the lives of the now dead, kites are gaily flown over the local cemetery. The author uses photographs to show the making of a Barrilete, and its launch. Amado also provides select Guatemalan terms.
A frantic search of the family farm for a loved one has an unexpected ending.
She is well loved, but she is missing from the family farm. The rhyming story is presented so the young reader/audience is invited to guess each rhymed search location. The loved one is finally found, safe and sound, in a tub, in the house. Even so, the story ends with a twist.
Dora plans and then takes the proper steps to return books to the library.
As she hikes to the library to return her borrowed books Dora invites children along . In her backpack are books and tools needed for the trip. The mapped route includes a "Troll" bridge, a storm cloud, mud, a river and of course 'Swiper'. Swiper represents a child who 'swipes' toys. He is thwarted by a firm, but non aggressive, "Swiper, no swiping" command. Dora's positive, smart world is useful literature, but it is limited to the same narrow formula.
Dora & friends use a definite plan of action to reach treasure.
The child reader 'helps' Dora reach a treasure chest. Using stickers and a simple map, a bridge, boat and the keys to a treasure chest are 'assembled'. The story includes "Swiper", a fox character that represents a child who 'swipes' toys. He is thwarted by a firm, but non aggressive, "Swiper, no swiping" command. Dora's positive and smart world is useful literature, but restricted to the same narrow formula.
A boy seeks rain puddles to splash in, but Nature has her own agenda.
A boy anxiously awaits the rain to try out his new boots. His father understands his passion for playing in puddles, and encourages him to seek out existing puddles. Soon, the un-named boy finds the most biggest puddle of all. In his enjoyment the little boy gets wet almost everywhere (including inside his boots). He is happy, though rain for his boots had not yet come... and that's all.
Wilson Bentley's lifelong fascination with, and sensible study of, snowflakes eventually earned him the respect of scientists.
Young Wilson Bentley noticed that snowflakes were beautiful, but more amazingly, he saw no two snowflakes that were alike, it was an unending miracle. He tried drawing them. He learned to photograph them. He learned how air conditions altered snowflake patterns. His interest seemed weird to his neighbors, who thought, "Snow in Vermont is as common as dirt", why photograph it? But Bentley resisted the criticisms, eventually to be respected by scientists around the world.
Through entertaining verse, and well made collage images, children can understand a day in the life of a ravine raccoon —including a hunt among the humans' buildings.
In verse, coupled with interestingly detailed collage images, children can learn about a ravine raccoon's life. "Snoozing late this afternoon / in a tree, / hard to see / is a black masked ringtail coon." As evening arrives she seeks frogs, encounters well-defended ducklings, a snapping turtle, an owl defending eggs, and a fox's den. Still hungry she searches in "a people's neighborhood". "Ringtail" is plain, even boring, but neither 'coon nor human are misrepresented.
Miss. Late misses out a lot by being late, except with Mr. Lazy.
Miss. Late ruins shopping dates, and loses her jobs at the bank, restaurant & office. She only succeeds as house maid for Mr. Lazy because he is late with things too. Of course, then Mr. Silly asks her out to a dance. As expected, when he arrives she is not ready and the joke is her claim, "I'll be down in a minute." This is a simple message children can understand about tardiness. Unfortunately, it's narrative is boring and the ending uninspiring.
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'.