Ziggy heads to the beach as the three disapproving pigs prepare for the wolf, but it's Ziggy's "outside the box" thinking that saves the day.
In fear of a visit from the Big Bad Wolf the three little pigs improve the 'security' of their, straw, stick and brick homes. Ziggy happily sleeps under the stars. The other three scornfully reject Ziggy's carefree invitation to go swimming. When the wolf blows apart all three homes, the pigs run to the beach. There, Ziggy provides a brilliant lesson in "thinking outside the box" (It's also a lesson for advocates of U.S. "Homeland Security").
This is a factual, but no less inspiring, telling of an incredible mind awakening —it should be on every child's bookshelf!
Elizabeth MacLeod presents a marvelously well researched and sensibly told biography of Helen Keller, in only 30 pages. Effective pictures and notes complement the text. Wonderful quotations on page margins add 'life' to the story, consider: "I left the Well House eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought."
Arthur proves his resourcefulness when babysitting the terrible Tibble twins.
Arthur agrees to baby sit the terrible Tibble twins. However, his experiences with DW, plus all the negative comments of others who have sat the twins, make him nervous. Sure enough, they are terrible, but after several ideas fail he finds one that works. To DW's dismay he suggests she help him next time. Arthur Babysits shows independence and resourcefulness as practical virtues.
Five carefully themed stories present slavish adherence to plans, foolish impatience with Nature, the nature of will power, integrity in bravery, and loss of friends through one-up-man-ship.
Each of the five stories in this little anthology present a point about the vagaries of individual behavior that a child can understand. Frog and/or Toad each make some wrongful judgment that leads to a smarter understanding. Parents can ask their children what that approach might be. The stories do not raise much tension, yet they are still interesting in a way that Winnie the Pooh is not.
David's struggle to survive in the endless muskeg of the Canadian North shows intelligent determination and a pursuit of wise personal values for his maximum happiness.
Escaping his unhappy stepfather, David stows aboard a U.S. airplane at an Edmonton airport. David, unexpectedly, is bound for the same destination as a pair of rare whooping cranes flying to their nesting pond... in the Northwest Territories! Tragedy strikes both sets of travelers. David and his strange but valued companion must fight for their lives. This story of determination and intelligence in the face of ever growing difficulties, offers readers a great character and an excellent vocabulary.
Animal signs are presented as interpretable facts.
As William and Cammy walk through the autumn woods, they spot signs of various insects, mammals and birds. The central purpose of each scene is warmly captured by the author's beautiful illustrations, which do not stoop to photographic realism. As they learn the signs, your children will enjoy naming each new animal before a turn of the page reveals their cause. The ninth sign is self explanatory, and provides a heartwarming conclusion.
Carefully planned illustrations focus on two children as they, and the reader, discover that animal signs serve as sensible, interpretable facts.
As William and Cammy explore the edge of a pond they encounter nine signs of various fish, mammals and birds. The central purpose of each scene is warmly captured by the author's beautiful illustrations, which do not stoop to photographic realism. Children enjoy naming the animal causes of the clues before the next page is turned to reveal "Who's Been There?" The ninth sign is self explanatory, and provides a heartwarming conclusion.
At Arthur's backyard sleepover, he and friends deal with a prank based on their unfounded fear of 'aliens'.
Brain and Buster have a sleepover in Arthur's family tent. Meanwhile, the town is a-buzz with talk of an alien sighting. The nervous trio has typical sleepover fun, but several normal things frighten them. Then one scare proves to be contrived. They enact a fitting revenge on DW. Marc Brown creates fun with a little suspense, while setting a good attitude for kid sleepovers.
Four children struggle to prove they can assume full, practical responsibility for “Mr.Crumbs”.
Mrs. Cox is moving and must sell “Mr. Crumbs”. Laura’s parents will “think about it” if she can prove herself. She must raise money for six month’s of expenses, and find a place to keep him, by Christmas. With her brother and two friends enlisted, they set about planning a budget, sources of income (including a major bazaar), and a stable. The plot is tied closely to these practical matters, but suspenseful enough to keep one’s interest. Will the children manage?
While babysitting the neighbors' children Henry solves problems by taking on more problems, and the neighbors have no idea.
Henry kindly agrees to baby sit two children, but they won't sleep. A parent appears with a solution, but with another child to sit! This problem→solution+child sequence repeats until his house is trashed, and all the exhausted kids finally sleep. At pick up time, the last parent says, "You see, babysitting is easy." The story suggests one should be careful their solutions don't cause more problems, and that people make judgments without knowing the whole story.