The World Government trains a child genius to save Earth from aliens, but Ender experiences the consequences of committing to goals that are not his own.
Siblings Peter and Ender are geniuses but only Ender is chosen, at age six, to be trained as the ultimate space commander. In Battle School he finds his genius is variously admired and viciously resented. The stakes rise unbearably, as Ender struggles to keep his integrity. When a man’s ultimate purpose is decided by others, can he achieve his ideals? Peter sought to be a user rather than be the used. Are the brothers a metaphor for a false alternative?
Caillou learns the difference between his imaginary fear of a wolf in the attic and reality.
Caillou is afraid there is a wolf in the attic. Dad explores the attic with him, so Caillou can see there is no wolf. When Caillou decides to play in the attic he asks his Dad to stay with him. Unfortunately, we cannot be sure if Caillou is still afraid or if he just wants his Dad to play. Parents could emphasize the latter view, and suggest Caillou is no longer afraid because he knows the truth.
Green Wilma discovers that day-dreaming is fun, but can distract one from realities required for living.
Young Wilma dreams she is a green, froggy human child who goes to school. Suddenly she loses her balance, falls off her log and is nearly eaten by a fish. Another subtle Ted Arnold moral emerges: "When you dream, be careful that you don't fall off the log", but is nearly lost in Wilma's fantasy antics. Parents could help emphasize the need to focus on, and act in, reality.
E,S&L contrasts the proper and improper use of commas, effectively showing their impact on understanding.
This is a children's version of Lynne Truss's adult book, by the same title. It presents 13 examples of comma abuse (14, if you count the title) and their corrections, using sentences that are humorous when incorrect. For example, "Slow, children crossing" is a partial sentence of two independent phrases. However, without the comma the word slow in "Slow children crossing" becomes an adjective that modifies children. All thirteen examples are explained at end of the book.
To keep his puppy, Arthur knows he must train him, and does.
Unfortunately the new puppy makes a terrible mess of Arthur's home. Arthur is only allowed to keep "Pal" if he can train him quickly and well. This typical Arthur story shows him succeeding because he works at correcting his mistakes.
Brother and Sister Bear learn the futility of fads, as a result of their compulsive pursuit of a popular stuffed toy.
Stuffed "Beary Bubbies" of all sorts appear in the Bear neighborhood. Brother and Sister spend all their allowance, and do chores to earn more. Prices climb as supplies are snapped up, until even Papa joins in the pursuit. But supply meets demand, and soon Bubbies are given out free, with a gas fill up. The fad fades. What does one do with dozens of Bearie Bubbies but look at them? The Bears learn a lesson in wise collecting: whatever did they accomplish?
A baby spots things within the scope of his home & life, from his particular vantage point.
Peepo uses illustrations with peep pages (holes revealing a bit of what is on the next page) to make observation a fun activity. The prose emphasizes the skill of observing details, and has a pleasant rhyming quality.
Arthur's original story for Rathburn's class proves much better than the one that used everyone else's 'good ideas',
Arthur's homework is to write a story. DW says the story of how he got Pal was boring. So Arthur tries to adopt everyone else's best parts. In the end his class presentation is ridiculous. Mr. Ratburn asks for the original story, which turns out to be the best. Unfortunately it is not clear that Arthur's second handedness was the problem.
D.W. shows a disbelieving Arthur that she actually can read the words on many street signs.
Arthur's Reading Race is an excellent sticker book for beginning readers. Arthur challenges D.W. to prove that she can read. Walking through town D.W. spots words on signs (which are shown in the illustrations). The accompanying text has certain words highlighted in blue, each identifying the sticker picture that the young reader can place by the word. This is a great activity book for interest, and for learning.
Caillou learns that several everyday things require special care and respect.
We consider this a useful story because young children can see that Caillou learns –from just the right amount of experience– that standing on a chair is risky, handling snow without mittens is cold, and that the stove is hot. This is typical Caillou: bland, but it does create a means for opening a dialogue with your child about safety.