DW realizes, after all sorts of poor behavior, that she cannot reject food before trying it.
D.W. 'discovers' she doesn't like all sorts of foods, with spinach being the worst. She threw a tantrum at a restaurant when she found spinach in her salad, so her parents refused to bring her out to eat. She agreed to behave for Grandma Thora's birthday, and chose quite the surprise dinner! This story makes a small point about narrow judgments —and might be useful for parents of a picky eater.
Jenny's hospital visit gently introduces young readers to the hospital environment and its procedures.
Jenny has injured her arm and head in the playground. We are told how Jenny was nervous of the X-ray machine, but then "didn't feel a thing". Her arm is casted and she is kept overnight for observation. Mum and Dad provide the proper support. The important experience the story conveys, and the complementary pictures, make this book useful to read to a child before they ever need a hospital.
Ignoring his father, Walter's bouncing causes him and his bed to fall through many floors –until he wakes up and hears Delbert bouncing above him!
This is a fun fantasy about consequences. Walter ignores his father's admonition against bouncing on the bed. Walter's bouncing crashes him through floor after floor. He passes through the homes of a number of tenants, each with their interesting activities. They join him in a heap at the bottom. When Walter wakes he realizes his friend Delbert in the apartment above, is awake too!
Suddenly a girl for a day, Bill experiences the expectations and treatments many girls experience.
When Bill wakes to find he is a girl, he discovers he must wear a pretty pink frock with shells for buttons. Adults automatically expect him to do nice things for them. The boys exclude him from football (soccer), which dominates the schoolyard leaving little recess space girls. But, boys don't hit Bill when he takes their ball. A boy might get insight into girls from this story. How Bill's sex change occurred, is left unexplained, dangling.
Bauer explains how sensible planning –with detailed discussion on the development of character, plot, perspective, dialogue, and figurative language– is essential in preparing and revising a work of fiction.
This advice on writing may seem simplistic, even redundant for those taking writing classes in grade school. But, where school work is a series of lesson segments and assignments, Bauer's What's Your Story? presents beginner level information in an organized whole. The wealth of constructive explanation shows an early writer how to think and plan a story effectively. The book's best advice lies in learning the details of the world; its great weakness is inattention to theme.
Without being too sentimental, Glassman presents the idea that a woman's family life and career (as a witch) combine to form her overall, good character.
My Working Mom is helpful for, well... working moms. It works for kids too. A little girl reasons through her Mom's job as a real witch. Mom always flies off to meetings, she has bad days, but she makes it to school events, albeit at the last minute. So, Mom's pretty good. In spite of a serious lack of plot, Tedd Arnold's illustrations infuse the story with his brand of fun.
Mog causes pointless chaos when visiting the vet, and both recover.
After an improper delay, Mog the cat is taken to the "Vee Ee Tee" for a sore paw. Twice the cat's behavior produces pet chaos at the vet clinic. No one seems able to control their animals. The pets appear to think conceptually, yet the events occur with no reason. The story blandly trails off as the Vet recovers the next day.