Stranded for eighteen years on an island off California, a native girl survives, fends off wild dogs and evades the murderous Aleuts
This story speculates on the life of Karana, an Indian girl left alone on an island near Southern California, when her tribe was moved to the mainland in the mid-1800s. For 18 years she hoped rescuers would re-unite her with her family. We follow her thoughts as she kept herself alive, solving the problems of building shelter and finding food, and even finding ways to be creative.
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?
Told in rhyme, Benny uses his imagination to hide in miniature, and his parents play along.
Told as a delightful poem, Benny imagines how well he could hide if he was mi-nute. His parents struggle to find him as he hides in the wall picture, in his father's pocket, on the clothesline, in his toy car, or with his toy animals. The clear and nicely colored illustrations show that miniature Benny is not easy to find, and your child will enjoy pointing him out. Benny's parents search and search, until...
Caillou copes with the first time his parents both go out without him.
This story gently shows that being left behind, when Mum and Dad go out to dinner, is not so bad. Babysitter Lisa plays distracting games with Caillou, who eventually 'goes out' with Lisa by leaving Teddy in the bedroom. A child's independence and self esteem depend on being able to do things alone. The Babysitter offers a useful approach to preparing a child for that inevitable night with a babysitter.
Crass Johnny Squelchnose is slow to grasp why a polite and helpful PIG is invited to parties, and he is not.
Johnny Squelchnose is just too crass to invite to parties. Even his sister calls him "a pig!" New neighbor Claude Curlytail has polite and helpful ways that make him welcome at parties. Johnny is outraged, because Claude IS a pig. Claude invites Johnny to a party, where the contrast is so clear that Johnny grasps the point. The story has definite utility, but VM suggests Johnny chooses manners for the wrong reasons (see full review).
Teddy bear, Corduroy, tries to improve himself to earn the love and care of a little girl.
In this tremendously popular story, Corduroy thinks Lisa won't buy him because he is missing a button. That night he searches the store for one, but is foiled by the watchman, who returns him to his usual shelf. Lisa returns, buys him and sews on a button for him. In a tilt towards the injustice of unconditional love, the moral of self improvement is undone when Corduroy's effort has no influence Lisa's choice.
Compromise is presented as the sufficient and happy solution to Sister Bear's disagreement with bossy Lizzy Bruin.
Brother Bear now plays with boys, so Sister Bear often plays alone. Bossy, braggy Lizzy moves in nearby and Sister plays with her anyway. Predictably they cannot agree over who will play teacher. They reconcile when Lizzy returns a special teddy, and agrees to allow turns at the teacher role. We see no change in character, only a verbal agreement to compromise –the theme named on the frontispiece...