A bright and introspective hawklet experiments and explores to discover abilities, places and companions, always with the intention of making the most of his life.
Rufous is sure he knows the 'whole' world: his mother, a blue roof, and a nest of sticks. Then a shock! His mother must be going somewhere else to get food! Quietly commanding, she won't let her "handful of dandelion fluff" try flying. Over 18 months we see Rufous proudly grow into the world, and we follow his introspective efforts to understand it. The parallel with human intellectual development is inescapable, and adeptly achieved.
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.
The combined talents of four children and several pets, confront a strangely active mountain and dangerous men pursuing unearned power and money.
Yet again, the children's summer holiday brings a scary adventure. The unpopulated Welsh mountains should be safe, but strange animals and a black 'something' sends their timid guide running. Lost, they face a shaking mountain spewing crimson smoke, vicious animals, threatening men and terrifying helicopter flights. Blyton uses a good vocabulary but takes 60, of 192, pages to get to the adventure. Like "James Bond" action stories, "Mountain" is short on character development and theme.