A remake of the rhyme "No more Monkeys Jumping on the Bed", that puts a young boy in charge of his monsters.
Tedd Arnold's positive perspective wins again. Conspiratorial humor is a great way to prevent or undo irrational fears: monsters are jumping on the bed, and one by one they bump their head. After five calls to the doctor, our little boy shouts, "NO MORE MONSTERS JUMPING ON THE BED." Children are shown that by refusing to take them seriously the monsters can be banished. The monsters are amusing too.
Eva braves the caverns beneath coastal ice to collect mussels.
For the first time Eva will go alone to collect mussels beneath the coastal ice . Lit only by candles, she finds the icy caverns both beautiful and dangerous. Will she get out before the tide comes in? Illustrations of the strange beauty beneath the ice thrill the imagination.
A mysterious sylph –a seamstress– instills beauty and a romantic view of life into the lives of austere villagers, via their pockets! [Image showsvillagers surprise at her arrival.}
Wafting from 'wherever', the sylph proved a seamstress. Fancier than the town wished, she grew bored with their taupish cotton. With tincture and texture she slipped motifs of embroidered fantasy into the pockets of functionaries and farmers; romance was rekindled. In her husband, one wife saw "a buccaneer holding pink shells, black pearls and a sword." Pockets evinces the ecstasy in aesthetics, and shows us verse in prose -a delight for embryonic elocutionists.
Jack's survival comes to depend on the happy perspectives that his vocabulary and literary wit offers others
At the orphanage, Jack used his wits to avoid trouble. Then, horrified by his assigned apprenticeship he ran, taking only his prize possession and source of ideas: an old dictionary. To survive he peddled 'ideas' in town markets, as "fresh air for the brain". In a town where one could find "more lively company in a crew of clams", its mayor set about arresting him! Ellis's marvelous wordings just might encourage your child to love words.
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.
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.
A young teen chooses to use wilderness survival skills to live alone for a year in the Catskill Mountains (New York State).
Sam was the youngest of nine children living in a cramped New York City apartment. He'd read about survival and knew his family still owned some land in the Catskills. Arriving in May with pocket knife, axe, cord, and flint & steel, he sets to practicing survival skills he'd only read about. His success, even through winter, provides confidence, but events in the story mainly showcase survival skills, rather than establish any real conflict.
Biscuit can't match his big friend Sam, but finds he has values of his own.
Biscuit tries to copy his big friend Sam, but cannot. Then when Sam could not get his ball, Biscuit gets it by going under a fence. A simple story showing young children that each individual has his own merits.
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!
Arthur develops a strategy of April Fools tricks to deal with Binky Barne's threatening behavior.
Binky Barnes has been threatening to punch-out Arthur, and has swiped Arthur's favorite pen. At the April Fools Day 'tricks' show on the school stage, Binky rises to sabotage Arthur's presentation. Arthur has an idea to get rid of him. Unfortunately we do not see Arthur prepare to 'magically' saw Binky in half. Still, the idea sends Binky running... Arthur even tricks Binky to get his pen back too. Nastiness is suitably laughed at.