Five young, Czech orphans attempt a daring escape by train to avoid a future under Communist tyranny.
Thirteen year old Franta is the oldest of 5 war orphans living in Czechoslovakia, with middle aged Ms. Novak. When the Communists take over in 1951, the "family" learns they will be broken up and sent to Communist educational centres. Though young, Fran knows the only preventative is a daring escape. All Aboard for Freedom is based on true events.
Norwegian school children use their ingenuity, and considerable bravery, to smuggle gold bullion from under the noses of the Nazi occupying army.
It is its improbability that makes it possible. Twelve year old Peter and 24 Norwegian school children must keep millions of dollars worth of gold bricks (26,000 pounds) from the occupying Nazi forces. Can they transport the gold through the snow, under the very noses of Nazi soldiers, to Uncle Victor's hidden fishing vessel? Grasping the nature of the Nazis, the intelligent and brave children get to work, but Peter soon discovers they are being watched.
Franklin faces surgery and learns that bravery means acting properly in spite of one's fears.
Franklin's shell is cracked. Dr. Bear has to put a pin in it, and that means surgery and being anesthetized. Everyone tells Franklin that he is brave, but really he is scared. When he tells Dr. Bear, he learns why he really is brave. This. 'must have' Franklin story is useful to children who face medical or dental work, but it shows any reader the true nature of courage.
Henry anticipates trouble in his jobs as a baby sitter, and comes up with honest, thoughtful solutions for unexpected events and mistakes.
Hoping to make some money during his holiday visit to Grover's Corner, N.J., Henry devises a household poll. Okayyy, if babysitters really are wanted... Even a boy ;-) can make a success of the most troublesome Baby-Sitting jobs. Henry’s challenges include a boy out to hurt him; a fiendish, disappearing girl; apparent fires; trailer thefts; and escaped animals! Worse, the obnoxious, older Sebastian twins add splatters, floods, ghosts and job theft to his troubles. Changing events keep the reader's interest and reiterate the theme: thoughtful, honest work brings success and can be fun!
Five carefully themed stories present slavish adherence to plans, foolish impatience with Nature, the nature of will power, integrity in bravery, and loss of friends through one-up-man-ship.
Each of the five stories in this little anthology present a point about the vagaries of individual behavior that a child can understand. Frog and/or Toad each make some wrongful judgment that leads to a smarter understanding. Parents can ask their children what that approach might be. The stories do not raise much tension, yet they are still interesting in a way that Winnie the Pooh is not.
Franklin boasts a lie, and learns that true self-esteem and integrity require a focus on genuine abilities.
Franklin seeks borrowed self-esteem by making a boast to his friends that he cannot keep. Realizing his error, he resolves not to make such boasts again. Wanting to recover his own respect, and that of his friends, he comes up with an interesting solution. The story focuses on a theme of honesty and of making the best of a bad situation, rather than on the deeper error of seeking self-esteem through the approval of others. Parental guidance might bring out the latter.
A little boy pretends to be the heroic captain of his ocean going craft –a wooden crate with an apron sail– keeping his crew safe through terrible storms, even rescuing lost souls.
Baby Ben saves crewman mouse, fights off a marauding fish, rescues a struggling rooster, navigates through a whale's cavernous mouth, recovers his ship and crew when capsized by a storm, and resists a dark monster from the deeps. All the while, he sets a confident example to his frightened crew, "Mouse, Giraffe, and Bunny too." The frumpy illustrations convey the imaginary adventure well. A similar adventure, that some might say is more for girls, can be found in The Maggie B.
Risking the Tsar's punishment for theiving, Pavel courageously saves a beautiful wolfhound, and receives an unexpected justice.
Pavel saves an enormous, half frozen dog. If he looks after it, his father is sure they would be punished by the Tsar for stealing, but he values its beauty and cannot leave it to die in the bitterly cold forest. Bravely seeking a solution, he discovers, in an unexpected way, that men of any social class are capable of justly acknowledging the good in others.
Little Critter learns how babies can add to family happiness, and acts accordingly.
Little Critter has plans to show his baby sister all his toys and games, but she is uninterested or frightened. At his Mom's suggestion he tries basic cuddling, rocking, tickling and baby toys. His sister responds and starts to have fun. ValuedMinds suggests parents will find this book useful for showing children how to interact with a new baby and to not expect too much of them.
Five short stories showing rather gentle aspects of friendship, between Frog and Toad
This Frog and Toad anthology are a bit more subtle than others: Frog helps Toad see the world with a new perspective; they help each other endure illness; Toad demonstrates appreciation for Frog's help during an unnecessary annoyance; Toad handles his friend's indiscretion without rancor; and, Frog helps Toad feel 'visible' as a person. "Friends" shows readers some of the sensible, non sacrificial, elements of personal justice that make friendship a value.