"You Can Say No" identifies improper solicitations from adults and indicates what children ought to do.
You Can Say No presents risky scenarios children should recognize, and suggests what they should do. These include getting lost in a department store, finding a policeman, a stranger offering a lift (saying "Mom wants you home"), men who invite children into private spaces offering games or candy, and family members who touch too much. The scenarios are a bit scary for sensitive children, but that might be useful for careless or overly trusting children.
McDuff chases a rabbit away from home, and his barks help a Mrs. Higgins bring him back.
McDuff is a "Westie" terrier who becomes lost chasing a rabbit. He ends up in the garden of a Mrs. Higgins. She puts him in her motorcycle sidecar, to go to the police station. On the, he sees and smells familiar things. Responding to his barks Mrs. Higgins finds his home. Both are happily treated to apple pie and sandwiches. The illustrations are well done, but the story is a merely a cute enumeration of events.
Brave and tough Velma Jean could face the family bull, and the icky water trough, but when the tornado came it was Ruby Jane who helped her through an even greater fear.
Ruby Jane admired Velma Jean. Velma would go barefoot where no one else could, would help break in new colts and would even meet the scary Old Peddler. Unlike her sisters, Velma was so busy she never entered the storm cellar to cool off. On the day the tornado came, Ruby Jane had to help Velma into the cellar. Is the author is giving Velma "clay feet" or showing how Ruby grew?
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...
Scrooge and the kids 'get' the bad guys in alligator suits, but Scrooge is an unacceptable caricature of businessmen.
Newspapers report that alligators are in the city's drain system, while money and jewels are mysteriously disappearing from stores overnight. When Uncle Scrooge goes to check his money bin, he spots thieves in motorized alligator suits who have been entering properties by the drains. A chase ensues. Though theft is treated as wrong, the character of Scrooge promotes a deep error: the naive view that wealth is merely coins and gold unproductively hoarded in vaults.
Distorting a classic, Red Hen's lazy housemates do not help make bread or cake, never know she is nearly eaten by a fox, and then for no good reason start to help.
The Little Red Hen leaves home with her cake because her housemates were too lazy to help with it, but wanted to eat it. Later, a fox spots her and bags her, but using her handy scissors she escapes. On her return her housemates suddenly want to help out, even though they had no awareness of her danger. This causeless change in behavior undermines the purpose of the fable, doing little for a child's developing grasp of moral cause-&-effect. The art work is crude, and crudely printed.