Four children struggle to prove they can assume full, practical responsibility for “Mr.Crumbs”.
Mrs. Cox is moving and must sell “Mr. Crumbs”. Laura’s parents will “think about it” if she can prove herself. She must raise money for six month’s of expenses, and find a place to keep him, by Christmas. With her brother and two friends enlisted, they set about planning a budget, sources of income (including a major bazaar), and a stable. The plot is tied closely to these practical matters, but suspenseful enough to keep one’s interest. Will the children manage?
Dora and Boots each plan a gift and a route to Rainbow Rock, where they will meet for Valentine's day.
So cute your tummy squirms. Dora and Boots will meet at Rainbow Rock for Valentine's Day. Dora is bringing strawberries, and Boots is bringing Chocolate from Chocolate(!) Lake. Will Swiper* get the key to "Valentine Gate" before Dora? Will Boots get past the smiling "Rosy Red Crabs"? Their claws look like opening hearts! With a map and good planning you know the outcome, and the positive value the Dora formula can offer young children.
Dora plans and then takes the proper steps to return books to the library.
As she hikes to the library to return her borrowed books Dora invites children along . In her backpack are books and tools needed for the trip. The mapped route includes a "Troll" bridge, a storm cloud, mud, a river and of course 'Swiper'. Swiper represents a child who 'swipes' toys. He is thwarted by a firm, but non aggressive, "Swiper, no swiping" command. Dora's positive, smart world is useful literature, but it is limited to the same narrow formula.
Dora & friends use a definite plan of action to reach treasure.
The child reader 'helps' Dora reach a treasure chest. Using stickers and a simple map, a bridge, boat and the keys to a treasure chest are 'assembled'. The story includes "Swiper", a fox character that represents a child who 'swipes' toys. He is thwarted by a firm, but non aggressive, "Swiper, no swiping" command. Dora's positive and smart world is useful literature, but restricted to the same narrow formula.