Dying of boredom in his retirement pasture, Charlie, a spirited Clydesdale, rediscovers his joie de vivre by setting the entire village "on schedule" for his favorite daily event.
The sorriest sort of creature is the one without a purpose. Marguerite Henry has captured this gravely important principle in a way that children can understand, and has done so by using a draft horse as her main character. One can still be active and important during retirement and Charlie delightfully ensures he is both.
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.
By learning to read, old Jeremiah discovers the beauty in literacy, and a shared joy.
Wise old Jeremiah farmed his whole life, and now wants to read. "You are wonderful as you are", said his wife. "But I can be better", he responds. Perhaps his way of learning was unusual, but he soon discovers that reading offers more than simple facts. Juliana asks, "When are you going to read to me?" He answers, "When the time is right". He has found a special new reason for reading!
After decades of disinterest, backwoods Indian children in Alaska are amazed to find school learning offers real values, and even happiness, thanks to a teacher from England.
The new teacher wears pants! Frederika, a 10 year old Athapaskan native, remarks, "We sure never started school throwing books out before". When Miss Agnes produced new art supplies she said, "The first thing you must do is brighten this school up." Who cares about reading, writing and arithmetic? People have to fish, hunt & trap. What could little Jimmy Sam, who could already disassemble and restore engines, or deaf Bokko, learn in school? A lot!
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.
Marc Falkoff's abridged story of an orphan girl who seeks to fit into her new community of adults and friends without sacrificing her self respect and Romantic values.
Mathew and Marilla sought a boy to help on their farm, but the orphanage sent Anne. Anne has a number of "scrapes" as she tries to integrate into a rather austere household, and a community with a mix of characters. Her prideful pursuit of her own values is both charming and exemplary. Marc Falkoff does not merely enumerate Anne's scrapes, but presents them as if the reader was there —an essential aspect of writing for children.
Pippi and friends have a happy time coping with a very different life on a Pacific Isle, where her Dad is the king of its natives.
The full review of the first Pippi Longstocking provides insight as to the nature of this children's series. Pippi in the South Seas begins the same way, but its plot and events are more logical, serving as a useful growth for developing readers. With her usual industry Pippi makes children's lives fun in a dozen different ways. She confronts sharks, a pair of pearl thieves and, with Tommy and Annika, decides not to grow up.
Mrs. Honey is so inattentive she allows her hat to be transformed into something amusingly undesirable.
Mrs. Honey's hat has such unusual decorations as feathers, lace, and shells. As she goes about her day objects from her hat are stolen by 'thieves' who leave odd rubbish in their place. Mrs. Honey fails to notice that her hat is laughably changed.
Photographs of McKenzie's gym talents and winning smile are shown in various photos, with short descriptions of six forms of gymnastics.
The book provides a selection of images with the author's daughter posing to demonstrate basic gymnastics activities: rhythmic, artistic, trampoline, tumbling, sport acrobatic, and sport aerobic. The pictures and McKenzie's winning smile sell the sport (and McKenzie) well, but the text is rather plain narration and explains little about the sports themselves.
A kid's photo essay of a day in the life of a policeman.
This photo essay for kids shows a policeman's day. Dad puts on his uniform in the morning, finger prints the kids at headquarters and shows them the jail. He forwards an emergency call, shows how parked cars are monitored and ticketed, checks for speeders, recovers a lost dog, checks an unlocked business, helps at a crosswalk and gives an ambulance tour. Though concretely informative with good photos, the absence of values and virtues of police work is glaring.