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!
Franklin learns that everyone has to struggle with their particular challenges, just as he has to struggle to cycle without training wheels.
It's time for Franklin to ride his two-wheeler without training wheels. He observes his friends and mistakenly thinks they find it easy, but a closer look helps him grasp that others find various things difficult too. Imagine a porcupine rollerblading, and you get the idea. Porcupine suggests Franklin use rollerblading pads, put pillows beside the walkway for crash landings, and to keep on trying!
David's struggle to survive in the endless muskeg of the Canadian North shows intelligent determination and a pursuit of wise personal values for his maximum happiness.
Escaping his unhappy stepfather, David stows aboard a U.S. airplane at an Edmonton airport. David, unexpectedly, is bound for the same destination as a pair of rare whooping cranes flying to their nesting pond... in the Northwest Territories! Tragedy strikes both sets of travelers. David and his strange but valued companion must fight for their lives. This story of determination and intelligence in the face of ever growing difficulties, offers readers a great character and an excellent vocabulary.
Undeterred by rejections, a lovely cat proudly perseveres at finding a home.
The plot may be simple, but this children's story offers more than just a happy ending. Undaunted by a thoughtless woman, an intolerant old man, and a snappy dog, a young, white cat seeks a place of her own. She eventually exhibits her beauty in a setting that young Amy cannot resist. The books strength lies in the way each wonderful illustration shows us the kitten's strength of character, as she moves forward after each setback.
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?
While babysitting the neighbors' children Henry solves problems by taking on more problems, and the neighbors have no idea.
Henry kindly agrees to baby sit two children, but they won't sleep. A parent appears with a solution, but with another child to sit! This problem→solution+child sequence repeats until his house is trashed, and all the exhausted kids finally sleep. At pick up time, the last parent says, "You see, babysitting is easy." The story suggests one should be careful their solutions don't cause more problems, and that people make judgments without knowing the whole story.
Stranded for eighteen years on an island off California, a native girl survives, fends off wild dogs and evades the murderous Aleuts
This story speculates on the life of Karana, an Indian girl left alone on an island near Southern California, when her tribe was moved to the mainland in the mid-1800s. For 18 years she hoped rescuers would re-unite her with her family. We follow her thoughts as she kept herself alive, solving the problems of building shelter and finding food, and even finding ways to be creative.
A lot of things make up a cake, so one should not waste it.
Patterned after This is the house that Jack built from Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, The Cake That Mack Ate leads us through important steps in the making of a cake; right to Mack's enjoyment of it. The surprise ending never stops being fun, and children will pay more attention to the actual building of the cake in subsequent readings.
Ashman rhymes to us about a variety of animal homes shown with cozy illustrations.
This is useful as a comfortable introduction to the many ways animals find shelter. They will be introduced to a rabbit's warren, an eagle's aerie, a tidal pool, a hollow tree, and even a bedroom. Every illustration is 'encircling'. Each projecting the very security the homes are intended to provide. The simple verse offers the same feel. Some parents might hope for a bit more sophistication see Where Fish Go In Winter
We see how Tim learns to care for a Spaniel puppy, and that its fun!
Right off, the little Cocker Spaniel puppy chose young Tim to be his owner. The Little Puppy demonstrates the nature of puppies and some aspects of their care: a veterinary exam, a dog house, etc. Its images suggest the strong companionship one can have with a dog, so expect your child to want a puppy! Be sure you also read The Little Kitten. Both books could be used to help prevent some children's fear of animals.