These five stories present: 1) timely productiveness, 2) persistent effort, 3) academic detachment, 4) a deception to correct an error, and 5) the nature of jumping to conclusions.
This collection of Frog and Toad fables are as good as ever, but with two small flaws. We see Toad learn the benefit of caring for his home in a timely manner; that persistent effort finally flies their kite (though shouting appears to be a factor); that scary stories encourage a detached perspective; that a deception (a flaw) could improve the fit of Toad's birthday gift; and, that Toad jumped to faulty conclusions when he learned Frog wanted to be alone.
During a big snowstorm Jeanette realizes she had forgotten her cat, remembers its value, and rushes to find it.
Jeanette's cat, Kitty Doyle, regularly meets her as she returns from school, but this snowy day Jeanette visits her friend's for latkes. Suddenly Jeanette remembers KD will be waiting in the snow; she must find her. The Big Storm introduces a young girl's life in Winnipeg in the early 1900s, and presents her properly recovered sense of values.
To keep his puppy, Arthur knows he must train him, and does.
Unfortunately the new puppy makes a terrible mess of Arthur's home. Arthur is only allowed to keep "Pal" if he can train him quickly and well. This typical Arthur story shows him succeeding because he works at correcting his mistakes.
We see Jenny learn to raise a kitten according to its natural requirements and. thereby, to enjoy its character.
This is a photographic 'biography' of Pickle, a ginger kitten and her youthful owner, Jenny. The Little Kitten introduces children to the nature of animals. Its images show how cute kittens can be, rousing a child's appreciation of living things. Young children love it, but expect your child to want a kitten! Be sure you show him/her the slightly more informative The Little Puppy.
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.
Franklin's grumpy mood eases when his father suggests he write to his friend Otter.
Franklin is grumpy. He breaks or loses things and finds no pleasure playing outside. He is even is rude to his mother. Father suggests writing to Otter, who has moved away, and Franklin cheers up. We see that facing the cause of a problem helps solve it. On p15 we see that Franklin knew why he was grumpy. Bourgeois missed a chance to have Franklin introspect, recognize the problem and deal with it himself.
In Guatemala, specially made kites are flown to celebrate the lives of deceased love ones.
"Barrilete" is the Guatemalan word for kite. In an unusually positive celebration of the lives of the now dead, kites are gaily flown over the local cemetery. The author uses photographs to show the making of a Barrilete, and its launch. Amado also provides select Guatemalan terms.
Enno's dream 'boats' become so large he must act on them.
Farmer Enno dreams of a boat, and when he awakes, a model of it is on his bedroom floor. Each night he dreams of a different boat, and they appear on his bedroom floor, but they get larger. Soon enormous boats are appearing in his fields. This magical story has a wonderful message. Why do the boats get so big? What should Enno do about it?
A young teen chooses to use wilderness survival skills to live alone for a year in the Catskill Mountains (New York State).
Sam was the youngest of nine children living in a cramped New York City apartment. He'd read about survival and knew his family still owned some land in the Catskills. Arriving in May with pocket knife, axe, cord, and flint & steel, he sets to practicing survival skills he'd only read about. His success, even through winter, provides confidence, but events in the story mainly showcase survival skills, rather than establish any real conflict.
'Princess' is taught fear of germs, so she will wash her hands.
The Little Princess likes getting dirty and hates washing her hands. In a fun way, the princess's maid explains why hand washing is needed. Eventually TLP asks, "Do I have to wash my hands after washing my hands?" The maid: "Don't be silly. Eat your cake!" Kids find the odd illustrations to be fun, and enjoy the Princess' quirky character. To make it more useful see VMs full review.