Martin tells part of the true story of the crew of the explorer vessel Karluk surviving on barren ice and islands north of the Arctic Circle, for almost a year (1913-1914).
The Karluk was commissioned for exploration and study of the plants and people of the far north, but it was crushed in ice. Its crew struggled 100 miles to a small island, there to wait the return of the captain who sought help. This biography relates a remarkable struggle, but it is told with abject Naturalism. The crude Eskimo drawings fit the subject, but do not inspire. B&W photos show those who survived.
Mog causes pointless chaos when visiting the vet, and both recover.
After an improper delay, Mog the cat is taken to the "Vee Ee Tee" for a sore paw. Twice the cat's behavior produces pet chaos at the vet clinic. No one seems able to control their animals. The pets appear to think conceptually, yet the events occur with no reason. The story blandly trails off as the Vet recovers the next day.
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.