Sarah's sailing skill develops from her mature, independent focus on technique and natural forces.
Eleven year old Sarah has a lot to learn to compete in the sailing regatta. The brashness of sailing boys like Tommy do not distract her. Her sensible determination, her Grandpa's advice and her bright sailing observations raise our hopes. Even Tommy offers surprising values in Sarah's benevolent world. Alvord makes unapologetic use of sailing terminology but provides many explanatory sidebars, and a glossary.
The author keeps the interest of 8 to 12 year old girls, while sensibly presenting the many common, important health aspects they face.
The Care & Keeping of You covers almost every health aspect of grooming and hygiene girls might wonder about. It deals with nutrition, eating disorders, underarms, puberty and sleep troubles. Perhaps its most valuable information can be found in its discussion of puberty, which is detailed and sensible without being too technical. The book also deals with such woes as acne, body shape, and the emotional difficulties of menstruation.
We see how the lives of two girls from Santo Domingo and Maine, respectively, are connected through the trade of ice and chocolate treats!
Two young girls of the late 1800s tells us a bit about their lives. On a Caribbean island we see life near the ocean, and the manual harvest and preparation of cocoa for traders. In Maine we see how ice is encouraged, extracted, stored and shipped by sail. In this very rare perspective for children's literature, we see how each girl benefits from the other's lifestyle, through their parents' trade: think chocolate ice cream!
You will never look at your hands the same way again, after grasping Aliki's perspective on their amazing features, versatility and utility.
My Hands proves that no-nonsense facts can be entertaining, even to small children. Each page reveals a new feature or a new use for hands. In simple, interesting drawings we see children displaying or using their hands as the text describes. Even the obvious becomes more real when clearly stated: "I put my hands together. The fingers of my right hand touch the same fingers of my left hand!
Ziggy heads to the beach as the three disapproving pigs prepare for the wolf, but it's Ziggy's "outside the box" thinking that saves the day.
In fear of a visit from the Big Bad Wolf the three little pigs improve the 'security' of their, straw, stick and brick homes. Ziggy happily sleeps under the stars. The other three scornfully reject Ziggy's carefree invitation to go swimming. When the wolf blows apart all three homes, the pigs run to the beach. There, Ziggy provides a brilliant lesson in "thinking outside the box" (It's also a lesson for advocates of U.S. "Homeland Security").
Arthur proves his resourcefulness when babysitting the terrible Tibble twins.
Arthur agrees to baby sit the terrible Tibble twins. However, his experiences with DW, plus all the negative comments of others who have sat the twins, make him nervous. Sure enough, they are terrible, but after several ideas fail he finds one that works. To DW's dismay he suggests she help him next time. Arthur Babysits shows independence and resourcefulness as practical virtues.
Hannah's thoughtful determination not only wins the friendship of Fog Cat, but also wins the best gift Fog Cat could possibly give her.
While beach-combing on a foggy day Hannah spotted a shadowy cat with bright green eyes among the rocks. No one had ever tamed it, but Hannah was thoughtful and patient, selecting just the right treats over several months. Hannah won! "Fog Cat" finally let Hannah touch her and moved in to stay. Fog Cat would go out every day without fail but one day, looking a quite plump, she stayed in her basket!
Five carefully themed stories present slavish adherence to plans, foolish impatience with Nature, the nature of will power, integrity in bravery, and loss of friends through one-up-man-ship.
Each of the five stories in this little anthology present a point about the vagaries of individual behavior that a child can understand. Frog and/or Toad each make some wrongful judgment that leads to a smarter understanding. Parents can ask their children what that approach might be. The stories do not raise much tension, yet they are still interesting in a way that Winnie the Pooh is not.
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.