The World Government trains a child genius to save Earth from aliens, but Ender experiences the consequences of committing to goals that are not his own.
Siblings Peter and Ender are geniuses but only Ender is chosen, at age six, to be trained as the ultimate space commander. In Battle School he finds his genius is variously admired and viciously resented. The stakes rise unbearably, as Ender struggles to keep his integrity. When a man’s ultimate purpose is decided by others, can he achieve his ideals? Peter sought to be a user rather than be the used. Are the brothers a metaphor for a false alternative?
Caillou learns the difference between his imaginary fear of a wolf in the attic and reality.
Caillou is afraid there is a wolf in the attic. Dad explores the attic with him, so Caillou can see there is no wolf. When Caillou decides to play in the attic he asks his Dad to stay with him. Unfortunately, we cannot be sure if Caillou is still afraid or if he just wants his Dad to play. Parents could emphasize the latter view, and suggest Caillou is no longer afraid because he knows the truth.
E,S&L contrasts the proper and improper use of commas, effectively showing their impact on understanding.
This is a children's version of Lynne Truss's adult book, by the same title. It presents 13 examples of comma abuse (14, if you count the title) and their corrections, using sentences that are humorous when incorrect. For example, "Slow, children crossing" is a partial sentence of two independent phrases. However, without the comma the word slow in "Slow children crossing" becomes an adjective that modifies children. All thirteen examples are explained at end of the book.
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.
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.
Playing pirate and princess / is lot's of good fun. /
Will she tidy up that mess / and please her poor Mum?
"Jillian Jiggs" tells us, in very catchy verse, of Jillian and her friend's imaginative and crazy crafts and roles. Kids will be amused that she, in a cute way, drives her mother to distraction. Of course, Mom finally faints in dismay, into Jillian's arms, when Jillian is wearing a little angel costume! The story ends wisely, with Jillian saying,
"You'd better go now, Rachel & Peter.
"See you tomorrow when everything's neater."
Little Critter learns how babies can add to family happiness, and acts accordingly.
Little Critter has plans to show his baby sister all his toys and games, but she is uninterested or frightened. At his Mom's suggestion he tries basic cuddling, rocking, tickling and baby toys. His sister responds and starts to have fun. ValuedMinds suggests parents will find this book useful for showing children how to interact with a new baby and to not expect too much of them.
Told in rhyme, Benny uses his imagination to hide in miniature, and his parents play along.
Told as a delightful poem, Benny imagines how well he could hide if he was mi-nute. His parents struggle to find him as he hides in the wall picture, in his father's pocket, on the clothesline, in his toy car, or with his toy animals. The clear and nicely colored illustrations show that miniature Benny is not easy to find, and your child will enjoy pointing him out. Benny's parents search and search, until...
Brother and Sister Bear learn the futility of fads, as a result of their compulsive pursuit of a popular stuffed toy.
Stuffed "Beary Bubbies" of all sorts appear in the Bear neighborhood. Brother and Sister spend all their allowance, and do chores to earn more. Prices climb as supplies are snapped up, until even Papa joins in the pursuit. But supply meets demand, and soon Bubbies are given out free, with a gas fill up. The fad fades. What does one do with dozens of Bearie Bubbies but look at them? The Bears learn a lesson in wise collecting: whatever did they accomplish?
Caillou copes with the first time his parents both go out without him.
This story gently shows that being left behind, when Mum and Dad go out to dinner, is not so bad. Babysitter Lisa plays distracting games with Caillou, who eventually 'goes out' with Lisa by leaving Teddy in the bedroom. A child's independence and self esteem depend on being able to do things alone. The Babysitter offers a useful approach to preparing a child for that inevitable night with a babysitter.