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.
D.W. shows a disbelieving Arthur that she actually can read the words on many street signs.
Arthur's Reading Race is an excellent sticker book for beginning readers. Arthur challenges D.W. to prove that she can read. Walking through town D.W. spots words on signs (which are shown in the illustrations). The accompanying text has certain words highlighted in blue, each identifying the sticker picture that the young reader can place by the word. This is a great activity book for interest, and for learning.
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.
Caillou learns that several everyday things require special care and respect.
We consider this a useful story because young children can see that Caillou learns –from just the right amount of experience– that standing on a chair is risky, handling snow without mittens is cold, and that the stove is hot. This is typical Caillou: bland, but it does create a means for opening a dialogue with your child about safety.
A young boy learns that 'heaven' is understanding how Grandpa's influence continues long after he has passed away.
As his family relates precious moments they had with Grandpa, the grieving young son can't understand 'where' Grandpa is. The father wisely portrays Heaven "as any place two people who love each other have shared some time". The boy grasps the useful lesson that Grandpa's 'presence' lies in his ongoing relevance to their lives, though he no longer physically exists. The understanding enables him to tell them his own memories—emotional stuff!
DW realizes, after all sorts of poor behavior, that she cannot reject food before trying it.
D.W. 'discovers' she doesn't like all sorts of foods, with spinach being the worst. She threw a tantrum at a restaurant when she found spinach in her salad, so her parents refused to bring her out to eat. She agreed to behave for Grandma Thora's birthday, and chose quite the surprise dinner! This story makes a small point about narrow judgments —and might be useful for parents of a picky eater.
Jean's tells of her life in China as a ten year old "foreign devil", homesick for values she believes lie in the America she has never seen.
Ten year old Jean lived in the British American 'concession' of Hankow China, during her father's term as director of the local YMCA. Homesick is a well developed series of vignettes: the little Chinese boy she treats with oranges and who calls her a "foreign devil", the family ocean side vacation, the loss of her newborn sister, her friendship with Andrea, the siege of WuChang. The story's climax is more profound than a simple escape from China.
Franklin's first-day fears of school are allayed when Mr.Owl praises his art skills.
Franklin is nervous about his first day of school. Other kids seem to understand reading and numbers, but he doesn't. Mr. Owl makes Franklin comfortable by noticing his coloring, and helps him with reading. By day's end Franklin has worked with building blocks, the classroom store and made several paintings he wants to show his parents. Franklin Goes to School offers a useful look at Franklin's first day at kindergarten, showing children what they can expect.
Jenny's hospital visit gently introduces young readers to the hospital environment and its procedures.
Jenny has injured her arm and head in the playground. We are told how Jenny was nervous of the X-ray machine, but then "didn't feel a thing". Her arm is casted and she is kept overnight for observation. Mum and Dad provide the proper support. The important experience the story conveys, and the complementary pictures, make this book useful to read to a child before they ever need a hospital.
Ignoring his father, Walter's bouncing causes him and his bed to fall through many floors –until he wakes up and hears Delbert bouncing above him!
This is a fun fantasy about consequences. Walter ignores his father's admonition against bouncing on the bed. Walter's bouncing crashes him through floor after floor. He passes through the homes of a number of tenants, each with their interesting activities. They join him in a heap at the bottom. When Walter wakes he realizes his friend Delbert in the apartment above, is awake too!