Pedro yearns for the pirate's life. Though he is only the cabin boy on Captain Crossbones' ship, he daydreams about becoming a real pirate. When that chance finally comes, Pedro steals a mermaid's gold locket. The mermaid chastises Pedro, but he laughs and boasts, "It's what we pirates do!" That initial boast, however, soon gives way to regret as Pedro contemplates his actions. He resolves to return the locket and to free the mermaid that Captain Crossbones holds captive. The outcome is a happy one as Pedro expresses his contrition to the mermaid, and assures her that the pirate's life is not for him.(The parrot clues are in Spanish for only Pedro to understand!!)
When the children on the bus get a substitute driver who they think has too many rules, they quickly learn that following rules isn't a bad idea as they get caught in a storm and Mr. Goldfluss keeps them safe until the storm passes.
Alden promises to build the people of Thatchville new homes after theirs had been blown away in a windstorm. After having some trouble he runs into a beaver who supplies him with bamboo to build the homes in the promise that Alden would not follow him. Needing more bamboo Alden ventures into the forest again and this time the beaver would only give him more bamboo if he could guess his name. When Alden could not, the beaver left and Alden broke his promise and followed the beaver to the bamboo forest. After apologizing for breaking his promise and following the beaver, he decided to supply Alden with more bamboo.
Jake, Tommy and Lexie are on a ski trip. In an attempt to squeeze one last run in for the day, the kids head out on their own to ski down Easy Street. But Lexie and Jake convince Tommy to try Wildcat Run instead. Wildcat Run presents the young skiers with more than they expect, including a cougar sighting. When Lexie has a bad fall, the kids are left stranded on the hill in the fading daylight. Will they be rescued or will they have to spend the night alone on the mountain with a cougar?
Life in the cove is always changing and Myrtle wants to change, too. She is tired of being a plain old sea turtle, and longs to have big beautiful butterfly wings, so she can fly like her best friend Anew. Convinced that her shell is just like a cocoon, Myrtle begins thinking butterfly thoughts and even tries wiggling like a caterpillar. But nothing seems to work and her frustration grows. Only after danger visits the cove does Myrtle finally look within herself to discover that her own unique wings were there all along. All creatures have Wings to set them free. I have found the Wings that are right for ME. This second book in Dr. Franklin Hill's Change Series will inspire readers young and old to find their own Wings Within and discover what makes each one of us so unique and special.
Calypson Cat is having a hard time with all the other cats on the ship. They always complained and were not grateful for the place they had to live, or the fish they had to eat, or the mice they had to chase. After calling a meeting to remind them how lucky they are, the other cats have a change of attitude and come to appreciate what they have.
As the cast of merry hikers start along the trail they decide to mark the trees with forks and spoons so they can find their way home. After a relaxing hike they start back only to find all the forks and spoons are gone. They are lost and begin to get scared when a ranger finds them and leads them to a shelter. He offers them something to eat and they notice the spoon he gives them is one of theirs. He told them he thought someone had littered and he collected the forks and spoons to give to someone who really needed them. The hikers remarked by saying that made him like Robin Hood.