This title is set on a farm where all the animals and even the farmer's son are afraid to get their coats or hooves, or hair trimmed. One by one the comply and are amazed at how much better they feel and how there was never a need to be afraid in the first place.
Priscilla Pony organizes the tasks needed to make posters for the new school President. Everyone works together and the job is a success.
Peering out the window on a cold, snowy day Jonathan sees something in the doghouse in the backyard. Only it can't be his dog, Gizmo because he's safe and warm inside the house. As he investigates he finds it is a rabbit trying to stay warm. He and his mom give the rabbit some fruit and veggies, only to discover each time they check there are more and more rabbits. As the snow melts and Jonathan goes out to check on the rabbits they are all gone. He was proud he had provided a nice, warm place for them.
Spike and Mike monkey have a game called Snatch and Stow. They take items from their friends and hide them inside a secret cave. They think it is all in fun but when their friends call a meeting to discuss who could be doing this, they confess to their mother and learn a valuable lesson of not taking what is not yours.
Ernest Elephant wore hats for every day of the week. He needed a hat to wear on Fridays and when he saw the beautiful, red cowboy hat Priscilla Pony was wearing he knew he had to have one. The only problem was he didn't have enough money. After finding five dollars on the playground and wanting to keep it to buy the hat, he remembers it is his friend Mike's lunch money. He returns the money to Mike and three weeks later Ernest gets the red cowboy hat as a birthday present.
When the cast of characters decide to have a food fight in the school cafeteria it turns into a real mess. The lunch lady tries to stop them but they pay no attention to her. As the animals get up to leave they notice the sad look on the lunch lady's face and decide to miss recess that day to stay and clean up their mess.
Nathan and the Really Big Bully is a Mom's Choice Awards® Gold Recipient. This second book in the Nathan series tells the story of a hyena who enjoys picking on a penguin--a classic example of bullying. The penguin turns to Nathan for advice. Nathan tells the penguin that the worst thing he can do is to strike back saying, "two wrongs never make a right." Then one day, an elephant wanders into the lagoon, fills his trunk with water and playfully sprays a huge stream at Nathan. Nathan's first reaction is to get angry. But, with the penguin watching, Nathan decides to follow his own advice and looks the elephant right in the eye and tells him what he's doing is wrong. The elephant is apologetic. Then, when the hyena is about to splash the penguin, he copies Nathan and tells the hyena not to splash him again. Nathan's behavior demonstrates it's better to speak up to bullies than to strike back.