Using animal behavior as an example, this book proves that everyone is afraid sometimes.
Maxine loves her giant tree in the Walbran Valley, but as she gazes at clearcuts from the car window, she worries. What if her tree is gone? Her family and friends trek through the old growth forest, and Maxine runs on ahead to check. Yes, her tree is there. She stands at its foot and listens, but it doesn't make its special sound, "Keer, keer." She will soon learn that "Keer, keer" is the sound a marbled murrelet (a mamu) makes. The mamu is an endangered seabird that flies far from the sea to nest in the high flat branches of the Sitka spruce. When a tree-climber confirms the presence of a mamu nest, Maxine's tree will be safe forever.
A hunter has trained his dog to retrieve sticks; so that when he goes hunting the dog will retrieve the ducks he shoots. The tenderhearted dog brings the hunter sticks and carries the wounded birds to a safe haven to recuperate. When the hunter discovers what his dog is doing he changes his ways and helps his dog nurse the birds and releases them when they are well.
Cyril is shunned by other animals in the zoo because he looks so different from them. However, when winter comes Cyril's colors and stories remind them of the beauty of the natural world and that spring will soon return.
When a rat moves into Benito's store, his customers go elsewhere. Benito needs a boa constrictor to get rid of his problem, but how will he find the right one?
Pip has a problem. Tab promised to make lunch for the big picnic. But when Pip arrives, nothing is ready. How do Pip and Tab work together to make the picnic a success? Character concepts: Being a good friend, working together, being responsible.
The friends are happy it is Field Day! But then they learn there is no race for turtles. How can the friends help the turtles have fun too? Character concepts: Working together, empathy, being a good friend, self-esteem.