Marlene is a country girl who leaves her home to attend high school at a convent run by strict nuns. In the throes of adolescence, she finds it painful to uproot herself, but her irresistible sense of humour helps her to overcome many difficulties.
Little Marcus tells his friend Jenny a secret that is too big to keep to himself. It explains why he agrees to play the clown in a school play. He uses the role to try to attract the attention of someone he likes very much. Who do you think it is?
Marie-Lune lives in a very isolated spot. Going through a very difficult time for an adolescent girl, she is besotted with Antoine, and the relationship is causing problems with her mother. She has two very good friends: Sylvie, whom she considers almost a sister, and Fernande, who is also going through a period of very intense change.
A richly illustrated short story on the frustrations of a little girl. She complains to her father because it isn't "fair" that her friends have everything and she has nothing interesting. Except...
A lonely old man watches the whales arrive every summer from his cedar-shingled cottage on a bluff by the sea. One crisp spring day his daughter and grandaughter come to live with him. The baby girl grows up learning about nature from her grandfather. When the old man dies, the mother and daughter continue to watch for the whales. The next summer a baby whale is spotted and so the life-cycle continues. Award-winning illustrations add to the text.
The miser and the snake live in Victor's dreams and calm his fears. Victor also confides his fears to his friend Six, the pig. Victor does not believe that the Earth is round; he thinks it is flat like a plate. Frightened by the idea that Mrs. Belon might fall into a bottomless pit on her trip around the world, he decides to build a picket fence along the edge of the Earth. So Victor leaves with the miser and the snake on a search for the end of the Earth.
Simon loves boxes. Among other things, Simon makes houses for his animal friends out of them. Upset that they will not stay in their new box homes, Simon visits Jack-in-the-Box who advises him to find something else to do with them. He puts the boxes to good use collecting the litter in the forest with the help of all his friends. Beautiful illustrations enhance the text.