All About Arthur Author:Norma E. Koenig, Illus. by Shirley Hirsch A Word from the Author: — Dear Mother and Father, — Here are two stories that are just for fun. I hope your son or daughter will find in Arthur a very good friend. And of course, sometimes learning can come through laughter better than in other ways. — There are times when every child feels neglected and unloved. Of course, a five-year-old child... more » knows that the whole family can't revolve around him all the time, but that doesn't keep him from feeling quite abused, feeling that he'll "just go off and live by himself."
He will recognize these familiar feelings when you read to him the first story of Arthur. He will be able to laugh at himself a bit, and then will be reassured of his own place in the family.
In the second story, you will look in upon Arthur when he is having a chat with his father about the serious business of growing up. Every child sighs when he thinks of the bigness all around him. It is a good feeling to know that your father thinks you are growing up quite nicely, but it's even more important to know that he loves you just the way you are. And as a child basks in the sunshine of his parents' love, he gains respect for himself and confidence in his ability to love and serve others. Through this fabric of love and service in the family, the child first comes to know the love of God and wants to serve Him.« less