Summer Fun by Carolyn Haywood, 1986.
This is a cute book of short stories featuring favorite Haywood characters, including Betsy and Eddie. The children spent their summer in different ways, having fun summer adventures. None of the adventures is particularly scary. Although a couple of the kids find themselves in semi-dangerous situations, everything is resolved pretty quickly, and the rest of the stories are more slice-of-life style stories about fun and funny things that the kids do or lessons they learn.
The stories are very easy to read and great for children beginning chapter books or for some light bedtime reading for younger kids.
The stories in this book are:
Bears and Blueberries
Peter is at summer camp, and when he goes on a hike and camp-out with his camp friends, they have encounters with wildlife.
The Watermelon Party
Betsy’s father tells her that he used to have watermelon parties with his friends when he was young, and that the person who had the most watermelon seeds at the end of the party would win a prize. Betsy decides that she wants to have a party like that, but her friend Rodney learns why cheating takes all the fun out of a contest.
A Bell for Jim Dandy
Jim Dandy is a brand of ice cream that comes on a stick. When the bell on the ice cream truck is broken, Billy gets a job trying to help the driver attract customers in exchange for free ice cream. But, without a bell himself, how will he get people’s attention?
While Betsy is visiting her aunt and uncle at their summer home by the beach, she discovers a special rock a little ways out from the shore that she likes to think of as all her own. She likes to sit out on the rock and read with her aunt’s dog, but what will she do when a sudden storm leaves her stranded?
Betsy’s Hammock Club
Betsy loves the hammock that her father bought for her, but so does every other kid in the neighborhood!
Eddie and His Hermit Crab
Anna Patricia buys a couple of hermit crabs at the beach as pets. When she gives one to Eddie, he decides that his crab will win the hermit crab race at the beach!
Eddie and His Money Sheet
Eddie sets out to make some money with sand sculptures and ends up convincing Anna Patricia to adopt a stray cat.
Eddie and Anna Patricia find out that her new cat actually belongs to someone else. But, they become friends with the cat’s owners, who take them out for a sailing trip and picnic. When the kids’ parents are late arriving with food for the picnic, Anna Patricia tries to let the kids into the house and discovers how different the Goldilocks story would have been if the bears had a security alarm.
An Afternoon on the Farm
Teddy and Babs visit a farm with their parents and make friends with the grandchildren of the owners, Mark and Sarah. While the children are playing at being explorers one day, they find a dead animal they’ve never seen before. When they bring it back to show their parents, they learn why you shouldn’t mess with a skunk, even a dead one. (No mention of disease, just smell, although I’d think that would be a more serious issue.)
End of Summer
It’s time for Mark and Sarah to go home after visiting their grandparents. With all of the things they have to remember to take with them and all of the things they forget, will they actually make it to the train on time?