"Poor Harry can't get rid of his hiccups in this charming picture book written by Jean Little."-- Provided by publisher.
In 1916, in Uxbridge, Ontario, twelve-year-old Eliza, a Presbyterian minister's daughter, chronicles her family's experiences after her two brothers leave for Europe to fight in the war.
Emma is allergic to animals with fur, but because she and her adopted brother really want a pet, they decide to try a lizard.
When the family moves from Germany to Canada in the 1930's, a nine-year-old girl discovers the reason for her awkwardness and apparent inability to do anything right.
Five animals gathered at a stable in Bethlehem miss the baby who was recently born there; to comfort one another, each tells the tale of how it came to be at the stable for the baby's birth.
While on a picnic, a father puts together familiar elements from various stories until he comes up with a version his children like.
Each barnyard animal hopes for a baby of their own and after they have one they tell their offspring how special they are.
With the help of her new friend who has magic boots just like her own, Emma overcomes her shyness and no longer hates reading out loud in school.
Emma finds out how hard it is to be a big sister when her family adopts a four-year-old boy named Max.