Although she is tired of the responsibility of being the oldest sister, Felicity realizes how much her family means to her when a carriage accident puts her pregnant mother in danger. Includes a section on babies in the late 1700s.
Nine-year-old Kirsten keeps her friendship with a Sioux Indian girl a secret until Kirsten's little brother becomes lost in the woods. Includes a section on Sioux Indians and a project related to the story.
Molly feels that everything in her life has changed when her father goes off to England to help wounded soldiers and her beloved aunt joins the Women's Airforce Service Pilots. Includes a section on women pilots in the armed services, and a project related to the story.
When her friend Nellie, the servant girl from next door, does not show up for ice skating as usual, Samantha is afraid that Nellie will not come to her party because she cannot afford to bring presents. Includes a section on ice skating in the early 1900s.
After her brother joins the family in Philadelphia at the end of the Civil War, Addy wants to be with him as much as possible, so she is jealous when he starts spending time with her friend's cousin. Includes information about the life of African Americans in Philadelphia in the 1860s and a recipe for letter cookies.
Nine-year-old Josefina wants to give up learning to play the piano until she sees how much joy her music gives to her baby nephew. Discusses the importance of music on the New Mexican frontier and describes how to dance La Vaquerita.
In colonial Williamsburg, nine-year-old Felicity's dancing skills improve when she changes from wearing clumsy shoes to dainty slippers but ultimately she learns that "Gracefulness is in the foot, not the shoe." Includes information on the education of girls in colonial America, focusing on dance, and presents square dance instructions.
When a new girl arrives at school, Kirsten is jealous, completely forgetting how scared and lonely she felt the year before when she was the new girl in school. Gives instructions for making a friendship pillow like those made in the 1850s.
Molly is eager to meet a famous movie star at a War Bond rally, until she cannot find the money that her class had collected to buy a bond. Includes information on movies during World War II and a recipe for popcorn.
When Cornelia's veil is ruined on the day of her wedding ceremony in 1904, nine-year-old Samantha comes to the rescue. Includes information on wedding customs in the early 1900s and instructions for making a bridesmaid bouquet.
Though her parents "jumped the broom" to get married when they were slaves, now that they are living free in Philadelphia after the Civil War they plan to have a church wedding and Addy works to complete a special quilt to give them as a wedding gift.
In the early 1800s, when nine-year-old Josefina accompanies her father into the New Mexican mountains to check on the elderly shepherd who works for him and she proves herself a good traveling companion when her father has an accident.
In 1774 Williamsburg, Virginia, Felicity helps the irritable Mrs. Burnie do laundry and learns a secret that seems to explain her behavior. Includes notes on the history of eyeglasses and instructions for making a pair of lorgnettes, glass lenses attached to elegant handles.
In 1824 New Mexico, nine-year-old Josefina is happy when her grandparents and aunt come to visit, but she thinks she must choose between meeting her grandmother's expectations and being true to herself. Includes historical notes on women's rights in New Mexico in 1824 as well as a recipe for apple empanaditas.
In 1933 Cincinnati, Kit is an enthusiastic baseball player whose home run slide has surprising consequences. Includes historical notes on major league baseball and the Cincinnati Reds in the 1930s and provides ideas for decorating a baseball cap.
Ten-year-old Molly and her friend Susan have different ideas about how to present their school report on George Washington. Includes historical notes on George Washington and a recipe for cherry-nut cupcakes.
A voyage on the S.S. Londonia from New York to England provides Samantha Parkington with a wide range of exciting new experiences and souvenirs, many of which are mounted in the book in scrapbook format.
Kaya becomes jealous of a girl from another tribe until they are forced to work together in a dangerous situation. Includes historical notes on Indian trading along the Columbia River in 1764, as well as instructions for creating a petroglyph.
Ten-year-old Kit dreams of having a special tree house someday, but she is disappointed with the one her father and her friend build for her. Includes note on housing during the Depression and a related craft activity.