The much-quoted title piece, originally published in the Atlantic Monthly, gives voice to every parent's battle with table manners, bath time and various “laws, statutes and ordinances” concerning biting (don't), sand (not edible) and pets (not to be taped). Equally entertaining are the rest of his essays -- I espcially enjoyed Frazier's self-declared role as spokesman for crows, complete with slogan (“Crows: We Want to Be Your Only Bird”.)
I have read a lot of inspiring stories of successful people, and a lot of personal growth books, but this one is different-simply in it's delivery. It is very easy to read, the points are direct and simple to understand, and it is a true eye opener to read what characteristics successful people have verses people on the failure curve. I plan to apply the concepts to my health, career, finances, and relationships.
September is a young girl who lives a dreary life and yearns for adventure. A
strange character named The Green Wind takes pity on her and swoops into her
room one evening just after her 12th birthday — she embarks on a voyage to
Fairyland to track down a particular item from the Marquess, who has taken over
as the new dictator.