Driving a wagon with runaway horses, freedom from child labor, pining for parents to take care of them, and letting their imaginations run wild. The kids in this story have a bunch of fun…on their own.
Eleven-year-old Annie, 9-year-old "Rew" (Andrew) and Gran reside together in a country house adjacent to the Zebra Forest. That is, white birch trees interspersed with darkness makes the trees reminiscent of a zebra's stripes. Annie and Rew love the Zebra. They also adore acting out Treasure Island and enjoying other books.
Hospitals can be scary places for kids. All of the machines, strange noises and people that they do not know can be confusing. Sometimes, they endure painful procedures. They do not feel well, and they do not know what is going on. They miss their friends and family. Luckily for them, they have Dr. White.
Many children today are only familiar with the neat and tidy endings to ooey-gooey, sunshine stories. While these types of stories most certainly have their place in childhood, isn't it much more interesting when something unexpected, dark, or silly happens instead?