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Responsibility: Annie Shows Off: 11/14/07
Annie Shows Off is another story based on a 1996 PBS series called Adventures from the Book of Virtues. I am glad I didn't have the entire collection to read through.
In this book, Annie and Zach need to learn to take responsibility for their actions. They also need a serious grounding.
Annie's mother is a single parent trying to provide a good home for her daughter. She runs a bakery and has scraped together enough money to buy Annie a well needed new bike. To help out, Annie is asked to make a few deliveries on her new bike. Annie and Zach though decided to go racing in the mountains instead. Cakes and bike are ruined in the process and Annie nearly kills herself.
Annie and Zach get a lesson in responsibility from their oddly named forest friends. They use the myth of Daedalus and Icarus to teach them to take responsibility for their actions.
Happy to have learned a new life lesson, Annie and Zach go home to tell Annie's mother the truth. She happily drops everything to rebake all the cakes (plus one for the forest friends!). What about the heart break and frustration she must be feeling?