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Children's LiteratureMost of the "Little Bill" series is written to give kids examples of accepted behavior or to bring to light common fears and family situations. Little Bill is really growing up as demonstrated in this story. His parents are having a big party and Little Bill has to give up a day of playing to stand around in an uncomfortable jacket and tie and make conversation with adults. He resists the temptation to play soccer with his friends and does what his parents have asked. That the family has a good relationship is summed up when Little Bill muses that "Most of the time, my parents let me do what I want to do. On this day, I would do what my parents wanted me to do." 2003 (orig. 1999), Cartwheel/Scholastic, Ages 6 to 10.
— Marilyn Courtot