Set in New Jersey, Drawing with Whitman is about a girl named Catalynd—“Cat”—who breaks both legs in a car accident. The car accident occurs during a storm, when her mom loses control of the car and hits a tree. Her mom feels very depressed after the car accident, and Cat tries to help her and understand her depression. While all of this is happening, Cat's oldest brother, Buddy, is leaving for college in Florida. Cat is not excited to see him go, because the two have a very close relationship.
The Mountain and the Goat is a picture book where one thing leads to another. In this book, the theme shows the reader that if you give someone something they need, then this person will return the favor. In this story, the narrator gives an object to someone, and the receiver pays the narrator back by giving him another object. Then the narrator shares the received gift with another person. It is a continuous cycle throughout the book involving the narrator and various characters.