She gave us Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins and so many other wonderful children’s books and Beverly Cleary presents a touching story with Dear Mr. Henshaw.
Leigh Botts begins an inauspicious correspondence with author Boyd Henshaw when he is in second grade. The letter includes a salutation, a mere three sentences, and a closing. But it is only the first of many. The story is told solely through Leigh’s letters and his journal over four years. Through it we see Leigh’s spelling and punctuation improve and we see more. We see a young boy growing and maturing and becoming a writer himself.
Beverly Cleary’s poignant story, a 1984 Newbery Award winner, is humorous and human, a story for young people to identify with. It is deftly illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky’s black and white drawings.
This was a favorite of Roo’s a while back and sure to be a favorite of Boo’s soon. This is a great reader for second to fourth graders.
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