This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Monday, February 4, 2008

Children’s Book Monday

Dear Mr. HenshawDear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.

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.

Children's Book MondayBeverly 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.


Visit Elise at A Path Made Straight for more ideas for wonderful children’s books.


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4 comments:

luvmy4sons said...

Once a gain thaks or the info and the resource! Always good to have great book recommendations!

Kim said...

Okay, losing a bit of my anonymity here. We start reading an excerpt of this story Wednesday in class. I'm really looking forward to it because my student absolutely loooove the part where they find out that Leigh actually lives in OUR city! Makes it pretty easy to get the setting out of them! : )Great book! Thanks for the review.

Elise said...

How great! Cor just finished "Henry Huggins" and "Henry and Ribsy" and loved them- perhaps this is the next! Thanks so much for a great review!

Renee's Reading Corner said...

I really enjoy your book recommendations! Thanks for sharing.

My boys will love this one. Their listening to an audio-cd of one of Beverly Cleary's books right now and really enjoying it.