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Henry Huggins

Last updated Friday, January 12, 2018

Author: Beverly Cleary
Illustrator: Louis Darling
Date of Publication: 1950
ISBN: 978-0062652355
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2018

Synopsis: Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary’s first novel, boys and girls alike will instantly be charmed by an average boy whose life is turned upside-down when he meets a loveable puppy with a nose for mischief.

Just as Henry Huggins is complaining that nothing exciting ever happens, a friendly dog sits down beside him and looks pleadingly at his ice-cream cone. From that moment on, the two are inseparable. But when Ribsy’s original owner appears, trying to reclaim his dog, Henry’s faced with the possibility of losing his new best friend.

Has Klickitat Street seen the last of rambunctious Ribsy?

Note to readers:
•  There's a brief mention of a kidnap of a baby. It's only one line (page 15).

Discussion topics:
•  Do you have a pet?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw the front of a store with big windows (similar to the cover of the book). Draw items for sale (such as toys & books) inside the windows.
•  Make a dog puppet using a paper bag.
•  Make a Valentine Card for your best friend or someone you love.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!