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Henry and Beezus

Last updated Monday, February 1, 2010

Author: Beverly Cleary
Date of Publication: 1952
ISBN: 0688213839
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2010

Synopsis: All Henry Huggins wants is his very own bicycle, a shiny red one to ride up and down Klickitat Street. But no matter how Henry tries to raise money for the bike of his dreams -- from selling bubble gum to delivering newspapers -- he always ends up with too much trouble and not enough money. But Henry's old friend Beezus has an idea that may turn Henry's worst trouble yet into a real business success!

Note to readers:
•  Note: Beverly Cleary also wrote The Mouse and The Motorcycle

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  On the cover, who is Henry and who is Beezus?
•  What do you think this book is about? (friendship)
•  Do you have a best friend?
•  What do best friends do for each other? (listen, be nice, play)

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you have a bicycle? Where would you ride your bike to?
•  Have you ever saved money or raised money for something you want?
•  How do you get money for something you want?
•  Can your pet be your best friend?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw your dream bicycle.
•  Draw a Valentine for your best friend or for your pet
•  Make a plan to raise money for something you want

*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!