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Beverly Cleary
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May 1992
In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
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When, in second grade, Leigh writes to an author to tell him how much he "licked" his book, he never suspects that he'll still be writing to him four years later. And he never imagines the kinds of things he'll be writing about:
Dear Mr. Henshaw, I am sorry I was rude in my last letter... Maybe I was mad about other things, like Dad forgetting to send this month's support payment. Mom tried to phone him at the trailer park where, as Mom says, he hangs his hat.
It's not easy being the new kid in town, with recently divorced parents, no dog anymore, and a lunch that gets stolen every day (all the "good stuff," anyway). Writing letters, first to the real Mr. Henshaw, and then in a diary to a pretend Mr. Henshaw, may be just what he needs.

This Newbery Medal-winning book, by the terrifically popular and prolific Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Runaway Ralph), exhibits a subtlety and sensitivity that will be appreciated by any youngster who feels lonely and troubled during the transition into adolescence. Winner of numerous other awards, including two Newbery Honors, Cleary teams up with Caldecott winner Paul O. Zelinsky, who creates a quiet backdrop for the realistic characters. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"A first-rate, poignant story ... a lovely, well-crafted, three-dimensional work." -- -- The New York Times Book Review

"Cleary succeeds again. [Her] sense of humor leavens and lightens ..." -- -- School Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars How I felt about this book June 30 2004
Format:Paperback
I am a student at West Virginia State University, and read this book for my Children's Literature class. Our assignment was to select a Newbery winner and report on it. When I selected this book I wasn't aware it was going to have such an affect on me. I am from a divorced family and if I would have had something like this to read when I was younger I may have learned ways to cope with what I was going through. I recommend this book to all children whether their parents are divorced or not. This book will also prepare them with what is going on in others lives. Sometimes children aren't as considerate with their peers as they should be. I enjoyed this book, and I know you will too!
In this book, Leigh Botts, writes to an author to help cope with his parents divorce and help him get over going to a new school. He relies on the author to help him overcome his fear of writing. He dreams of becoming an author as great as Mr. Henshaw. Leigh realizes he has to be himself in order to be effective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How I felt about this book June 30 2004
Format:Paperback
I am a student at West Virginia State University, and read this book for my Children's Literature class. Our assignment was to select a Newbery winner and report on it. When I selected this book I wasn't aware it was going to have such an affect on me. I am from a divorced family and if I would have had something like this to read when I was younger I may have learned ways to cope with what I was going through. I recommend this book to all children whether their parents are divorced or not. This book will also prepare them with what is going on in others lives. Sometimes children aren't as considerate with their peers as they should be. I enjoyed this book, and I know you will too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Book For 5th Graders May 27 2004
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Wow, what a great book for fifth Graders! The book "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary is about a boy named Leigh Botts. Leigh moves to a new town with his mother. His parents are divorced and he is lonely. Leigh writes a letter to his favorite author Mr. Henshaw. He askes Mr. Henshaw lots of questions and Mr. Henshaw writes him back. Leigh begins to write to Mr. Henshaw all of the time because it helps him figure out his own feelings. He becomes a better writer for this. Leigh enters a writing contest and the winner gets to meet a famous writer. Do you think he will win the contest? Do you think that famous writer could be Mr. Henshaw? Do you think that Leigh will make new friends at his new school? Will Leigh's parents get back together? All of these questions can be answered by reading this great book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars this book was ok Jan. 12 2004
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Format:Paperback
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary was an ok book. Its all about an 11 year old boy named Leigh Botts and what he writes in his letters and journal. The letters are to Mr. Henshaw an author of "Ways to Amuse a Dog." Leigh is having a tough time because his parents are going through a divorce and he needs someone to talk to. Leigh finds out that someone is stealing his lunch every day. So he makes an alarm for his lunchbox. Leigh also has a dog named bandit who stays with his dad who is a trucker. and Leigh stays with his mom. this book was ok. I would not recommend it.
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It is the most boring book that was made. It did not catch my interest at all. Writing letters, that is boring . you could at least of did something different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Mr.Henshaw's book review Dec 9 2003
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Format:Paperback
The book "Dear Mr.Henshaw" to me was really great. One of the reasons why I liked it was because it awas about a boy's interesting life. Another reason why I liked the book was because the boy didn't get fustrated because he didn't have anybody to play with. The final reason why I liked this book was because it actually has a point not like other books that are long and they don't really say nothing.
The most important character in this book is called Leigh Botts and he is an only child. His parents divorce after an argument overa trick that Mr.Botts wanted to buy. At first he used to live in Bakersfield CA,and then moved to Pacific Grove CA. Now he attends a new elementary school and they always steal his lunch because his mom puts him delicious food since she's a great cook. He writes to his favorite author for tips on how to write.
The two secondary characters are Mr.Henshaw and his mom Bonie Botts. Mr. Henshaw is Leighs favorite author and sometimes answers his letters. Bonie is Leigh's mom, she works in a restaurant and is a great cook. She cares alot about his son.
At first the story took place in Bakersfield and then they moved to Pacific Grove after his mom divorced. This new place where they now live is important because by accident his dad stops by a near by gas station.
First dad starts working in a company where he houled things like cotton and carrots. Second he wanted to buy a truck that was too expensive. Third mom and dad had an argument over the truck. Fourth they moved to Pacific Grove. Fifth he saw his dad finally after a long time.
Leigh faces the problem that his parents are divorced. He has hard time in school. Many kids in school don't notice him.
I think she wrote this book just for fun. Maybe she just wanted to entertain readers. That's why I think she wrote it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Mr.Henshaw Nov. 20 2003
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Format:Paperback
Dear Mr.Henshaw is a really good book!!! The main problem is about a boy named Leigh and he writes to an author, Mr.Henshaw about his problem's. He also asks him how to become a better writer. Leigh's parents are divorced and Leigh really wants them to get back together. Leigh's dad is a trucker and Leigh's mom is a caterer. Leigh wins this contest and get's to meet an author he hopes is Mr.Henshaw but he wasn't; she's actually Mrs.Badger, an author of girl's books. Leigh talks to her and he is amased that she actually liked the poem he wrote ( that was what the contest was about). Don't want to spoil the end soo.. if you want to find out what happens you have to READ THE BOOK!!!!!!!
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