Dear Mr. Henshaw Paperback – May 1992
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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.
"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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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.
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.
Writing in his journal Leigh is able to deal with the problems and situations he is dealt. He faces the separation and absence of his parents, missing his dog, the broken promises of his father, the lack of friends and a lunchbox thief. Leigh's journal acts as a place to vent his frustrations, his cares and his concerns.
Leigh's journaling also stretches his writing skills as we can see in his progression of letters. It gives him a positive outlet, which is extremely inspired and encouraged by his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw. Mr. Henshaw even encourages Leigh to extend and elaborate on his journal entries, to increase his writing skills.
I really enjoyed Beverly Cleary's style and organization of the book, "Dear Mr. Henshaw." Her use of letters to give the reader insight on the story is fun and interesting. I think that the style of writing she uses in the chapters would appeal to children because it makes them feel like they are really getting into someone else's life, through the main characters personal letters.
The author also uses the letters/chapters in the book to show growth in Leigh, the main character. His letters become more complex, include more challenging vocabulary and his spelling and grammar increasingly improve.Read more ›
This is a book which is easily read by 4th grade or above. It deals with the hardships of being a child facing circumstances beyond his control, such as, the divorce of his parents, moving to a new town, and having his lunch stolen at a new school. This book also shows that all relationships are not positive ones.
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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. Read morePublished on June 30 2004
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. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Jake Sickels
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
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.Published on Jan. 7 2004
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003
I liked this book because it delved into difficult aspects of life without causing them to overwhelm the reader. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Sokste
I never read this book as a child, but I recently read it while doing an assignment for a college course. This book is wonderful for children. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003
ï¿½Dear Mr. Henshawï¿½ is a good book that shows the effects of getting divorce on a child. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by Mr.NIKORN SIMLA