Dear Mr. Henshaw Paperback – Illustrated, May 31 2000
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- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380709589
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380709588
- Dimensions : 13.02 x 0.81 x 19.37 cm
- Item Weight : 113 g
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (May 31 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #176,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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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. I think this aspect encourages children who may be struggling with reading and writing to keep trying and that they will improve also. I think that this book would be best used as a read-along, or a personal read, due to the format of the chapters. It is easier to take note of the character's changes if you have the book in front of you, rather than just hearing it.
I think that, "Dear Mr. Henshaw," has easy to read and interesting sentences and paragraphs. The chapters are not lengthy, and they keep the readers attention. The chapters encourage the reader to continue on in the book. I would definitely use this book in my classroom, most likely to introduce letter writing or journaling.
I enjoyed the authors works as a kid, and I think she holds up extremely well. This book was originally published in 1983, and is still relevant and accessible.
I think this book is a 5 because the author makes Leigh seem real. The author makes you feel like you're in the story. Cleary makes you feel sad for Leigh like Leigh's problems are happening to you.
Dear Mr. Henshaw is a great book for kids that are having troubles with their life, like everyday children. Reading this book as an adult I associated it with my personal life. Leigh has problems with his parent's divorce, he hates not being able to see his dad. This leads him to a lot of emotional stress. Through this mess one of his teachers makes him write a letter to his favorite author. Leigh writes Mr. Henshaw a letter that asks him all sorts of questions about himself. After this the two of them write back and forth for a couple of years. This relationship gives Leigh confidence in himself when Mr. Henshaw tells Leigh that he should keep a journal. This journal allows Leigh to get his feelings out. Things stop bothering Leigh so much and by the end of the book he starts to enjoy his life more. This book is really good for an upper elementary child, and can even for an adult. Simplistic artwork for the cover, which demonstrates that this story is about an average boy.
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