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Dear Mr. Henshaw (Hardcover)

Author:  Beverly Cleary Illustrator:  Paul Zelinsky
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0812412729
ISBN-13: 9780812412727
Sku: 209635673
Publish Date: 9/22/2008
Age Range:  13 to 16
 
Dear Mr. Henshaw, My teacher read your book about the dog to our class. It was funny. We licked it. Your friend, Leigh Botts (boy). (from the first line)
A boy from a broken home begins corresponding with his favorite author. Through his letters to Mr. Henshaw--and later his journal entries--he grapples with his problems, finds comfort, and begins to recognize his own talent as a writer.
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Given the homework assignment of writing to a famous author, sixth-grader Leigh Botts writes to Boyd Henshaw, the author of his favorite book, WAYS TO AMUSE A DOG. Mr. Henshaw's reply includes some silly answers to Leigh's questions about a writer's life, but he also encloses a series of questions about Leigh that Leigh must answer and send back to him. At first Leigh is insulted by Mr. Henshaw's request, but at his mother's insistence, he takes the time to answer the questions--thus beginning an epistolary friendship with Mr. Henshaw. Slowly, Leigh's letters reveal the difficulties of his life, especially his parents' divorce and the fact that his self-absorbed trucker father seems to have forgotten all about him. By writing to Mr. Henshaw, and later by following Mr. Henshaw's advice to keep a journal, Leigh is able to overcome some of the difficulties in his life and also come to terms with some things that he can't change or control. Told entirely via Leigh's letters and journal entries, DEAR MR. HENSHAW is illustrated with occasional B&W drawings and was the winner of the 1984 Newbery Medal.
Author Bio
Beverly Cleary
Beverly Cleary is one of the most popular and best-loved authors of children's books. Her works have sold over 75 million copies in 20 countries and have been translated into 14 languages. These figures are even more impressive with the added fact that Cleary had trouble learning to read when she was a child. Cleary has created many memorable characters including Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, Ellen Tebbits, and her most popular character, Ramona Quimby. In 1984, Cleary won the Newbery Medal book for DEAR MR. HENSHAW. She also received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her body of work. Today, fans of Beverly Cleary can visit the town of Portland, Oregon--where Cleary was raised and set many of her books--and find a wading fountain featuring statues of Henry, Ribsy, and Ramona.

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New York Times
"A first-rate, poignant story...A lovely, well-crafted, three-dimensional work." - Natalie Babbitt 10/23/1993

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   09
Product attributePublisher:   Perfection Learning
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