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Andrew Henry's Meadow

4.7 of 5 stars 4.70  ·  rating details  ·  404 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A classic reissued for a new generation

Andrew Henry has two younger brothers, who are always together, and two older sisters, who are always together. But Andrew Henry is in the middle--and he's always with himself. He doesn't mind this very much, because he's an inventor. But when Andrew Henry's family doesn't appreciate him or his inventions, he decides it's time to run
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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published July 5th 2012 by Philomel Books (first published 1965)
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Carolyn
This book was my all-time favorite book as a child, and it continues to resonate with me today. I connected with Andrew Henry immediately and would read this book over and over again, captivated by the illustrations for hours. One of the messages of this book is about quirky, talented, creative children who just want to be understood and appreciated, especially by their parents.. Andrew Henry has absolutely nothing in common with his sisters, another tidbit that I could so relate to. His parents ...more
Carole Roman
Did you ever have one of those days, you know, when you want to disappear? You feel unappreciated, misunderstood and just out of sorts with the rest of the world?

Andrew Henry's Meadow is just such a book. Andrew Henry is the middle child. With two older sister's and two younger brother's, he has unique interests and unlike his siblings, has no one to enjoy them with. Content with his own company, he creates wonderful and thoughtful inventions. The problem is-his efforts are under appreciated. Bo
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Logan
What a terrific book this is. Logan is big on building and contraptions and every page shows the amazing creations of Andrew Henry, a boy whose inventive mind knows no bounds. Unfortunately, his inventions know no bounds either, taking up the kitchen (helicopter), sewing room (carousel), and living room (giant eagle cage). He finally decides to leave home and find a place where he can invent & build unhindered. He goes on a long walk to a field where he builds himself a unique house. Other m ...more
Heather
My 1965 edition says it was presented by Weekly Reader Children's Book Club, which was the 'newspaper' I remember reading in our school. This is what it says on the page at the end about The Author which I think will tell you more about the kind of story she wrote than describing the plot will.

"Since she was nine years old and first set foot on a small island in Puget Sound, Doris Burn wanted to live on an island. She lived in Portland, Oregon, where she was born, and attended the Universities
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:Donna Marie
ANDREW HENRY'S MEADOW I remind myself that with thousands upon thousands of books having been written over the years, I shouldn't be surprised when books that are considered classics fly under my radar. This is one such book. It wasn't until author Linda Urban mentioned this book, in an interview by Colby Sharp on his blog, did I know of it. This has happened before---thankfully!

Doris Burn was the author/illustrator of this enchanting story. Her artwork is reminiscent (possibly influenced by)
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Joel  Werley
I'm avoiding putting children's books into my "Read books" (because anything that can be read in 10 minutes shouldn't count towards my grand total in my mind, as if anyone else is checking my stats...), despite the memories of those books being as essential as any literature I've read in my adult years.

However, I've decided that my 3 favorite picture books (excepting obvious classics like "Where the Wild Things Are" that don't need any further recommendations) from my tyke days are too worthy t
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Angela
What a treat to have back in print! The pen and ink are amazing and the story is a great misfit/independent child adventure just right for bedtime reading. You'll need a more patient listeners, or a young reader age 5-7 to get the most out of this one. Either way, the illustrations are classicly wonderful.
Janet
Andrew Henry loves inventing things and building them all over his house. His family gets fed up with his gadgets and sends him outside to get out of their way. He discovers a wonderful place in a nearby meadow and gets busy doing what he loves. Before long a number of other kids end up joining him with their hobbies that their families don't appreciate. The author, Doris Burn, also provided wonderful illustrations of their wonderful creations that keep you examining them well after you've read ...more
Josephine
As sweet a book as Burns' book, The Summerfolk, though with a slightly different message: in this case, it is more along the lines of "accept your family's eccentricities".

Andrew Henry is a boy about nine or ten who spends much of his time inventing extravagantly Rube Goldbergeque (or perhaps its Heath Robinsoneque?) things which only serve to annoy his family. One day, Andrew Henry becomes fed up with his two older sisters, who spend their spare time primping in front of the mirror, and his two
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Zach Hoskins
One day as an adult my brother (8 years older than me) and I were talking, and the conversation turned to favorite books from childhood. I couldn't remember the name, but I described the green and black and white cover to him and the FANTASTIC illustrations of childish dream homes and intricate Rube Goldberg inventions of a young boy. He said he remembered something like that too and it was his favorite as well, but we couldn't remember the title.

After several days of wracking our brains we came
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Gina Fournier
Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burns is life lived the way it should be done. This children's book became my philosophy immediately upon reading it in the late sixties, when it was published and delivered to my door as part of the Weekly Reader series: each child an individual to be revealed, if only the adults and the world would allow and maybe help a bit. Very much like Free to Be You and Me, Marlo Thomas' addition to the philosophy, which still guides me as a teacher of community college Eng ...more
Michelle Cavalier
I often feel stifled by technology. I love the access to information that the internet allows me, but I hate being tied to a computer. I admit it, I'm a luddite. That's why I am so pleased when I come across a book like Andrew Henry's Meadow. Doris Burn wrote this gem forty-seven years ago, and it is still a great read today. Burn passed away in the Spring of last year, which prompted a reissue of this, her most famous story, I can only hope that we will see new editions of her other works as we ...more
Shanna Gonzalez
Andrew Henry excels at building inventions, but his creations annoy his family and outgrow for his house, so one day he goes away to find a meadow where he can build a house of his own. One by one his friends from town find him, and he builds a custom home for each friend. After some time, the children's parents come in search of them. Everyone goes home, and Andrew's parents give him a place in the basement for his inventions.

This lighthearted fantasy appeals to the childhood delight of a secre
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Rebecca
No one appreciates Andrew Henry's inventions at home, so he builds his own house in a distant meadow -- a move which soon attracts other misunderstood, artistic kids. This 2012 reprint of a 1965 classic has some thematic and stylistic echoes with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Mary
Growing up, when Mom said it was time for bed and asked my brother and I what we wanted her to read, we each were allowed to pick out a book. Andrew Henry's Meadow was always a favorite choice of mine. When I had children of my own, I shared my own beloved copy of AHM.

My daughter and I were looking through the books we purchased tonight for my grandson and we began to talk about books that were her favorite when she was a young child. Andrew Henry's Meadow was one she loved as much as I did. Man
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Carol
Andrew Henry is the odd one out in his family of seven. His parents do their own thing, his two sisters are always together and his younger brothers are a twosome as well. Really Andrew Henry is okay with that as he would rather be inventing and building things. Yet it seems like every time he tries byuidling something he is in someone's way. Andrew Henry strikes out on his own, crossing fields,swamps and forests until he gets to a spacious meadow where he can build to his heart's content. Soon ...more
Nicole
This is one of my FAVORITE books from my childhood. I treasure the copy I own (though I think it's really my brother's... I don't want to give it back!). The story is quite fantastical in that a whole group of children disappear from a town to live in their own village that Andrew Henry builds for them. It could never really happen today without Amber Alerts going off all over the place. But suspending disbelief is necessary and this is the ultimate childhood treehouse/clubhouse fantasy! Andrew ...more
Karen Essic
good for slightly older youngsters (5 years on up maybe)... especially little builders or creative types. illustrations are black and white, but full of detail and lovely to look at.

The story is about a talented little boy inventor/builder whose amazing contraptions are always in the way and underappreciated at home, so he runs away to a meadow nearby and builds himself a new home for himself. One by one neighbor kids who feel the same way for a variety of reasons come to his meadow and he buil
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Esther
j says: I love this book, but sometimes the idea of living without parents is kind of scary.

I also love this book, not only for the wonderful illustrations, but also the clear-eyed prose. It is forever liked in my mind with We Were Tired of Living in a House, even though I encountered them 30 years apart.
Sarah
Another excellent book about kids and wild imaginations. Andrew Henry is an overlooked middle child who loves to build things. A lack of space and understanding at home makes Andrew decide to run away and build his own place. Soon other kids follow, and each gets a new home tailor-made to his or her obsession. One child is a musician, one loves birds, one loves fishing, one loves rabbits, etc, but a common thread is that their hobbies are frowned upon by their families. After a short while the k ...more
Jeana
A couple years ago, I kept thinking back about this book that my mom used to read to me when I was child that I loved--a book that had a little village of treehouses for children. I did searches all over the Internet and after coming up with nothing, finally I asked my mom. She knew what the book was immediately and it was this: Andrew Henry's Meadow. There is something magical about a little village filled with the spaces for children--ONLY. I guess I secretly wanted my own treehouse--one that ...more
Kris Carter
This was my absolute favourite book when I was a boy. I have never forgotten about it nearly 40 years later. I will have a copy for my daughter to read endlessly and enjoy immensely.
Christy
This was our favorite book from last summer's reading program. We probably read it 50 times and I never got tired of it.
Gregory Vigue
My favorite book as a child. I loved the illustrations and the imagination of this book.
Shelley
Jan 09, 2015 Shelley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-6
Read somewhere that this us like a child's version of Thoreau's Walden.
Tim Vandenberg
One of my all-time childhood favorites, and now, it's back in print! YAY!

One of the best picture books ever regarding the genius plight of GATE (gifted) children. Touching story. Amazing, detailed artwork worthy of study.... I *SO* wanted to be Andrew Henry when I was a child, and every little thinker/believer/creator/idea-generator who reads this book will certainly identify with one of the young residents who lived in Andrew Henry's Meadow.

Every child imagines & wishes that this story coul
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Anna H
The story of some children's forts...what better subject for a story!
Thomas
Very influential on me as a small boy. Important message in that children should not be forced to conform and should be allow to develop their own interests.
Amy Edwards
Perennial favorite around here.
Lori
Great children's book. One of my favorites :)
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