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You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to his classroom escapades, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 5th 2009 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published February 2nd 2004)
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Michael Mccarthy
This is a great book. I really enjoyed reading it for a number of reasons. This book is written from the perspective of a hamster known as Humphrey who is a student in a class known as Room 26. Reading a book from a hamster’s perspective is unusual and I feel this would intrigue a pupil an interest and inspire the pupil to continue reading. At the same it is challenging for a reader to continually read from this perspective and would encourage a child to use their imagination in order to underst ...more
Irene
Aug 26, 2014 Irene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids in Elementary School
Shelves: children
What a delightful read!

Humphrey is a kind, open-minded hamster who makes friends easily. He is fiercely loyal and quick to go out of his way to lend a helping hand - or paw, as Humphrey would say!

Through this first-person narrative from the perspective of a classroom pet, young readers will see that first impressions are not always accurate; that people are multifaceted, and you can't really understand a person until you see all aspects of his/her life; that sometimes, when people have problem
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Shan
Mar 25, 2013 Shan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every young child
Shelves: children
My 5 year old nephew, in kindergarten, received this book through his elementary school (grades K-2) that is launching a new school program called One School, One book, where every family receives a copy of the same book and are recommended to read a chapter a day for the entire month. This book is a chapter book with no pictures and it was the first time reading a book like this to my nephew. I LOVED this book! Though, I'm not so sure if my nephew shares the same enthusiasm for this book as I d ...more
Michaela C.
This book I can tell was written for younger ages but I still enjoyed it. I thought it was cute and I liked it! Humphrey is a hamster who is smart and helps people who he cares about. His pet owner (teacher) moves to a different school and leaves him there with a new teacher which Humphrey does not like. He has experiences with the students and a janitor. It was a good book and I would recommend it to younger kids. If you have a younger sibling or a cousin this would be a great book to read to t ...more
Brenda
Sep 20, 2010 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children ages 7 to 11 who love animal stories
Shelves: fantasy
First in a series of six books by author Betty Birney, The World According to Humphrey is a very cute story told from the perspective of a hamster. I listened to the audiobook version of this with my son. Humphrey begins his story with Mrs. Mack and a classroom of children who love him. When Mrs. Mack picks him up at the pet store she tells him that he “can learn a lot about yourself by taking care of another species and you’ll teach those children a thing or two.” So when a substitute teacher M ...more
Cassidy
144 pages
by Betty G. Birney

The World According to Humphrey is the first in the Humphrey series. Humphrey is the classroom hamster in Room 26, Mrs. Brisbane's room, at Longfellow School. He is a very smart hamster! He was brought to school by Mrs. Mac, a substitute for Mrs. Brisbane one day. ms. Mac gave him a tiny notebook and pencil before she left. Throughout the book, Humphrey helps different students in Mrs. Brisbane's class (like Speak-Up-Sayeh) when they take him home for the weekend.

I lov
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Jasmine
The name of this book is "The World According to Humphrey." Humphrey is a hamster. There's no illustrator. The author is Betty G. Birney. The time is now. The place that they mostly talk about in the book is the classroom where Humphrey lives. Humphrey is the main character. He is like Ditto except that he has a different pattern on his fur. The teacher is Mrs. Brisbane, who wants to get rid of him. Humphrey is the main character.

For Thanksgiving, he goes to Mrs. Brisbane's house for the weekend
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Kelly Rae
This a cute little story about Humphrey, a young hamster, who is bought by a teacher to help her children learn. Mrs. Mack always says the best way to learn about yourself is to learn about another species.

Humphrey loves Mrs. Mack and staying with her during evenings and weekends with her in her colorful home. He is full of dread when he learns that Mrs. Mack is leaving and is not taking him with him. Humphrey worries as he meets the real teacher who Mrs. Mack had been substituting for and worri
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Caleb
In The World According to Humphrey a lot of exciting things happened. It all starts with woman named Miss Mack. She was a teacher, and she was walking towards a pet store. She decided to get a hamster, and he was named Humphrey. He had a great time with Miss Mack, and was the class room pet. One day Humphrey was told that Miss Mack had to leave. He was very disappointed with this news. The new teacher did not like Humphrey. He was taken home every weekend by one of the students. As the days wen ...more
H
I was dreading reading this Bluestem nominee, but I was pleasantly surprised at the charm of the book. Yes, this story told from the point of view of a classroom hamster is sometimes cloyingly sweet, but the voice of Humphrey reminded me of my favorite fictionsl third grade girl (Clementine) and the story moves fast. I think children in the target for the book (3rd-5th) will really like the little hamster, and the lack of a defined grade will spread the book's appeal (we never find out what grad ...more
Kate
Humphrey the hamster is sad - Ms. McNamara, who bought him for the kids of Room 26, is leaving, and Mrs. Brisbane is coming in. And she does not like hamsters. Poor Humphrey, who is used to going home every night to Ms. McNamara's cozy apartment, is now stuck at school in the evenings. Luckily for him, there are friends to be made no matter where he looks... and going home with a different student each weekend is just what the kids need!

My expectations were low for this book (a story about a cla
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Miłośniczka Książek
Świat Pupilków to miejsce, w którym wiele zwierząt, ptaków i rybek z wytęsknieniem wygląda dnia, w którym ktoś je zauważy i przygarnie dając tym samym nowy dom. Wśród nich znajduje się m.in uroczy chomiczek o bystrych oczkach, ruchliwych wąsikach i złocistym futerku. Pewnego dnia do sklepu zagląda panna Milska, która spośród wszystkich jego mieszkańców wybiera owego słodkiego chomika. Bo wiedzieć musicie, że panna Milska miała względem niego poważne plany. Pomyślała sobie, że dzięki niemu jej uc ...more
Caitlin Harmon
In the first book of the series, The World According the Humphrey, Humphrey a hamster who lives in Room 26 learns how to read, write, shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course), turn of TVs, teach English as a second language, and more. He lives in a cage with a lock that doesn't lock and has an adventurous spirit, which leads him to become an unforgettable classroom pet. The topics related to this book include responsibility, understanding differences, language, international studies, ...more
Destani Vanardalen
This book was about a hamster named Humphrey. Humphrey wanted someone to buy him while he lived in a pet shop. Then there was a teacher who bought Humphrey and kept him in her classroom (substite teacher). When the real teacher came back (Mrs. Brisbane) she didn't like Humphrey. So she thought of an idea which was every weekend one kid got to take him home. Mrs. Brisbane started liking Humphrey after a while.
Haruna Saka
Book: )
"The World according to Humphrey"
Puffin Books.

Time: )
2/15=20min, 2/21=70min, 2/22=15min,2/26=28min, 2/27=30min

7 summary: )
Ms. Mac, left, Room26, honored, classmates, Aldo(the person who comes to Room26 everyday to keep classrooms clean, dark, etc.), surprises

My thought: )
How funny this story is! It was more interesting than I expected. And, Humphrey is so cute and clever!:)
I remember that there were some rabbits in my elementary school. (But not in a classroom. )And then, one of the rab
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Elaine
Super cute book, the kids loved it! Great message about looking beyond the surface and not judging people by first impressions. I love how different each student is, and how Humphrey learns about each different person and their struggles, and how he tries to help each one.
Chad
this book was the best i read in the series of Humphrey.Humphrey the hamster or class pet is very adventures and a risk-taker.He also has a friend frog to go on his adventures with him.read the book to see what crazy adventures they go on. the end.
Debra


The book starts out a little slow... But ends up being a great little story! Most importantly: you can learn a lot about yourself by getting to know a different species.
Caitlin
Best book ever. He is so hilarious. My favorite part is probably when he describes Mrs.Brisbane,s house like a haunted house. I always wondered what it would be like as a hamster. Now I know how his life was like. If I could describe this book in three words I would say it is humorous, adventure, and adorable. This book is probably the most interesting animal book I ever read. SPOILERS:

- I loved when he pulled the tv plug at a sleep over.
- I also liked when he talked to that girl and described a
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Erin
This was a cute kids book! Read it with my 2nd grader...and I don't think she could have gotten through it independently. Probably more of a 3rd or 4th grade reading level. But it was a fun one to read together. Humphrey is a class pet hamster who has a knack for helping humans with their problems, often without the humans knowing. After all, "you can learn a lot about yourself by studying another species." Humphrey was the narrator--which my daughter thought was the cleverest thing ever. And I ...more
Megan E. McCarthy
My roommate demanded that I read this book, because it is one of her All-Time Favorites. (Also, I made the mistake of complaining that I needed a break from the kinda bleak handful of books I was in the middle of.)

It took at most half an hour to read. Overall? A pretty fine kids' book. It was genuinely fun to read, and it presses home a lot of important messages like empathy for those who are different than you, and being brave and keeping your wits about you in the face of scary new challenges.
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Carole Jones
While I read this book for a different purpose than most (I am an aspiring children's writer with a love of animals and currently working on a cat-mouse series)I loved The World According to Humphrey. Betty G. Birney and her writing style are truly a great inspiration to any writer. She engages her readers and gives them a true feel for her characters. She also works backstories in so well and teaches her young audience in very subtle yet inspiring ways. I am so glad to have found this book and ...more
Brianna
Another childhood favourite. These books though. So cute!!! My life.
Danielle Scharen
Series

This book is the first is the series about Humphrey's adventures, the class hamster in Room 26. I really enjoyed reading this book and throughout the story, I kept thinking how fun it would be to read aloud with my students. I think that this book would be on the independent reading level for most 5th graders and upper elementary students, so I think it would be a great read aloud for second and third grade. I would be introducing how to read chapter books. This book also has a lot of diff
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Sherry
Jared is really into chapter books, or, as he calls them "books without pictures. Well, except there is one picture on the front." We were ready for another one and I thought this one looked cute. Initially Jared wasn't very excited to read it. But after the 1st chapter he was hooked. We often read 2 or 3 chapters at a time just to see what would happen next.

Humphrey is a hamster. Surprise! He lives in room 26, the dreaded Mrs. Brisbane's classroom. But he was bought by Ms. Mac, the substitute
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Barb Middleton
I can't keep this series on the library shelf. Like a hamster on a wheel, it circulates at lightning speed and I only got this copy because I emptied the book return and spied it in a pile of books as numerous as the grains of rice in my dinner bowl. I work at a school of readers, so if a book is popular I take note and try to read it. I can see why this one is a hit. Between school friendships, learning a new language, having a pet, dealing with funny situations such as an overly-friendly dog, ...more
A.E. Curzon
Written from Humphrey the hamster's perspective, The World According to Humphrey tells the story of his 'liberation' from a pet store to his life in the classroom, where he resides as a classroom pet in Room 26 at Longfellow School. Humphrey is totally besotted with Ms. Mac, his kind-hearted rescuer, not knowing that her post at the school is only a temporary one. Inevitably the day arrives when she must leave and the dreaded and hostile Mrs Brisbane returns. Unfortunately for Humphrey, the ston ...more
Marion
"The World According to Humphrey" by Betty G. Birney tells the tale of a hamster named Humphrey and his adventures while residing in classroom 26. Humphrey is no ordinary hamster, though, because he likes to read, write, teach, and learn many other valuable life lessons during his stay in room 26.

I really enjoyed Humphrey's tale and all the adventures he got himself into. It was cute reading the book through his perspective and funny to see how he viewed the world through his hamster eyes. Yes,
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Sherry
Boys and girls love Humphrey, the hamster that resides weekdays in a classroom and weekends at students' homes. Narrated by the hamster, "The World According to Humphrey" provides a vehicle for lessons about life and compassion.

A winning read for third and fouth graders, and a great read aloud to kids slightly younger.

A Children's Choice awards winner.
There are seven books in the "Humphrey's Adventures" series. "Friendship According to Humphrey" received the "Christopher" award.
Becky
This Review is written by my 9 year old daughter. We read this book together. :)

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney is the best book I've ever read! This book is a kind of book you want to re-read. This book is about a small hamster who goes on many adventures. If you read this fantastic book you will find out what adventures he goes on. This book will make you laugh. The World According to Humphrey is a great book to read with your family. I think that your whole family will want
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From kindergarten through graduation, I attended school in Affton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Then I graduated from Webster College (now Webster University) in Webster Groves, Missouri. Of course, I majored in English and kept on writing.

After working in advertising in St. Louis, Missouri and in Chicago, Illinois, I eventually moved to Southern California. First, I worked for Disneyland (fun
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