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Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas by Cynthia Rylant
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Dec 10, 2011

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bookshelves: children-s-literature
Read in December, 2011

Genre: Picture Book- Controlled Vocabulary
Summary: Henry’s grandpa lives in a big home with a lot other grandpas. The grandpas like it when Henry comes to visit because he always brings presents for them. Henry likes it too because he always has such a great time with the grandpas.
Critique: Easy to Read Chapters
The story is only 40 pages long, but it is divided into four chapters. Children just beginning to gain confidence in reading on their own might really benefit from a book like this. It prepares them for more difficult chapter books without frustrating them. The words and storyline are still kept simple, while the paragraphs are a little longer and chapters are introduced. Introducing chapters gives the book a chance to tell numerous stories that are all linked together as one. The chapters make it easier for the reader to follow along with what is happening in the storyline. My favorite chapter was the one entitled Skivvies, because most children reading this book will not know what that means. This will peak the children’s interest while reading because they will want to find out what it means. The author does a great job of explaining by having Henry ask his father what it means.
Curriculum Connection: This book would be great for a beginning reader. It would be a good transition into some longer chapter books in the future. Students could even write their own chapter books like this one. They could write about their family and things they do with their family.

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