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Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes
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Feb 09, 12

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Chester Speaks, by Kevin Henkes is a story about Chester, a very routine oriented mouse. He had a friend, Wilson, who was exactly the same way. They did everything together, and did everything the same. For Halloween, they were salt and pepper, or ham and eggs, etc. That's the way it was and the way it always had been, until Lilly moved into the neighborhood. Gaining Chester and Wilson approval was a challenge for Lilly. Lilly displayed heroics one day when Chester and Wilson were in trouble, and Chester and Wilson were quick to realize she is very similar to them. They learned a lot from each other and became great friends.

They story is well organized and the plot flows well. We are introduced to Chester and Wilson who live in a world of their own, until the complication of Lilly's arrival. A solution arises when Chester and Wilson put their stubbornness aside and come to learn that Lilly is full of surprises, and in fact very similar to them.

Chester and Wilson are very set in their ways. However, they are round characters. Although distressed at Lilly's arrival, they grow to enjoy her company. The author makes these feelings very clear. Before, they would avoid Lilly's phone calls, and cross the street as she approached. In the end, they would go out of their way to see Lilly, and invited her places.

I would love to read this book to my classroom. It is a great book to show that it is okay to have more than one friend. Routines are nice, but it will surprise you to try something new. In Chester and Wilson's case, they gained a great friend in Lilly. Student would learn a lot about friendship and acceptance, very valuable lessons.
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