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Henry Hyena, Why Won't You Laugh?

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When a hyena can’t find his funny, a friend offers a sweetly surprising solution in this adorable picture book, winner of the General Mills Spoonful of Stories contest.

Henry Hyena is feeling blue. He usually chuckles at monkeys swinging from trees, giggles as he chases hares, and belly laughs when he hears an elephant burp.

But one day at the zoo, He
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Aladdin
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Sara Grochowski
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story about kindness and laughing with others instead of at others could easily become heavy handed, but Jantzen's text and Claude's illustrations keep it light and fun. Recommended!
Emily Bowlin
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This book is added into my favorites because it gives a great message while also being cute with a touch of humor. This book would be great for primary readers. This fictional book has adorable zoo animals as the main characters and bright colorful illustrations that children love.

In the classroom this book would be great to teach students to be kind to one another both in school and at home. Students can also learn about character traits, character motivation and character growth while reading
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Diane
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
"It's not that you're sick, and you're far from a fool. You've just learned that laughing at others is cruel."

Henry's friends are mystified when the hyena stops laughing and playing. But "wise old giraffe" knows they Henry's "giggle is gone." Henry becomes a leader to his friends and shows them how to be the "nicest ones at the zoo."

Pair this one with First Grade Dropout for a good message for young students about bullying and "choosing kindness" (to borrow a phrase fro Wonder.
Sandra Guerfi
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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Henry Hyena has a problem, he can't seem to laugh anymore. When his friends are laughing at the clumsy actions of others he just feels sadder. What is wrong with him? Turns out Henry is just fine and has learned an important lesson, that laughing at others is not funny or kind. Will Henry's actions help his friends to learn the lesson too? Good book about treating others with kindness.
Lynn
A great into for little ones to know when it is appropriate to laugh at others and when it is hurtful. A variety of zoo animals and situations provide numerous examples.
Rhyming couplets keep the action flowing.
Digitally-rendered full-color illustrations give readers lots to look at.
Tenille Shade
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sweet rhyming book about kindness. No need to laugh at others expense.
Kimberly
Cute rhyming story about kindness.
Edward Sullivan
Jul 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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A hyena loses his ability to laugh and seeks counseling.
Jennifer
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice illustrations and cute moral to the the story. Rhyme scheme is a little stilted but can still make a nice read-aloud.
Jennifer
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Kind of heavy handed with the moral but nice nonetheless.
Betsy
a simple lesson about learning not to laugh at people
when they may be hurting and or need help.
Lori
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
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Might be a good read in early grades when building community or needing reminders about kindness and not laughing when it is at the expense of another.
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