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Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Book Summary

Leigh is an appealing main character - sixth grader - who lives in a very small house with his mother and misses his Dad, who drives a big rig. Mr. Henshaw is the author of a book he likes, and the story is told through a series of letters and journal entries.
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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Book Review

It seems more like it's written to charm adults than the target age group, and perhaps it was the model for a plethora of books that followed and used the technique of telling a story through a series of letters. I wish there were more correspondence from Mr. Henshaw, and the book shows its age with references to mimeographs and typewriters, but it still works on several levels.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Growing Up
  • Admiring Authors
  • Family Relationships

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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