Henry And Mudge First Book

by Cynthia Rylant

Paperback, 1996



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Simon Spotlight (1996), Edition: Reprint, 40 pages


Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.

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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Henry has no brothers and sisters and no children on his street, so his parents let him get a dog- Mudge. One day Mudge gets lost, but Henry finds him. When they remember that lonely time, they are glad to be together.
LibraryThing member srfox
This story tells of a young boy longing for a sibling. His parents decided to give him a dog, and they become best friends! One day, Mudge the dog gets lost and Henry gets very worried. But in the end, everyone gets home safely and they continue to be best friends!
LibraryThing member tlelm
Good book about a boy who stays home from school due to an illness. His dog loved these days. Everyone took care of the sick boy and the dog ate everything the boy didn't. Guess who got sick next?
LibraryThing member tnelson725
In this first book of the Henry and Mudge series, Henry is a young, lonely boy. He has so siblings and no children in his neighborhood to play with. His parents finally get him a tiny puppy, who is named Mudge, who grows into a huge dog. When Mudge is lost, Henry is very upset and he goes looking
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for him. When he yells his final time, Mudge finally comes running up to him.

This story was amazing. It's like you can feel the warmth of the family coming right out of the pages. It is no wonder that children love this book and the sequels. I really like that Mudge is a "real" type of dog and not one that talks and walks around like he is a human.

For the book, I would ask the students about what types of pets they have and how they help to take care of them. I would have each student come up and tell the class about their pet and (if the pet is a reasonably nice and small one) maybe bring the pet for show and tell.
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LibraryThing member anneklee
Henry and Mudge is a great little story about Henry, an only child with few friends, and Mudge his large dog. His parents by Mudge for his as a gift, and he quickly gets bigger. The two go on many adventures together, and the relationship that builds is more like that of siblings. Henry genuinely
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cares for his pet, and the love that's incorporated to the text and pictures is remarkable.
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LibraryThing member EllieGiles
Rylant's series about a boy and his dog. Great for 3rd to 4th grade.
LibraryThing member SABC
This story tells of a young boy longing for a sibling. His parents decided to give him a dog, and they become best friends! One day, Mudge the dog gets lost and Henry gets very worried. But in the end, everyone gets home safely and they continue to be best friends!
LibraryThing member victoria-hill
Use this book with grades 1-3 to encourage independent reading and reading aloud to others, to develop vocabulary and word recognition, and as an introductory chapter book.

This book is about a boy, his very large dog, and the bond they share. Henry, the boy, has no one to play with, so his parents
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let him pick a puppy. He picks Mudge. They find comfort in one another's presence, and enjoy their time together. One day Mudge goes exploring without Henry. Both boy and dog miss one another, and when they find each other again, neither worries about losing the other again.
Addresses the issue of friendship, fears, and loss.

Use this book in the classroom to introduce chapter books, encourage independent reading and reading aloud to others, as well as to build vocabulary and word recognition.

This is the first book in a series.
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LibraryThing member Malaney
This series is a great book to start having your children read to you. They silly stories are engaging and help not to frusturate young readers.
LibraryThing member adaniel11
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Review: The author stays true to the genre of realistic fiction by creating a believable story about a young boy who desperately wants a dog. Finally his parents give in and the rest of the story is about the adventures he has with his new best friend.
Media: Pen and Ink and
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LibraryThing member debrasw
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary: This is a story about a boy who picks out a puppy who grows to be very large even weighing 180 pounds. They become great friends and sets us up for more stories to come about the master and his dog.

Critique: i think these books are good for practicing. I would have
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these for kids to read in their free time

Grade: second and third
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LibraryThing member bwilhelm09
Genre: This book is realistic fiction because the setting, character and events seem very real, although they never actually happened. The boy in the story has no friends until one day when he finally convinces his parents to get him a dog. The boy and the dog become best friends and do everything
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together. One day Mudge gets lost and Henry cannot find him anywhere. They finally find each other and from that moment on they appreciate each other even more and never leave each others side.

Rating: 5

Media: pen & ink and watercolo
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LibraryThing member elizabethhart
Henry and Mudge is a story about the friendship between a young boy and his dog and the bond that they form. Bright, colorful pictures and large text make the story interesting and addicting for early readers. I enjoyed the relationship portrayed between the two characters and how a strong
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friendship can be formed between a boy and his pet. I believe this story would be embraced in an elementary classroom and the short sentences, simple and complex word choice, and repetition is a wonderful way to introduce new vocabulary – “He smelled his lemon hair. He smelled his milky mouth. He smelled his soapy ears. He smelled his chocolate fingers.”
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LibraryThing member Hawalters
When I was younger I read these books a lot. Henry and Mudge is a book about a bond between a boy and his dog. Children can write about a bond they have.
LibraryThing member Emily.Small
A boy gets a puppy named Mudge, a puppy that will grow into a LARGE dog. This is the first book of their many adventures together, however this one starts by them being seperated because Mudge gets lost. This book would be a great read loud for parents along with an easy to read book for those just
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beginning to read.
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LibraryThing member esiera1
There are several reasons I like the book “Henry and Mudge: The First Book.” Henry, a young boy who feels lonely without any friends, finds friendship in a dog named Mudge. First, each chapter informs the reader more about each character. The characters are believable and well-developed. For
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example, “Mudge was short because he is a puppy, he’ll grow! When he was done growing he weighed 180 pounds!” Second, the plot is full of great suspense with a conflict-resolution. When Mudge gets lost, Henry goes to look for him. Once they find each other, they promise to never run away from each other again. Third, this book is the first in the series! Children can grow to love the characters and be interested in reading many more. The big idea of this story is about companionship, friendship, and love.
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LibraryThing member ekrynen
Henry and Mudge are best buds. Young kids love these books because they can actually read the words on their own! The adventure is simple, but fun enough for little ones.
LibraryThing member iamryancorcoran
I was a big fan of this series as a kid. I would keep a few of these tucked somewhere in my classroom for emerging readers at the earlier grades.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I have a lot of respect for Henry's mom. In some ways I want to be her, with a big porch & yard & trees, and long dresses and bare feet - but I don't want a huge slobbery dog, thank you.
LibraryThing member little_manb
Summary: Henry was a lonely boy who was a only child and that also lived in a street with no children. So he asked asked his parents to move and to give him a brother but they said no. So he asked for a dog and they said yes. So Henry got a dog named Mudge who then became Henry's best friend.
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Though one day both friends got separated and that when they both realized that they were missing something important. They both find each other again which also makes their friend ship stronger.
Review: Wonderful book that shows the importance about family and friends. It also has a great sense of hummer.
Class: Can be used to teach children about the importance about friendship and family.
Media: Color pencil
Grade: intermediate
Genre: Fantasy
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LibraryThing member NMiller22
Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.



Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 1989)


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9 inches


0689810059 / 9780689810053



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