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With subtle nods at Thoreau and his real-life pals Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne (Henry's friend cleans out Mrs. Thoreau's chicken house, moves the bookcases in Mr. Emerson's study, and pulls weeds in Mr. Hawthorne's garden), D.B. Johnson cleverly introduces young readers to these important historical figures. No moralizing here, just a gentle, humorous look at the different paths each person may choose in life. Johnson chose a passage in Thoreau's Walden (the passage is included in the informative author's note) as inspiration for this delightful picture book, which Thoreau himself would probably be proud to read. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
Beautifully illustrated and well written.
The story illustrates a section of Henry David Thoreau's famous "Waldon Pond," in which the philosopher mused about a hypothetical 30-mile race to Fitchburg.
Sometimes you find the rare picture book that's just as beautiful to page through as it is fun to read.
3 stars because the book is a bit extreme/liberal in its message and delivery.
Right now my kid thinks anyone who works is a greedy workaholic loser and the thing to do is... Read more
I love these Henry books! They are delightfully written and especially meaningful if you are from the Boston area. Highly recommend this for any child's or adult's bookshelf.Published 2 months ago by Robin A. Kassis
Great little book to share with the youngster you love.Published 3 months ago by Chris C. Kyprianos
Appreciate the valuable opportunity to use Henry Hikes to Fitchburg to introduce Thoreau and important life lessons.Published 3 months ago by Judy Billings
I'm simple-minded and easily addled, so Henry's simple approach to getting to Fitchburg reminds me that it's not all bad to leave some of the technical complexities to solve... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Linda P.
I was led to believe that Henry visited many local Fitchburg sites. I grew up in fitchburg, and only recognized 1 location mentioned. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Denise Kujala
I can't say enough about this series. This is a story about values, and how experience over expedience is life enhancing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ronda Oswalt Reitz
I find this book to have a good solid moral foundation and a decent flow to the overall story. The illustration in this book is top-notch and love looking at it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gabe
I gave this to several friends as a college graduation gift and think it was a winner! But we were all also much into Thoreau so it carried a little special extra meaning. Read morePublished 6 months ago by college