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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Series: Puffin books
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140341447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140341447
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) wrote and illustrated some of the most honored and enduring children's books ever published. He grew up in Hamilton, Ohio, and spent time in Boston, New York, and ultimately Maine, where he and his wife raised their two daughters. The first ever two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Make Way for Ducklings and Time of Wonder, McCloskey was also awarded Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine, and Journey Cake, Ho! by Ruth Sawyer.  He was declared a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000.  You can see some of his best-loved characters immortalized as statues in Boston's Public Garden and Lentil Park in Hamilton, Ohio.

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What a pleasure to read it again!
west
Henry Reed, Inc. is the first part of a series of children's books that are sadly underrated and unknown.
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This book is good natured and funny, with action and great relationships among the people.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on March 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Henry Reed is an unforgettable character, a strange mix of can-do entrepreneurialism and good-hearted goofiness who would make any parent proud.

This is the first book in a terrific series, and is a perfect transitional novel from children's reading to more adult fare. At 239 pages, it weighs in as a longer book than most readers will have tackled to date, and the writing is slightly more sophisticated than you would see in a Hardy Boys or early Judy Blume book, for example. I would compare it to the series "The Mad Scientists Club," which has the same type of humor and level of sophistication.

As for the story, it is presented as Henry's journal entries over the course of a summer that he spends with his uncle and aunt. He comes up with schemes that young teens will find exhilarating, because they are just wild enough to be exciting, and yet just realistic enough to be believed and emulated. Some of the plans are purely to make money-such as his attempts to find valuable truffles in the neighborhood. Some of them are research, as when he sends a large balloon up into the air bearing a pigeon to measure weather conditions. All of them are humorous and fun to read about, as he often bites off more than he can chew.

This is a terrific series that will not only entertain, but also inspire children to think about their own start-up businesses and scientific research. I highly recommend it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By west on March 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved the Henry Reed books so much as a little girl that I couldn't resist reading Henry Reed, Inc. again before I gave it to my nine-year-old nephew for Christmas. What a pleasure to read it again! My nephew laughs out loud at Keith Robertson's deadpan descriptions of the innocent but intricate adventures that Henry Reed attracts like a magnet. Henry and his audacious friend Midge provide encouraging role models for children interested in science.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1998
Format: Paperback
Henry Reed, Inc. is the first book in a whole series, written by the American author Keith Robertson. The story begins when 14-year old Henry Reed,the son of an American diplomat stationed in Naples, Italy, arrives in New Jersey to visit his aunt and uncle. Henrys teacher has given him a summer project; to report on American "free enterprise". Henry combines his interest in biology with business, and together with the 12-year old neighbor girl Midge sets up a business selling worms,turtles etc. During the summer Henry and Midge expand their business and are constantly in search of new products. Their business ventures include drilling for oil, hunting for truffles (an expensive mushroom) and developing a weatherbaloon that they plan to sell to the armed forces! Most of the people in the small town are very positive and cooperative about their business. They do, however, encounter some trouble with the quarrelsome Apples, who complain bitterly about Agony, Henry's dog, interloping on their property, and "Henry Reed, Inc". violating zoning laws. This leads to suspicion by Henry and Midge that the Apples are involved in deep criminal activity, but in the end it turns out that the Apples are only interested in safeguarding their own business interests. Although Henry Reed, Inc.is written in diary form it's not introspective. In each chapter Henry relates the days happenings. Te book takes place during about two months in Grovers Corner, New Jersey. The autor only briefly describes characters, landscape, and setting, but instead focuses on the hilarious stories. "Henry Reed, Inc." is an excellent sink-down-in-bed-and-relax book. The text is easy to understand and once you start the book it's not easy to put down. Please e-mail me with further questions and information about the other books in the series. (I haven't been able to get hold of them yet.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
(Review by a nine-year-old third-grader, who read this book for a home school assignment)
Henry Reed's story starts out when, for vacation, Henry goes to the USA. He has all kinds of adventures. Henry starts a research business. Then he meets a girl named Midge who wants to be part of his business. She says that she will give him two rabbits if he lets her join, but she only has one.
One adventure happens when Midge and Henry make a balloon and their dog and the neighbor's cat and a dead pigeon go up in the balloon. The cat jumps on his owner's roof and stays there for about a day.
I liked this book because their adventures are very exciting.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Henry Harris Reed is a kid from Italy that comes to America to visit his aunt and uncle in NJ. The book is his journal of the works and experiences he has in America. In the book Henry starts a research center called Henry Reed Inc. He patched up his old barn and his mini property owned by his mother. He mostly keeps animals. The other main character in the story is a girl named Margaret Glass. The sign on the barn later reads Reed Glass Inc, but only after a long series of events.
When Margaret joined Henry Reed Inc, Margaret and Henry made a deal. The deal was to give Henry two rabbits for the business. The only problem was the second rabbit was missing and had been missing for the past 6 weeks. One-day Henry's beagle Agony saw the rabbit. The rabbit was white as the snow in Aspen. The dog dashed after the rabbit through the whole neighborhood. Eventually the chase led to the grouchy Mr. Apple's lawn and the stamped over a section of his grass. After everything was said and done Margaret and Henry was spying on Mr. Apple. They saw Mr. Apple planting new grass and treating it with much care. What could he be doing?

The Main Moral of the book is never judge a book by its cover. This is because Margaret and Henry thought Mr. Apple was a psycho or something, and really he was just protecting his invention. I really liked this story, i liked because it had alot of action. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5, its not the best book ever but i still would recomend it.
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