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Andrew Henry's Meadow Hardcover – April 1, 2005

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About the Author

Doris Burn wrote and illustrated Andrew Henry's Meadow in 1965. Her son, Mark, inspired the story while they lived on Waldron Island in the San Juan Archipelago in Washington State. Waldron Island had no electricity, running water, telephones or stores of any kind. Doe would chop wood for the fire in her small cabin every morning. She kept a perpetual cup of hot tea brewing as she looked out at the beautiful Canadian Gulf Islands through her studio window. Doe now lives on Guemes Island, not far from Waldron. Her four children and thirteen grandchildren all share her love of the islands. She also wrote Summerfolk (1968) and The Tale of Lazy Lizard Canyon (1976) along with illustrating a dozen other books. Doris Burn passed away on March 9, 2011 at the age of 87. She leaves Andrew Henry's Meadow as a wonderful legacy for many more generations of children (and adults) to enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: San Juan Publishing; 0002-(40th) Annivers edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970739923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970739926
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Timothy P. Young on June 17, 2006
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I remembered this book from childhood, and when I was casting about for a gift for my young niece, I flashed on this. While it's true that this book might be better received by boys, what child can't help but be entranced by Andrew's Rube Goldberg-style houses and inventions? It wasn't until I reread it after buying it that I saw the logical fallacies in the story (for example, what did they eat in the meadow? and, since the whole story takes place in four days...well, let's just say that Andrew Henry is quite the engineer and contractor to build all those houses in such a short time).

But that's nitpicking, isn't it?

This is a fun story of 'misunderstood' youth and the families that love them. Great fun and highly reccommended.

PS> It occurs to me that there's no real synopsis of the book listed here, so I'll describe it in a nutshell. Andrew Henry is a young 'inventor' whose inventions drive his family to distraction. Feeling unloved, he sets out for a place where he can do as he pleases. After he finds the meadow of the title, he builds a house for himself, and is soon joined by several other children. Everyone gets their own house, and there's a happy ending.
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As children, my brother and I never tired of this book as a bedtime story. The detailed pen-and-ink drawings were enough to lose yourself for hours, but the writing is also magical in its simplicity. Even the secondary characters are given a full life. I have used this book for classroom projects for the past ten years as a third grade teacher. It can be about such heady topics as belonging, self-confidence, independence, acceptance and family love or about seemingly simpler concepts such as architecture, friendship and dreaming. Althougb I have memorized the text, I desperately need my own copy as I gave my only one away to a friend's children years ago, before I realized that it was out-of-print.
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This wonderfully illustrated book inspires and rekindles the imagination for anyone. Young Andrew Henry decides to run away from home one day; he takes his carpenter's set travels for a few hours and eventually he rests in a meadow. Andrew builds his house, then as other kids arrive at the meadow, Andrew builds their houses too. Andrew designs/builds each house for the kids to suit their hobbies. A bridge house with paddle wheels and sail boats, a tree-house with bird cages, anything you could imagine - he builds it. I remember having this book read to me when I was only 4 (27 years ago), reading it myself when I was 6 and reading it to cousins, nieces, nephews over the years. The book is out of print now (I gave my last copy away over 10 years ago). If you ever find it - it's a keeper! As a grown-up kid you could almost think the message may be "No matter how different we all are, we can all live together".
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About 15 years ago I scoured my local library in search of this book. It is the only book from my childhood that I have actively sought as an adult, and after having read all 50 reviews thus far posted here it is clear it was a favorite of many, enough to send them on similar scavenger's hunts. Not recalling the title or author, my only search image to go on was that it had a limey green hardcover, about 9" x 12", and I swore that the cover picture was of a boy walking away from the reader down a fence line, his footprints visible in the tall grass he was walking through, a tall canopy tree on the left side. Having only just submitted my order I can't wait to find this picture somewhere in the beginning of the book. I also can't wait to see all the other illustrations I spent so many hours pouring over - my imagination on fire. I ordered 11 copies (1 original and 10 new to give away).
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I heard about the creative illustrations of houses built by an inventive boy, which is why I bought the book. Andrew Henry liked to build things. When his family is annoyed by his unique inventions, he decides to build his own house in a secluded meadow. One by one, other children, whose interests are unappreciated by their families, come to Andrew Henry to have their own house built in the meadow. Andrew Henry creates unique homes for the birdwatcher, the fisherman, the petkeeper, the lady of the castle, and so on, until the parents of the children decide they would rather put up with their children's interests nearby than have the children set up their own homes away from home. The lovely homes Andrew Henry builds in the meadow are worth buying this book!
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We read this to our kids and they ALWAYS loved it, so we hoped we could find a copy for our grand kids. This is just such a wonderful kids story with charming and wonderfully detailed and vibrant illustrations!
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This story piqued the interest of my 9-year-old grandson who claimed a disinterest in reading. He could relate to the inventiveness of Andrew Henry as well as the feeling of rejection for his uniqueness. He characterized the book as "hilarious." I used to read this book to my son (now 40 years old) and my 3rd grade students. It has maintained its relevance over the years. I highly recommend.
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I love this story of a brilliant young man who goes off by himself and builds a village for his friends. I read it to my 8 and 3 year olds who seem to be bored with the story though. The three year old just could not get into it. The 8 year old couldn't wait for me to finish.
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