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Henry's Amazing Imagination Hardcover – July 3, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Henry, a young mouse, is the star of show and tell, courtesy of his fantastic stories. As he tells his classmates about the snowman as big as a house, the neighbor's pet dinosaur, and the alien that landed in his yard, readers see not only the listeners' rapt and amazed expressions, but also the subjects of Henry's tales, which have come to life in large bubbles emanating from his head. When dawning skepticism leads one of the students to accuse Henry of fibbing, the teacher suggests that he use his prodigious imagination to write stories—with the important assurance that it's OK not to know how to spell all the words, along with an invitation to include illustrations. Henry's stories really take off: fire-breathing dragons, breathtaking mountaintops, rockets to the moon; but at sharing time, he tells the class about his family's trip to the cheese store. "Now that Henry was using all his imagination to write stories…show and tell was really boring." He wants to wow his classmates, but he doesn't want to be a fibber. Happily, he comes up with the perfect solution—he reads his stories aloud. With its picture-perfect plot and vibrant illustrations, this book is a joy to read.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Henry is back in yet another school adventure. Having overcome his shyness about public speaking in Henry’s Show and Tell (2004), the little mouse finds himself the new star of show-and-tell with his stories about pet dinosaurs, aliens, and snowmen as big as a house. When a classmate calls Henry a “fibber,” Henry feels bad. He didn’t mean to lie; his imagination just got “mixed up” with the truth. His teacher encourages Henry to put such imaginative stories down on paper and tell the truth at school. When he bores his classmates with his description of a trip to the grocery store to buy cheese, his listeners realize they miss his entertaining stories. This leads the teacher to allow Henry to read his creative writings during show-and-tell, making everyone happy. Carlson’s typical brightly colored gouache illustrations are perfect for the intended audience, enhancing the down-to-earth story-lesson that will ring true for many children while showing that even grown-ups make mistakes. Preschool-Grade 1. --Shauna Yusko
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (July 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670062960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670062966
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When Henry was supposed to be doing his addition problems, his mind was very busy imagining huge fantastic bugs. Bugs were much more interesting. He was a teller of tall tales and he told them all the time, even during show and tell. One day he told them "an alien landed in his yard." All the boys and girls started asking a lot of questions until Tony piped up and said, "You're a big fibber!" Henry looked a bit shocked and thought to himself that he "didn't mean to fib . . . it's just that his imagination got mixed up with the truth."

His teacher wasn't too alarmed, but had a suggestion for Henry. Mrs. McCarthy thought that perhaps he should use his "amazing imagination" to write stories. That caught his attention and he got right to work and continued his writing even when he was at home. Show and tell got to be a bit boring, even for the boy who told him he was a big fibber. Henry got his thinking cap on and decided that instead of telling fibs during show and tell, he would read his stories instead. Would he be able to dazzle them with his writing as well as he did with the story about the fish who "pulled his boat across the whole lake?"

This is a wonderful story to help the youngster in your life who has an overactive imagination machine to learn how to channel that asset into something other than "fibbing." It may also help him differentiate between a "big fib" and a bit of imagination gone wild. The illustrations are very vivid, as vivid as Henry's imagination, and add a great deal to the tale. One thing for certain is that Nancy Carlson has a great imagination!
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By Kate65 on December 30, 2014
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I use this book in my therapy office with children. Delightful!
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