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Blue-ribbon Henry
Calhoun, Mary.
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New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1999.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Although he feels insignificant next to the other animals at the county fair, Henry the cat proves to be special in his own way.
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Although he feels insignificant next to the other animals at the county fair, Henry the cat proves to be special in his own way.

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Mary Calhoun was born on August 3, 1926 in Keokuk, Iowa. She received a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. She worked at the Omaha World Herald before marrying fellow journalist Frank Calhoun. Her first book, Making the Mississippi Shout, was published in 1957. She wrote more than 50 children's books during her lifetime including the Katie John series, Julie's Tree, Henry the Sailor Cat, and Cross-Country Cat. She died on October 27, 2015 at the age of 89.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Henry the Siamese Cat returns, this time winning a ribbon at the county fair but not before having many adventures. Henry is not sure he likes the fair; he is intimidated by having to compete against a big, snobby cat in the pet parade; and Henry is laughed at when he tries to help his owner in the greased pig contest. But when he leads a lost little girl to her family by walking on his hind legs so that she will follow, he proves himself the hero of the fair. Told from Henry's viewpoint (the pig is described as a huge mound with eyes) and beautifully illustrated with watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, this will satisfy animal lovers as well as fans of Henry's earlier exploits. --Helen Rosenberg

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The star of Hot-Air Henry (1981) and High-Wire Henry (1991, both Morrow) returns. This time, the Siamese cat visits the country fair with his family, where he's intimidated by the large size of the animals competing for prizes. When he tries to save his owner from a furious charging pig, Henry finds to his chagrin that the boy is actually doing the chasing. When bystanders laugh at his "rescue" attempt, the cat runs away in humiliation. His shame is soon forgotten, though, when he finds a lost girl and leads her out of a horse arena and back to her mother. As a result of his bravery (and not his appearance), Henry wins a "Pet of the Show" award. The moral is both clear and satisfactory. The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations portray realistic scenes. Ingraham uses shading and color to highlight the action and the main characters while still depicting the hustle and bustle of a country fair. The charming pictures, fast pace, and clear resolution of the plot make this story a natural read-aloud. Children will enjoy the action and identify with Henry's initial feelings of inadequacy and later pride at his achievements.-Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.