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Chester's way
Henkes, Kevin.
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Publication Information:
Pine Plains, NY : Live Oak Media, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital + 1 book (1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm)
Chester and Wilson share the same exact way of doing things, until Lilly moves into the neighborhood and shows them that new ways can be just as good.
Reading Level:
570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 9114.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 02084 Guided reading level: K.
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Format :
Audiobook on CD


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COMPDISC KIT 112 Juvenile Media Kit Picture Books
COMPDISC KIT 112 Juvenile Fiction Media Kits
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Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that's the way it was - until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood.

Author Notes

Kevin Henkes was born in Racine, Wis. in 1960 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. One of four children in his family, Henkes grew up with aspirations of being an artist. As a junior in high school, one of Henkes's teachers awakened his interest in writing. Falling in love with both writing and drawing, Henkes realized that he could do both at the same time as a children's book author and illustrator.

At the age of 19, Henkes went to New York City to get his first book, All Alone, published. Since that time, he has written and illustrated dozens of picture books including Chrysanthemum, Protecting Marie, and A Weekend with Wendell. A recurring character in several of Henkes's books is Lily, an outrageous, yet delightful, individualist. Lily finds herself the center of attention in the books Chester's Way, Julius, the Baby of the World, and Lily's Purple Plastic Purse.

A Weekend With Wendell was named Children's Choice Book by the Children's Book Council in 1986. He recieved the Elizabeth Burr Award for Words of Stone in 1993. Owen was named a Caldicott Honor in 1994. The Year of Billy Miller was named a Newbery Honor book in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Young children sometimes revel in being alike, a trait that best friends Chester and Wilson share. And doing things exactly their way means that when a new girl named Lilly shows up with her own way of doing things, Chester and Wilson will have nothing to do with her-- until the day she bails them out of a close scrape with some mean, bigger kids. Afterward, two friends become three, with Lilly introducing the pair to some of her special ways, while at the same time adopting some of their habits. With a light touch, the story conveys the importance of tolerance and an open mind. Henkes' pen-and-wash pictures cast this trio of pals as mice children, whose expressions range from demure to comical. The action unfolds mostly through miniature sketches paired with a relevant block of text. An affectionate look at peer relationships. DMW.

Publisher's Weekly Review

This "sunny" tale of mouse friendships features rambunctious Lilly (of the purple plastic purse). In a boxed review, PW said, "every sentence is either downright funny or dense with playful, deadpan humor." Ages 4-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2 Chester is a child of rigid habits. From the way he ties his shoes to what he has for breakfast, he knows exactly how things ought to be done and tolerates no deviations. His friend, Wilson, shares his attitudes and his set routines, and the two are completely satisfied with the way they have arranged their lives. Although Chester's father is mildly disparaging of their obsessive actions, nothing happens to disturb them until Lilly moves into the neighborhood. Lilly is a whirlwind of wacky behavior. While Chester and Wilson cut their sandwiches into neat diagonals, Lilly uses a cookie cutter to make stars and flowers out of hers. Gradually, the two little stuffed shirts and free-swinging Lilly learn to accept each other and reshape all their prejudices to fit a trio, but an amusing surprise is waiting for them, and for the readers, on the last page. Henkes' charming cartoons are drawn with pen-and-ink, washed over with cheerful watercolors. They give witty expressions to his characters. The children's eyes, for instance, are drawn only with dots and tiny lines, but are nevertheless laden with meaning. Children will make Chester's Way their own. Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.