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Title:
Henry's happy birthday
Author:
Keller, Holly.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1990]

©1990
Summary:
Relates the disappointments and joys of Henry's birthday party.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780688094508

9780688094515
Format :
Book

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Summary

Relates the disappointments and joys of Henry's birthday party.


Summary

Relates the disappointments and joys of Henry's birthday party.


Author Notes

Holly Keller is the author-illustrator of more than thirty-five books for young children including the Horace books, Farfallina and Marcel, Help!, and Grandfather's Dream. She has also illustrated over twenty nonfiction titles written by others including the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books series. She won the 2003 Charlotte Zolotow Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Holly Keller is the author-illustrator of more than thirty-five books for young children including the Horace books, Farfallina and Marcel, Help!, and Grandfather's Dream. She has also illustrated over twenty nonfiction titles written by others including the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Books series. She won the 2003 Charlotte Zolotow Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Little Henry is forced to make painful concessions for his fifth birthday party. Not only does Mom bake white cake instead of chocolate, but also the put-upon Henry is forced to wear a shirt and tie, give his candy basket to his cousin, and endure losing the party game. Keller understands how trivial events can loom large in a child's mind, and she emphasizes the phenomenon in her sprightly color washes, which use simple shapes and eye-catching colors to suggest, for example, just how small Cousin Gertie's present really is. But reality isn't only what's right in front of our eyes, and before the big day ends, Henry has a comeback and learns a few gentle lessons. ~--Linda Callaghan


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- Henry, who last celebrated Henry's Fourth of July (Greenwillow, 1985), observes a frustrating birthday. His cake is vanilla, not the requested chocolate. The presents don't look promising; one kid even leaves his gift at home. Henry takes his disappointments with some grace, for as long as he can. Blowing out the candles he wishes ``that this were someone else's birthday.'' But the day turns around. He loves his presents and the cake, he has to admit, is quite good. Later Mama comforts and assures him that he can spend a whole year thinking of a better wish. Even with the cozy ending, this story of clouds with silver linings seems awry. Unlike Shirley Hughes' Alfie Gives a Hand (Lothrop, 1984), in which the child acts out on the special day, here the family and friends heap too much turmoil on Henry. Full-color watercolor and black ink are used in Keller's familiar spare style. Pages have lots of white space and there is a deft use of line to bring humor and personality to the mice characters. The typeface is easy to read, large, and graceful. Solid first-grade readers can manage the text. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Little Henry is forced to make painful concessions for his fifth birthday party. Not only does Mom bake white cake instead of chocolate, but also the put-upon Henry is forced to wear a shirt and tie, give his candy basket to his cousin, and endure losing the party game. Keller understands how trivial events can loom large in a child's mind, and she emphasizes the phenomenon in her sprightly color washes, which use simple shapes and eye-catching colors to suggest, for example, just how small Cousin Gertie's present really is. But reality isn't only what's right in front of our eyes, and before the big day ends, Henry has a comeback and learns a few gentle lessons. ~--Linda Callaghan


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- Henry, who last celebrated Henry's Fourth of July (Greenwillow, 1985), observes a frustrating birthday. His cake is vanilla, not the requested chocolate. The presents don't look promising; one kid even leaves his gift at home. Henry takes his disappointments with some grace, for as long as he can. Blowing out the candles he wishes ``that this were someone else's birthday.'' But the day turns around. He loves his presents and the cake, he has to admit, is quite good. Later Mama comforts and assures him that he can spend a whole year thinking of a better wish. Even with the cozy ending, this story of clouds with silver linings seems awry. Unlike Shirley Hughes' Alfie Gives a Hand (Lothrop, 1984), in which the child acts out on the special day, here the family and friends heap too much turmoil on Henry. Full-color watercolor and black ink are used in Keller's familiar spare style. Pages have lots of white space and there is a deft use of line to bring humor and personality to the mice characters. The typeface is easy to read, large, and graceful. Solid first-grade readers can manage the text. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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