A Beverly Cleary classic, Henry Huggins presents a tale of a boy Henry who feels that nothing exciting ever happens in his life. Such is the case until he finds Ribsy, a stray dog who turns Henry's not so exciting life into a variety of exciting events. Even getting Ribsy home was an adventure, all his money spent, getting kicked off the bus 3 different times and finally being taken home by the police. This day was just a start for all the excitement that would follow thanks to his new canine friend, Ribsy.
Reading Level: DRA 34
Fountus and Pinnell: O
Teachers... Here are some resources for you to use...
- BeverlyCleary.com: Meet Henry and all of Beverly Cleary's character's.
- Unit Plan: Here you will find a very detailed Unit using Henry Huggins. Included are vocab and chapter quizzes, journal pages and much more. Pick and choose what you might want to use with your class.
Vocabulary: accusingly, vacant, guppy, anxious, coax, mongrel, talcum
Before Reading: Ask students to respond to the following prompt: What do you need to do to take care of a dog?
During Reading: Discuss: What are some ways that Ribsy has changed Henry's life? Would certain events happened without Risby's presence?
After Reading: Ask students to respond to the following prompt: Who do you think should have gotten to keep Ribsy and why? Was it fair how they decided who would keep him?
Cleary, B. (1950). Henry Huggins;. New York: Morrow.
Happy Reading (& Running) =)