Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw❮Read❯ ➵ Dear Mr. Henshaw Author Beverly Cleary – Heartforum.co.uk Leigh Botts, the new kid in school, plagued by his parents' divorce, his stolen lunchbox treats, and a lost dog, pours out his heart in letters to his favorite author, Mr Henshaw Leigh's growth and ac Leigh Botts, the new kid in school, plagued by his parents' divorce, his stolen lunchbox treats, and a Dear Mr. Kindle - lost dog, pours out his heart in letters to his favorite author, Mr Henshaw Leigh's growth and acceptance of divorce are tempered with much humor A New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year.

Beverly Cleary born April , is the author of over books for young adults and children Dear Mr. Kindle - Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice Beezus, Henry Huggins, and Ralph S MouseBeverly Cleary was born Beverly At.

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  • Paperback
  • 134 pages
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw
  • Beverly Cleary
  • English
  • 15 April 2019

10 thoughts on “Dear Mr. Henshaw

  1. Kate says:

    I like to imagine the replies from Mr. Henshaw. Dear Leigh, Please stop writing to me every single day. I'm glad I impressed you, but you must cease and desist.

  2. Brina says:

    One of my comfort reads as a kid was Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. I read my copy enough times to leave the pages tattered. This week my first grader brought a copy home from her school library, and I could not resist reading along with her. As it is always a struggle to for me to find quality books for kids, I figured it was time for a trip down memory lane, and, as always, Beverly Cleary does not disappoint her readers.

    Leigh Botts is a fifth grader whose parents have just gotten divorced. His mother Bonnie comes from a small town outside of Bakersfield, California, a town so small that she says the lights of Bakersfield look as bright as Paris. After graduating from high school, she was smitten with Bill Botts, a long distance trucker, and the two married without many thoughts in the world. Yet, they were not compatible as Bill was more in love with her truck and driving than he was with Bonnie. After attempts to hold together as a family for the sake of their son Leigh, the couple divorced, Bill taking his truck and dog Bandit and Bonnie taking Leigh in hopes of creating a stable life for them.

    Bonnie moves Leigh to coastal Pacific Grove and starts working at a catering service and enrolling in a local community college. Leigh becomes a latch key kid and has issues fitting in at his new school, the most crucial one being that mean kids steal items from his lunch. To cope with his lack of both friends and a father figure, Leigh starts writing letters to Boyd Henshaw, an author whose books he has enjoyed. Sensing that all may not be happy in Leigh's life, Henshaw writes back, starting an unlikely friendship that lasts the duration of the book. Henshaw encourages Leigh to keep a diary and offers him tips on how to be a good writer. Leigh takes these to heart and admits that writing has helped him with both school and life. While Henshaw along with school custodian Mr. Fridley can not replace Leigh's father, their life lessons help Leigh cope with his parents' divorce.

    I remember reading many of Cleary's books as a kid, either on my own or with my dad reading them to me before bed. Yet, I remember these books as fun stories, not ones that would impart life lessons. Dear Mr. Henshaw stood out from all of these books even as a kid most likely because the protagonist was a kid who enjoyed reading and writing, and Leigh stood out for me. Reading this story through adult eyes has given me a greater appreciation for Beverly Cleary's books for elementary school readers. Not only does she create well fleshed out characters, she has given children a protagonist who is not a superhero or super athlete, but an everyday kid who is coping with real life problems that they can relate to.

    While the subject matter may be a touch over my first grader's head, I am glad that she brought Dear Mr. Henshaw home so that I could relive a childhood favorite. I remember touching scenes like eating fried chicken in the rain and the lunchbox alarm as though I read the book yesterday, and have gained a deeper appreciation for Beverly Cleary from reading her work through adult eyes. I have found out that there is a follow up book Strider which I may or may not have read, but I will be looking for it now to see where Cleary takes Leigh on his journey through life.

    5 stars

  3. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts #1), Beverly Cleary
    Dear Mr. Henshaw first published 1983, is a juvenile epistolary novel, by Beverly Cleary. Every school year, Leigh Botts writes a letter to his favorite author, Boyd Henshaw. In the 6th grade, Leigh's class has an assignment to write letters to their favorite authors. Leigh includes all the questions he was given as a numbered list. Mr. Henshaw writes back, teases Leigh for not doing research, and includes more questions for the boy to answer. Leigh is angry and first refuses to answer. But when Leigh's mother finds out, she demands he show Mr. Henshaw the courtesy of a reply. Through his answers to Mr. Henshaw, Leigh's concerns and conflicts are revealed. He struggles with his parents' divorce, being the new kid in school, his relationship with a neglectful father, and a school lunch thief. In a later letter, Mr. Henshaw encourages him to keep a diary of his thoughts and feelings. Leigh is reconciled to the writer, and his new diary is at first written to a Mr. Pretend Henshaw. ...
    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1991 میلادی
    عنوان: آقاى هنشاو عزيز؛ نویسنده: بورلی کلییری؛ مترجم: پروین (فاطمه) علیپور؛ تهران، صدا و سیما: انتشارات سروش؛ 1370؛ در 110 ص، مصور؛ چاپ دوم 1376؛ موضوع: داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20 م
    آقای هنشاو عزیز؛ رمانی کوتاه از نویسنده ی آمریکایی: «بورلی کلی یری» است. نامه های یک نوجوان ده ساله به نام «لی» به نویسنده ی مورد علاقه اش آقای هنشاو خیالی خویش است...؛ پدر و مادر «لی» به تازگی از هم سوا شده اند، پدر «لی» راننده ی کامیون است، «لی» عاشق نویسندگی ست، او به مدرسه میرود، و هر روز در زنگ ناهار، یکی بخش مورد علاقه ی از ناهار او را میدزد...؛ «لی» برای «هنشاو»، از درگیریهای ذهنی مینویسد، بیش از همه، از علاقه اش به نویسندگی میگوید، و نامه ی عجیب آقای «هنشاو»، مسیر زندگی «لی» را دیگر میکند...؛ ا. شربیانی

  4. Nick Black says:

    This cunningly-woven allegory of the Cold War's nuclear buildup is simple and gripping enough for children to understand, if a bit fleshless. Our adolescent narrator, one Leigh Botts of California (both an immediate reference to Harvard President and Interim Committee member James Bryant Conant and a deep frappe indeed to the testicles-or-vagina of Bridge to Terebithia's androgynous lead character), devoid of a father figure (the waning British Empire, their ocean-spanning fleet here captured in Botts Senior's beet-trucking service), has his lunch repeatedly stolen (bombed) by unknown (presumed Japanese, un-interred and dangerous) students or perhaps external forces (Rome-Berlin Axis, spreading spectre of Bolshevism, Reverse Trilateral Commission, etc). Ms. Botts strikes an elegant and delightful, at times even eerie, Kittie Oppenheimer throughout. Leigh launches an all-out crash program to develop an alarm system (note the reference to Teller's Alarm Clock (failed) layered thermonuclear device, prior to the Teller-Ulam application of reradiation, plasma and finally ablation), sparing no expense (a jowly local electronics store owner's a passable cameo for General Leslie Groves). Finally, with the weapon system complete, Leigh flies a bus we may as well dub the Enola Gay to school...only to find that, as the sole remaining hyperpower, his defenses have become his undoing. We dream of a world without the threat of nuclear extinction and shed a tear as Leigh opens his lunchbox, assaulting friends, foe, and self with literally hundreds of millipascals of acoustic overpressure in a scene that disturbingly anticipates the 9/11 incidents and perhaps also steroids in baseball.

    Let Leigh Bott's alarm be an alarm for all of us.

    There was also something about butterflies, the details of which I've forgotten. Maybe that was just Jurassic Park. No...no. Anyway, doesn't matter, a classic tale of love in the chivalric era.

  5. Cameron Chaney says:

    Holy cow, why didn't I read this as a kid?? I was working on the Bookmobile recently and saw this come through. I thought, You know, I should probably read that. So I gave it a quick read and was immediately angry at myself for not picking it up sooner. I was Leigh when I was a kid. I was a quiet nerdy kid who loved to read and wanted to be an author and had divorced parents. I would have related to this book so much. It might have even helped me in some way, made me feel less lonely. But at least I can say I've read it.

    This thing put me through many different emotions. It's just so honest and real. And sad, but hopeful at the same time, yet it doesn't try too hard. I loved it.

  6. Will McGee says:

    Rereading this book, I was struck with how Cleary manages to convey her narrator's complex of feelings in the limited vocabulary and understated style of Leigh Botts, a lonely and isolated young boy. Leigh faces several problems in the narrative--his lunch is stolen, he doesn't understand his parents' divorce, he resents a pizza boy whose mother Leigh's father seems to be dating--but none are neatly solved; Cleary refuses to resolve them conclusively and instead shows Leigh struggling to address them as best as he can, reflecting Leigh's use of his writing to understand and, perhaps, learn from the experiences. Eventually Leigh's interest in writing leads him to enter a contest by writing a story--a description, rather, of a ride in his father's truck--that only wins Honorable Mention and fails to attract the attention of his schoolmates, but a visiting author notices it and compliments Leigh for writing honestly about something he knows and has feelings about. Likewise, this novel is an honest account of what seem to be a genuine young boy's complex of feelings.

  7. Melanie Brinkman says:

    De Liver
    De Letter
    De Sooner
    De Better
    De Later
    De Letter
    De Madder
    I Getter

    Ever since the second grade, noone has been a bigger fan of author Boyd Henshaw then Leigh Botts. Now in sixth grade, Leigh's life is in upheaval. His parents have split, his cross-country trucker father is absent, and a thief steals from his lunch bag almost every day. So when his teacher assigns a letter writing project, he naturally decides to write to Mr. Henshaw. What if his hero's answer could change his life.

    A story of letters, lunchs, and life. A tale of the power of words.

    Trigger warnings for divorce and abandonment.

    Upset and lonely, Leigh felt like a lost shoe on the highway. It was impossible not to hear the tough yet vulnerable anger in his questions. He wrote of his fears, worries, and want to be noticed, with a distinct voice we've all felt at one point in life. I loved how the state of his writing echoed his journey in processing his feelings about his parents divorce, new school, etc. Leigh was so relatably human.

    From his hard-working mother to is primarily absent father, from his literary hero, to a kind janitor, the supporting cast truly impacted Leigh. Although we only saw glimpses of them through his letters, their different relationships with him truly took a toll on the young boy. His stable mother, and the caring Mr. Finely, the janitor, were wonderful, but I absolutely loathed his father. However, the way Mr. Henshaw's background but central advice rippled around Leigh's life was well written.

    Opening Dear Mr. Henshaw was a good and bad trip down memory lane. Despite spending my fourth grade Labor Day weekend in tears, completing an overwhelming project about the book that was all for naught, I enjoyed the epistolaries of a young boy coping with divorce. Heartfelt, Beverly Cleary's story of loneliness was met with a healthy, hopeful attempt at laying bare pent-up feelings. Peppered with black and white illustrations, this was a quick, meaningful read.

    Dear reader, I hope you have a hero like Mr. Henshaw.

  8. Alan says:

    Watching the movie Stuck in Love a character makes reference to this book as his favorite while the hard character of his affection felt the same. It is now one of my favorites as it has so many parallels to my life as a young boy. It doesn't bother me this is Jr. Fiction, what bothers me is, it took so long for me to find.

  9. Bobby says:

    Are You There God, It's Me Margaret for boys, well sorta. Boy this book is depressing.

    Dear Mr. Henshaw, my errant dad stopped by for his bi-annual visit last night.

    Dear Mr. Henshaw, I sleep in the back of a gas station on a forgotton stretch of highway.

    Dear Mr. Henshaw, my life is so lonely that the only entity I can think to communicate with is the name of an author I've never met.

    Dear Mr. Henshaw, life has no meaning.


    The End

  10. Calista says:

    A brilliant book! Beverly does a fantastic job of showing how Leigh's writing changes as he keeps writing. At first it is short with little to say and by the end he is getting good at showing what happens. A simple story. This is similar to Crenshaw in several ways. This is a powerful story and I can't believe it took me this long to read it. There are great tips if children really want to be a writer too. Please get kids to read this. It's a story will enjoy.

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