Henry hikes to Fitchburg

by Johnson, D. B. 1944-

Format: Print Book 2000
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 10 copies
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Inspired by a passage from Henry David Thoreau's WALDEN, this wonderfully appealing story follows two friends who have very different approaches to life. When the two agree to meet one evening in Fitchburg, which is thirty miles away, each decides to get there in his own way and have surprisingly different days.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4^-8. Henry the bear and his friend decide to visit Fitchburg, a country town some 30 miles away. Henry asserts that walking is the fastest way to get there, but his friend thinks the train is best. They agree to meet in Fitchburg to see which of them is right. As Henry begins his hike, his friend goes off to earn money for the train fare. It won't take long for adults to realize that Henry is no average bear. He's an ursine Henry David Thoreau (and looks the part), engaging in a simple competition to gently expose children to Thoreau's view of life. While his friend fills the woodbox in Mrs. Alcott's kitchen, Henry rock-hops across the Sudbury River. While his friend pulls weeds in Mr. Hawthorne's garden, Henry presses ferns and flowers in a book. And while his friend cleans out Mrs. Thoreau's chicken house, Henry crosses a swamp and finds a bird's nest. While his friend, having finally earned the fare, rides a train bound for Fitchburg, Henry, nearly there, eats his fill in a blackberry patch. Although the commuter does reach Fitchburg ahead of the hiker, Henry smilingly responds with bemused understatement: "I stopped for blackberries." This splendid book works on several levels. Johnson's adaption of a paragraph taken from Thoreau's Walden (set down in an author's note) illuminates the contrast between materialistic and naturalistic views of life without ranting or preaching. His illustrations are breathtakingly rich and filled with lovingly rendered details. The angular, art-deco-influenced spreads are beautifully colored, thoughtfully designed, funny, and interesting, demonstrating Johnson's virtuosic control of his craft. Young children will like the story itself; older ones may be inspired to talk about the period in American history and the still relevant issues Thoreau raised. --Tim Arnold"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In our Best Books citation, PW wrote, "It's hard to imagine making Thoreau's philosophy comprehensible and accessible to young readers, but Johnson pulls it off." Ages 4-8. (Nov.) n (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Henry series
#1 - Henry hikes to Fitchburg
#2 - Henry builds a cabin
#3 - Henry climbs a mountain
#4 - Henry works
Subjects Thoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862 -- Juvenile fiction.
Thoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862 -- Fiction.
Nature -- Fiction.
Walking -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin,2000
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
ISBN 9780395968673
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