Henry works

by Johnson, D. B. 1944-

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB JOHNSON D.B.
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Picture Books E Joh
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Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Picture Books PICT F JOHNSON 2004
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North Versailles Public Library Picture Book P JOHN
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E JOH
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK JOH
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Western Allegheny Community Library Picture Book JP PIC JOHNSON
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Without Henry, wildflowers would go unwatered in dry weather and rivers would have no crossing stones. Without him, who would bring news of coming storms?
Henry works, but no one seems to notice.
"You're not doing anything today," his friend says. "Come fishing with me." "Not today," says Henry as he digs up a healing plant for a neighbor. Though he never gets paid, Henry works for more than money.

In this fourth book about Henry David Thoreau, D. B. Johnson's quiet story flows through morning's mist to evening's glow, when, at last, Henry's most important work is revealed!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "K-Gr. 3. The fourth volume in a series of Thoreau-inspired picture books features Henry the bear walking to work. Though unemployed in the traditional sense, he finds plenty of useful things to do, helping his neighbors and his environment, as he follows a circuitous path by the pond, through the woods, into the town of Concord. Back home at last, he gets to work writing about his ramble. Though the story here is less focused than in the previous books, fans of the series will happily follow the amiable bear as he ambles the countryside. The book ends with a page of information about Henry David Thoreau's life and work. As in the previous books, Johnson's distinctive artwork, which uses geometric shapes to strong effect, greatly enhances the experience of any child hearing the book read aloud. Though unconventional in approach, these beautiful illustrations are entirely accessible to children. Recommended for libraries in which the earlier books have a following. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his satisfying fourth book about Henry David Thoreau's life, which appears on the 150th anniversary of the publication of Walden, Johnson describes how Henry the bear walks to work. On a "misty, mizzling morning," Henry claps on his broad-brimmed hat and trots out the door expectantly. He stops to dig some comfrey root but declines a friend's offer to go fishing: "Not today. I'm walking to work." Along the pebbly dirt road, Henry waters some milkweed and "pushes three crossing stones into place" in an ankle-deep stream. Upon reaching Concord, Mass.-a red, gold and lavender-blue New England town, bustling with horse-drawn carriages and an oxcart-he gives the comfrey root to the postmaster as a salve for an aching foot, and promises to deliver a letter to his neighbor Emerson. Johnson creates multifaceted illustrations that suggest Cubist stained-glass windows; Henry's outdoorsman's coat looks like fuzzy felt in the colored pencil and paint spreads, and its dark orange hue complements the powdery blue-and-slate sky and variegated green woodlands. Naturalists can spy a variety of New England birds and animals (flickers, chickadees, woodchucks), while literary types can track Henry's visits to the Alcott and Hawthorne residences on the endpaper map of the Walden area. After wondering when Henry will get to his job, readers will realize that Henry's helpful, practical deeds must be inextricable from his "work." With a quiet humor and attention to natural settings, Johnson respectfully conveys Thoreau's philosophy of simplicity. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (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.
Bears -- Fiction.
Animals -- Fiction.
Authorship -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :Houghton Mifflin,2004
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
ISBN 0618420037
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