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by Patricia Polacco

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Something About Hensley’s is about a seemingly magical neighborhood store named Hensley’s. Hensley’s , owned by Old John, always has what you need from dishes, cleats, to unusual lamps. One day Old John meets Molly and Kate who just moved into the neighborhood with their mother. They are struggling so Old john helps them get back on their feet. This book can be used in a Social Studies classroom to introduce the topic of a community and how neighbors help each other. ( )
  TiffanyA | Mar 28, 2016 |
Something about Hensley's is that story that you start to read and you're not sure where it's going but then it ends up being one of those stories you never forget. It has something for everyone: funny, heart warming, serious and captivating. Great for lessons on culture, traditions or customs.
  Gamino | Apr 29, 2015 |
Mr. Soncrat is a real person that lives in Polacco's town and owns a variety store. The story is about kindness and anticipating the needs of others. ( )
  mosbor | Sep 23, 2014 |
Anyone who has ever shopped at a beloved small-town or local neighborhood store - the non-chain, independent kind, with owners who actually work on the premises, and who know their customers by name - will appreciate this picture-book tribute to one such store, and its role in the community. Hensley's - a Union City, Michigan store that always seemed to have everything - was owned by Old John Soncrant, a generous, kind-hearted man who, when he saw a single-parent family in trouble, decided to step in...

I enjoyed Something About Hensley's, which has that combination of warmhearted, salt-of-the-earth characters, appealing story, and basis in fact (like many of the author's books, it is based on real people) that I have come to expect from Patricia Polacco's work. That said, although I appreciated both the story and the illustrations, I don't think this will rank with my favorite Polacco books. Still, with 53 picture-books under her belt, it's hard to see how every one could be the best! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 15, 2013 |
Review: This book is about a man named John who runs a general store called Hensley's. At this store you can find anything you ever thought of. John always had what you needed. A new family moves into town and they do not have a lot of money. The two girls stop by the store everyday to look at John's goods. John was always helping out the two girls and their mother. John discovered that the girls mother was good with pottery. He offers to let her make pottery and sell it in his store. The mom does this and she is able to get enough money to buy a small for her and the two girls to live in. John was always helping in the town and always had what you needed.

Genre: Realistic Fiction
Genre Critique: This book is realistic fiction because the events that take place could take place in real life. Even though there are not a lot of store managers out there like John anymore, there are still some and children could relate to people like John. ( )
  katherine.fuller | Nov 20, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399245383, Hardcover)

There’s something about Hensley’s! No matter what you need, that general store is sure to have it. It’s almost magical the way the manager, Old John, seems to know what the townsfolk need before they do! But then a new family moves to town. The youngest child, Molly, has asthma—but her mother doesn’t have money to treat her, or for anything else. But leave it to Old John to find a way to use Hensley’s to give the family exactly what it needs, even if it can’t be boxed or bagged.

A true—and truly moving—story about an unforgettable general store and about the extraordinary power one person’s acts of kindness can have on another.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:36 -0400)

Hensely's, a neighborhood general store, always seems to have what Molly, Kate, and their mother need.

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