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Henry Hikes to Fitchburg (edition 2000)

by D.B. Johnson

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Title:Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
Authors:D.B. Johnson
Info:Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2000), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:creative nonfiction, henry david thoreau, 32p, easy book, K - 2nd grade

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This book could be used as an way of introducing student's to Thoreau's idea, "The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run." You might also use this book to get students to think about how the seed of an idea can be expanded into a larger work, such as a children's book. ( )
  Tables | Apr 29, 2014 |
Simple story that portrays good fun of competition between friends. The whole story includes comparisons as two friends aim for the same goal in two different ways. Both are winners at the end. I enjoyed the brief summary of Henry David Thoreau at the end of this book, whom one of the characters is based upon. ( )
  bschaffer | Feb 2, 2014 |
A delightfully illustrated, dramatized narrative of Henry Thoreau's walking to a city versus a friend's working to pay for a train ride there. A useful starting point for discussions with children regarding their interaction with and care for the natural environment, particularly regarding earning a living. ( )
  strawberrycreekmtg | Jan 8, 2014 |
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg details the love of nature of Henry David Thoreau. In this story, Henry and his friend have two different strategies to get to Fitchburg--with Henry walking and his friend working hard for money to catch the train. As the story goes, Henry and his friends experiences are compared on different pages in the obstacles they have to traverse to get to where they want to go. The story was interesting although not captivating. As a mentor text, it could be used for a technique that compares two different experiences or one that starts with the same line for each page. Henry ____________, his friend ____________. ( )
  betcherC | Dec 11, 2013 |
Lovely illustrations and really good story based on Henry David Thoreau's philosophy. Henry and a friend decide to see who can get to Fitchburg first, by walking or by earning the money for a train ticket. An interesting story of time vs. money. The story seems to tip the hat toward Henry and his walk through the woods, since he had some blackberries to share with his friend (who was empty handed) at the end of the trip. It would be an interesting class discussion to see who sided with Henry's friend, though, who got money for doing different tasks, saving up for a trip he wanted to take, one with a competitive challenge (who will get there first?) to it. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0395968674, Hardcover)

When Henry and his friend agree to go to Fitchburg to see the country, they each choose very different methods of travel, based on their very different approaches to life. This charming little story illustrates through minimal text and fantastically stylized paintings the concepts Henry David Thoreau spent his life trying out. While Henry (the storybook Henry is a bear) collects flowers to press, strolls on stone walls, finds bird nests, and gathers blackberries, his friend toils and sweats to earn enough money for the train fare to Fitchburg.

With subtle nods at Thoreau and his real-life pals Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne (Henry's friend cleans out Mrs. Thoreau's chicken house, moves the bookcases in Mr. Emerson's study, and pulls weeds in Mr. Hawthorne's garden), D.B. Johnson cleverly introduces young readers to these important historical figures. No moralizing here, just a gentle, humorous look at the different paths each person may choose in life. Johnson chose a passage in Thoreau's Walden (the passage is included in the informative author's note) as inspiration for this delightful picture book, which Thoreau himself would probably be proud to read. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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While his friend works hard to earn the train fare to Fitchburg, young Henry Thoreau walks the thirty miles through woods and fields, enjoying nature and the time to think great thoughts. Includes biographical information about Thoreau.

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