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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:creative nonfiction, henry david thoreau, 32p, easy book, K - 2nd grade

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Henry and his friend are both traveling to Fitchburg. Henry decides to walk the 30 miles to Fitchburg while his friend choses to work until he makes enough money to buy a train ticket. They set out in the race to Fitchburg. While Henry doesn’t win the race, he enjoyed his experience far more than his working companion.
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg teaches the reader about the life and cares of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau took the scenic route through life, just as our bear Henry takes the scenic route to Fitchburg. This book introduces the historical figure in a captivating and kid friendly way.
  kquisling | May 31, 2016 |
I felt that this book was fun, but may not be as engaging for all students. It is a cute take on "stopping and smelling the roses" mixed with a built in math lesson. I think this is a really good way to remind kids that we can't rush through life all the time. To enjoy life we need to have fun and take time to enjoy the world around us. Teachers can use this best for the quick addition lesson and for a fun read with their students! ( )
  LizeGarber | Oct 3, 2014 |
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 |
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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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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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