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Friendship According to Humphrey (edition 2006)

by Betty G. Birney (Author)

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When Humphrey the hamster returns to Mrs. Brisbane's class after the winter break, a new class pet and some other surprises give him an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of friendship.
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Title:Friendship According to Humphrey
Authors:Betty G. Birney (Author)
Info:Puffin Books (2006), Edition: Illustrated, 150 pages
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Everyone's having friendship issues, but Humphrey comes to the rescue! Humphrey uses his cuteness (ok, and his brain) to help everyone solve their problems. Meanwhile, Humphrey's having his own friendship issues with his new roommate. But as in many friendship issues, communication is key! ( )
  benuathanasia | Aug 13, 2016 |
This is a great and fun book I used to read aloud to the students at the end of every day (3rd grade). It can be used for deeper discussion on topics like accepting others and friendship. It can also be used to teach concepts such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, and rhyming because the author uses a lot of these.
  zkstonem | May 12, 2015 |
Humphrey, the hamster is returning to class room number 26 for the first time after the winter break. He learns that the class has completely changed since he has been gone. All the chairs have been moved, the bulletin board has changed, and there is a new student in class. These will be minor changes in comparison to the change that happens when new pet frog, Og, comes to class. Humphrey learns a lot about friendships in this short novel. He experiences rejection and jealousy when the entire class seems to love the new class pet and they ignore him, even Og ignores him. Soon, the students are allowed to take Humphrey home for weekend visits. Humphrey learns a lot about being a friend. This book features Humphrey’s Guide to the Care and Feeling of Friends, a summary of Humphrey’s experiences. A great resource for the Humphrey series can be found at the following web address: www.betttybirney.com ( )
  ecollado | Nov 27, 2014 |
This book was really funny. One reason why I enjoyed this book was the text. The author, or rather, Humphrey refers to each student in the class the way that the teacher calls out to the student. For example, Kirk was called "I-Heard-That-Kirk-Chen" in the book because that is what Humphrey was used to hearing. A.J. was called "Lower-Your-Voice-A.J." and Mandy was called "Don't-Complain-Mandy". These little nicknames give the book so much character. It's so funny!
Another reason I enjoyed this book was the character development. Several characters in the book experience growth. Humphrey learns how to be a good friend to his new neighbor, Og the Frog. Aldo, the janitor, learns how to believe in himself when he decides to go back to school to become a teacher. Tabitha, the new girl, learns how to open up and make new friends. She also learns that it is ok to leave your 'security blanket' at home. Mean Marty Bean learns that you catch more flies with sugar than vinegar. Each of these little life lessons is so important to daily life, and it's amazing how they all were fit into this little book!
The main idea of this book is that friendships come in different shapes and sizes, and even though they can be confusing and difficult, they are always worth it in the end. ( )
  lmalak1 | Jun 17, 2014 |
This is a funny little novel about a class pet, a hamster, named Humphrey. Humphrey is a sharp little mammal who not only follows along with the students' lessons, but also keeps up on class friendships and feuds. Humphrey has to accept a new friend as well, there is a new class pet. But when Og the toad turns out to be a silent neighbor, Humphrey finds himself struggling to be friendly, even feeling resentful towards Og. A good book about making new friends and being kind to old ones, this book is sure to get kids thinking and possibly wanting a Humphrey of their own! ( )
  jrlandry1410 | Nov 20, 2011 |
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