Blue-Ribbon Henry

Blue-Ribbon Henry

by Mary Calhoun, Erick Ingraham
     
 

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The county fair is fun — for everyone but Henry. First, the fiesty Siamese discovers that his chief rival in the pet contest is a cat who's much more handsome than he is. Then the crowd laughs when Henry makes a mistake in the greased pig contest. But when a little girl gets lost, it's everyone's favorite feline to the rescue! With Mary Calhoun's rollicking

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The county fair is fun — for everyone but Henry. First, the fiesty Siamese discovers that his chief rival in the pet contest is a cat who's much more handsome than he is. Then the crowd laughs when Henry makes a mistake in the greased pig contest. But when a little girl gets lost, it's everyone's favorite feline to the rescue! With Mary Calhoun's rollicking text and Erick Ingraham's sun-drenched illustrations, this popular cat proves that he's got what it takes to win first place in reader's hearts.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julie Steinberg
Henry goes with his family to a county fair. The spirited Siamese cat thinks he may win first prize in the cat contest but he faces competition from a big furry rival. Undaunted, Henry mistakenly tries to help his boy escape from a slippery pig--not realizing the boy is chasing his quarry in the greased pig contest. Henry is embarrassed when the crowd laughs at him. Then Henry spies a pink balloon held by a little girl. He pops it and makes the child cry. But Henry's chance to redeem himself comes as he realizes the child is lost. A spot on top of the Ferris Wheel gives Henry full view of the fair grounds. He sees the child walking toward the horses. Fearful that she might get stepped on, Henry leaps to the ground, runs to the horse arena and diverts the big animal. Then he walks on his hind legs and coaxes the child to follow him. Henry escorts the girl to her family and gets his own first prize. This addition to the Henry books is sure to please.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The star of Hot-Air Henry (1981) and High-Wire Henry (1991, both Morrow) returns. This time, the Siamese cat visits the country fair with his family, where he's intimidated by the large size of the animals competing for prizes. When he tries to save his owner from a furious charging pig, Henry finds to his chagrin that the boy is actually doing the chasing. When bystanders laugh at his "rescue" attempt, the cat runs away in humiliation. His shame is soon forgotten, though, when he finds a lost girl and leads her out of a horse arena and back to her mother. As a result of his bravery (and not his appearance), Henry wins a "Pet of the Show" award. The moral is both clear and satisfactory. The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations portray realistic scenes. Ingraham uses shading and color to highlight the action and the main characters while still depicting the hustle and bustle of a country fair. The charming pictures, fast pace, and clear resolution of the plot make this story a natural read-aloud. Children will enjoy the action and identify with Henry's initial feelings of inadequacy and later pride at his achievements.-Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Blue-Ribbon Henry (40 pp.; PLB May; 0-688-14674-0; PLB 0-688-14675-9): Calhoun and Ingraham (Henry the Sailor Cat, 1994, etc.) welcome readers to the hustle and bustle of a county fair where Buttons, the dog, and Henry, the cat, are entered into a pet show. When Henry gets loose from his cage and enters the greased-pig pen, the excitement is just beginning. Henry paws at and bursts the balloon of a lost child, but redeems himself by returning her to the safety of her mother's arms. Is it any wonder that Henry wins a blue ribbon? Ingraham's illustrations capture all of the highlights and atmosphere of a county fair in the summertime. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688146757
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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