Chester's Way

Chester's Way

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by Kevin Henkes
     
 

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There was only one way for Chester to do things - his own way. Wilson did things the same way; they were best friends. From double-knotting their shoes to cutting their sandwiches diagonally, Chester and Wilson were two of a kind.

They really are two peas in a pod, said Chester's mother.

Looks like it, said Chester's father.

From morning to night - and in every

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There was only one way for Chester to do things - his own way. Wilson did things the same way; they were best friends. From double-knotting their shoes to cutting their sandwiches diagonally, Chester and Wilson were two of a kind.

They really are two peas in a pod, said Chester's mother.

Looks like it, said Chester's father.

From morning to night - and in every way - they were inseparable. But then they met Lilly ... and extraordinary things happened to their friendship.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chester's ways are fairly circumscribed: this young mouse has definite likes and dislikes, and there is no changing his mind. His friend Wilson is just like him; they're quite a pair. Then Lilly moves into the neighborhood. She speaks backwards (``YLLIL MA I''), travels only in disguise and carries a water pistol wherever she goes, ``just in case.'' She intimidates Chester and Wilson, until she terrorizes some bullies who are picking on the two friends. Suddenly, Lilly's ways don't look so bad, and the threesome becomes just as like-minded and inseparable as Chester and Wilson's former twosome. Henkes's vision of friendship captures the essence of the childlike; his mice live in a sunny, imaginative world mixed with secure routines and the safety of known factors. The story unwinds at a deliberate pace; every sentence is either downright funny or dense with playful, deadpan humor. The artist/author, as always, gently grants room for differences between people (the turnaround in A Weekend with Wendell , for example, and the reconciliation between Wedge and his stepfather in Two Under Par ). Behind each book is a wide-open heart, one readers can't help but respond to, that makes all of Henkes's booksand especially this oneof special value to children. Ages 4-up. (August)
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Chester and his best friend Wilson did everything together and they liked it that way. When Lilly moved into the neighborhood, she had her own way of doing things and it wasn't Chester's way. The boys avoided Lilly even though she tried to become their friend. When Chester and Wilson found themselves surrounded by bullies, they were saved by a cat-disguised water pistol wielding figure whom they determined could be no one else but Lilly. Their friendship blossomed as they discovered the things they had in common. They also enjoyed learning to do things differently. They played together and became good friends . . . "and then Victor moved into the neighborhood." Henkes' classic story of friendship will delight young readers and perhaps prompt new friendships. His charming and expressive watercolor mice delightfully show us that change can be good. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Chester is a child of rigid habits. From the way he ties his shoes to what he has for breakfast, he knows exactly how things ought to be done and tolerates no deviations. His friend, Wilson, shares his attitudes and his set routines, and the two are completely satisfied with the way they have arranged their lives. Although Chester's father is mildly disparaging of their obsessive actions, nothing happens to disturb them until Lilly moves into the neighborhood. Lilly is a whirlwind of wacky behavior. While Chester and Wilson cut their sandwiches into neat diagonals, Lilly uses a cookie cutter to make stars and flowers out of hers. Gradually, the two little stuffed shirts and free-swinging Lilly learn to accept each other and reshape all their prejudices to fit a trio, but an amusing surprise is waiting for them, and for the readers, on the last page. Henkes' charming cartoons are drawn with pen-and-ink, washed over with cheerful watercolors. They give witty expressions to his characters. The children's eyes, for instance, are drawn only with dots and tiny lines, but are nevertheless laden with meaning. Children will make Chester's Way their own. Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, Tex.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688154721
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
59,514
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.

Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Website:
http://www.kevinhenkes.com

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Chester's Way 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old loves this book. We read it all the time. I highly recommend it!
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The book I chose to review is Chester's Way. The author is Kevin Henkes. I chose this book because it makes me happy whenever I read it. In this book there is a mouse named Chester. He just loves his own way of doing things. That was the beginning. In the middle he has a friend Wilson. He likes to do the same things. In the end a girl named Lilly moves in and they become friends. The big idea in this story is that it's ok to be different. Just to be friends. A great quote from the author is, "Chester had his own way of doing things." My best part is when Chester always cuts his sandwiches. I would recommend this book to someone looking for a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My kindergartner brought this home from school and we have read it a million times. I recently purchased 2 more of Henkes' books and we love those as well. All of his books let children relate their feelings to the feelings of the book's characters.