Harry's Smile

Harry's Smile

by Kathy Caple

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of The Biggest Nose and The Purse admire the slightly goofy but lovable expressions of Caple's characters. Funny watercolor scenes of Harry and his good friend Sam will not disappoint readers, although a weak plot certainly takes off some of the shine. Harry has a pen pal, Wilma, who has included a photo of herself in her latest letter. And she wants a picture of Harry. But when Harry gets his photo taken, he worries; he thinks he has an oafish smile and vows never to smile again. Sam sends for Wilma, who arrives, snaps a photos and shows Harry what good friends are all about. The story loses momentum with the arrival of Wilma; if she's so handy, why are they pen pals? But the tidy lesson of friendship is well served by good intentions, and young readers will like Harry and pals. Ages 4-8. (September)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 In Caple's story of self-consciousness, Harry's pen pal Wilma sends him a picture and asks for one in return. Harry is upset that Wilma looks like she could be on TV, and he is so unhappy with the photos of himself that he vows never to smile again. Not until Wilma shows up unexpectedly and snaps a picture of Harry's welcoming smile does Harry again smile. Caple's watercolor with pen-and-ink illustrations show charmingly beady-eyed animals in soft, bright pastel colors. Yet this book just misses the mark. Both the concern over appearance and the bow-tied, suspendered Harry seem older than the intended audience, and the story drags. Rosemary Wells' Timothy Goes to School (Dial, 1981) is a better approach to ``being yourself.'' Lucy Young Clem, Evansville Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
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Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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