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Henry Huggins feels that nothing very interesting ever happens to him. But from the moment a stray dog in the drugstore begs for a taste of his ice-cream cone and downs it in one gulp, everything is different. Henry names the dog Ribsy and decides to keep him. Before Henry even reaches home with Ribsy he spends all of his money, gets kicked off three buses, and enjoys a hair-raising ride in a police car. And that's only the beginning of Henry's exciting new life!

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Henry Huggins feels that nothing very interesting ever happens to him. But from the moment a stray dog in the drugstore begs for a taste of his ice-cream cone and downs it in one gulp, everything is different. Henry names the dog Ribsy and decides to keep him. Before Henry even reaches home with Ribsy he spends all of his money, gets kicked off three buses, and enjoys a hair-raising ride in a police car. And that's only the beginning of Henry's exciting new life!

This is a high-quality Spanish language edition of the beloved Beverly Cleary classic.

La vida cambia para Henry Huggins con la aparición de Ribsy, un perro flaco y desgarbado que encuentra un día a la salida de la Y.M.C.A. Juntos corren toda clase de aventuras, desde perder un hermoso balón de fútbol, hastacelebrar una Navidad "verde". Con Ribsy aprende el valor del trabajo, el respeto a la propiedad ajena y también que todos merecemos ganar un premio, incluso un perro feúcho y de raza desconocida. Pero lo más importante para Henry será averiguar con quién decidirá quedarse Ribsy.

When Henry adopts Ribsy, a dog of no particular breed, humorous adventures follow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060736002
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Henry Huggins Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 358,741
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.


Beverly Cleary was inadvertently doing market research for her books before she wrote them, as a young children’s librarian in Yakima, Washington. Cleary heard a lot about what kids were and weren’t responding to in literature, and she thought of her library patrons when she later sat down to write her first book.

Henry Huggins, published in 1950, was an effort to represent kids like the ones in Yakima and like the ones in her childhood neighborhood in Oregon. The bunch from Klickitat Street live in modest houses in a quiet neighborhood, but they’re busy: busy with rambunctious dogs (one Ribsy, to be precise), paper routes, robot building, school, bicycle acquisitions, and other projects. Cleary was particularly sensitive to the boys from her library days who complained that they could find nothing of interest to read – and Ralph and the Motorcycle was inspired by her son, who in fourth grade said he wanted to read about motorcycles. Fifteen years after her Henry books, Cleary would concoct the delightful story of a boy who teaches Ralph to ride his red toy motorcycle.

Cleary’s best known character, however, is a girl: Ramona Quimby, the sometimes difficult but always entertaining little sister whom Cleary follows from kindergarten to fourth grade in a series of books. Ramona is a Henry Huggins neighbor who, with her sister, got her first proper introduction in Beezus and Ramona, adding a dimension of sibling dynamics to the adventures on Klickitat Street. Cleary’s stories, so simple and so true, deftly portrayed the exasperation and exuberance of being a kid. Finally, an author seemed to understand perfectly about bossy/pesty siblings, unfair teachers, playmate politics, the joys of clubhouses and the perils of sub-mattress monsters.

Cleary is one of the rare children’s authors who has been able to engage both boys and girls on their own terms, mostly through either Henry Huggins or Ramona and Beezus. She has not limited herself to those characters, though. In 1983, she won the Newbery Medal with Dear Mr. Henshaw, the story of a boy coping with his parents’ divorce, as told through his journal entries and correspondence with his favorite author. She has also written a few books for older girls (Fifteen, The Luckiest Girl, Sister of the Bride, and Jean and Johnny) mostly focusing on first love and family relationships. A set of books for beginning readers stars four-year-old twins Jimmy and Janet.

Some of Cleary’s books – particularly her titles for young adults – may seem somewhat alien to kids whose daily lives don’t feature soda fountains, bottles of ink, or even learning cursive. Still, the author’s stories and characters stand the test of time; and she nails the basic concerns of childhood and adolescence. Her books (particularly the more modern Ramona series, which touches on the repercussions of a father’s job loss and a mother’s return to work) remain relevant classics.

Cleary has said in an essay that she wrote her two autobiographical books, A Girl from Yamhill and My Own Two Feet, "because I wanted to tell young readers what life was like in safer, simpler, less-prosperous times, so different from today." She has conveyed that safer, simpler era -- still fraught with its own timeless concerns -- to children in her fiction as well, more than half a century after her first books were released.

Good To Know

Word processing is not Cleary's style. She writes, "I write in longhand on yellow legal pads. Some pages turn out right the first time (hooray!), some pages I revise once or twice and some I revise half-a-dozen times. I then attack my enemy the typewriter and produce a badly typed manuscript which I take to a typist whose fingers somehow hit the right keys. No, I do not use a computer. Everybody asks."

Cleary usually starts her books on January 2.

Up until she was six, Cleary lived in Yamhill, Oregon -- a town so small it had no library. Cleary's mother took up the job of librarian, asking for books to be sent from the state branch and lending them out from a lodge room over a bank. It was, Clearly remembers, "a dingy room filled with shabby leather-covered chairs and smelling of stale cigar smoke. The books were shelved in a donated china cabinet. It was there I made the most magical discovery: There were books written especially for children!"

Cleary authored a series of tie-in books in the early 1960s for classic TV show Leave It to Beaver.

Cleary's books appear in over 20 countries in 14 languages.

Cleary's book The Luckiest Girl is based in part on her own young adulthood, when a cousin of her mother's offered to take Beverly for the summer and have her attend Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, California. Cleary went from there to the University of California at Berkeley.

The actress Sarah Polley got her start playing Ramona in the late ‘80s TV series. Says Cleary in a Q & A on her web site: “I won’t let go of the rights for television productions unless I have script approval. There have been companies that have wanted the movie rights to Ramona, but they won’t let me have script approval, and so I say no. I did have script approval for the television productions of the Ramona series…. I thought Sarah Polley was a good little actress, a real little professional.”

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    1. Also Known As:
      Beverly Atlee Bunn (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Carmel, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 12, 1916
    2. Place of Birth:
      McMinnville, Oregon
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Henry y Ribs*

Henry Huggins estaba en tercer grado. Tenía el pelo como cepillo delimpiar piso y ya había mudado los dientes. Vivía con su mamáy su papá en una casa blanea cuadrada en la calle Klickitat. Aparte dela operación de las amígdalas a los seis años, y del brazoroto cuando se cayó de un cerezo a los siete, muy poco le sucedía aHenry.

Oialá pasara algo emocionante, pensaba Henry a menudo.

Pero nunca le pasaba nada interesante a Henry, sino hasta un miércolespor la tarde del mes de marzo. Todos los miércoles después de claseHenry iba en autobu's a la "Y. M. C. A.", a nadar. Nadaba una hora, se ibaotra vez en autobús, y Ilegaba a su casa exactamente a la. hora de lacena. Eso le gustaba, pero no era nada. del otro mundo.

Cuando Henry salió de la. "Y. M. C. A. " ese miercoles, se detuvo amirar a un hombre que estaba quitando un cartel del circo. Luego, con tresmonedas de cinco centavos y una de diez en el bolsillo, se dirigió a la.farmacia de la esquina a comprar un helado de chocolate en barquillo.Creía que iba a comerse el helado, subir al autobús, echar susdiez centavos en la ranura y andar hasta Ilegar a su casa.

Pero no fue eso lo que pasó.

Compró el barquillo y pagó con una de sus monedas de cinco. A la.salida. de la farmacia se detuvo a mirar las historietas cómicas. Era unvistazo gratis, porque sólo le quedaban dos monedas de cinco.

Estaba allí parado, chupando su helado de chocolate y leyendo una de lashistorietas cuando oyó un pum, pum, pum. Henryse volteó y vio a unperro allí a su espalda, rascándose. El perro, no era de ningunaraza especial. Era muy pequeño para, ser perro grande, pero, por otraparte, era demasiado, grande para ser perro, chico. No era blanco porquetenía partes color café y partes negras y entre, ellastenía manchas amarillentas. Tenía las orejas paradas y la colalarga y rala.

El perro, tenía hambre. Cuando Henry chupaba, éI chupaba. CuandoHenry tragaba, éI tragaba.

— Hola, perrillo, — dijo Henry. — Este helado, no es para ti.

La cola hizo juip, juip, juip. Los ojos cafés pareclan decir:"Sólo, un poquito.

— Vete, — le ordenó Henry. Pero no lo, dijo muy fuerte. Y le, dio unaspalmaditas en la cabeza.

El perro meneaba la, cola más y más. Henry chupó unaúltima vez. — Ay, está bien, — dijo. — Si tienes tantahambre, pues cómetelo.

El barquillo de helado desapareció de un mordisco.

— Ahora vete, — le dijo Henry al perro. — Yo tengo que tomar elautobús para irme a casa.

El chico se dirigió a la puerta. El perro tambi6n.

— Vete, perro flacucho. — Henry no lo dijo en voz muy alta. — Vete a tucasa.

El perro se echó a los pies de Henry. Henry miró al perro y elperro miró a Henry.

— Yo creo que tú no tienes casa. Estás tan terriblemente flaco.Las costillas se te salen.

Pum, pum, pum, contestó la cola.

— Y no tienes collar, — dijo Henry.

El chico se puso a pensar. ¡Si se pudiera quedar con el perro! Élsiempre había querido tener un perro propio y ahora se habíaencontrado un perro que lo quenía a él. ¡No podía irse asu casa y dejar a un perro con hambre en la calle!

¡Qué dirían su mamá y su papá! Tocó las dosmonedas de cinco que tenía en el bolsillo. ¡Ya! Usaría unapara telefonear a su mamá.

— Vamos, Ribsy. Vamos, Ribs, mi viejo. Te voy a Ilamar Ribsy porque eres tanflaco.

El perro salió trotando detrás del chico hasta la caseta delteléfono en la esquina de la farmacia. Henry lo metió en lacaseta y cerró la puerta. Él jamás había usado unteléfono público. Tuvo que poner la guía telefónicaen el piso y pararse en puntillas para alcanzar la bocina. Le dio elnúmero a la telefonista y echó una moneda en la cajilla.

— Aló... ¿Mamá?

— ¡Vaya, es Henry! — Su mamá parecía sorprendida. — ¿Dónde estás?

— En la farmacia al pie de la "Y. M. C. A."

Ribs empezó a rascarse. Pum, pum, pum. Dentro de la caseta los golpessonaban fuertes y retumbantes.

— Por el amor de Dios, Henry, ¿qué es ese ruido? — lepreguntó su mamá.

Ribs se puso a gemir primero y luego a aullar. — Henry, — grit¿ laSra. Huggins, — ¿estás bien?

— Sí, estoy bien,— contestó Henry también a gritos. Élnunca podía entender por qué su mamá pensaba siempre que aél le pasaba algo cuando no le pasaba nada. — Es Ribsy, nomás.

— ¿Ribsy? — Su mamá estaba exaltada. — Henry, ¿puedeshacerme el favor de decirme qué es lo que pasa?

— Es lo que estoy tratando de hacer, — dijo Henry. Ribsy aullómás fuerte. La gente se estaba juntando alrededor de la caseta paraver lo que pasaba. — Mamá, me encontré un perro. ¡Cómome gustaría quedarme con él! Es un perro bueno y yo me encargo dedarle la comida y de bañarlo y todo lo demás. Por favor, mami.

— No sé, mi amor. — dijo su mamá. — Tienes que pedirle permiso atu papá.

— ¡Mamá!- se lamentó Henry. — ¡Eso es lo que tú medices siempre! Henry se hallaba cansado de estar en puntillas; además,en la caseta se sentía mucho calor. — ¡Mamá, por favor, dimeque sí y jamás pediré otra cosa en toda mi vida!

— Bueno, está bien, Henry. Creo que no hay razón para que notengas tu perro. Pero tienes que traerlo en el autobús. Tu papáanda con el carro hoy y yo no puedo ir por ti. ¿Te las arreglas?

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