Henry the Impatient Heron

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Henry the Heron couldn't stand still! He was always moving, and it drove everyone crazy! His brother and sister yelled at him for stepping on their heads, and Mom and Dad could barely get food into his little baby mouth. But herons have to stand still to catch their food, so how would Henry ever be able to eat on his own? In Henry the Impatient Heron, Donna Love takes readers along with Henry as he learns a valuable lesson from the King of Camouflage! Hilarious and lighthearted illustrations by Christina Wald ...
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Henry the Heron couldn't stand still! He was always moving, and it drove everyone crazy! His brother and sister yelled at him for stepping on their heads, and Mom and Dad could barely get food into his little baby mouth. But herons have to stand still to catch their food, so how would Henry ever be able to eat on his own? In Henry the Impatient Heron, Donna Love takes readers along with Henry as he learns a valuable lesson from the King of Camouflage! Hilarious and lighthearted illustrations by Christina Wald complement the important lesson in the text. It is a meaningful lesson for both herons and kids alike, which teaches the importance of just being still!
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PreS-Gr 3

Henry can not stand still. This is a problem, since herons must stand still in order to hunt for food. One day he becomes separated from his family at the pond. When he gets hungry, he realizes, "I can do this, I can catch myself something to eat." After several failed yet amusing attempts, he meets "THE GREAT BLUE HERON, the heron of all herons," who teaches him a trick, and the impatient Henry learns to stand still. Love's simple text imparts an important lesson, while Wald's fun, playful, yet realistic illustrations complement the narrative. Fact boxes and information about herons are appended. Lesson plans, quizzes, and additional support are all available through the publisher's Web site.-Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607180357
  • Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 803,868
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Love (Henry the Impatient Heron) is an award-winning author who lives in Montana, where her husband is a district ranger in the Lolo National Forest. Two of their three children are now in college. Donna's first books include Loons, Diving Birds of the North, and Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World. Awesome Ospreys became a Skipping Stones Press Honor Award Winner in 2006, for promoting ecological understanding and cooperation around the world. With a background in art education, Donna substitute teaches at the elementary and high school level. Throughout her years as a substitue and while raising her own children, she found she had a gift for explaining nature to children. With the help of Henry the Impatient Heron (Sylvan Dell Publishing, Spring 2009), she hopes to share that gift with others, tuning children into nature and science through literature.
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  • Posted September 10, 2012

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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    Henry the Impatient Heron is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    learning about herons

    Have you ever been driving by a wetlands area and seen a heron standing in the water on one foot? Why do they do that? Henry was a young Great Blue Heron who had a problem. He just couldn't stand still. He tried, but it seemed that his legs would twitch and his neck would itch and he would end up having to scratch himself. When the time came that Henry was able to fly away, he tried to catch a fish to eat. He went after a salamander for a tasty treat. He spied a plump little frog. But he was too impatient and lost them all. Finally, he came across The Great Blue Heron who was the King of Camouflage. Will he be able to help Henry learn how to stay still and get some food?
    It seems that most children really enjoy learning about nature, especially different kinds of animals. Who would believe that the activities of a Great Blue Heron would be so interesting? In Henry the Impatient Heron, Donna Love gives youngsters an eminently readable story, accompanied by Christina Wald's life-like and eye-catching illustrations, that will acquaint them with all kinds of information about herons. Following the actual text, there are four pages of "For Creative Minds" exercises, including "Great Blue Heron Facts," explanation of "How Did Henry Hunt?", and a heron life cycle matching activity. Even more information about "Related Websites" and "Teaching Activities" can be found at Sylvan Dell Publishing's website to help parents and teachers to expand the learning possibilities. I found this book to be absolutely fascinating.

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