Henry's Show and Tell

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Henry really likes kindergarten&150there's painting, singing, story time and lots of new things to learn. But there's one thing Henry doesn't like: show and tell! His legs get all shaky and he's too shy to speak. And it doesn't help that his classmate Tony always asks, "Is Henry going to barf?" Just in time, Henry's kind teacher comes to the rescue with a great plan for helping him overcome his fears.

With bright, humorous illustrations and cheerful, clear text, Nancy ...

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Henry really likes kindergarten&150there's painting, singing, story time and lots of new things to learn. But there's one thing Henry doesn't like: show and tell! His legs get all shaky and he's too shy to speak. And it doesn't help that his classmate Tony always asks, "Is Henry going to barf?" Just in time, Henry's kind teacher comes to the rescue with a great plan for helping him overcome his fears.

With bright, humorous illustrations and cheerful, clear text, Nancy Carlson delivers another winner that directly and in matter-of-fact fashion addresses children's concerns.

Henry likes everything about kindergarten except show-and-tell, but with the help of his teacher and his pet lizard he is able to overcome his fear.

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Publishers Weekly
The mouse from Kindergarten, Here I Come doesn't want a turn in Henry's Show and Tell by Nancy Carlson. He is terrified to speak in class: "Whenever Henry tried to share, he felt all shaky." With his teacher's encouragement, the hero overcomes his fear, and the book ends on a humorous note. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Henry likes everything about kindergarten. Everything, that is, except show and tell. All the other kids do a fine job of standing in front of the class to talk about their pets or their collections. They even seem to have a good time telling about their vacations. Not Henry. He is so shy he shakes all over when he tries to share. Count on classmate Tony to notice by asking, "Is he going to barf?" Author Nancy Carlson treats what can sometimes be a frightening part of the kindergarten experience in a lighthearted, fun way. Children everywhere should find comfort in the experienced teacher, Mrs. Bradley, as she gently guides Henry through his fears. Her suggestion to practice in front of a mirror seems to do the trick. All is going well the following week until the object of his sharing, Wallace the lizard, escapes just as Henry begins to talk. In the bedlam that follows as Wallace is recaptured, Henry forgets about his shyness and happily tells the others all about lizards. Even Tony is impressed. But the following week Mrs. Bradley is not when Henry's pet spider gets loose during his turn to show and tell. Her cry for an immediate "recess" is certain to bring a smile if not a laugh to readers and listeners alike. Brightly colored illustrations add innocent enjoyment to this helpful tale and more than adequately fill in the story between words. 2004, Viking, Ages 3 to 8.
—Francine Thomas
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Colorful, action-packed illustrations introduce readers to a young mouse and his animal classmates as they paint, sing songs, and learn their letters. While Henry enjoys most of the daily kindergarten activities, he dreads show and tell. His kindly teacher finally guides him in the right direction, suggesting, "Bring something that's fun for you to talk about." He decides to share information about his pet lizard, which just happens to escape. During the ensuing commotion, he forgets his own nervousness and happily shares everything about Wallace. Children are left to speculate on what happens next, when he brings his pet spider the following week. The vibrant pictures capture the emotions of the characters and reflect the upbeat mood of an active classroom. This delightful tale addresses a genuine childhood concern in an entertaining manner.-Anne L. Tormohlen, Deerfield Elementary School, Lawrence, KS Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With her bright, happy artwork and easy-to-digest storyline, Carlson tackles a case of kindergarten stage fright. Henry-a young mouse with ears like military radar-loves everything about kindergarten: the songs, the stories, the great hugs from his teacher. But when it comes to show-and-tell, Henry gets the yips: sweat creases his brow, words fail to escape his lips, and trembles shake his body: "Is he going to barf?" asks Tony. There's always a Tony. Practice gets him only so far, but distraction gets him to the goal line; his pet iguana escapes and takes his mind off the task at hand. So does the escape of his pet spider when next he has a show-and-tell to deliver, which clears the classroom fast, obviating the performance anxiety. Not all kids who suffer stage fright will be able to tap into Henry's solutions, but at least they'll know that others share in their dilemma and answers, often as not unanticipated, await their deliverance. (Picture book. 3+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761389538
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,467,601
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Carlson has written and illustrated many beloved books for young readers.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    Super Cute!

    This story is really helpful if you have a shy little one. Henry is in Kindergarten and goes through some scary feelings about getting up in front of the class for sharing time. It is fun, interesting to read with bright colors on every page...keeps the kids wanting more!

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