High-Wire Henry

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What's so cute about a little brown dog, anyway? And why does everyone think tie's so clever just because he can catch a ball in his mouth? That's what Henry wants to know!

When The Man brings home a new puppy named Buttons, the spunky Siamese is no longer the center of attention. But he'll show them. Yow-meowl! Isn't he the best hind-leg walker on four feet?

So Henry climbs a tree, stretches his whiskers for balance, and starts to ...

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Overview

What's so cute about a little brown dog, anyway? And why does everyone think tie's so clever just because he can catch a ball in his mouth? That's what Henry wants to know!

When The Man brings home a new puppy named Buttons, the spunky Siamese is no longer the center of attention. But he'll show them. Yow-meowl! Isn't he the best hind-leg walker on four feet?

So Henry climbs a tree, stretches his whiskers for balance, and starts to tightrope-walk along a branch. But nobody is impressed — until Buttons gets himself into a fix and only an aerial artist like Henry can save him.

Mary Calhoun's gently humorous story and Erick Ingraham's breathtaking illustrations combine in a rollicking picture-book adventure that will delight the feline daredevil's countless fans.

Although Henry the cat learns tightrope walking only to impress the humans in his family, who have stopped paying attention to him because of their new puppy, his skill comes in handy when the puppy gets stranded on a high ledge.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sibling rivalry is not restricted to humans, or even siblings, as Calhoun tells her story about the cat who is displaced when a puppy is introduced to the family. (``When The Man brought a puppy in, Henry went out . . . and stayed out.'') Through the window, the aggrieved Siamese watches as The Kid and The Woman join The Man playing with the tiny newcomer. Ingraham's muted illustrations are soft and clear, and fill the borderless pages with tender scenes of summer. His appealing, expressive animals are the real stars, however, and they are amusingly aided by Calhoun's acute sounds (``Yeef,'' ``Warf,'' ``Yow yowie meowl''). Henry is so desperate to regain the attention of his family that he becomes a high-wire performer, first on the fence and then on the clothesline and telephone wire. But it is not until he saves the pup from a high ledge that he feels like part of the family again. Ages 5-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- A new story about the proud, adventurous, and accomplished Siamese cat featured in Hot-Air Henry (1981) and Cross-Country Cat (1979, both Morrow). Here, Henry feels his position in the family is threatened by a new puppy. Anxious to prove himself more clever than the dog, he decides to become a high-wire walker, but an embarrassing fall almost makes him abandon the scheme. When the puppy foolishly climbs out on a window ledge, however, only Henry can reach him by walking the telephone line, and he accepts his praise with total satisfaction. The animals in the realistic pictures are especially well drawn, and Henry's every emotion is aptly captured. The full-color illustrations are large enough to use with groups, and upper primary-grade reluctant readers will welcome this as an easy - reading picture book with illustrations that have an adult appearance. This is a laugh-out-loud book that will have young listeners and readers in total sympathy with Henry, for his anger, hurt, frustration, and attention-getting antics mirror the emotions of any new sibling. --Danita Nichols, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688089832
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1991
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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