Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie
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Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie

by Elissa Haden Guest, Christine Davenier

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"An easy-to-read story about friendship." 
                            —School Library Journal

In this Level 3 chapter book for newly independent readers, Walter's favorite cousin, Howie, comes


"An easy-to-read story about friendship." 
                            —School Library Journal

In this Level 3 chapter book for newly independent readers, Walter's favorite cousin, Howie, comes for a visit. Iris expected the three of them to have lots of fun fishing and learning magic tricks. Instead, Iris feels left out and worries she will lose her best friend. Like other Iris and Walter books in the Green Light Reader series, this story addresses common childhood situations with sensitivity and honesty. Storyline also creates opportunities to talk about bullying behaviors, and, ultimately, shows characters developing clever ways to resolve their troubles. 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier, the sixth tale about the two best friends, Walter's favorite cousin Howie visits, and Iris can't wait to meet him. But bossy Howie won't teach her any magic tricks. Iris is miserable until Grandpa reminds her that she and Walter are still best friends-and points out another source for learning magic tricks. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Iris and Walter are best friends. When Walter's favorite cousin, Howie, comes to visit, Iris feels certain that Howie will teach her magic tricks. Howie is not at all what she expects, however. He takes her place next to Walter, he does not teach her magic tricks, and he acts like she is nothing but in the way. The final straw comes the day Iris tracks Walter and Howie down at the fishing hole. Fortunately, Walter recognizes his cousin's shortcomings. Together he and Iris study Iris's library book on making magic tricks and they remain best friends, despite Howie. After all, "for magicians like Iris and Walter, anythng [is] possible." This sixth in the award-winning "Iris and Walter" series follows other books, including Iris and Walter, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and Iris and Walter, The Sleepover. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations give a breezy, yet warm feel to this charming chapter book. 2003, Gulliver Books/Harcourt, Ages 6 to 9.
— Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Another installment in a popular series for beginning readers. Both Iris and Walter are eagerly awaiting Walter's cousin Howie's visit. But when the boy arrives, Iris feels left out. With help from her supportive family and an apologetic Walter, she realizes that their friendship is not threatened. Walter's conflicting feelings about his cousin and his reaction to Iris are clear in his facial expressions. The anticipation of the visit presents an interesting foil to the real Howie, who is not particularly friendly. Both the story and dialogue ring true and clearly capture the characters' feelings, while Davenier's pen-and-ink drawings add just the right amount of energy. A good choice for collections in which the other titles are popular and for children looking for an easy-to-read story about friendship.-Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
Praise for books in the Iris and Walter series:
"Readers will delight in the youngsters' friendship, and bask in the reassuring love and support they receive from their families."—School Library Journal (starred review)

"Iris and Walter will join Frog and Toad and Henry and Mudge in a prominent place on the easy-reading shelves."—The Bulletin

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Iris And Walter Series
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.06(d)
340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the award-winning author of the Iris and Walter series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

CHRISTINE DAVENIER Davenier has illustrated all the Iris and Walter books, and the Very Fairy Princess books by the actress Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. She lives in Paris.

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