Querido Senor Henshaw (Dear Mr. Henshaw)

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Here is the Spanish language version of Dear Mr. Henshaw, the classic middle grade favorite from Beverly Cleary.

Este libro de Beverly Cleary que gano el Newbery Medal investiga los pensamientos y las emociones de un niño de sexto grado, Leigh Botts, en la forma de carta mientras el escribe a su escritor preferido, Boyd Henshaw.

Después que su parientes se separan, Leigh Botts se mueve a una ciudad nueva con su madre. Esforzando a hacer amigos ...

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Here is the Spanish language version of Dear Mr. Henshaw, the classic middle grade favorite from Beverly Cleary.

Este libro de Beverly Cleary que gano el Newbery Medal investiga los pensamientos y las emociones de un niño de sexto grado, Leigh Botts, en la forma de carta mientras el escribe a su escritor preferido, Boyd Henshaw.

Después que su parientes se separan, Leigh Botts se mueve a una ciudad nueva con su madre. Esforzando a hacer amigos y enfrentarse con su propio ira por su padre ausente, Leigh se pierde en una tarea de escribir a su escritor preferido. Cuando Mr Henshaw le responde, los dos forman un amistad inesperada que cambia la vida de Leigh para siempre.

Compatible con los Estándares Estatales Comunes.

In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents' divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Una historia enternecedora de primera clase...Es difícil encontrar la forma de darle el debido reconocimiento a esta obra.
New York Times
Una historia enternecedora de primera clase...Es difícil encontrar la forma de darle el debido reconocimiento a esta obra.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-An excellent translation of a Newbery Award winner. Cleary relates the story of Leigh Botts, a second-grader who writes a letter to the author of a book that his teacher has read to the class. A year later, after reading the book himself, the boy writes another letter to Mr. Henshaw. As a fifth-grader, when Leigh once again writes to Mr. Henshaw, he is surprised and somewhat angered when the man responds by sending him a list of questions. In responding to them, Leigh discovers the power of expression through writing. His correspondence eventually leads him to start a diary in which he expresses his thoughts and feelings about such things as his parents' divorce, his problems at school, and his relationship with his father. A wonderful, imaginative story of self-discovery.-Manuel Figueroa, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688154851
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: HarperClassics Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 387,172
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.

Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of Anne Isaac's Dust Devil and creator of the now-classic interactive book called The Wheels on the Bus. His retelling of Rapunzel was awarded the 1998 Caldecott Medal. Rumpelstitlskin, Hansel and Gretel and Swamp Angel with different authors all garnered Paul a Caldecott Honor. Since 1991 Paul O. Zelinsky has lived in the same apartment with his wife Deborah in northern Brooklyn, New York.


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

Read an Excerpt

12 de mayo

Querido señor Henshaw:

Mi maestra nos lelló en clase su libro sobre el perro. Es muy graciozo. Nos gustó mucho.
Su amigo
Leigh Botts (chico)

3 de diciembre
Querido señor Henshaw:

Soy el chico que le escribió a usted el año pasado cuando estaba en segundo. A lo mejor no recibió mi carta. Este año he leído el libro, sobre el que le escribí, llamado Maneras de divertir a un perro. Es el primer libro, gordo con capítulos que leo.

El padre del chico decía que los perros de ciudad se aburrían, así que no dejaba que Joe se quedara con el perro si no se le ocurrían siete maneras de divertirlo. Yo tengo un perro negro. Se llama Bandido. Es un perro muy bonito.

Si usted me contesta, pondré la carta en el tablón de anuncios de la escuela.

Mi maestra me enseñó un truco para escribir bien gracioso. El oso es gracioso porque termina en oso.

No se olbide de mi.

Su amigo,
Leigh Botts

13 de noviembre
Querido señor Henshaw:

Ahora estoy en cuarto. He hecho un diorama de Maneras de divertir a un perro, el libro sobre el que le he escrito ya dos veces. Ahora nuestro maestro nos ha dicho que escribamos a un autor cada uno para la Semana del Libro. Yo recibí su contestación a mi carta del año pasado, pero estaba escrita a máquina. Por favor, ¿le importaría escribirme a mano? Me divierten mucho sus libros.

El tipo que más me gustó del libro fue el padre de Joe porque no se enojó cuando Joe puso una cinta grabada, de una señora cantando, para divertir al perro y éste se sentó y empezó a aullar como si él tambiénestuviera cantando. Bandido hace lo mismo cuando oye cantar.

Su mejor lector,
Leigh Botts

2 de diciembre
Querido señor Henshaw:

He estado pensando en Maneras de divertir a un perro. Cuando Joe llevó el perro al parque y le enseñó a destizarse por el tobogán, ¿no apareció alguna persona mayor y le dijo que el perro no podía usar el tobogán? Por aquí las personas mayores, que en su mayonía siempre tienen gatos, se ponen furiosas si no se Ileva los perros atados de la correa todo el tiempo. Detesto vivir en un campamento de casas-remolque.

Vi su fotografía en la parte de atrás del libro. Cuando sea mayor quiero ser un escritor de libros famoso, con barba, como usted.

Le envío mi foto. Es del año pasado. Ahora tengo el pelo más largo. Con los millones de niños que hay en los Estados Unidos, ¿cómo podría usted saber cuál soy yo si no le envío mi foto?

Su lector favorito,
Leigh Botts

2 de octubre
Querido señor Henshaw:

Ahora estoy en quinto. Quizá le guste saber que hice una expresión oral sobre Maneras de divertir a un perro. A la clase le gustó. Me dieron (-A). No llegué a A porque el maestro dijo que yo no paraba de moverme.

Leigh Botts

7 de noviembre
Querido señor Henshaw:

Recibí su carta y he hecho lo que usted me decía. Leí otro libro suyo. Leí Bocadillo de alce. Me gustó casi tanto como Maneras de divertir a un perro. Era muy gracioso que la madre del chico tuviese que pensar en tantas maneras diferentes de preparar la carne de alce que tenía en el frigorífico. Mil libras es mucho alce. Las hamburguesas de alce, el estofado de alce y la empanada de alce, no debían de estar nada mal. El pastel de picadillo de alce, a lo mejor estaba bueno, porque con pasas y otros condimentos, no sabría uno que estaba comiendo alce. Y patá de alce en una tostada, ¡qué asco!

Me parece que el padre del chico no debería haber matado al alce, pero creo que allí en Alaska hay muchos alces y a lo mejor se necesitan como comida. daría las partes más duras a Bandido, mi perro.

Su admirador número uno,
Leigh Botts

20 de septiembre
Querido señor Henshaw:

Este año estoy en sexto en una escuela nueva en una ciudad diferente. Nuestra maestra nos ha mandado que escribamos un trabajo sobre algún escritor para mejorar nuestra redacción, así que naturalmente yo he pensado en usted. Por favor, contésteme las siguientes preguntas:

1.¿Cuántos libros ha escrito usted?

2.¿Es Boyd Henshaw su nombre verdadero o es falso?

3.¿Por qué escribe usted libros para niños?

4.¿De dónde saca usted las ideas?

5.¿Tiene usted hijos?

6.De los libros que ha escrito, ¿cuál es su preferido?

7.¿Le gusta escribir libros?

8.¿Cómo se va a Ilamar su próximo libro?

9.¿Cuál es su animal preferido?

10. Por favor, deme a1gunas ideas sobre cómo escribir un libro. Esto...

Dear Mr. Henshaw / Querido Senor Henshaw . Copyright © by Beverly Cleary. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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