The Heaviest Things

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How can we lift something extremely heavy when we can't see or touch the thing? In an effort to help an elderly neighbor, ten-year-old Henry Goodwin sets out to discover how some of the heaviest and most mysterious things on earth have been moved. His research yields surprising results when he meets a real-life Paul Bunyan, has a conversation with the god Atlas, and takes a trip to the North Pole. However, even after traveling far and wide, Henry discovers that the answer to his own problem lies much closer to ...
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Overview

How can we lift something extremely heavy when we can't see or touch the thing? In an effort to help an elderly neighbor, ten-year-old Henry Goodwin sets out to discover how some of the heaviest and most mysterious things on earth have been moved. His research yields surprising results when he meets a real-life Paul Bunyan, has a conversation with the god Atlas, and takes a trip to the North Pole. However, even after traveling far and wide, Henry discovers that the answer to his own problem lies much closer to home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977488148
  • Publisher: Westin Hills Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 0.23 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    The Heaviest Things

    This is a wonderful book to read and cherish and even reread. I am getting extra copies for several children I know; I don't want to give up my own copy because I plan to reread it. The book surprised me. It is a very real and intense story about a boy who has a good heart, but there is a lot of magic (mostly of the internal and soul searching type.) The boy, Henry, wants to help someone else but doesn't know where to begin. He ends up in unexpected places meeting unexpected and magical people, like Santa Claus and Atlas, but they don't have answers for him. Even the spirit of an eagle can't help. He ends up finding a way to help, but is disappointed with the outcome. (Things often don't turn out the way we hope or plan.) The end is the best part of the book, for me. He is reflecting, and it is very meaningful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2009

    An Excellent Book, Memorable

    I found myself drawn to the character who is a mere 10 years old. This book took me back to childhood in remembrance of other great stories I grew up on. It is a fairly short read but an exceedingly memorable one. It takes place in AnyTown, USA and begins with familiar AnyTown events such as baseball, neighbors mowing lawns, etc. Though the story begins in spring, summer begins the real adventure for Henry Goodwin as he searches for a way to help his neighbor. Magical events play out along with real ones, and we can't quite tell if the magic is real or not - clever writing prompts this wonder. This was a book I will remember and recommend to others. I think it would be an excellent read for middle graders.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

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    The Heaviest Things

    This was a challenging book for my son, age eight, who does not like to read. But he made it through the whole book without prompting or encouragement and he loved it. He even talked about it afterwards, something he never does unless he's complaining about having to read something he doesn't like. I am getting more books for him to read by this author, but not the fairy books because I'm afraid he'll go off reading for good if I do that. I am just so happy he finished this book and liked it. I think he was proud of finishing it and it made him want to try more books.

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