Henry is confused. He knows his birthday is next Sunday, but how long will he have to wait?
Luckily for him, his mom and dad can offer some good advice for his days-of-the-week countdown. There even might be a surprise to help him celebrate his special day.
Young Henry's feathered parents rely on familiar barnyard sights to help him count down to his birthday-and to learn the names of the days of the week without realizing it. As in the life of a real youngster, remembering each day's name brings its challenges.
Constructed as a pattern book, Henry's Birthday Week uses repetition for humor and to encourage confidence in beginning readers. This concept book subtly strengthens beginning counting skills as it promotes word recognition and fluency. It explores "yesterday" and "tomorrow" which are moving targets sometimes difficult for a young child to grasp.
There's a bonus, too, that connects a child's own birthday with Henry's growing understanding of the days of the week. "My Birthday Page" following the story provides a format for children to learn when and in what season their birthdays come as well as those of family members.
Inspired by chickens raised by some of her friends, the author has created a narrative enhanced by watercolor images appealing to preschoolers and young readers. A careful reading of the logos on Henry's T-shirts even may bring a smile to adult poultry enthusiasts as well.
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About the Author
Author and illustrator Susan Young Hoffman is a literacy coach, tutor, and artist living in Madison, Wisconsin. She holds a M.A.Ed degree as a reading specialist from the College of William and Mary.