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Henry And Mudge And The Best Day Of All

Henry And Mudge And The Best Day Of All

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Sucie Stevenson 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 1997   ISBN: 978-0689813856

It is the first day of May, and Henry is very excited because it is his birthday. At first, Henry’s dog Mudge is not interested in the fact that it is Henry’s birthday, but then Henry says the words “birthday cake,” “ice cream,” and “crackers,” and Mudge gets very interested indeed.

Henry and his family decorate the house with balloons, his father takes lots of photos, and then they all sit down to have Henry’s favorite breakfast meal, pancakes with strawberries. Then in the afternoon, Henry’s friends come over for Henry’s birthday party. At first everyone sits around feeling shy, not knowing what to do, but then Henry’s mother tells the children to go outside and the party begins in earnest.

Young children love stories about birthdays because birthdays are special fun-filled occasions. This birthday story is especially delightful because it is about a cheerful little boy who does everything with Mudge, his enormous, slobbery canine companion.

With four short chapters and illustrations on every page, this book is ideally suited to young readers who are just starting to read chapter books on their own.