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Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night

Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Sucie Stevenson 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 1999   ISBN: 0689825862

It is August and Henry, his parents, and Henry’s dog Mudge are going camping. Henry’s mother was a Camp Fire Girl when she was young, and she knows all about camping. Henry’s father doesn’t know much about camping, but he can play the guitar and he always brings “a smile.”

After hiking a long way into the wilderness, the family set up camp. On the way they see lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery. Mudge doesn’t really notice these things because he is too busy sniffing interesting smells. The wilderness is full of smells that a big dog like Mudge finds irresistible.

This delightful Henry and Mudge title will surely resonate with young children who have been camping themselves, or who would like to go camping. With a simple text, expressive pictures, and three easy-to-read chapters, this book is perfect for young readers who are just beginning their solo reading career.