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Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House

Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Carolyn Bracken 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2003   ISBN: 978-0689834455

One day Uncle Jake comes to visit Henry and his family. Henry is very fond of his tall, strong, and bearded uncle, but his large dog Mudge likes Uncle Jake even more because Uncle Jake, being a big man, can wrestle with Mudge on the floor. Mudge always wins these wrestling matches and Uncle Jake ends up getting a thorough face washing.

   This visit Jake comes in his pickup truck and the bed of the truck is full of milled pieces of lumber. Henry asks his uncle what the wood boards are for and Uncle Jake says that they are for “Adventure.” Uncle Jake then explains that he is going to build Henry a tree house. Naturally, Henry is thrilled with this news. What little boy wouldn’t be happy to have a real tree house to play in? Then Henry realizes something. His beloved dog can jump and run but he cannot climb trees. How can Henry enjoy being in his new tree house if his dog is not with him?

   Over the years Cynthia Rylant has written many books about Henry and his large and very loving dog. All of the titles have simple stories that will resonate with young readers who are just beginning to read chapter books on their own. Children will be amused to see what Henry’s uncle and father do to solve Henry’s tree house problem.