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Henry and Mudge: The First Book

Henry and Mudge: The First Book

Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Sucie Stevenson 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 1990   ISBN: 978-0689810053

Henry was lonely because he was an only child and because no children lived on his street. He asked his parents if he could have a sibling and they said no. He asked if they could move to a different street and they said no. When Henry asked if he could have a dog they decided to say yes.

And that was how Henry ended up getting Mudge. Mudge was a very small when Henry first got him but he did not stay that way. Dear me no! Mudge grew until he weighed one hundred and eighty pounds, and he was Henry's best friend.

Henry used to be worried about tornados, bullies, and other dreadful things when he walked to school, but now that he had Mudge to keep him company, his worries were gone.

All was going very well until the day when Mudge went for a walk – and got lost. Suddenly Henry and Mudge were apart and they both felt as if something vital was missing from their lives.

Any child who has been lonely and who has wanted a pet will immediately be able to identify with Henry. This wonderful early reader will not only entertain children, but it also shows readers that the love and friendship of a pet is priceless.

This is the first book in the Henry and Mudge series.