Henry Works (A Henry Book) (Paperback)
“With a quiet humor and attention to natural settings, Johnson respectfully conveys Thoreau’s philosophy of simplicity.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Does it still count as hard work if you are also having fun?
Without Henry the bear, inspired by Henry David Thoreau, wildflowers would go unwatered, rivers would have no crossing stones, and storms would come without warning. His friends try to convince him that he’s not “doing anything,” but Henry finds his work more rewarding than getting paid. Henry Works flows through morning’s mist to evening’s glow, when Henry’s most important work is revealed!
A celebration of nature and hard work that comes in many shapes and sizes.
Again, an unassuming, deeply affecting tribute to an essential philosopher and writer.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred
With a quiet humor and attention to natural settings, Johnson respectfully conveys Thoreau's philosophy of simplicity.
Publishers Weekly, Starred
The illustrations are both charming and a graphic tour de force...that evoke the many moods of a summer day.
Young readers will appreciate Henry's endeavors, and commisterate with him.
School Library Journal
Fans of the series will happily follow the amiable bear as he ambles the countryside. Booklist, ALA
This title offers subtle reassurance that things that don't read like work can be quite important; kids who have had their diligent efforts to keep their worlds in order go unnoticed will feel a kinship with this observant, tireless bear.
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