Chester's way

Author Henkes, Kevin.
Language English
Publisher
Live Oak Media One cassettes 14 min. Book & Recording $16.95 One CDs $18.95., 2004




Annotation:

Chester and Wilson share the same exact way of doing things, until Lilly moves into the neighborhood and shows them that new ways can be just as good.



Subjects :

  • Juvenile fiction
  • Friendship
  • Mice
  • Fiction

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Keystone to Reading Book Award, 1990 Winner Pennsylvania
  • SMART Book Award, 2001 Nominee United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • California Young Reader Medal, 1991; Nominee California

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0688076076, 0688076084
Greenwillow Books (New York:) 1988.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level K-2
Reading Level 3
Accelerated Reader Points 2


0688154727
Mulberry Books (New York:) 1997.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Lower Grade
Book Level 3.4
Accelerated Reader Points 0

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 570
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level K-2
Reading Level 3
Accelerated Reader Points 2

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Lower Grade
Book Level 3.4
Accelerated Reader Points 0

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 570
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level K-2
Reading Level 3
Accelerated Reader Points 2


9780140540536, 0140540539
Puffin Books (New York N.Y. U.S.A.:) 1989.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Lower Grade
Book Level 3.4
Accelerated Reader Points 0

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Reviews :

Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature)
Chester and his best friend Wilson did everything together and they liked it that way. When Lilly moved into the neighborhood, she had her own way of doing things and it wasn't Chester's way. The boys avoided Lilly even though she tried to become their friend. When Chester and Wilson found themselves surrounded by bullies, they were saved by a cat-disguised water pistol wielding figure whom they determined could be no one else but Lilly. Their friendship blossomed as they discovered the things they had in common. They also enjoyed learning to do things differently. They played together and became good friends . . . "and then Victor moved into the neighborhood." Henkes' classic story of friendship will delight young readers and perhaps prompt new friendships. His charming and expressive watercolor mice delightfully show us that change can be good. 1997 (orig. 1988), Mulberry Paperback, $13.95, $13.88, $4.95 and $3.95. Ages 3 to 7.
(PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1988.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1988)
Cautious friends Chester and Wilson are taken aback when rambunctious Lilly moves into the neighborhood. They gradually discover they have a few interests in common and can learn new ways to do things from each other, as the twosome becomes a threesome. Bright colors, droll humor and childlike animal characters distinguish a charming, wonderfully designed story of friendship. CCBC Category: Picture Books. 1988, Greenwillow, 28 pages., $11.95. Ages 3-7.
(PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1988.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Chester's ways are fairly circumscribed: this young mouse has definite likes and dislikes, and there is no changing his mind. His friend Wilson is just like him; they're quite a pair. Then Lilly moves into the neighborhood. She speaks backwards (``YLLIL MA I''), travels only in disguise and carries a water pistol wherever she goes, ``just in case.'' She intimidates Chester and Wilson, until she terrorizes some bullies who are picking on the two friends. Suddenly, Lilly's ways don't look so bad, and the threesome becomes just as like-minded and inseparable as Chester and Wilson's former twosome. Henkes's vision of friendship captures the essence of the childlike; his mice live in a sunny, imaginative world mixed with secure routines and the safety of known factors. The story unwinds at a deliberate pace; every sentence is either downright funny or dense with playful, deadpan humor. The artist/author, as always, gently grants room for differences between people (the turnaround in A Weekend with Wendell , for example, and the reconciliation between Wedge and his stepfather in Two Under Par ). Behind each book is a wide-open heart, one readers can't help but respond to, that makes all of Henkes's booksand especially this oneof special value to children. Ages 4-up. (August)
(PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1988.)

Ann Ritchie (Audiofile, August/September 2005)
Chester and his best friend, Wilson, have their own ways of doing things, whether it be using bike hand signals, swallowing watermelon seeds, or dressing as a combo for Halloween. "Peas in a pod," note their parents. Look out, Wilson and Chester! There's a new neighbor, and Lily has her own way of doing things. Working out the intricacies of becoming a threesome captures the vagaries and resiliencies of young friendship. Laura Hamilton is an unobtrusive narrator who puts the listener's total focus on the story. She narrates at a pace to encourage thinking about her words and appreciating Henkes's detailed illustrations. Discreet sound effects add just the right background to the story. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2004, Live Oak Media, One cassettes, 14 min., Book & Recording, $16.95, One CDs, $18.95. Ages 4 to 6.
(PUBLISHER: Live Oak Media One cassettes 14 min. Book & Recording $16.95 One CDs $18.95., PUBLISHED: 2004)

Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature)
Chester and his best friend Wilson did everything together and they liked it that way. When Lilly moved into the neighborhood, she had her own way of doing things and it wasn't Chester's way. The boys avoided Lilly even though she tried to become their friend. When Chester and Wilson found themselves surrounded by bullies, they were saved by a cat-disguised water pistol wielding figure whom they determined could be no one else but Lilly. Their friendship blossomed as they discovered the things they had in common. They also enjoyed learning to do things differently. They played together and became good friends . . . "and then Victor moved into the neighborhood." Henkes' classic story of friendship will delight young readers and perhaps prompt new friendships. His charming and expressive watercolor mice delightfully show us that change can be good. 1997 (orig. 1988), Mulberry Paperback, $13.95, $13.88, $4.95 and $3.95. Ages 3 to 7.
(PUBLISHER: Live Oak Media (Pine Plains NY:), PUBLISHED: p2004 c1988.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
This "sunny" tale of mouse friendships features rambunctious Lilly (of the purple plastic purse). In a boxed review, PW said, "every sentence is either downright funny or dense with playful, deadpan humor." Ages 4-up. (Sept.)
(PUBLISHER: Live Oak Media (Pine Plains NY:), PUBLISHED: p2004 c1988.)

Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature)
Chester and his best friend Wilson did everything together and they liked it that way. When Lilly moved into the neighborhood, she had her own way of doing things and it wasn't Chester's way. The boys avoided Lilly even though she tried to become their friend. When Chester and Wilson found themselves surrounded by bullies, they were saved by a cat-disguised water pistol wielding figure whom they determined could be no one else but Lilly. Their friendship blossomed as they discovered the things they had in common. They also enjoyed learning to do things differently. They played together and became good friends . . . "and then Victor moved into the neighborhood." Henkes' classic story of friendship will delight young readers and perhaps prompt new friendships. His charming and expressive watercolor mice delightfully show us that change can be good. 1997 (orig. 1988), Mulberry Paperback, $13.95, $13.88, $4.95 and $3.95. Ages 3 to 7.
(PUBLISHER: Mulberry Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1997 c1988.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
This "sunny" tale of mouse friendships features rambunctious Lilly (of the purple plastic purse). In a boxed review, PW said, "every sentence is either downright funny or dense with playful, deadpan humor." Ages 4-up. (Sept.)
(PUBLISHER: Mulberry Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1997 c1988.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
When eccentric Lily moves into their neighborhood, best friends Chester and Wilson's routine is disrupted, but the twosome becomes a triumvirate once Lily proves her mettle. In a boxed review, PW said, ``Henkes's vision of friendship captures the essence of the childlike.'' Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
(PUBLISHER: Puffin Books (New York N.Y. U.S.A.:), PUBLISHED: 1989 c1988.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Live Oak Media One cassettes 14 min. Book & Recording $16.95 One CDs $18.95., 2004

Media Type:

1591129710
9781591129714
Pine Plains NY: Live Oak Media, 2004

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
1 CD:
(Hen)
9780688154721
0688154727
Read by Laura Hamilton.
Music by Chris Kubie.
Accompanied by read-along book published New York: Greenwillow Books c1988.
Track 1 is story with page-turn signals (13:21); track 2 is story without page-turn signals (13:05).
New York: Mulberry Books, 1997

Media Type: Language Material
1 v. (unpaged):
PZ7.H389 ([E])
0606112030
0688154727
9780688154721
9780606112031
"A Mulberry paperback book."
Originally published New York: Greenwillow Books c1988.
Puffin, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
32p.
(823.914)
0140540709
9780140540703
Viking Kestrel, 1989

Media Type: Language Material
[32]p.
(823.914)
0670828017
9780670828012
New York N.Y. U.S.A.: Puffin Books, 1989

Media Type: Language Material
[32] p.:
PZ7.H389 ([E])
0140540539
9780140540536
"An ALA notable book"-Cover.
"Ages 3-8"-Cover.
New York: Greenwillow Books, 1988

Media Type: Language Material
[32] p.:
PZ7.H389 ([E])
0688076076
0688076084
9780688076078
9780688076085

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