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Winter According to Humphrey by Betty Birney


Betty Birney

Winter According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Summary from the inside flap:  The holidays are coming and Humphrey is unspeakably excited.  He loves hearing about all the different ways his friends in Room 26 celebrate and watching them make costumes and learn songs for the Winter Wonderland program.  (He even squeaks along!)

But with so much to do, will the holidays go according to plan?  Do-It-Now-Daniel is having trouble practicing, Helpful-Holly can’t stop worrying about making presents for her friends, and Humphrey still has to find a gift for Og!

Good thing Humphrey is one smart hamster who can help them all fill the season with JOY-JOY-JOY.”

Since this is one of my all time favorite series, it will come as no surprise that I LOVED-LOVED-LOVED this latest installment.  This is just a an all around good series. I highly recommend any book in the series for a classroom read aloud.  I will be using an excerpt from this installment for my 5th grade indoor snowball fight. (I read an excerpt about snow.  Then I have the students take three slips of paper, they wright a descriptive word about snow on each slip of paper. Then they crumple them up into snow balls.  For the next five minutes we have an indoor snowball fight.  At the end of the fight each student hopefully has 3 snowballs. They use the words on the snowballs to wright a poem about snow on their class blog. They love it.)

Recommended for 3rd grade and up.

AR Book Level:  Not an AR book as of November 20, 2012

Mrs. Archer’s rating: 5 of 5!

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