Book Talk: Henry and Mudge In the Family Tree by Cynthia Rylant

Book Talk: Henry and Mudge In the Family Tree by Cynthia Rylant


Hi, I’m Mary Chappell for the Librarians Literature Links and I am so excited to be joining you live from our family Cabin in Southern New Mexico We are actually here for a family reunion today. Which is really exciting because we’ve got kids running around and dogs running around. What’s exciting about this place is that we’ve been gathering here for over a hundred years to get together and celebrate. In fact, this weekend we’re celebrating one of my cousin’s 87th birthdays. So, I wanted to do a quick book talk because of course this reminds me of a book… The book that I wanted to share with you tonight is Henry and Mudge In the Family Tree by Cynthia Rylant. The reason I love Henry and Mudge books is because these are great books for kids who are starting the transition from picture books into chapter books. You know I can’t share the whole book with you because we don’t have the time but also because of copyright issues. I’m going to share a couple of highlights with you. So first of all… One thing I like about Henry and Mudge books is, of course, that they’ve got a table of contents which is a great way to get kids reading chapter books with short little chapters. I’m going to read the first couple of pages, then I’m going to skip around just a little bit. Chapter One is called “The Invitation.” One day, Henry and Henry’s big dog Mudge and Henry’s parents were sitting on the porch when a letter came. The envelope said invitation. Henry loved invitations. Mudge loved them, too because they usually meant cake. “Hurry, Dad, open it!”said Henry. Henry’s father opened the envelope. “It’s a family reunion,” said Henry’s father, “at cousin Annie’s house.” I’m going to skip a few pages…go to the second chapter When they got to Annie’s house people were everywhere, in the yard, on the porch, all through the house, and a few were even in the trees… which is what my little cousins are doing right now behind us! And then I’m going to skip this a little bit more and… A million relatives came running with a million sloppy kisses and all of them for mudge Henry smiled proudly, Mudge wagged and wagged. No one loved sloppy kiss better than Mudge. He was made for family reunions. So if you think that your students or your kids would love to read one of the Henry and Mudge books, get down to your local library and check it out! Good night!

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