Henry Huggins

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Genuinely funny books for children are few and far between. So when a story like Henry Huggins comes along, it comes to stay. In this irresistible boy's adventures, children everywhere see themselves.

During one unforgettable year that begins when Henry discovers a lost, hungry dog he calls Ribsy, readers will have a grand time. Before the suspenseful conclusion, they'll meet Henry's friends on Klickitat Street--including Beezus and her little sister, Ramona--and enjoy lots of funny happenings. No wonder this continuously engaging and heartwarming book is a classic!

Curriculet Details
34 Questions
36 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring theme and inference, as well as annotations describing character development, point of view and word meaning. Students will explore the themes of friendship and loyalty. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Henry Huggins is the story of a third grade boy who feels that his life is boring, until the day he finds a stray dog and decides to bring him home. Do you have a pet? Have you ever rescued a stray pet?  

Chapter 1

What is meant by the phrase, "His hair looked like a scrubbing brush?"  
As you read the story, think about the theme or themes that are emerging. The video clip below will explain the concept of theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why did Henry name the stray dog "Ribsy?" 
The story takes place in the 1950s, long before cell phones were invented. Pay telephone booths used to be present all over town. However, they are not common this day in age. To use a pay telephone, one would put coins in the phone and then make a call.  (This annotation contains an image)
Henry thinks it will be easy to take a dog on the bus. Do you think it will be easy? Why or why not?  
Why were the bus passengers staring at Henry?  
Look at the illustration of Henry and Ribsy as they tried to board the bus. How are the people in the picture feeling?  
What does the phrase, "None of your beeswax," mean?  
Every story has a point of view, the perspective from which a story is told. The point of view of a story shapes what the reader thinks about characters and helps the reader to better understand the characters. There are two main types of point of view: First-person: The narrator uses first- person pronouns such as "I", "me", and my to tell the story. The narrator is a character in the story. Third-person: The narrator uses third-person pronouns such as "he", "she", "it", "they", etc. The narrator is an observer telling you what's going on in the story. Henry Huggins is told from third- person point of view. As you read, look for examples of point of view.  
The scene on the bus can be described as ____________.  
Do you think the policeman was joking, or do you think Henry might get arrested?  
Are Henry's parents going to be mad when he gets home? Do you think he will get in trouble? Make a prediction before you continue reading.  
Describe the character of Henry. Include specific details from the text when explaining his character traits.  

Chapter 2

What is your favorite pet? Do you like fish like Henry does?  
The details describing Henry in Chapter Two suggest that he is __________.  
Which of the following sentences from Chapter Two is an example of third-person point of view?  
Have you ever brought home a pet without your parent's permission? Do you think Henry's mom will let him keep the fish?  
Henry thought that caring for two guppies would be easy, but it turned into a big problem. Explain the problem that Henry is having in Chapter Two as well as the steps he is taking to solve it. Include examples from the text.  
Henry is surprised when his two guppies multiplied into hundreds. Were you surprised by this? Do you think he will able to keep all of his fish?  
Beezus and Ramona are characters in a series of book by Beverly Cleary, the author of Henry Huggins. Have you read any of the Beezus and Ramona books?  
Why did Henry decide to take his guppies back to the pet shop?  
Should Henry buy another pet with his seven dollars? What would you buy if you had money to spend in a pet store?  
Henry's father can be described as ________.  
Quiz 1  
Do you think Henry's mom will be pleasantly surprised when he brings home a catfish?  

Chapter 3

As you read the story, you will be expected to draw inferences from the text. The video clip below will explain the concept of drawing an inference.  (This annotation contains a video)
What can be inferred from the highlighted passage?  
An All-American is an athlete who is better than the average player in a certain sport. Do you have any favorite All-American athletes?  
Do you think Henry is to blame for losing Scooter's football? Should he have to buy Scooter a new one? Why or why not?  
Think about a time when you had to earn money to pay for something. What can Henry do to earn money to pay for Scooter's football?  
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following best describes the setting of Henry's neighborhood?  
Argyle is a pattern made of diamonds and two or more colors. Do you have argyle socks or an argyle sweater?  (This annotation contains an image)
Scooter can be described as ______.  
The funnies are the comic strips section of the newspaper. Do you have a favorite comic strip that you like to read?  (This annotation contains an image)
Before Henry found Ribsy, his life was not very exciting. Since then, lots of exciting things have happened. Describe one of the events in his life. Include details from the story to explain why the event is exciting.  

Chapter 4

A cuspid is a canine tooth.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does Henry feel when he is chosen to be the little boy in the Christmas play?  
Think of a time when you had to do something embarrassing at school. What advice would you give to Henry when the kids tease him?  
A typewriter is no longer used this day in age. Which of the following inventions is used today instead of a typewriter?  
Have you ever had to sing a solo at school? How did you feel, or how would you feel if you had to sing alone in front of an audience?  
What does Henry do to avoid playing the part of the little boy in the Christmas play? Include details from the story.  
Tin soldiers are miniature figures of toy soldiers that are often used as Christmas decorations.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following terms best describes Henry's feelings toward Ribsy?  
The illustration and description of the scene where Ribsy spilled the paint can be described as_______ 
The theme of friendship and loyalty is emerging in the story. Henry is loyal to Ribsy even when he causes trouble for Henry.  
A fir tree is an evergreen tree. Imagine the setting of Henry's neighborhood with snow and fir trees.  (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted text and explain how it represents the theme of friendship in the story. Include other examples from the story to support your answer.  
Quiz 2 

Chapter 5

In a dog show, dogs compete to win prizes in different categories. Have you ever watched a dog show?  
Which of Henry's friends does not own a dog to enter in the dog show?  
Henry's mother doesn't think Ribsy will win the dog show. Do you think he will? What characteristics does Ribsy have that can help him win?  
The term mongrel refers to ___________.  
There are many different breeds of dogs entered in the dog show. What is your favorite dog breed? 
How does Henry feel when Ribsy rolled in the mud at the dog show?  
What do you think the judges will think of a pink dog? Do you think they will be impressed that Ribsy looks unique?  
What are the judges looking for when they judge the dogs? Cite examples from the story to explain how a dog can win the dog show.  
Are you surprised that Ribsy has not been eliminated from the dog show? Do you think he will win a prize?  
Why did Henry feel puzzled when he and Ribsy were asked to go to the main ring?  
The Boxer is a breed of stocky, medium-sized, short-haired dogs. Look at the picture of a boxer and compare and contrast this dog with Ribsy.  (This annotation contains an image)
How is Henry feeling at the end of Chapter Five?  

Chapter 6

Chinning is an exercise where one pulls his body up so that his or her chin is above a horizontal bar. Another name for this is a chin-up. Have you ever done chin-ups during gym class?  (This annotation contains an image)
Henry and Robert are trying to be _______to the girls.  
Who do you think the strange boy could be? Make a prediction.  
How does Henry feel when he discovers that the boy is Ribsy's former owner?  
Do you think Henry or Ribsy's former owner should get to keep Ribsy? Explain your reasoning.  
Think about a time when you had a disagreement with someone over who was the rightful owner of something. How did you solve the disagreement?  
Based on the highlighted sentence, what can you infer about Henry's feelings?  
The tone of the highlighted passage can be described as ________.  
Do you feel sorry for the boy who owned Ribsy first? Why or why not?  
Quiz 3 
The theme of friendship and loyalty is represented in Chapter Six. Describe events in the chapter that reveal this theme.