Henry and Beezus

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Henry Huggins is friends with Beezus Quimby -- even though she's a girl and has a pesky little sister. Her name is Ramona, and she's got a way of causing trouble!

When Henry finds a bonanza of gum balls, Beezus helps him take them to school to sell. She knows he's trying to earn money for a bike. Henry's best chance to get one comes when there's an auction for lost bikes at the police station. He sets off to buy a red one, but Beezus and Ramona tag along -- and Ramona brings a fat slimy garden slug . . . .

In her first book, Henry Huggins, Beverly Cleary created funny, endearing characters and situations that left readers asking for more. In this second adventure, Henry tries to get the bike he longs for, and readers laugh while hoping that Henry's dreams come true.
Curriculet Details
21 Questions
21 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring character traits and literal/non-literal language, as well as annotations describing text to self connections, key vocabulary and illustrations. Students will explore the themes of perseverance and friendship. 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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1. Ribsy and the Roast

Henry and Beezus, by Beverly Cleary, tells the story of how Henry Huggins tries to raise money to buy a new bike with the help of his friend, Beezus. Are you familiar with these two characters? Have you read other Beverly Cleary books in the Beezus and Ramona series or the Henry Huggins series? Beverly Cleary is an award winning American author. Her first book, Henry Huggins, was published in 1950.  
Why does Henry not have a bicycle?  
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
Mr. Grumbie is not a good _________.  
Read the definition for the highlighted word, "kindling." The image below shows what kindling looks like. Think about the barbecue that Mr. Grumbie is using. What does it tell you about when the story takes place? For example, does a barbecue that uses kindling seem modern or old-fashioned?  (This annotation contains an image)
Who is chasing Ribsy and why is he being chased?  
Scooter can be described as a show-off and bully. He is not very nice to Henry and Ribsy, and he often acts like he is better than everyone else. Do you know anyone who acts like Scooter?  
The day started out boring and uneventful and then turned out to be (a)n _________ day.  

2. Henry Gets Rich

Study the above illustration, and think about the things that illustrations can tell you about a story. For example, how is Henry feeling? What do you notice about the setting?  
Where do Henry and Ribsy find the boxes of gum?  
In the highlighted passage, Henry reveals that he plans to use the gum the way that Native Americans use wampum. He will give the gum to other kids in exchange for something else. Read the definition for wampum. The image below shows what wampum beads look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think it is safe for Henry and his friends to chew the gum that he finds? Why or why not?  
As you read, think about the personalities and traits of the characters in the story. For example, how are they feeling? Why do they behave a certain way? What adjectives would you use to describe them? The following video will show you how to identify character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
What problem is Henry facing with his gum business?  
Henry's gum business turns out to be an unsuccessful way for him to earn money to buy a bike. Can you recall a time when you were trying to earn money to buy something that you wanted? What did you do to earn the money? Was your plan a success, or was it a bad idea like Henry's?  
Which of the following is not a reason why chewing gum at school is against the rules?  

3. The Untraining of Ribsy

Every story also has a point of view, the perspective from which a story is told. It can be from different people or one person. As you read, think about how the point of view of a character may differ from your own. For example, Scooter is hesitant to let Henry take over his paper route because he thinks Henry will make mistakes. Henry thinks he will do a good job carefully delivering the papers. Whose point of view do you agree with?  
Henry is worried that Scooter will no longer let him take over the paper route when he finds out that Ribsy will___________.  
Henry trained Ribsy to retrieve newspapers, and now he is having a hard time untraining him. Have you had any experiences with training a pet? What can Henry do to keep Ribsy from retrieving the neighbor's papers?  
Which adjective describes how Scooter is feeling about the likelihood of Henry having something to do with the missing newspapers?   
The highlighted sentence is an example of figurative language. For example, when Robert says that he is glad he's not in Henry's shoes, he means that he is glad to not be in Henry's situation where Scooter is really mad at him. The following video will explain how to distinguish between literal and non-literal language.  (This annotation contains a video)
Explain how Henry untrains Ribsy.  
Quiz 1  

4. Henry Parks His Dog

Have you ever seen or participated in an auction? Watch the following video of an art auction to see how auctions work.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Henry not want Beezus and Ramona to come to the auction with him?  
Mrs. Wisser is afraid of Ramona's slug. Have you ever seen a slug? You can see one in the picture below. Does it look scary?  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Ribsy get a parking ticket?  
The term, "double parked" means to park alongside another vehicle that is already parked parallel to the curb. The image below shows a car that is double parked.  (This annotation contains an image)

5. Beezus Makes a Bid

Describe Ramona's character traits and explain how she has been helpful to Henry during the trip to the auction.  
A Taylor-tot is the first portable toddler stroller that was sold in the United States. They were popular in the 1940's and 1950's. The image below shows a Taylor-tot. Do you notice how it looks different from strollers that are used today?  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is a problem that Henry is facing at the bike auction?  
Henry continues to face obstacle after obstacle on his quest to get a bike at the bike auction. However, he remains persistent and doesn't give up. Have you noticed that persistence is one of Henry's character traits? He is persistent as he struggles to raise money to buy a bike, as well as at the auction when he tries to find a way to make a bid.  
How does Ramona help Henry get a bike?  
Quiz 2 

6. Henry's Bargain Bike

Pay attention to the picture of Henry's bike. He is disappointed that it's a girls' bike. Did you know that boys' bikes and girls' bike are structured differently? Girls' bikes often have one or two bars that are placed diagonally in the center of the bike, and boys' bike often have a bar that extends in a straight line. In the image below, the yellow bike is a boys' bike and the red one is designed for girls.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following things is not something Henry must do to fix up his bike so he can ride it in the parade?  
Have you noticed any themes or a central message in the story? The following video will show you how to identify a theme in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)
Despite Henry's reluctance to hang out with girls, Beezus is a good friend. Describe the ways that Beezus has been a good and helpful friend throughout the story.   
In the highlighted passage, Henry shows that he is understanding that his parents can't afford to buy him a new bike. Instead of pouting and complaining about it, he has worked hard to earn money to buy an old bike and fix it up as best as he can. What lessons have you learned from Henry's actions about hard work and persistence?  

7. The Boy Who Ate Dog Food

Why is Henry thinking about tasting the dog food?  
Henry just won a prize worth $50. Pay attention to the illustration. How is Henry feeling about the prize? How can you tell?  
Which of the following sentences is an example of non-literal (figurative) language?  
As you approach the end of the story, have you noticed how each chapter builds on the previous one? What do the chapter titles tell you about the events that will take place in the chapter? For example, why is Chapter 7 titled, "The Boy Who Ate Dog Food?"  
Henry has tried a variety of methods to earn enough money to buy a bike. Explain how he finally gets enough money to  purchase the shiny red bike he has been wanting.  

Excerpt from Henry and Ribsy

Quiz 3