Dear Mr. Henshaw

For any young writers out there, Beverly Cleary’s Dear Mr. Henshaw is a resource in story form.  It’s also a really good story about a boy, Leigh Botts, making his way through divorce, a new school and lunch thieves.  Without melodrama or over thinking the issues, Leigh’s letters show his growth from anger to acceptance, from friendless to friendly and from bored to active.

Try these activities while reading the story.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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