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Birney, Betty G
New York : Putnam's, 2004.
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
ISBN 0399241981

(4 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Days in Ms. Mac’s classroom and nights at home with her were some of Humphrey’s happiest.  When Ms. Mac picked Humphrey out at the pet store she told him that he had a lot to teach her students and they had a lot to teach him.  She also gave him a pad of paper and pencil, doll size of course, for when he began to read and write.  But then Mrs. Brisbane came back.  Humphrey had never even heard of Mrs. Brisbane, until Ms. Mac said she was leaving.  Mrs. Brisbane didn’t want a rodent in her classroom and would never consider taking one home at night.  Lucky for Humphrey, Aldo shows up to clean the classroom.  While Aldo is there he talks to Humphrey, plays music and even gives him some lettuce.  But the weekend is coming up.  Will Humphrey be left alone in Mrs. Brisbane’s classroom?  Do you think there is any way that Humphrey can help the principal?  Or the students in his class like Lower-your-voice-AJ or Speak-up-Sayeh?  Will Mrs. Brisbane find a way to get rid of Humphrey?  Or will he win her over?  Will Humphrey decide that he has accomplished his job as class pet?  You'll have to read The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney to find out.  (Beth Lindsay, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL)  2005-2006 Sunshine State Young Reader’s List Grades 3-5

Booktalk #2

Humphrey, the hamster, shares his amusing and hair-raising experiences as class pet, both in school and on his weekend excursions to the homes of students and a reluctant teacher.  He manages to make a positive difference in the lives of each human with whom he comes in contact proving "you can learn a lot about yourself by taking care of another species."  Black-eyed Susan Award nominee 2005-2006

Booktalk #3

Imagine being a hamster whose experiences vary daily. Humphrey the hamster is in Mr. Brisbane’s classroom, and he gets to spend weekends and holidays with the students in their homes. The lock on Humphrey’s cage doesn’t work so he often lets himself out and goes exploring. This humorous book will encourage students to learn more about hamsters. (Prepared by: Kathleen McTeer, SCASL Children’s Book Awards)

Booktalk #4

Have you ever wondered how a class pet sees the world? From his cage in the back of Room 26, Humphrey, a cuddly little hamster, introduces readers to the kids in the class and shares his experiences of weekend visits with the students, lonely nights in the dark class room and helping one little girl overcome her shyness. Humphrey is loved by everyone he meets except Mrs. Brisbane who would love to be rid of him. Will Humphrey ever win her over or will he banished from Room 26 and the kids he dearly loves? (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2006-2007)

SUBJECTS:     Hamsters -- Fiction.
                        Pets -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.


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