***The World According to Humphrey
by Betty G. Birney
Reviewed February 18, 2004.
G. P. Putnam Son’s, New York, 2004. 124 pages.
Available on Amazon.com for $10.49 in hardcover.
Available at Sembach Library (JF BIR).
Here’s a clever idea: Telling a story from the point of view of
a classroom hamster. Humphrey was bought by a temporary fourth-grade
teacher, who was teaching the class for six weeks while the regular teacher
was tending her husband. Unfortunately, when Mrs. Brisbane comes back,
she’s not happy about having a hamster in the classroom.
Humphrey gets to go home with a different child every weekend, and we
watch him learn about humans and even affect their lives. The hamster
sees what these kids are really like at home.
Here’s a light-reading and entertaining novel for readers in upper elementary
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.
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