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Chester's way
by Kevin Henkes.
Contributor biographical information
Publisher description
New York : Greenwillow Books, c1988.
[32] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.


Chester and Wilson share the same exact way of doing things, until Lilly moves into the neighborhood and shows them that new ways can be just as good.

Best Books:

Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Keystone to Reading Book Award, 1990 Winner Pennsylvania
SMART Book Award, 2001 Nominee United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

California Young Reader Medal, 1991 ; Nominee; Primary; California

Reading Measurement Programs:

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level K-2
Reading Level 3
Title Point Value 2
Lexile Measure 570


Sharon Salluzzo (Children's Literature)
Chester and his best friend Wilson did everything together and they liked it that way. When Lilly moved into the neighborhood, she had her own way of doing things and it wasn't Chester's way. The boys avoided Lilly even though she tried to become their friend. When Chester and Wilson found themselves surrounded by bullies, they were saved by a cat-disguised water pistol wielding figure whom they determined could be no one else but Lilly. Their friendship blossomed as they discovered the things they had in common. They also enjoyed learning to do things differently. They played together and became good friends . . . "and then Victor moved into the neighborhood." Henkes' classic story of friendship will delight young readers and perhaps prompt new friendships. His charming and expressive watercolor mice delightfully show us that change can be good. 1997 (orig. 1988), Mulberry Paperback, $13.95, $13.88, $4.95 and $3.95. Ages 3 to 7.

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1988)
Cautious friends Chester and Wilson are taken aback when rambunctious Lilly moves into the neighborhood. They gradually discover they have a few interests in common and can learn new ways to do things from each other, as the twosome becomes a threesome. Bright colors, droll humor and childlike animal characters distinguish a charming, wonderfully designed story of friendship. CCBC Category: Picture Books. 1988, Greenwillow, 28 pages., $11.95. Ages 3-7.

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Chester's ways are fairly circumscribed: this young mouse has definite likes and dislikes, and there is no changing his mind. His friend Wilson is just like him; they're quite a pair. Then Lilly moves into the neighborhood. She speaks backwards (``YLLIL MA I''), travels only in disguise and carries a water pistol wherever she goes, ``just in case.'' She intimidates Chester and Wilson, until she terrorizes some bullies who are picking on the two friends. Suddenly, Lilly's ways don't look so bad, and the threesome becomes just as like-minded and inseparable as Chester and Wilson's former twosome. Henkes's vision of friendship captures the essence of the childlike; his mice live in a sunny, imaginative world mixed with secure routines and the safety of known factors. The story unwinds at a deliberate pace; every sentence is either downright funny or dense with playful, deadpan humor. The artist/author, as always, gently grants room for differences between people (the turnaround in A Weekend with Wendell , for example, and the reconciliation between Wedge and his stepfather in Two Under Par ). Behind each book is a wide-open heart, one readers can't help but respond to, that makes all of Henkes's booksand especially this oneof special value to children. Ages 4-up. (August)


LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.H389 Ch 1988
87014882 [E]
0688076084 (lib. bdg.)
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