Friendship According to Humphrey
Friendship According to Humphrey

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Series: Humphrey Vol. 2   

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Annotation: When Humphrey the hamster returns to Mrs. Brisbane's class after the winter break, a new class pet and some other surprises give him an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of friendship.
Catalog Number: #3263
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2006
Pages: 150 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240633-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-06564-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240633-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-06564-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2004009538
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
In this sequel to The World According to Humphrey, the classroom hamster makes observations about the dynamics of friendship in Room 26, including a slow-to-develop comradeship between himself and new class pet Og the frog. Though student conflicts are--often due to the rodent's intervention--easily resolved, Humphrey remains a likable character.
Kirkus Reviews
Humphrey is back in Room 26 after winter vacation. In the off-season Humphrey has lost none of his sense of humor, his penchant for saying things thrice, or his nearly preternatural ability to solve human dilemmas. When a new pet is brought into the classroom, Humphrey faces his own jealousy over the attention Og the Frog receives. Worse still, Og's only response to Humphrey's attempts to befriend him is, "BOING!" Humphrey still finds it in his heart to assist his friends. For example, through crafty shenanigans, he helps solve the bully problem and lends a paw when the janitor faces a tough decision. All this, while the class is preparing for a Poetry Festival. Humphrey's good intentions prevail, even when it comes to Og. Ultimately, this thoughtful yet upbeat tale lends credence to the notion that actions and intentions can be misinterpreted while pointing out the benefits of looking at a situation from another's point of view. Readers will find that seeing the world from Humphrey's standpoint is mighty satisfying. (Fiction. 7-11)
Publishers Weekly
PW called The World According to Humphrey a """"breezy, well-crafted first novel, narrated by a hamster."""" The comical critter returns to Room 26 in Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney, only to discover a new class pet, Og the frog. Can a friendship be forged? .
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The adorable and intelligent hamster introduced in The World According to Humphrey (Putnam, 2004) is dismayed to find that he shares his status as classroom pet with a frog. Try as he might, Humphrey cannot seem to make friends with Og, who just splashes him or says "BOING!" The little rodent, who can secretly write, learn, and get out of his cage, also uses his wits to effect positive outcomes of the various subplots, including a new girl who won't talk and has trouble making friends, two pals who get into a terrible fight, a bully who causes trouble on the bus, and the janitor who dreams of going back to college. The theme of friendship is as pervasive as the title implies, making this chapter book a charming read-aloud. Pair this tale with Frank Asch's Survival School (S & S, 2003) for an appreciation of animals in the classroom.-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 31,831
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 4.0 / quiz: 86277 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q40754
Lexile: 640L
Guided Reading Level: Q
Fountas & Pinnell: Q

After the holidays, Humphrey is shocked by a big surprise in Room 26-a new class pet! Humphrey tries to be welcoming, but Og the frog doesn't respond to any of his friendly squeaks or visits (remember, he has a lock-that-doesn't-lock). Plus, the students are so interested in Og, they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether. Humphrey doesn't like the mad-bad-sad feelings he's had since Og came, but luckily he still gets to have adventures with different kids on the weekends.  Friendship can be tricky, but Humphrey is an intrepid problem-solver. If any hamster can become buddies with a frog, he can.


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