Dear Mr. Henshaw Questions and Answers

Dear Mr. Henshaw

The main idea, or central theme, in Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw is the need to overcome life's obstacles, such as the divorce of one's parents, by developing a positive attitude.Throughout...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 6:57 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

The main character, also known as the protagonist, in the novel Dear Mr. Henshaw is Leigh Marcus Botts. He is a troubled, conflicted boy who struggles with his own internal conflict, which impacts...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 9:19 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Leigh Botts, the protagonist of Dear Mr. Henshaw, is a boy struggling to come to terms with his parent’s separation. Initially self-conscious about revealing his personal information, Leigh matures...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2019 7:21 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Leigh misses his dad an awful lot. He doesn't get to see him all that much because a). his parents are divorced, and b). his dad drives a truck and so spends a lot of time out on the road....

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019 10:44 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

In Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, towards the beginning of February, Leigh is so upset about his father not phoning nearly all January that Leigh decides to phone his dad's trailer. Leigh is...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 8:57 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Leigh had been writing to Mr. Henshaw for a school assignment. When Mr. Henshaw answered his letter he included questions for Leigh. One of the questions, number 5, was do you have any pets?...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2009 2:06 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

In the opening letters Leigh Botts writes to the author Mr. Henshaw in Beverly Cleary's Dr. Mr. Henshaw, we learn that Leigh first learned about Henshaw's book How To Amuse a Dog when his...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 10:03 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

In Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, Leigh's attitude changes toward the end of the book due to excellent advice he receives from Mr. Fridley, the school custodian.By February, Leigh is so...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 10:43 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary is a novel about a young boy named Leigh Botts. Leigh writes back and forth to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw. Throughout their letters (mostly the letters from...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019 3:24 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary’s novel Dear Mr. Henshaw uses letters and diary entries primarily to reveal the inner world of Leigh Botts. In the earlier years, Leigh’s diary offers an important outlet as he...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020 1:49 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary's story in Dear Mr. Henshaw begins when Leigh Botts is younger; however, most of the story spans his whole sixth-grade year, which places his age at about 11 or 12 throughout most of...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 2:46 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Leigh and his mother live in a mobile home park outside of Bakersfield, California, when Leigh is in fourth grade. When writing to Mr. Henshaw about his book Ways to Amuse a Dog, Leigh is upset...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2018 2:46 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

The main character in "Dear Mr. Henshaw", Leigh Botts, learns a lot about problem solving during the course of the narrative. Leigh aspires to be a writer when he grows up, so he works...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2008 6:38 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Miss Neely, the librarian at Leigh's school, takes a special interest in Leigh and encourages him to submit something for the Young Writers' Yearbook. Leigh has tried to write a number of...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2009 8:50 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Leigh Botts, the protagonist of Dear Mr. Henshaw, considers himself "the mediumest boy in the class" because there is nothing really special about him, or so he thinks. He's not large like his dad...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2017 9:48 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

As any writer will tell you, you need to exercise your writing muscle every day if you're going to be successful. As Leigh has told Mr. Henshaw that he wants to be a writer when he grows up,...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2019 11:29 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

In the letter dated September 20th in Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, we learn that Leigh's sixth-grade teacher, Miss Martinez, has assigned her students to write reports about authors. Instead...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 8:28 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

The prize for winning the writing contest for the Young Writers' Yearbook is a chance to meet a "Famous Author". Leigh would very much like to win the contest, but finds that he has...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2008 10:29 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

In Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, we learn Leigh's mother is a very hard worker with a lot of integrity, which means she is very dedicated to doing what's right. We know Leigh's mother is a...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 6:40 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

In Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, when Leigh is in the sixth grade, he writes a series of letters to the author Mr. Henshaw responding to a list of questions Mr. Henshaw wrote Leigh in his last...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 2:19 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

The address to which Leigh sent his letters to Mr. Henshaw is not given. Leigh gets his information on where the author is living by reading the backs of the books he writes. In his November 15...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2008 2:01 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

I actually think that the praise heaped upon the book is due in large part to how it handled the issue of divorce. In 1983, the reality of divorce was growing and there was not a clear social...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2011 7:11 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

In Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, Katy, the woman Leigh's mother works for, invites Leigh and his mother over for Christmas dinner, along with some other women they work with. After the dinner,...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 8:06 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary wrote Dear Mr. Henshaw for a couple of different reasons. One reason was to talk about the social issue of divorce to let kids who are suffering from divorce know that they are not...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 7:51 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Part of what makes the setting so important in Dear Mr. Henshaw is that the reader doesn't know exactly when or where the story takes place. While it seems that the story occurs in the 1980s, the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 4:27 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

The young reader's novel, "Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary is a book about Leigh Botts. He is a young boy in who finds himself in the middle of a divorce by his mom and dad. He writes letters...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2009 12:17 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary's novel, Dear Mr. Henshaw, tells this story through the letters of Leigh Botts, a young man living in California. The first part of the book details Leigh's letters to a children's...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009 10:51 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Through the answers he gives to some of the questions Mr. Henshaw facetiously poses to him, Leigh reveals that he is a child who is having some problems and is genuinely in need of guidance. Being...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2008 11:19 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw opens with Leigh in lower grades but mostly covers his whole sixth-grade year. Throughout his sixth-grade year, Leigh writes to Mr. Henshaw multiple times on...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 12:46 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

There are a couple of different external conflicts in Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw. The greatest external conflict concerns Leigh's difficulties in coping with his parents' divorce. He feels...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 4:06 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

When Leigh is in sixth grade, Miss Neely, the school librarian, singles him out and gives him Mr. Henshaw's new book, telling him he could be the first to read it. She knows how much Leigh loves...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2010 12:28 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

The novel Dear Mr. Henshaw, written by Beverly Cleary, is a story about a young boy named Leigh Botts. Through letters written to his favorite author, Mr. Henshaw, Leigh's life is revealed. We...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 5:11 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Two books written by Mr. Henshaw are Ways to Amuse a Dog and Moose on Toast. The central character, Leigh Botts, is first exposed to Mr. Henshaw's Ways to Amuse a Dog when his second grade teacher...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2009 1:52 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

You can find summaries of this book at the two sites listed below:

Latest answer posted March 19, 2007 11:41 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Leigh's mom and dad get divorced. As is often the case in such situations, the main reason behind their splitting up was money. Mom was always criticizing her husband for not having enough money to...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2021 11:50 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

The book Dear Mr. Henshaw is organized chronologically. The story is told exclusively through the writings of the main character, Leigh Botts. In the beginning, these writings appear in the form of...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2010 2:12 pm UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

In Beverly Cleary's Dear Mr. Henshaw, in a diary entry Leigh writes to "Mr. Pretend Henshaw," dated January 30th, Leigh is very upset because he has hardly heard from his father that month. His...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016 7:21 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

The author Angela Badger also praises Leigh's writing, which is a huge deal to him. Up until this moment, Leigh has not viewed himself as an author. He has a poor self image, as a "mediumish" and...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2009 7:28 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

To write a summary of any work of fiction, start by identifying the author, title of the work, and main characters. Then, explain the most important parts of the story, which include the conflict,...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 9:29 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Letters and diary entries are perhaps the most intimate and direct ways of seeing someone's thoughts and viewpoint. Because they are not narrated, we can better judge the meaning, veracity, and...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2007 8:14 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

One example is that Leigh let his dad take his dog when he went to work as a truck driver. Leigh knew the dog would keep his dad from getting lonely in the truck on long drives. He was also...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010 2:27 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Henshaw

Leigh Botts is the name of the main character in Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. He is self described as being extremely average. In the book, Leigh rights to his favorite author (Henshaw) for...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016 9:21 pm UTC

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