What are five instances when Leigh Botts receives some positive feedback from adults?Leigh learns from reading. Some characters to consider include:Mr. Fridley, Miss Neely, Angela Badger, Bonnie...
What are five instances when Leigh Botts receives some positive feedback from adults?
Leigh learns from reading. Some characters to consider include:Mr. Fridley, Miss Neely, Angela Badger, Bonnie Botts, Bill Botts, and 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 "plain" boy. Although Leigh doesn't think he is anything too special, he also tells Mr. Henshaw that he wants to be a writer, and asks for writing advice. So although Leigh is writing letters and diary entries through the whole book, he has not viewed himself as a real writer. But Angela Badger calls him an author, prompting him to get excited and feel accomplished about his writing. Leigh thinks, "She called me an author. A real live author called me an author" (Friday March 30th entry). Angela Badger tells Leigh that he wrote in his own voice and didn't try to imitate anyone, and that she connected with his piece because it was based on his own experiences, and he was writing what he knew. This positive message gave Leigh more confidence to write, and reinforced the message that Leigh has something to offer to the world.
Leigh gets some positive feedback from adults many times throughout Dear Mr. Henshaw.
Mr. Henshaw sends Leigh a letter, then another letter, then a postcard.
Leigh's father remembers what he wants for Christmas, and sends the present via another trucker.
Mr. Fridley notices Leigh's low mood, and tells him to cheer up.
The school librarian saves Mr. Henshaw's new book for Leigh to read.
Leigh's teacher praises his writing for how much it is improving.