Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson

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How big does a home really need to be? When Henry decides to build a cabin for himself in the woods, he gets some help and a lot of advice from his friends. But Henry, being Henry, has his own ideas, and he sets about building his house as a bird builds its nest. As he adds everything he thinks his cabin needs, Henry’s new home ends up being a lot bigger than it looks!

Inspired by the life of Henry David Thoreau, and illustrated with nature-filled paintings by author and artist D. B. Johnson, Henry Builds a Cabin is a thoughtful and beautiful meditation on what a home can be.
 

About D.B. Johnson

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D. B. Johnson has been a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years and has done editorial cartoons, comic strips, and conceptual illustrations for magazines and newspapers around the country. Mr. Johnson's first picture book, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, was a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly bestseller, as well as an American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists." Henry Hikes to Fitchburg also won numerous awards, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Books and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Mr. Johnson and his wife, Linda, live in New Hampshire. Visit his website at www.henryhikes.com!
 
Published February 26, 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books.

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In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself.

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At the end of the summer day, ""His friend sat on the train in a tangle of people./ Henry ate his way through a blackberry patch."" Johnson inventively demonstrates Thoreau's advice with kaleidoscopic illustrations in variegated colors and gently skewed perspectives that weigh fast-paced urban ex...

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Henry Climbs a Mountain, the third book by D.

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This worthy sequel to Henry Hikes to Fitchburg rewards repeat visits and inspires a joyful respect for nature.

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Deseret News

It takes place in the spring with Henry (in this case, a bear) deciding to build himself a small cabin in the woods, much like Thoreau did 150 years ago near Concord, Mass.

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