Monday, October 12, 2015

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ Day 12: Andrew Henry’s Meadow

Book Detectives ~ Andrew Henry's Meadow @ Mt. Hope Chronicles

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Andrew Henry’s Meadow is a picture book I would have loved as a kid, and it was published in 1965, almost a decade before I was born! I had a slight obsession with books about kids who run away, and I would have pored over the illustrations of each unique house Andrew Henry created for the other kids (a tree house for the bird-enthusiast, a bridge house for the fisherman, a dugout house for the boy who had underground pets, a castle for the girl who loved to dress up…). The black and white illustrations are charming.

Crime Scene [Setting]


Town of Stubbsville (Small Town, USA)

Andrew Henry’s home (All-American)

The countryside—pasture, hill, swamp, deep woods

A meadow—delightful, with a stream wandering through it, a tall fir tree on one side


One spring

Sometime around 1965?

The children were gone for four long days and four very long nights

Suspects [Characters]


Andrew Henry—boy, middle child, liked to build things, creative

Thatcher Family:

Mrs. Thatcher—mother, usually busy in kitchen

Mr. Thatcher—tired when he came home from work, liked to read the paper and have things quiet

Marian and Martha—older sisters, liked to sew or fix their hair

Robert and Ronald—younger brothers, liked to play with toy cars and coloring books

Eight other kids from town who had various hobbies and activities and parents who didn’t appreciate them

Sam—dog who loved Andrew Henry and was lonesome without him

31 Days of Book Detectives ~ Andrew Henry's Meadow @ Mt. Hope Chronicles


Anonymous said...

I love this one! I had never heard of it before. I think its the first one in your series that is completely new to me. I will see if I can hunt it down. It would be great to pair with the Pied Piper of Hamlin.


Heidi said...

I'm impressed that you are familiar with all the others, Alicia! I hope you enjoy this one. :)

Cheryl Francisco said...

I am really enjoying your 31 day series! Thank you so much for sharing your work and gifts Heidi! It is refreshing to find old but new literature to read with my younger kids after teaching at home for what feels like a long,long time some days;-) Thanks for introducing me to such wonderful stories! I loved this one and thanks to your recommendation I am enjoying the squire tale series with my 14 yr old.