Henry and Mudge

Cynthia Rylant has created a series based on everyday events between a boy and his dog, Henry and Mudge.  As in an earlier blog, kids have simple experiences that are worthy of writing.  Most children have pets and have stories to share.  These books make great mentor texts for younger children, focusing on the important parts.  Cynthia Rylant takes the ordinary and molds the words into a sculpture of words. Henry and Mudge:  Under the Yellow Moon has three short stories in its collection that focus on the autumn season and holidays. 

Savorings for reading and in writing for Henry and Mudge:  Under the Yellow Moon:

Chapter 1:  Together in the Fall

  • See Saw effect using opposites – “Henry likes…Mudge likes…”  It reminds me of Tough Boris by Mem Fox.
  • Ending – “…liked being together most of all.”
  • Repeating prepositional phrase – “In the fall...”

Chapter 2:  Under the Yellow Moon

  • Punctuation – Colon – p. 6 uses it with a list; p. 15 highlighting; apostrophe – p.20 jack-o’-lantern
  • Mudge is personified – “And he was more scared of the yellow moon and the dark room and the witch’s stories than anybody else!
  • Onomatopoeia – to increase the tension
  • Twist at the beginning

Chapter 3:  Thanksgiving Guest

  • Character thinking like a kid – p. 36 and 37 are great examples
  • Inference – p. 41:  “Henry knew what Aunt Sally would be doing in the kitchen.”
  • Kid perspective of relatives
  • Character description – not what she looked like but rather about her behavior
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