Chester's Way

Chester's Way

by Kevin Henkes

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Overview

Chester and Wilson had their own way of doing things, and they did everything together. When they cut their sandwiches, it was always diagonally. When they rode their bikes, they always used hand signals. If Chester was hungry, Wilson was too. They were two of a kind, and that's the way it was - until indomitable Lilly, who had her own way of doing things, moved into the neighborhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688154721
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/22/1997
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 41,150
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com


Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com

Hometown:

Madison, Wisconsin

Date of Birth:

November 27, 1960

Place of Birth:

Racine, Wisconsin

Education:

University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Chester's Way 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
kperk12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about friendship and the joy of adding in new friends that at first you may be unsure of. Chester and Wilson were so used to playing with only each other it was hard to let Lilly in, but when they did and found out she was a cool mouse they were glad they were open to the new change. All younger grades should read this book so they will be more open to letting new kids joing their groups; never know just how fun the person really could be.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chester is the neighborhood Weird Kid. Clearly. He always does things in his own special and particular way. So does his friend, Wilson. They double knot their shoelaces. They use handsignals on their bikes. They never swing at the first pitch. They always carry extra bandaids.Then Lilly moves in, with HER special way of doing things. And Chester and Wilson avoid her like the plague. Seriously. But she saves the day with water guns when some bigger boys decide to taunt Chester and Wilson (it's the hand signals), and they discover that her own weird way of doing things isn't so bad - and that they have a lot in common with her as well. So they become friends.There's a lot of mirroring in this book. The description of Lilly's special way of doing things mirrors pretty closely the description of how Chester and Wilson do things (with different details slotted in, of course), and the description of how the three friends do things together is the same as the description of how the two friends do things together (but with different pictures, naturally). At the end of the book, Victor moves into the neighborhood. In a later book, we find out that Victor does become friends with the trio as well. (Although he must be the weirdest of the bunch - he's shown chasing down a butterfly with his bare hands. GO VICTOR!)
justineaylward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites!!! Chester and Wilson are best friends and exactly the same, then they meet Lilly! Lilly is too much for them, but they end up a happy trio in the end. Great lesson on acceptance and loving and learning from differences, rather than fearing the new and unknown.
slblack2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chester is unique. And so is his friend Wilson. They are best friends and do things the exact same way. It was always Chester and Wilson, Wilson and Chester. They were this way until Lily moved in the neighborhood. Lilly was different and did things in a different way. Chester and Wilson ignored Lily until they needed rescueing from bullies. They soon,all, became best friends. They taught each other everything they knew and soon it became Chester, Wilson and Lilly always together. The book ends when Victor shows up.
sharty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chester is a conservative and cautious young mouse with his own way of doing things just like his best friend Wilson. Lily moves into town and rocks their worlds with her openness to change and risk. This is a lovely story about allowing change, appropriate risk-taking, and allowing new friends to make you a different person.
cnolasco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Chester's Way" is a well-written children's picture book that shows what it's like to meet others who many do things differently than you. It tells the story of Chester and Wilson, two best friends who like all the same things and do everything the same way. Then Lilly moves to the neighborhood and changes everything. Chester and Wilson avoid Lilly at first, but when they suddenly need help, Lilly is there for them. The book shows that we can get along with people who many seem different than us and we can be friends with people who have other interests. The story was very cute, while still teaching an important lesson - that it's okay to have differences. The illustrations were engaging and supported the storyline. Recommended for K-2 grade.Another book published during this decade: Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, Illustrated by Jon J. Muth
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chester has his own very particular way of doing things, and Chester's best friend, Wilson, does things the exact same way. When Lilly moves into the neighborhood, however, she has HER own way of doing things. They try to avoid her, until she saves them from some bullies. Then they all make friends and have they all do things the same way.
catieanderson4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is really cute and teaches a good lesson about acceptance. I think that this would be a good book to read to a third or fourth grade class because it is a little bit longer than the rest of them and I dont know that a first grader would sit and listen for the length of this book. I really like the story line and the pictures. Great book.
rebecca401 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chester has his own way of doing things, and he and his friend Wilson are exactly alike. They do everything together. They definitely do not hang out with Lilly, who is different than them...until one day they really need Lilly's help, and they realize that there are some good things about being different. Soon the three of them do everything together. That is, until Victor moves into the neighborhood.
kidlitlist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first introduction to Henkes mice books - a beautiful and humorous story of friendship and learning to accept others - not cheesy at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old loves this book. We read it all the time. I highly recommend it!
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The book I chose to review is Chester's Way. The author is Kevin Henkes. I chose this book because it makes me happy whenever I read it. In this book there is a mouse named Chester. He just loves his own way of doing things. That was the beginning. In the middle he has a friend Wilson. He likes to do the same things. In the end a girl named Lilly moves in and they become friends. The big idea in this story is that it's ok to be different. Just to be friends. A great quote from the author is, "Chester had his own way of doing things." My best part is when Chester always cuts his sandwiches. I would recommend this book to someone looking for a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My kindergartner brought this home from school and we have read it a million times. I recently purchased 2 more of Henkes' books and we love those as well. All of his books let children relate their feelings to the feelings of the book's characters.