Book Review: Andrew Henry’s Meadow

Rating: ★★★★☆

Andrew Henry excels at building inventions, but his creations annoy his family and outgrow for his house, so one day he goes away to find a meadow where he can build a house of his own.  One by one his friends from town find him, and he builds a custom home for each friend.  After some time, the children’s parents come in search of them.  Everyone goes home, and Andrew’s parents give him a place in the basement for his inventions.

This lighthearted fantasy appeals to the childhood delight of a secret hideout.  Andrew Henry’s generosity, creativity and skill are portrayed as qualities to be admired, and the parents’ search for the missing children evokes a warm sense of community.  The illustrations are wonderfully detailed, especially Andrew Henry’s inventions.  The story will appeal to most children, but especially those budding engineers who enjoy building (or disassembling) complex structures.

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Publication Information: Burn, Doris. Andrew Henry's Meadow. Coward. 1965. ISBN: 0970739923.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08, World Books That Show
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Posted on July 31, 2009

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