March 15, 2004

Children's Book Pick: 'Henry Climbs A Mountain'

Henry Climbs A Mountain, by D. B. Johnson, image:amazon.comHearing Daniel Pinkwater's description of Henry Climbs A Mountain last December, we both had that annoying NPR choked-up moment, where we realized this was a book we really wanted to read to our kid someday.

Author/illustrator D.B. Johnson has now written three books about Henry, a bear based on Henry David Thoreau. It somehow touches on Thoreau's example of civil disobedience and the liberating power of art and imagination. And it sounded a hundred times smarter and more interesting than almost any children's book I can think of.

Listen to Pinkwater and Scott Simon read and talk about Henry.
Buy Henry Climbs A Mountain at Amazon.

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