Friendship According to Humphrey

by Betty G. Birney

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The new class pet doesn't say much, but if anyone can make friends with a frog it's Humphrey!

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After the holidays, Humphrey is shocked by a big surprise in Room 26—a new class pet! Humphrey tries to be welcoming, but Og the frog doesn't respond to any of his friendly squeaks or visits. Plus the students are so interested in Og that they almost stop paying attention to Humphrey altogether. Humphrey doesn't like the mad-bad-sad feelings he's had since Og came, but luckily he still gets to have adventures with different kids on the weekends. Friendship can be tricky, but Humphrey is an intrepid problem solver. If any hamster can become buddies with a frog, he can.
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About this Series

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That's what Humphrey the hamster was told when he was brought to Room 26 by a substitute teacher. And boy, was it true! There are always adventures in the classroom—like learning about mummies and magic and solving mysteries—and each weekend he gets to sleep over with a different student. Humphrey learns to read, write, shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course), and much more. Humphrey's life would be perfect if only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn't out to get him!

With a fresh voice and an engaging, hamster's-eye view of school, families, and treats to hide in a cheek pouch, Betty G. Birney's Humphrey series provokes laughter and inspires a whole new appreciation for classroom pets everywhere.

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Product Details

    • Grades: 2 - 4
    • Ages: 8 - 10
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-545-79091-8

Editorial Reviews

"…this thoughtful yet upbeat tale lends credence to the notion that actions and intentions can be misinterpreted while pointing out the benefits of looking at a situation from another's point of view. Readers will find that seeing the world from Humphrey's standpoint is mighty satisfying." —Kirkus Reviews

"The comical critter returns to Room 26 in Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney, only to discover a new class pet, Og the frog." —Publishers Weekly