Bibliographic Information: Henkes, K. (1988). Chester’s way. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.
Brief Annotation: Chester and Wilson are best friends, and they have a particular way of doing things- until Lily moves into the neighborhood and changes everything.
Genre: Fantasy (Animal Fantasy); Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: PreK-4th
Readers who will like this: Readers who struggle with making new friends; readers who are fiercely independent; readers who enjoy stories featuring strong female characters.
Rating/Response: 5; In Chester’s Way, Henkes has woven together themes of acceptance, growth, and friendship in a delightful tale. Chester and Wilson feel like very believable boys (although they are mice), and Lily bursts with energy. This book can be long for some children, but most will stay engaged enough in the story to maintain focus.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Sometimes it can be hard to make a new friend. What are some things that make it easier to make friends with someone you don’t know?