Humphrey stories are told from the point of view of a classroom hamster named Humphrey. He is no ordinary classroom hamster. He is a little guy with a big heart and enough empathy to power the world. He also has totally amazing problem-solving skills!
Lexile: 670L | Reading Level: Grades 3-7
Ms. Mac changes Humphrey’s life on the day she gets him from the pet store. His new home will be Room 26 of Longfellow School because, as Ms. Mac says, “You can learn a lot about yourself by taking care of another species.” Life is wonderful with Ms. Mac, but when Mrs. Brisbane returns, Ms. Mac leaves. Humphrey is horrified that Mrs. Brisbane is the permanent teacher. She makes it clear that she is not a hamster-in-the-classroom kind of person, even though taking care of him will teach the kids to be responsible. As Humphrey gets to know the kids, and Mrs. Brisbane, he sees for himself that everyone has something they’re dealing with at home. He decides to use the lock-that-doesn’t-lock on his cage to let himself out to help the humans in his life.
Their interactions with Humphrey tell the story:
What Does Humphrey Learn?
The messages/themes in this book are kid-friendly: