Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson: A Book Review

Henry Reed, Inc. Book Review

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Some of Bookworm’s favorite books when studying with Sonlight Core D were the ones that were thrown in just for fun or to teach kids about economics.  Now, Bookworm’s switched to Bookshark 5th grade (equivalent to Sonlight’s Core F), and here, too, I’m finding some of the fun books thrown in.  One of them is Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson.

Written in 1958, this story is about Henry Reed who lives in Italy with his parents.  Although he’s American, he hasn’t been to the United States due to his dad’s job.  (He’s a diplomat.)

That all changes when Henry, who is 13, comes to the U.S. for a summer.  He stays with his Uncle Al (his mom’s brother) and his Aunt Mabel whose only child has grown up and left home.  Uncle Al and Aunt Mabel’s home is in a small, quiet town outside of Princeton, New Jersey.  The only other neighborhood child who is around for the summer is Midge Glass, who is 12.

Immediately, before he even reaches his uncle and aunt’s house, a stray dog takes a liking to Henry.  Though the family tries to lose the dog, they’re unsuccessful.  The dog, who Henry names Agony, is his companion all summer long.

It turns out that Henry has a special liking for both animals and entrepreneurship.  He and Midge decide to go in business together and sell things like earthworms so that fishermen won’t have to dig them up themselves.

What follows is a summer full of mishaps and mayhem, especially because Henry is a lot like his mother, Uncle Al says, and tends to bring chaos with him wherever he goes (though he rarely realizes he’s the cause).

While Henry’s antics are amusing to read about, what I find even funnier as an adult is that Henry has no sense of humor.  This plays off Midge comically because she’s constantly making silly jokes that kids always make.

This book doesn’t have any deep, underlying message, but it is entertaining, and I’m sure Bookworm will enjoy it when it’s time for him to read it.

4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.


GrubMarket Organic California Fruit Bounty Box: Review and Giveaway

We prefer to eat organic produce, and even better if I don’t have to go out shopping.  When we were in Chicago, we subscribed to a CSA, but we haven’t found a service that we like here.  That changed, however, when we discovered GrubMarket.

GrubMarket works “with a variety of farms and artisan producers to bring you high-quality foods and other items at prices that are up to 50% OFF what you’d typically find at Whole Foods and other grocers.”

We were lucky enough to try the Regular California Fruit Bounty Box, currently priced at $29.99 (feeds 2 to 3 people).  The box was delivered to our door and the fruit was packed in paper shredding that kept all of the fruit free of bruising or other defects.  All of the fruit looked beautiful.  In fact, when I put all the fruit on the table to take a picture of it, my daughter was inspired to paint it.  :)

We received all of the following yummy fruits:


Everything was so fresh!  When you imagine delivery service for fruits, you usually imagine fruits of lesser quality, but these were beautiful and oh so tasty!

We used them in a variety of ways.

Fresh apple slices:


Homemade sort of Larabars with dates and coconuts:


in a sweet potato, apple, salmon meal:


and just plain:


The kids were so surprised to find the inside of the oranges were red!

If you’d like to try GrubMarket, use the code GRUB20 to get 20% off your first order and free shipping on orders over $59.

The Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive their own California Fruit Bounty Box.  To enter, simply visit GrubMarket’s site and come back here and comment on one thing that you learned.

Additional Methods of Entry

For an additional entry, follow Mom’s Plans on Pinterest and come back here and leave a comment that you did so.

For another entry, follow GrubMarket on Facebook and then leave a comment here that you did so.

For the last additional entry, follow GrubMarket on Pinterest and then leave a comment here that you did so.

This giveaway, which is open to U.S. residents, 18 years and older, ends on February 12, 2016.  The winner will be chosen via random.org.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.



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