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The Story Behind the Story – “Chasing Henry”

The Story Behind the Story – “Chasing Henry” - All About Reading

Have you ever made an exciting discovery?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Dilly the armadillo, Seth the sloth, and Opal the ostrich in “Chasing Henry,” a short story from All About Reading Level 3.

It was a warm summer day when the three friends spotted it. There it was—just down the path, sitting in a shaft of sunshine.

In this delightful decodable story, readers find out what happens when three best friends find “the biggest egg ever.”

Boy, are they in for a surprise!

Read “Chasing Henry” Here!

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The story behind this story begins in the sun-soaked studio of Donna Goeddaeus, the art director and lead illustrator here at All About Learning Press.

The Story behind the Story - Chasing Henry

This is where Donna creates the characters that bring so many of the All About Reading stories to life. Characters like Henry.

The Story behind the Story - Chasing Henry The Story behind the Story - Chasing Henry

Donna’s home sits more than a mile off the beaten track, in the heart of a fragrant forest teeming with wildlife. A short walk through the woods leads to Donna’s “creek crossing”—a boardwalk and a rickety bridge over a gently flowing river that exudes the solitude and wilderness she loves.

The Story behind the Story - Chasing Henry

It was here at the water’s edge, while she was taking a short break from illustrating “Chasing Henry,” that Donna found a little bit of extra inspiration. She found a large egg!

The Story behind the Story - Chasing Henry

I’m not sure what was in Donna’s egg, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a Henry.

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever found?

Read more about the inspiration behind the short stories in the All About Reading program!

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Elizabeth Williams

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Finding inspiration in the world around us…it’s a common theme, for other creators too, like me, a musician. I hope to write a book one day, I’ll use the same technique then as well.

nicole roffers

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This looks like a cute story!!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Nicole!

Loreen G

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Love the “ behind the story” blog! It’s fun to see the inspiration and hard work that goes into each delightful story and it makes them come alive 😊

Robin E.

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Thank you, Loreen! It’s wonderful to hear you appreciate these “behind the story” blog posts.

Jessica

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Fantastic! Thank you!

Cheyenne

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The art is precious and interesting ❤️Can’t wait to share with my four year old.

Robin E.

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I hope your child enjoys it, Cheyenne!

Mary

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AAR stories are so sweet!

Missy Staggers

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What fun illustrations!!!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Missy!

Katharine Gindin

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Very fun decodable with adorable illustrations.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Katharine.

Katharine Gindin

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Fun decodables.

Allie G

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Cute story

Laura Bowen

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The illustrations are absolutely beautiful!

Emily Minor

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Aah! Dream job, would love to write and illustrate stories for a living!

Adrienne

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We adore the illustrations!

Melissa De Bruyn

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Would love to do this!

Edith B

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I love the AAR and AAS curriculum! ❤️❤️

Tammy

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Once when I was small, I found a diamond in a field in Arkansas.

Katie

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My girls love the stories and illustrations!

Julie

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Thanks for giving us a peek behind the scenes in how the AAR books are illustrated!

Jennifer

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Charming illustrations!

Kim

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Lovely story

Heather Y

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What a beautiful setting! And fantastic illustrator!

Andrea

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My daughter loved the illustrations in the readers and I’m sure my son will too!!

Robin E.

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I’m glad to hear your daughter loved the illustrations, Andrea. Thank you.

Lou Ann

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Hoping to try this program soon. Looks engaging.

April VanZandt

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This is absolutely adorable.

Nita

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Wow these illustrations are amazing. It is exciting to see high quality decodable readers!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Nita!

Shannon Vitali

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Looks like a fantastic program and an engaging story!

Nadine

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Wow, I would just love an opportunity to do this!

Michelle

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Beautiful picture, captures attention!!

Tiana

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My kindergartener LOVES his readers from All About Reading level 1. He gets soooo excited when I tell him it’s time for another story. He told me the other day “Did you know that pictures help you read the book?”. I’m so grateful for AAR!

Robin E.

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I love that your child gets excited when it’s time to read a story, Tiana! Wonderful!

Just so you know, the illustrations in the All About Reading stories were carefully planned so that they cannot be used to help students guess at words. They were designed to add to the stories, often filling in gaps the text may have due to limited vocabulary options for early readers. However, we do not want to encourage students to rely on guessing of any sort, so the drawings do not give away the text. We discuss this in our Decodable Books: Why They’re Important blog post.