Hueys in: The New Sweater, The

Oliver Jeffers (2012), Philomel Books

The Hueys are all the same. Simple illustrations of Hueys show them as looking exactly the same, thinking the same thoughts, and doing the same things. Until one day when Rupert the Huey decides to knit a nice, new sweater. He dons his fluffy, bright orange creation and suddenly he’s not the same anymore.

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Talk with a child about this book

How do you think the sweater makes Rupert feel when he first puts it on?

How do the other Hueys react to Rupert’s sweater?

Does Rupert care how the other Hueys react?

Do all Hueys react the same?

Why do you think Rupert’s idea catches on?

How does Rupert’s idea end up changing things for all Hueys?

Go back to the illustrations of Hueys in the very front of the book, then flip to the final two end pages and compare. How do these illustrations make you feel?