Henry's Heart

Henry's Heart

A Boy, His Heart, and A New Best Friend

Book - 2011
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When Henry falls in love with a puppy but his father will not buy it for him, his heart reacts strangely. Includes facts about the heart's role within the body
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805089899
0805089896
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm

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mmcbeth29
Jun 01, 2015

SUMMARY: This is a story about Henry and his heart. When Henry is active, his heart beats faster and is very happy. When Henry is bored, his heart slows and is concerned. Henry's dad takes him on a walk. They pass a pet store. Henry gets very excited about a dog he sees in the window. His heart beats faster at the thought of taking the dog home. But his dad says no. Henry becomes depressed. Concerned, his mother takes him to the doctor who gives a prescription for a pet dog.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with acrylic paint and collage. They are very colorful and interesting for young children.

THE GOOD: This is a very different take on looking at the heart. First it gives a physical illustration of a real heart and describes a bit about how the heart works and what it does. Then the story looks at how Henry feels and at the same time how his physical heart reacts to those feelings. His heart likes activity and prefers happy feelings.
THE NOT AS GOOD: I was concerned that no one thought to talk to Henry about why he was sad and depressed. Instead his mother whisked him to the doctor as if there was something physically wrong with him. Good communication goes a long way. He could have problem solved with his parents how to get the dog. Instead, the doctor basically forced the parents to get the dog to make Henry happy again. This is entitlement thinking--Because my son is sad, I must give him what he wants to make him happy again.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades 1-3

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cookbooklover
May 08, 2013

We check out about 10 new books a week from the library to read to our preschooler. This may be one of the most strange and poorly written children's books I've come across. I picked it up because I thought it would discuss the anatomy of the heart and it did but then the story went in a strange direction. I had to "edit" as I read because I didn't think it was appropriate for my 4 year old. How did this get published?

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