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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805089896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805089899
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This blend of fiction and nonfiction features the concise story of Henry, a young boy who has a healthy heart and good spirits until he falls in love with a puppy. Brokenhearted when told he can’t have the puppy, he becomes morose. After a checkup with the doctor, a prescription of a puppy to care for with a daily dose of walking, running, and playing provides the perfect remedy. Brightly colored cartoon illustrations show that Henry’s heart is able to see, talk, and experience emotion. Information about the parts of the human heart and how it works is interspersed with the story line and illustrated in the same cartoon style. Also included is a whimsical chart showing how Henry’s heart feels about a variety of healthy and unhealthy snacks—as well as how it reacts to the emotion of love. It’s a lot of territory for one small picture book, but it’s pleasingly done and custom-made for a session on healthy practices. Pair with Paul Showers’ nonfiction title Hear Your Heart (2001). Grades K-2. --Randall Enos


“The whimsically crafted tale features not only a pleasingly goofy cartoon cast but also some very clever misdirection in the “love story” episode, which is certain to elicit groans and giggles.” --BCCB
“Harper offers up a heroic heart that looks a lot like the real thing “without the eyes and mouth, of course,” and he’s an immensely appealing figure, ideal for teaching readers about this important organ.” --Publishers Weekly
“This clever book is an excellent choice for story hours and primary-grade classrooms.” -School Library Journal
“…a genius pairing of fiction and nonfiction.” -Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this clever picture book a young boy named Henry learns all about his heart. The book covers the heart, health and how the body works. It does not stop there though. It also included the topic of feelings and emotions and how your body deals with those. This is a combination of a picture book as well as a non fiction science book. The author presents the information in an informative way with out being to overwhelming to young readers. It would be a good book to include in the classroom during a unit on the human body.
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Format: Hardcover
I give this book 5 Hearts,
[in addition to 5 Stars]!

This book is pure genius on multiple levels. A perfect marriage of biological facts, intertwined with a real-life KID's love story, folded in beautifully by a master story-teller who projects in a child-like way, putting us grown-ups to shame!

It's not just about Henry's heart, with its two parts/oxygenated or CO2 saturated compartments, but how feelings affects its get-up-and-go.

And how clever is the author to collaborate with classrooms of children to create this masterpiece!

Here's to more books about Henry and his heart's delight, his new puppy!
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