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Henry Goes To the  Big City: A Lesson In Unconditional Love (The Adventures of Max Magee Book 1) by [Hitz, CJ, Hitz, Shelley]
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We hope your child loves this eBook!  It is written for a younger audience, ages 0-5, but could be read by children up to age 8.

Blessings,
CJ & Shelley Hitz

Product Details

  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Body and Soul Publishing (May 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K58ERTM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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What a beautifully touching yet firmly realistic story of unconditional love! This story will touch the heart of every child and adult alike. There is nothing like knowing what you truly have and being content and joyful about it! This compelling story is sure to leave a lasting impression on any child who really reads it and takes to heart.

This story starts out as a fun distraction for a child while waiting on dinner to be made, but it becomes a heart-changing experience for him. He learns many lessons as he watches this fun, action packed movie. You could make a list of the wealth of treasure that is laid out in this short film. The most important lesson is that no matter what we do, we will always have the unconditional love of our Heavenly Father. While each child’s situation is different than the next, God’s love for them is the same no matter what they do or what happens to them.

If you want to touch the heart of a child who questions being loved and seen, then this is a book that they should definitely read. Stories permeate our soul and fill our heart more so then any word or action can ever do. They hold unspeakable power over us as their truths are revealed with each layer we peel back as we grow older and reflect back upon them. Give the gift of an uplifting story to a hurting soul, and you give a gift that is beyond value.
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Max, finished with his homework, asks to watch a movie. Max’s mother recommends Max’s favorite movie Henry Goes to the Big City: A Lesson in Unconditional Love.

Henry Rodentson, one of nine children gets bored with work, work, work: chores assigned each day. He longs for something new and different. He remembered stories his dad told about the big city, so while everyone was napping, Henry packs a bag and leaves. When he is scared nearly to death by a cat, Henry returns home to the open arms of his family.

When Max says grace at dinner, he expresses his thankfulness for his family and adds that like Henry, he is glad to be home. With allusions to “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse” and “The Prodigal Son” (Luke 15:11-32), the story of both Henry’s and Max’s family’s unconditional love unfolds. The sub-subtitle indicates there will be more of Max’s adventures to come.

The book includes questions for discussion and application, a definition of unconditional love, a memory verse, and a prayer. The authors intend the book as a read-to-me lap book for children aged 0 to 3.

The topic, illustrations, the number of words per page, and the length (estimated 36 pages) will make the book appeal more to children aged 4-8. Max is illustrated as an older child. Children younger than four will use memorized prayers rather than the narrative prayer Max uses at the table. My seven- and eight-year-old grandchildren were able to make the story-to-story connections. This e-book could be projected from a computer to use as a “big book” for group story times.

There is a link to a bonus audiobook version of the story. The audiobook is not yet available, so it is offered as a bonus. It will be available in MP3 format. If it includes an audible signal for “turning” the page it could be used independently at home or in the early childhood classroom. When one signs up for the bonus, one’s name and email is captured for email marketing.
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“Henry Goes to the Big City: A Lesson in Unconditional Love” by CJ and Shelley Hitz is a great contemporary rendition of the Bible parable about the Prodigal Son. Young Max has finished his homework, and asks his Mother if he can watch a movie on TV. She suggests he watch a favorite of his, a cartoon called “Henry Goes to the Big City” about a mouse named Henry.

Henry Rodentson and his nine siblings share a daily routine of working around the Rodentson residence. Henry, however, has grown restless with the humdrum tedium, so he decides to head to the Big City he has overheard his Father talking about. While the rest of the family was taking an afternoon nap, Henry packed some clothes and food, and left home for his big adventure.

Henry soon learns the Big City isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and grows homesick. He was a bit worried about returning home, and perhaps thought he might be in trouble for leaving. To his surprise, his Father saw him returning from a long way off, and ran out to greet and welcome him.

The parallels to the parable about the Prodigal Son are obvious. Following the story, the authors have appended some very thought-provoking questions for the children to consider. While children ponder the questions, you are given an opportunity to open the Bible and read that parable to the child. This is really quite a good way to get children interested in Bible stories, in my opinion. I do not know if the Hitz’ plan to write more stories based on Bible parables, but I think they may have hit on a great idea for introducing children to the Bible.

This story is really about unconditional love. Henry’s Father showed him unconditional love, as did the Prodigal Son’s Father. In the same way, God loves His children with an unconditional love. No matter what we may do that displeases Him, He will never stop loving us. You really won’t find a better lesson to teach a child, than the fact that God loves them… unconditionally.
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Henry Goes to the Big City: A Lesson in Unconditional Love
by C. J. Hitz

In Henry Goes to the Big City, by C.J. Hitz, we have a twist on the Prodigal Son allowing children to understand the truths in the beautiful story. How fitting for children be to be embraced by stories that Jesus taught. We know His love for children was infinite. He ask us to come to Him as a child!
This story within a story is simply delightful. We have Max who has completed his homework (obedient!). His mom gives permission for him to watch a movie. He watches his favorite, Henry Goes to the Big City. Through Max's movie we meet a mouse family busy working together. One of the mice, Henry, decides he is bored and needs more to his life so he packs his bag and slips off to go to the big city.
Hitz take us through several of Henry's obstacles on his way and we see other animals helping him as he goes. Showing him settle in the city and then find it not to be what he wanted was a great lesson in parents often knowing whats best and children needing to trust and obey. Henry, as we anticipate, finds his way home and we see a loving family embrace him.
The illustrations in the books are vivid and so well done. Hitz's uses short direct narrative on each page keeping a child's attention.
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