Henry Goes To the Big City: A Lesson In Unconditional Love (The Adventures of Max Magee Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 36 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Age Level: 0 - 5|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a nice story to read to my grandkids!
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Disappointed with this book to say the least. The writing was sub-par. The storyline was predictable. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Ryan's Dad
Henry Goes To the Big City is a cute story with a wonderful storyline. The story teaches how unconditional love is important for adults will mention where in the Bible to find... Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Misty Iputi
This is a simple story, examining how Max, a child, reacts to a movie he loves. The movie is about a mouse called Henry. Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by Beloved daughter
Henry goes to the Big City is a unique way to teach the story of the prodigal son to young readers. It makes the story very accessible, and the follow-up questions and activities... Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Steph Beth
This is a story that not only children but adults can read as well, when they want to be reminded of God's love and unconditional acceptance. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by althea
I love the fact that this story is so simple yet so profound. It is based upon the story of the prodigal son in the Bible and is great for kids and even for the parents! Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by Sukasha Nankoo
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