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Henry's Heart: A Boy, His Heart, and a New Best Friend First Edition Edition
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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
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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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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!