A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Several subtle, but very positive messages about being friends: most importantly, that playing together and sharing is part of being friends. And, boys and girls can be best friends. In this case, Henry not only thinks Chloe is the "loveliest girl in class," but he also admires her because she can run fast and do great cartwheels.
Positive Role Models
Anyone would be lucky to have a friend like Henry. He likes to play, but is not too competitive. He seems kind and cooperative, and he is willing to share the muffin he had been looking forward to all day. In fact, all of the characters, even the most minor, are kind and loving. They include each other in games and say kind, supportive things to one another.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this story of the young cat Henry admiring his schoolmate Chloe has nothing but sweet messages about what it means to admire someone, share, and be a good friend. There's one odd picture of Henry getting ready for his day that shows him standing in the bathroom in his underwear facing a raised toilet seat.
Is It Any Good?
Henry's world is the kind of place everyone should experience, especially little ones. Everyone is friendly, there's a simple rhythm to the day, and the morning starts with the smell of fresh blueberry muffins.There's nothing flashy, nothing too complicated, just sweet moments that build off of one another. Stories like this can sometimes turn out too sweet and sentimental, but not this one. Its simplicity and innocence are refreshing instead. Told in words that are straightforward, with illustrations that are touchingly delicate and expressive, this story of sharing and admiration is worth sharing and admiring often.
Peter McCarty's finely lined illustrations colored with soft red and brown watercolor are exquisitely understated. Set against cream-colored pages, they have the delicate beauty of cherry blossoms, and set the perfect tone for his story.
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