Who doesn't need friends? We were all made for relationship with others and with God. Kids want and crave friends but can often have trouble as they navigate the waters of friendship. In this new book by Andy Andrews, we meet Henry Hodges and learn he needs a friend. We aren't told why Henry is so lonely....maybe he just moved...maybe he just realized he needs a friend. Either way Henry is without friends and his parents want to help him.
One of the jobs that comes with parenting is assisting with friendships. It's in the invisible manual you didn't get at the hospital when you had your bundle of joy. However, it is still a big part of parenting. Sometimes your kids won't have any friends. Sometimes they won't have good friends. More often they will have arguments with their friends. They usually don't know how to handle those situations on their own so we as parents have to step in for the assist. It is tough and there often isn't an obvious way to help, but you figure it out. Henry's parents are ready to help him find a one of a kind friend. Henry thinks of many friends he might like (a goldfish with antlers!), but at the animal shelter, he finds a lonely pup who needs a friend just as much as he does.
This is a fun book with a wonderful message. Henry Hodges Needs a Friend and he gets one! There is a whimsical feel to this book with a sad beginning but very happy ending. Speedy really liked this book and has already read it a couple of times. This is a good book for beginning readers or to read aloud. I think boys and girls will equally enjoy this book. It might be a fun gift for your child before adding a furry member to your family.
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