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Henry Hodges Needs a Friend

"If we're lonely or sad, God knows just what we need."

This charming story from Andy Andrews may be a great source of encouragement for your four- to ten-year-old. It teaches children that our friends need us just as much as we need them!  The gift book comes with a presentation page, and I'd highly recommend reading this story aloud before any trip to the local shelter for a new furry friend.

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend is not only about how Henry finds the friend he needs, but about how his new friend finds acceptance and belonging and a home.  The end of the story makes moms sniffle!  Be warned!

It also features some zany imaginary characters.  Eight-year-old Woodjie was laughing at some of the illustrations Colleen Madden contributed.  They really brought out the emotion of the book.  I've read the story to Woodjie, but Woodjie is certainly capable of reading the story himself.  I'd recommend it for kids to read on their own from about first grade and up.

I'm hoping for a sequel, I really am.  I didn't want the story to end.

It's a nice-sized book with several pages, but short enough to make for a heavy rotation bedtime story.  Guess what we're reading again tonight?

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  1. I remember a heavy rotation bedtime story from when my grandkids were toddlers. Every single night before their chosen story, they had to have "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr Seuss.
    This one sounds interesting and I have a great nephew to buy for now.

  2. Dr. Seuss is so fun! Every year, schools have dress-up days and other crazy events on his birthday. :)

  3. My kids always liked the very hungary caterpiller when very young.


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