No matter how different we feel, we are all more similar than we at first appear.
This is not a story about a heron or a robot or a chicken but an ordinary boy with daily struggles, triumphs, and an extraordinary imagination. Henry uses forearm crutches decorated with animal stickers. He sometimes feels out of place at school, especially when he gets made fun of, but through his own rich imagination and his friendship with Joel, Henry learns to define himself on his own terms.
Molly Felder has a physical disability called cerebral palsy. Her assistance dog, Patterson, was placed with her through Canine Companions for Independence. He helps her by opening doors, turning lights on and off, and much more. In 2016, they attended the Highlights Foundation Kid's Book Revision Retreat together in beautiful Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Molly received her M.A. from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she focused on creative writing and disability culture.She is committed to representing children of all abilities in her writing, and loves teaching English to Chinese students online. She lives in Alabama.
Mother-and-son creative teamNate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney create magical scenes with Nate's whimsical ink line characters in Tara's vibrant watercolor settings. Their first collaborative picture book,A to ZÃ¥Ã¤Ã¶: Exploring the American Swedish Institute’s Historic Collection (University of Minnesota Press, 2020), cultivates curiosity in ways most of us wouldn’t dare resulting in some delightful and surprising discoveries.Henry the Boy is their second book as a team. They both live in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Included in "The Brave Bookshelf: Books that build moral courage" from ParentMap.com.
"A quietly humorous, encouraging story of friendship, disability, and self-confidence."—Kirkus Reviews
"The combination of color, curiously engaging line drawings, and story will draw the youngest back to this book again and again. In the process, they will meet HENRY the BOY, absorbing the appealing sense that we are all more alike than different, and we can do more than others might imagine we can. In the process this offers a wealth of discussion potential about topics of resilience, empathy, confidence, and problem solving."—Unpacking Picture Book Power
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