Urban, Linda Little Red Henry. Illustrated by Madeline Valentine. Candlewick Press, 2015. $16.99. Picture Book. Content: G.
Henry is an adorable little redheaded boy whose family treats him like a baby. They dress him, feed him and carry him everywhere. Henry’s family is under the impression that he can’t and shouldn’t do anything for himself. When Henry finally admits that he is tired of not being able to try things for himself, the family is shocked! Especially when they watch Henry pour his own milk, brush his own teeth, and dress himself. Henry feels BIG and proud. But at the end of the night when the family members have found other things to occupy their time, Henry tucks himself into bed by himself. It doesn’t take long before Henry realizes that doing some things is perfectly fine, but tucking himself into bed simply isn’t any fun. The family is more than happy to assist and before they know it, Henry is fast asleep.
This is a fun book about being independent and about family love. We really enjoyed the illustrations. They are bright and bold and bring the reader into the story. The story is humorous and tender. This is a cute book that would be a great addition to any family library.
Pre-K. EL (K-3). ADVISABLE. Reviewer: SL.