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A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A great story about a family and a dog

I work with children with autism, and I happen to own dogs, one in which is a black lab named Henry, and I can see the direct connection that children with special needs have with dogs. Yes, this story is about a Mum looking for answers, but it is also about a dog, that...
I work with children with autism, and I happen to own dogs, one in which is a black lab named Henry, and I can see the direct connection that children with special needs have with dogs. Yes, this story is about a Mum looking for answers, but it is also about a dog, that is forgiving, and non-judgemental who becomes not only part of the family, but also part of the solution, ulimately unlocking the difficult puzzle of autism. Autistic kids generlly can't understand other peoples feelings, but through his pet dog, a boy learns to feel, learns to care for, and learns to love.

posted by 968139 on February 9, 2009

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed

I was very disappointed in this book. The title implies that the book is about how a special dog miraculously helps a child overcome autism; but the book hardly even mentions the dog. It is most a biography of the boy with autism and his mother trying to become pregna...
I was very disappointed in this book. The title implies that the book is about how a special dog miraculously helps a child overcome autism; but the book hardly even mentions the dog. It is most a biography of the boy with autism and his mother trying to become pregnant. Would not recommend this book to those expecting a heartwarming story of a young man and his dog.

posted by krysolomon on February 1, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2009

    This book was an engaging story about the challenges faced by a family that includes two children with autism and their amazing dog Henry. The bonds that are initiated, developed and ultimately sustained between and among family members are priceles

    A Friend Like Henry can be enjoyed by educators, families and the general public to enhance understanding of autism and the benefits of having a family pet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2009

    a must read for parents of an autistic child

    I thought the book was wonderful. The parents took time and patience in helping their child. Although they had some difficult times the child became more out spoken and able to handle every day situations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

    Inspiring Heartfelt Story

    This story captured my emotional heartstrings. One cannot help but empathize with this mother of two autistic children who has devoted her life to giving them a worthwhile and productive life. As the owner of a golden retriever, I can relate firsthand to the love a dog like Henry can contribute to a child's well-being. We get to know Henry and understand his value to Dale's development. I cried when Dale said "Tree", and when he first told Henry that he loved him. Then I was moved to tears a half dozen additional times before the story concluded. I wish I could contact Nuala Gardner directly to thank her for sharing her remarkable story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Insightful

    Appears to be aa very honest accounting of what its like to be blindsided by the condition of severe autism for both the victim and those who love him. The canine/human connection in this case is huge in implication and insight with respect to the workings of the young mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

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    Great book so funny

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