After working in the garden, Henry, his mother, and baby sister get dirty and their clothes get filthy. Meanwhile, Dad splatters his beverage on his green sweater. The family's clothes are soiled and they have to be washed on laundry day along with several other items of clothing. Mom asks Henry to help out with the big stack of dirty clothes. First, Henry sorts the clothes into two piles, white and dark clothes, while mom prepares the washing machine. Once the clothes are washed, they put the damp clothes into the dryer. After the clothes are dry, Henry and his mother fold the clean laundry and put away the clothes. Throughout the book, there are child-like illustrations that support the story. The story may be a springboard to discuss home chores and responsibilities. Some children may be inspired to help with the laundry at home. On the back cover there are some ideas for parents about having young children help out with the household chores. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
- Phyllis Kennemer
Everybody in Henry's family wears clothes and sometimes these clothes get dirty. Then Henry's mom asks him to help with the laundry. Henry helps sort the clothes. He puts white things in one pile and colored things in another. He helps Mom place the clothes into the washing machine. Henry notices Penny's sleeper on the floor and reminds Mom to add it to the wash. When the clothes are clean, Henry helps Mom put them into the dryer. Then Mom folds the clothes and Henry carefully puts them into piles. They both put the clean clothes away. Dad's clothes go in his dresser drawers; Mom's things go on her shelves; Penny's are in a stack on the floor by her crib; and Henry's clothing goes into his room. Henry is a good helper. Colorful illustrations cover the pages with happy images depicting a loving home. The back cover of the book features five pointers for parents with suggestions for involving toddlers in assisting around the house. Part of the "Henry Helps" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
Beth Bracken's books have been translated into multiple languages, and her picture books have won the 2011 Creative Child Award; the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize; and the 2013 Mom's Choice Gold Award. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their son, Sam. When she's not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea.