Henry's Song

Henry's Song

by Kathryn Cave, Sue Hendra
     
 
Lift your hearts, your hands, your voices!
Please the Maker with your noises!
Happy hearts and voices bring.
This song�s for everyone to sing!

When Henry sings for joy at the beginning of a new day, the other animals don�t like his singing. Their noisy complaints trouble the Maker of All Things. The creatures soon discover that everyone�s

Overview

Lift your hearts, your hands, your voices!
Please the Maker with your noises!
Happy hearts and voices bring.
This song�s for everyone to sing!

When Henry sings for joy at the beginning of a new day, the other animals don�t like his singing. Their noisy complaints trouble the Maker of All Things. The creatures soon discover that everyone�s voice is needed to make a song that pleases the Maker.

This warm, funny story will strike a chord in the hearts of children everywhere and gently reassure them of the value of everyone�s talents.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
The double-page spreads show lively, brightly colored creatures cavorting against backgrounds of palm trees, volcanoes, rivers, and starry skies. This rhythmic, expressive little lesson reads aloud well.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cave's (Dragon Rise) scant, didactic story introduces Henry, a bright yellow pudge of a creature. When Henry sings for the first time, his neighbors in the forest are less than appreciative ("What's that noise?"; "Put a sock in it, Henry!"). In "a voice like thunder," the unseen Maker of All Things silences the cacophonous complaints and poses a question to the grumbling animals: "I made you, and I made you well.... Now tell me this: what are your voices for?" After the Maker announces that he will return the following day to learn their answer, the animals decide they will "sing a proper song," forbidding the ill-voiced Henry to participate. Predictably, their plan doesn't sit well with the Maker, who declares they all must sing together. The Maker calls their final song "perfect"; however, children are more likely to find it merely serviceable ("Lift your hearts, your hands, your voices!/ Please the Maker with your noises!/ Happy hearts and voices bring./ This song's for everyone to sing!"). Some parents may not like the depiction of God, either--this Maker seems to terrify everyone. Hendra's (Oliver's Wood) lighthearted, neon-bright art doesn't support the text: the "forest," for example, is an airy expanse of a few palm trees, a cactus and other vegetation. Such creatures as a purple raccoon and pink-spotted serpent don't camouflage the text's Sunday school tone. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Henry is a creature of the forest with a bad singing voice in this quick picture book. There are only a few sentences on each colorful, double-page spread. Henry lives in a fantastical forest with lots of other creatures that sing better than he does. One day, the "Maker of All Things" booms out with thunder to ask the creatures "What are voices for?" At first the turtle, squirrel and lion interpret this to mean that everyone should sing except Henry. Later they learn from the "Maker of All Things" that the way to make the song perfect is for everybody to sing together. It's an appealing fable for children even though we know a choir of bad voices would sound far from perfect. This book would be a good choice for a Sunday School where myths are encouraged. 1999, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 5, $16.00. Reviewer: Seth Berg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802851987
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.04(w) x 9.81(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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