Henry Says, “Hello”
Written and Illustrated by S.L. Parker
Henry Says, “Hello” is a unique, true-to-life children’s book full of adult wisdom. It is a teaching tool for parents and teachers, designed to teach children how to safely and gently say “Hello” to dogs by reading the dog’s body language and recognizing signs of imminent danger.
Not all dogs are ready to be approached due to issues of their own. They may have been abused or neglected by past owners, and they may not have been properly socialized. Children approaching such a dog may suffer disastrous results, such as biting, or worse.
Lessons learned from this book may well prevent future injury to children, as well as dogs being put to death as a result of a biting incident.
In this book, Henry is a real-life, sweet little dog, whose main purpose in this story is to teach children how to safely and gently say “Hello” to dogs.
Henry’s “sister,” Reese, is a rescue dog that has been adopted by Henry’s loving home people after having been raised at a puppy-mill, in dire need of rehabilitation. Henry has played a very large part in helping Reese fit in to a kinder world and teaching her to be the happy, playful dog she is today.
In this story, Henry teaches children how to read a dog’s body language along with proper ways to greet a dog, especially one that is unknown to them. The importance of these lessons are not only to keep the child safe, but also to allow a fearful or traumatized dog a smoother introduction into the world of children.
From Sarah.L. Parker:
For a successful partnership between your pet and your children, it is imperative to understand the types of actions that drive a dog to bite and to teach your children how to recognize and respect each and every type of dog and the signs they convey with their body motions. With simple guidelines and precautions a rewarding relationship with dogs can develop that will last a lifetime.
I read this book to my grandson, Landen, who is with us 5 days a week while his mother works. Landen is only 15 months old, so while he’s still too young to truly appreciate and understand the message of the book just yet, he does love all the illustrations (done by the author herself) of puppies and children, and is quick to lovingly kiss the nice pictures.
In our household, we have one dog, one cat, and one bearded dragon. Landen’s mother also has cats and dog-sits on a regular basis, so Landen has already been learning since he was born how to act around other animals.
Henry Says, “Hello” is easy to read using rhyme, with plenty of beautiful illustrations of these real-life dogs and their friends.
At the back of the book is a list of 8 tips, encouraging parents to review these with their children on a regular basis. There are also questions asking the child reader to remember the signs of a fearful dog that they learned from this book in order to deepen the lessons learned.
Henry Says, “Hello” is sure to be a book that will enlighten your child and be a precious treasure that can be passed down for years to come. I plan to read this book to Landen frequently as he grows up so that the valuable lessons within will be permanently ingrained.
This book is Landen approved!
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A Little About the Author:
Sarah Parker grew up on a farm and has had the pleasure of having animals for friends throughout her life. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband, John, and furry kids Henry, Reese, and Ricky the Rooster.
To learn more about Henry and his friends, please visit Sarah’s website: www.herandherdogs.com
*** Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards rescue efforts, medical research for animal-related illnesses and pet and learning programs.
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47 thoughts on “Henry Says, “Hello” by Sarah L. Parker, Review”
Thank you Jeanne and everyone who participated in this giveaway. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments and appreciate the support xoxo
Thank YOU, Sadie for the opportunity to review your lovely book. It was a pleasure to run the giveaway, and Any, the winner, is excited to get her book. All the best, and stay in touch. 🙂
This book looks like something my kids and I would enjoy together. I love the illustrations.
Thanks, Emily. It really is a nice book. Thanks for entering the giveaway, and good luck to you!
Sounds like a wonderful book, a fiends having twin girls soon, would be a great book for them to share when girls are older.
A ‘friends’ having twins that is!
The Fiend will be missed from our rescue group for a while, she pulls our dogs from shelters.
Yes, this would be a great book for a “fiend” to read to her twin girls. lol Thanks for entering the giveaway, and good luck to you.
What a great book! It’s important to teach children at a young age how to read a dog’s body language along with proper ways to greet a dog for both their safety. It’s a cute book and great learning tool that I’d love to share with my kids 🙂
Thanks for the nice comment, Shelley. Yes, it’s a great book, and one that I will share with my grandson for a long time to come. Good luck with the giveaway! 🙂
Looks like a beautiful book!
Thanks, Annette. It is a lovely book. Good luck with the giveaway, if you entered. 🙂
Thank you Francene. This book is popular in my house. It’s one of my grandson’s favorites. Thanks for your comment!
Sounds fabulous and we’ll add it to our list of great kids books XS
Thanks! I’m glad you’re interested in adding it to your list. It’s a wonderful, fun book. 🙂
That sounds like a nice book that will teach kids kindness to animals.
Yes, it’s a really good teaching tool, on so many levels. I’ve read it over and over, to my grandson, and pick up something new each time. Thanks for your comment, Ellen. :O
I think this is a wonderful book! It is never too early to begin teaching your children to respect other and respect animals. Even if they don’t understand everything right away, it builds a foundation for those learning experiences later on. Kids learn a lot quicker than we think they will!
Kids sure do learn fast, and they hear and understand a lot more than we give them credit for. I think it’s important too, to teach them respect for animals early on. It’s just a safe thing to do, for one thing, and it will last them their whole lives. Thanks for your visit, Robin. Take care! 🙂
I’d love to use it with Mr. N’s therapy work.
Ooh, that would be perfect! Let us know if you do. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
Beautiful cover. I think it would be a really nice book to read to my grandchildren too. Landed is so cute!
Yes, the illustrations are really very good. It’s a perfect book for children to learn valuable lessons. Thanks for visiting my blog today, Amy. I appreciate you! 🙂
Congratulations Amy! I understand you are the winner of this giveaway. I hope your grandchildren enjoy the book. Thank you.
The book arrived today and it’s just beautiful. I love the illustrations and that the text rhymes. I can’t wait until my grandchildren visit so I can read it to them. I think it has a very important message, too.
Good! I’m glad you got the book today. That was fast. You’ll enjoy reading it to your grandchildren, I’m sure. Thanks for everything! 🙂
Who wouldn’t love such a darling book? Cute pup, good cause, doesn’t get much better.
Thanks for your comments, Aimee. 🙂 I’m really glad you came by for a visit. Come back soon!
I want to win because I love books, and I really love animals.
Those are perfect reasons. Thanks for entering the giveaway, and good luck to you.
My nephew loves all animals and I would love to give this to him.
Good luck with the giveaway, Tallulah Jane. Your nephew would love this book.
Sounds like a very cool book. Thanks for sharing – and I will share this!
Love your blog site!!
Thank you, Michael! I appreciate your comment! 🙂
Wow, I am impressed with the book, you, and Landen! Love it all. I thank you very much Jeannie! Keep it up. The Birdman
Hey, thanks, Birdman! I’m glad you stopped by! Landen sure does love this book. Sarah, the author, outdid herself with this one. 🙂
Sounds like a great book with lovely illustrations.
It’s a great book, Salma. Sarah really outdid herself with this one. Thanks for your comment!
I think there is a big need for this book, and it doesn’t hurt that some proceeds go to worthy causes. I’ve shared on Facebook and Twitter.
Hey, Alana. Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate your sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter. There really IS a need for this book. My grandson loves it. 🙂 Come back soon!
Thank you so much for sharing Alana!
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I’m so glad Landen is enjoying it xx
Ah, Sadie. It’s such a beautiful book. I’m glad you like the review. Landen sure makes a cute model, doesn’t he? 🙂 All the very best to you! Stay in touch.