Henny By Elizabeth Rose Stanton

 

 

Henny-Stanton

This is a story that reminds us of the importance of accepting ourselves, just as we are, and finding ways to work with our differences and still achieve our goals.

Summary:

Henny is the story of a chicken, born a little different to other chickens. Where the other chickens all had their lovely wings, Henny had arms. When she was born, Henny’s mother was a bit surprised, but she loved Henny just the same.

For Henny, she found there were good things about being different and there were some not-so-good things about being different. Henny also had some worries about things she may have to deal with in the future: tennis elbow, hangnails, deodorant!

Then one day, Henny discovers just how useful arms can be, and suddenly she sees how the future may not be so scary after all.

Why I love it:

I absolutely love books that contain gentle reminders about self-acceptance and finding the positives.

In a world where we are constantly compared to others, it’s nice to have a book to read and discuss, that focusses on the bright side of being different and on finding the strengths in what you are given.

It’s also just a really cute idea – a chicken with arms. What’s not to love about that?!

Themes/ideas to discuss with your child:

  • Acceptance of self and others
  • Unconditional love
  • Finding strength
  • Being different
  • Embracing differences
  • Looking on the bright side
  • Dreams and aspirations
  • Finding a way to achieve your goals, no matter what the obstacles
  • Being optimistic

 

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What is different about Henny?
  • How do you think Henny might feel about her difference?
  • Is there anything about you that you think is different to others? Tell me about it.
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why/why not?
  • What do you think the book is trying to teach you?
  • How did Henny’s mother feel when Henny was born?
  • Why did Henny always have to walk at the back of the line?
  • What were some of the worries that Henny had?
  • What happened to make Henny see how useful her arms could be?
  • List three things Henny then realised she could do with her arms.
  • What is Henny most looking forward to about the future?
  • If you could say one thing to Henny, what would it be?

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