Friends are an important part of life - and we all desire to have that special friend that we can call a best friend. Scholastic Canada has an adorable book about friendship that we really enjoyed reading together. My Friend Henry by Philippe Béha is the book that we are featuring today. The main character is a little boy who is missing his best friend, Henry. Where can Henry be? He describes this best friend...and he is small, with curly hair, big dark eyes, freckles on his nose and a huge smile. Unfortunately, he is having a little trouble finding his best friend, Henry.
As the story unfolds, the search for Henry takes them through the park, the grocery store, a bakery and more. In the midst of the search the story is even able to bring out the child's emotional journey. The ending however, is a sweet reunion with his best friend as the child realizes why he was missing. We really enjoyed that this story was great because it was more of a real-life kids story than many of the ones we've read in the past. It included a child-friendly twist in the midst of the story, and really was written in a way that I think will help our children to relate to and understand the child in the story. I would definitely recommend My Friend Henry to others - and think it would be especially helpful to children who struggle with why their friends are sometimes "missing" or cannot always be available.