- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1027 KB
- Print Length: 36 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Body and Soul Publishing (4 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K58ERTM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,799,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Henry Goes To the Big City: A Lesson In Unconditional Love (The Adventures of Max Magee Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There are challenges along the way and Henry is expectant about the adventures ahead. This is not how it turns out because city life has unexpected dangers. He races home and after a long trip arrives and is welcomed by his family.
Max watches the movie and then has dinner with his mum and his prayer and comment make it clear that he appreciates his family and his home.
At the end of the story there are questions, a Bible verse and a prayer. I have two areas of concern. The first relates to the age group 0-5 years. This is a lovely story with some deep meaning, appropriately expressed so I believe it would be wasted on children under 3. I’d recommend it for 3-6 year olds, depending on their level of understanding of abstract thoughts.
The other area that sticks out for me is the graph where Max is asked to pray for the food. It shows Henry realizing that city life is not for him, and missing his family. This is in the middle of the movie so doesn’t make sense. I’d have preferred to see Max and his mum together. I know that I am very specific in seeing any lapses in continuity, often that others do not notice.
The story is certainly a reflection of a simplified version of the prodigal son. It demonstrates that Henry’s family are delighted he returns. If sharing with older children it allows discussion about how every family member has a way to contribute to the family, even if the chores are dull.
This book shows the value of family, this is an area that is often lacking from young children’s books. I have offered my honest review in exchange for a free copy.
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Henry Rodentson and his nine siblings share a daily routine of working around the Rodentson residence. Henry, however, has grown restless with the humdrum tedium, so he decides to head to the Big City he has overheard his Father talking about. While the rest of the family was taking an afternoon nap, Henry packed some clothes and food, and left home for his big adventure.
Henry soon learns the Big City isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and grows homesick. He was a bit worried about returning home, and perhaps thought he might be in trouble for leaving. To his surprise, his Father saw him returning from a long way off, and ran out to greet and welcome him.
The parallels to the parable about the Prodigal Son are obvious. Following the story, the authors have appended some very thought-provoking questions for the children to consider. While children ponder the questions, you are given an opportunity to open the Bible and read that parable to the child. This is really quite a good way to get children interested in Bible stories, in my opinion. I do not know if the Hitz’ plan to write more stories based on Bible parables, but I think they may have hit on a great idea for introducing children to the Bible.
This story is really about unconditional love. Henry’s Father showed him unconditional love, as did the Prodigal Son’s Father. In the same way, God loves His children with an unconditional love. No matter what we may do that displeases Him, He will never stop loving us. You really won’t find a better lesson to teach a child, than the fact that God loves them… unconditionally.