Henry – The Goose Who Got to Love Review
- Title: Henry -The Goose Who Got to Love.
- Author: Amadeus Voltznick
- Format: ebook
- Publisher: Amadeus Voltznick
- Genres: children’s novella
- Page #: 96
- Release date: May 6, 2021
- My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
*** This post may contain spoilers. ***
Henry is a book about an adolescent boy who lives in an older neighborhood across the street from a small rundown park in the city of Los Angeles, California. The park has a pond which is home to a goose named Henry, one of the most disgusting gnarled looking beasts who has probably ever walked the planet. When you saw Henry in the flesh, you really couldn’t tell if disgusting was the right word to fully describe his excruciating appearance or did something much more drastic such as down right scary more eloquently fit the bill. He truly was hideous. Henry has no friends because of his unfortunate appearance, everyone is either scared of him or repulsed by what they are seeing with their eyes. S o, he is always alone. One day Henry wondered across the street into the boys yard, where the boy befriended him and they became best friends for the summer break between the 1st and 2nd grade. They played together every day and embarked on some wild adventures during those magical times of our adolescent youth we called summer break, which in reality were really only short quick blips in our childhood, but at that time seemed like infinite lifetimes. The boy would hug him and carrying him around under his arm like a small puppy dog seemingly oblivious to the disgusting nature of Henry’s appearance, somewhat capturing that feeling of the time of innocence during our adolescence just before we learn to be mean and care so much how someone looks. The boy takes Henry, who has never been out of the park and probably never will, on the best trip of his life to the McDonald’s a mile or so up the road from his house where he introduces him to some french fries and an ice cream sundae for the first time. The boy starts back to school after summer break ends, still continuing to play with his best friend Henry from over the summer break each and every day after school, until finally his mother receives his first report card of the new year memorializing some very low grades due to the skipping of homework in-lieu of play time. The boy’s mother quickly puts an end to that deciding it best to relocate Henry in another park miles away as the solution to the boy’s poor grades from lack of homework completion. The new park is in a much better part of town and much larger featuring far more of the necessities and amenities; a virtual paradise by goose standards when compared to Henry’s old park. For a long time Henry grapples with his intense feelings of grief from being abandoned by his best friend, until finally coming to terms with the reality his friend may have done what’s best for both parties even though it may not have seemed that way at the time and ultimately coming to the realization that forgiveness is his best option. Sometimes people do things that seem as though they don’t love someone, when in fact to the contrary, it’s really because of how much they do love someone. Henry lives out a much better full life in his new paradise never forgetting his best friend, and in the end eventually making it to the beautiful blue ocean, his life-long dream, despite his seemingly insurmountable disabilities. All the other geese who were normal in Henry’s eyes, seeming to get everything in life, never got to experience the gloriousness of real human friendship and love. On the other hand, Henry’s life, one could say, turned out to be far more extensive than theirs, rather than the hindered nothingness everyone expected it to be.
****I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher but all opinions are my own. ****
I was told:
In a sentence, it’s Ugly Duckling meets Puff the Magic Dragon and Toy Story, all hitching a ride on Old Man and the Sea’s boat, captained by Dr. Phil and a fortune cookie, sailing an emotional sea healing a badly broken heart, while in the process instilling a smidge of closure to anyone who’s ever been forced to give away a cherished family pet.
and I don’t feel the least bit lied to. A month ago, today, my cat Cleo went missing after managing to get out the front door. I’m still looking for her. The night she went missing, as my roommate and I were out looking for her I remembered that I had this book but thought it’s not time, but it should of been the time. It was the time because this book might be labeled a kids book, but it’s really for all ages. The book is teaching hope, perseverance, forgiveness, optimism and love to children, but it also reminds adults that these things are still just as important when your grown. Maintaining faith in these ideals amongst all the jaded things that you face as you grow is why they must be taught so young.
Henry graciously hosts you on his epic emotional journey to forgiveness teaching us no matter what disability we happen to be born with; we can overcome and triumph in the end. With perseverance we will survive, with optimism our own perceptions are what makes it truly good or bad and that love conquers all. Sure, my story isn’t the same as Henry’s but what I need to do for my story to have as peaceful an ending as his, I’m going to have to coup with obstacles that challenge those same beliefs he fought his whole life to have.
Hopefully what I’m about to say is obvious but everyone should read this book. I want everyone to cherish this books wisdom, start reading it as a child and continue to re-read it throughout your whole life. This book was more impactful than most adult books I’ve read since I’ve been old enough to comprehend adult themed books. Please read this book!