Tuesday, November 16, 2021

"It's Me Henry" - bookwrap


It's Me, Henry!

By (author): Stéphanie Deslauriers   Illustrated by: Geneviève Després   Translated by: Charles Simard


* Ages:  3-7
* Grade Level: PS-2
* Length:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Orca Book Publishers
* Pub. Date:  March 15, 2022
* Language: English
* Themes:  autism spectrum disorder, making friends, botany, acceptance, understanding differences

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The Book

This book is about a smart, adorable little boy named Henry, a boy on the autism spectrum.  He behaves differently from his peers.  He forgets to raise his hand in class and shouts out answers causing a disruption in the classroom.  On a positive note he is a genius when it comes to naming plants.  He even knows their proper Latin names. 

He finds solace at recess time under a big Salix Babylonia ( willow tree ) at recess while the other kids are playing games together.  He likes the peace he finds in the school counsellor's office, a place where he feels safe and accepted.  His most favourite place to be is in the local botanical gardens where the staff even know his name and appreciate his knowledge.  

One day the class takes a school trip to the gardens and it's there that Henry shines.  His knowledge of all the flora and fauna astound his classmates and they realize for the first time how smart and unique Henry really is.  

This is a wonderful story of acceptance and friendship.  It points out how differences should be celebrated by others.  The beautiful watercolour illustrations are tender and touching and full of emotion.  I love the heartwarming message and highly recommend this book.  It would be a wonderful book to include in a classroom setting and especially in a school library.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!


Meet the Author

Stéphanie Deslauriers is a psychoeducator and the author of fifteen books who has written extensively for Format familial on Télé-Québec. Stéphanie is the stepmother to a teenage son who has autism spectrum disorder, and she speaks about their experiences and the disorder. The French edition of this title, Laurent, c’est moi!, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Harry Black Youth Award. Stéphanie lives in Quebec.

About the Illustrator

Geneviève Després completed a degree in industrial design at the Université de Montréal but decided instead to pursue her passion for drawing. After spending a few years in Europe exploring different techniques, Geneviève returned to Quebec. Since then, she has illustrated over 30 picture books, many of which have been translated into other languages. Geneviève uses a variety of techniques in her art and plays with texture and the transparency of different mediums to create unique images. She lives with her family in Saint-Lambert on the south shore of Montreal.

About the Translator

Charles Simard is a Québécois editor and translator from Tiohtiàke / Montréal. He works as poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editor for Talonbooks in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory. His published work includes the essay Littérature, analyse et forme: Herbert, Tolkien, Borges, Eco (EUE, 2010) and a number of translations for Orca Book Publishers, including Elise Gravel's The Wrench and Myriam Daguzan Bernier's dictionary of sexuality, Naked! . As a lexicographer, he has collaborated on the making of the popular linguistic suite Antidote in its bilingual editions. He holds a PhD in literature from Université de Montréal and was a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York's Graduate Center.

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