Henry and the Yeti
32pp., pbk., RRP $A12.99
Henry loves yetis. In fact he is so passionate about them that he is determined to prove their existence by finding one. Even though others, including the principal, laugh at him and demand evidence when he finds one, Henry remains determined and packs all the equipment he needs for his expedition, especially his camera, and sets off. It’s an arduous journey out of the city, across an ocean, up a hill, over a river, through a dense forest and up and down several mountains but Henry doesn’t lose his faith – although it does waver a bit.
But then his luck turns and he has a lovely time playing (and taking lots of photos). Soon it is time to return home but when he unpacks his bag there is no camera. So no one believes him until…
This is a story for young readers about believing in yourself and following your dreams, even if they are not quite as grand as proving that yetis exist. With unique illustrations that bring both Henry and his dream to life even in their minimalist style, it encourages determination, perseverance and resilience.
As a read-aloud for younger students, it is absorbing and entertaining as they predict whether Henry will achieve his dream and how he will cope with the loss of his camera, but it has wider appeal as it would be a great starting point for those goal-setting sessions that we encourage students to undertake at the beginning of each term. Ask the students if Henry’s goal was to find a yeti what did he need to know about them and do to make success more likely. Similarly, having identified their own goal – which might not be quite so ambitious but nevertheless just as personally important -what do they need to know and do to achieve it? Who do they need to seek assistance from; what do they need to have or learn; what are the steps they need to achieve along the way – all those questions that we as teachers ask when putting together our professional learning plans can be applied to students too.
Another book that looks simplistic on the surface but which has much more than meets the eye!