“Henry Says Hello” Written and Illustrated By S.L. Parker, Teaches Children How To Properly Interact With Dogs- Enter to win!

Children today are lucky.

When I was a child many of us had pets, specifically dogs, but often we didn’t learn the proper way to approach or treat dogs that were not a part of our family.

Back on September 25, 2014 I had written a blog post titled:Help teach children how to properly interact with dogs   which conveyed  how strongly I had hoped that Henry Says, “Hello” would be published.  I was thrilled to be a part of  a “village” of folks who helped spread the word about the book project in order to help drum up funding to make Henry Says, “Hello” a reality. This video was featured on our blog and gives you an idea of all that is beautiful and educational about Henry Says, “Hello”.

Guess What? I am ECSTATIC to tell you that Henry Says, “Hello” has not only come to fruition, it is even more visually perfect than I ever imagined that it would be !

Henry Says, “Hello”  was crafted with love that is evident in the beautifully illustrated and captivating pages that are printed on paper of superior quality. Henry Says, “Hello”  is written in a  rhyming cadence,  a style that children are not only naturally drawn to, but  makes it easier for them to comprehend and remember.  Rhyming and the glorious illustrations help make this book the winner that it is. It is a book  that should be a part of every child’s book collection.

Cover photo courtesy of http://tails-r-wagging.com/sadie-co-studio/   Click on the cover to visit the website!

Cover photo courtesy of http://tails-r-wagging.com/sadie-co-studio/ Click on the cover to visit the website!

From tails-r-wagging.com: Henry is a happy, friendly, curly-haired dog that wants to teach children a very important lesson: how to say “hello” to dogs.
Not all dogs are friendly and playful; some are scared and need extra space.  In this book, Henry teaches children what body-language signs to be aware of and how to act respectfully around his friends.

From S.L. Parker:

When some dogs have trouble interacting with the younger family members the consequences can be devastating to both human and animal companion.  That is why fostering a special relationship, based on good manners and good sense of communication; tone and body language, between animals and children is so important right from the start.

For a successful partnership between your pet and your children, it is imperative to understand the types of actions that drive a dog to bite and to teach your children how to recognize and respect each and every type of dog and the signs they convey with their body motions.  With simple guidelines and precautions a rewarding relationship with dogs can develop that will last a lifetime.

The vast majority of biting incidents could have been prevented by understanding animal behavior, by reading the ‘signs’ a dog projects and by sensible and responsible training and constant vigilance towards both pet and child.  In this story, Henry acts as the children’s guide throughout and each dog’s fears and behavior are illustrated and remedies provided.

In the back of the book Henry’s Tips To Say “Hello” are reiterated in a handy list form which makes a useful  tool for both parents and teachers.  Author Parker has peppered Henry Says, “Hello”, with various questions that appear throughout the book, that encourage discussion both AS the book is being read, as well as after. There is  a page in the back of the book that asks children, (through the use of illustrations that appeared earlier in the book), to answer the question: IN THIS STORY, SOME DOGS WERE SCARED, DO YOU REMEMBER THE SIGNS WE SHARED?

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards rescue efforts, medical research for animal related illnesses and pet and learning programs.  To purchase and to learn more about Henry and his friends visit www.tails-r-wagging.com

(Left) Reese, and to the (Right) the REAL HENRY! Photo courtesy of http://tails-r-wagging.com/

(Left) Reese, and to the (Right) the REAL HENRY! Photo courtesy of http://tails-r-wagging.com/


 WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY! S.L. Parker has graciously offered to give away ONE COPY of Henry Says, “Hello” to one of my readers located ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!! (A $12.95  value). All you have to do to be entered is leave a comment telling me that you wish to be entered! That’s it! The give-away is open until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH AT 5PM EST and the winner will be announced on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST. GOOD LUCK!

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was given a copy of Henry Says, “Hello” in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Terrific book review. Dakota I hope you have a truly fun and delicious Valentine’s Day:)
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  2. Sadie says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words about our book and for sharing the message!
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    • Dakota says:

      Hi Sadie! You are most welcome!! It was our pleasure! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Sounds like a great child’s book I would like to enter.
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  4. Oh this sounds like such a great book! I’d love to enter and read it to my daughters!
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  5. Sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for sharing!
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  6. I cross my paws that this book will help to avoid mistakes and bad experiences. It seems it shows wonderful ways for kids who have their first meet&greet with a dog:o)
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  7. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Looks lik another good one!
    Lily & Edward

  8. I could have used this book as a kid, hopefully it helps children learn and love pups.

  9. What a great job you’ve done on this review. Excellent in fact.

    Have a woof woof day and a very happy Valentines Day. Remember no chocolate. 🙂
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  10. I could have truly used this book for my second son…and maybe even the so called ‘boss-boy’, the older son.

    It looks to be both a fun read and a great educational tool.
    The pictures are wonderful to capture the attention of any child!
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  11. Great book review Dakota! Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Cody and Mom!
    Marty and the Gang

  12. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Great idea for a book! I think most of us are clueless about how to approach dogs. Better to learn as a child than as an adult.

  13. Fanx fur da opportunity. I would like to be entered.
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  14. there will always be a need for pawsome books especially to teach youngens how to love, we need all the pawtastic love we can get
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  15. Monika says:

    Sounds like a very terrific book. With so many people nowadays thinking more so than ever that life is THEIR oyster alone, this is a wonderful reminder of the importance of teaching kids how to interact with pets. And for the record, I’d love to be entered!
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  16. I normally do not enter the book give-away for kids, but my 6 year old nephew was recently bitten by a dog (not seriously thank goodness) and my brother asked me for info to help him learn how to approach dogs. This book sounds like it would be perfect.
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