Henry! you're late AGAIN! tells us the story of a young boy who is constantly late for school. Although it is not always his fault. As we see in the story his Dad sleeping in and his sister Isabela not being able to find her polka-dotted socks are just some of the reasons that Henry is constantly late for school.
The constant late arrivals at school have made Henry perceive the school in a some what distorted manner. He imagines the school secretary as someone who lives in the school and never leaves, but lies in wait to catch out children who are late. He can't even view the secretary as a real person who has feet and socks, but rather an overbearing figure who has a wooden desk instead of legs.
The story is one that a lot of school going children can relate to. Most of us have for one reason or another been late for school on occasions. We all know that dreaded sense of fear and the late slip being given out and the path up to the school door looming down on us as we begin the walk of fate to the school office.
The developer has added a nice moral touch to the story. This area in particular struck a cord with me as it is one that we see on a regular basis with our own children with special needs. The word patient is used in a school announcement that Henry is asked to make and leads to Henry asking for an explanation of the word. The definition of the word given by the secretary is one that can be used time and time again to explain patience to children with special needs.
"Henry, sometimes you have to wait for others. You don't like being late, but getting mad doesn't help your problem. Being patient makes it easier to make it a happy day even when you're late."
Patience is a big issue with many children from all walks of life. I myself find it hard to explain this to my own son and seeing it used in the app made him stop and think for a minute. It opened up the opportunity to look at other areas where being patient is important.
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This review was originally published by Teriann on February 7, 2013. AppAbled.com is run by Teriann and Julie-Anne, a pair of busy Mums with 7 children between them! Based on opposite sides of the world, Teriann is Australian and Julie-Anne lives in Ireland, they are joined by SLP Jean (US) and the team of Super-mums Niamh (US), Elaine (IRE) and Mary (IRE).
Between them, they have a wealth of experience with kids and apps. As parents of Special Needs Children, they know how difficult it can be to find the right app for your child. They hope to make this a little easier by providing reviews and also showcasing the Developers who make the apps.
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Mary Evanson Bleckwehl/Brian Barber
6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
Do you have a big wolf waiting in your school if you arrive late? Henry does! Find out who it is and just what makes him late every single day. Humor and quirky pictures will keep you grinning all day.
Look for hidden animations and sound recordings on each page. How many can you find?
Creates learning opportunities, keeps kids engaged and entertained while the beautiful illustrations fuel their imagination. The story is interspersed with multimedia and includes two narration voices: Henry and Mary, the author. Easy page turning with swipe, arrows or automatically advancing feature. [Source: iTunes]