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Henry loses Raspberry, his toy rabbit, his do-everything-together companion.  His parents help Henry search the house and the yard high and low to no avail.

Then he asks his grandfather who gives him this answer: “You just have to imagine that Raspberry is with you—in this moment!”

So, Henry, believing his grandfather knew “more than anyone else who had ever lived,” began to imagine that Raspberry was with him.  Henry imagined that he and Raspberry were explorers, mountain climbers, pirates, astronauts, and dragon catchers.  Henry’s imagination kept his faithful friend right alongside of him….until….  Yes, this story reaches an happy conclusion.

The illustrations are unique.  Nic George used pen with black ink to draw the simple sketches on manilla-colored paper.  As a photographer, Nic produced the pages using pieces of shrubbery, salt shaken and formed into a cave around a drawing, clothespins as crocodiles, fabric swirled around the crocodiles to resemble the sea, and other objects and ingredients forming collages, background and foreground.  He adds color via these photographed additions, calling his use of these various mediums ‘mixed.”  It is an interesting journey for the eye.

The website for this book is @

What I am not pleased with is that the author makes it sound like believing makes everything we ask for come true.  The words “Ask.  Believe.  Receive.” are written on the book’s website.  For children, they ask for what they want or hope for which is not always in line with the way things really happen or along the same vein as what the parents or God want for that child.  It is more like the old line from my childhood of “wishing on a star.”  There may be some disappointments just like we, as adults, have come to find in our lives.

Reading Level:  4 – 8 Years

Skye Byrne is originally from Australia.  She studied Professional Writing before moving to California to be the Writer and Production Assistant for “The Secret.”  She is currently the Senior Editor and Executive Producer with the company.  This is her first children’s book. 
“The Secret’s” website is


Nic George is also originally from Australia, and now living in California.  His background is in Fine Arts and Design.  He is the Creative Director and an Illustrator for “The Secret.”

Book Information: 
ISBN-13: 9781481406260
Publisher:  Aladdin
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 10.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)




I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 71 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

7 thoughts on “THE POWER OF HENRY’S IMAGINATION by Skye Byrne

    1. Yes, Ricki Jill, I am a Christian and had written the initial review without those comments. I got away form it and thought that I really ought to share that part of my thoughts too and fell better that I did.


  1. Love how you shared both pros and cons of this one! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! I hope you have a lovely Christmas Eve followed by the merriest of Christmases!


  2. I appreciate book reviews that kindly point out the less than perfect parts of a book. I agree with your perspective. It’d make a great lesson for after the story.

    Thanks for sharing with the readers of Literacy Musing Mondays!


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