Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Henry Hodges Needs A Friend" Book Review

 Several years back I had the privilege of hearing Andy Andrews speak and I have never forgotten it. What an amazing man who loves God and has been gifted with so much talent. When I discovered a children's book written by Andy ~I just knew I had to get this book for my grandchildren. 

Oh my stars~ it is just adorable. Henry Hodges is a lonely little boy who lives on a dead-end street. He has no friends who live on his street and he longs for a friend. After dreaming of many little friends he may someday meet he gets a true friend ~ a dog named Hap. In this sweet little story Andy teaches the importance of how much we need friends and that they need us. 

It is beautifully illustrated! I loved this book and can't wait to share it with my grand babies. 

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews, this hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who feel left out or are in need of a good friend.
At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don't fit in or are left out-just like Henry Hodges. Henry is a lonely little boy on a lonely little street who longs for a friend. One day, his mother and father take him to a pet rescue shelter and his lonely world is changed! Told in a playful rhyme with adorable illustrations, this book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends.
Kids will want to read this whimsical and imaginative story again and again!
About the Author
Hailed by a New York Times reporter as "someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America," Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world's largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.

Fresh Strawberry Frosting~ OH SO GOOD! ~Semi-Homemade Cupcakes

I love fresh strawberries so when I saw this recipe I just had to try it.
Something about it tastes like the strawberry sundaes from Dairy Queen 
 I liked to eat when I was a young girl.
It is just Heavenly!

Start by washing and removing the stems from 5 strawberries.
Then smash them up with your fingers.

 Homemade Fresh Strawberry Frosting
Here is the cast of characters~

5 medium size berries
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon real vanilla
2 lbs. of powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Place berries, butter, vanilla and lemon juice into your mixer bowl~then slowly add powered sugar until all blended smooth. So easy but oh so good!

Semi-Homemade Strawberry Cupcakes~

1 box strawberry cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/4 cup lemon lime pop
1/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Mix thoroughly and place in cupcake holders. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. 



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