What's the Matter with Henry? The True Tale of a Three-Legged Cat
Henry is a three-legged cat who opens people’s eyes and minds—as well as their hearts. He transforms ignorance into acceptance and love. In overcoming his own problems, Henry inspires us to transcend the bias and barriers we encounter in our lives. He is a hopeful symbol of beating the odds and he was just named the 'Cat of the Year' for 2010 by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals).
When Cathy Conheim found Henry as a stray kitten on her property in Julian, Calif., he was unable to move his left leg. Conheim rushed Henry to the local veterinary hospital where she learned that his leg had to be amputated. Once Henry recovered from surgery, he became Conheim’s inspiration. The two began working together to help people learn tolerance and resilience in the face of physical disabilities and differences. The pair created several children's workbooks and books, “Henry's World,” “What's the Matter with Henry?” and “What About Me, I'm Here Too,” which have been distributed to more than 45,000 people around the world, including victims of Hurricane Katrina and families of wounded veterans. Additionally, one of Henry’s books has been translated into Creole to help a children's amputee project in Haiti. To date, Henry’s books have generated more than $50,000 for local animal welfare groups to help other animals in need.
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|Cathy Conheim and BJ Gallagher
|Ages 4 to 6, Ages 7 to 9