A Friend Like Henry

ISBN: 9781402214066

By: Nuala Gardner

Published: 09/01/2008

A Friend Like Henry is a mother's heartwarming account of how her little boy conquered his autism with the help of a devoted family dog.

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“The incredible story of a family with an autistic son, Dale, who conquers his disability thanks to the special bond he forms with Henry, a golden retriever puppy ... This is a fascinating and inspiring real-life account.” —Woman & Home a friend like henry The remarkable true story of an autistic boy and the dog that unlocked his world When Jamie and Nuala Gardner chose a puppy for their son, Dale, they weren’t an ordinary family choosing an ordinary pet. Dale’s autism was so severe that the smallest deviation from his routine could provoke a terrifying tantrum. Family life was almost destroyed by his condition, and his parents spent most of their waking hours trying to break into their son’s autistic world and give him the help he so desperately needed. But after years of constant effort and slow progress, the Gardners’ lives were transformed when they welcomed a new member into the family, Henry, a gorgeous golden retriever puppy. The bond between Dale and his dog would change their lives ... “This touching story is an emotional rollercoaster.” —Book Review “Emotionally charged, this is a story that raises powerful issues in a deeply personal and insightful manner.” —Irish Examiner


Table of Contents

Prologue IX
Chapter 1 The Arrival
Chapter 2 A Different Child
Chapter 3 A Lonely Battle
Chapter 4 Henry: A Really Useful Dog
Chapter 5 The Voice
Chapter 6 The Kick
Chapter 7 Make or Break
Chapter 8 A Fitting Tribute
Chapter 9 The Miracle
Chapter 10 Independence
Chapter 11 Tough Decisions
Chapter 12 Harry
Chapter 13 A Whole New World
Chapter 14 Granda George
Chapter 15 Letting Go
In His Own Words
Reading Group Guide


By the time we took Dale up to his room to settle him for the night, he was much calmer, although he insisted that Henry stay with him at all times. Even when Henry was lying beside him on top of the ...

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Format: Paperback

Length: 8 in
Width: 5.25 in
Weight: 11.76 oz
Page Count: 280 pages


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