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The Watering Hole

Book #2: Helps your child understand and manage SADNESS

Are you being picked on for being different? Do you often feel sad when you feel like you don't fit in?


In this adventure, Henry the Hedgehog helps Shelly the Skunk through her sadness after being picked on by Olivia the Otter. With Henry's help, Shelly learns it's okay to be different and to love herself.


This thoughtful and engaging story teaches children how to identify when they're feeling sad and how to deal with their sadness in a beneficial way.


The book also provides parents, caregivers, and teachers strategies and tips to help a child navigate through sadness

Reading Age: 3–9 years old

Format: Paperback Picture Book

Language: English

Year Published: 2020

Length: 30 pages

Size: 8.5 in x 8.5 in x .08 in

What Readers Are Saying...


"An adorable story about learning to love and accept yourself, no matter what other people say or think! ...A fantastic gift to any child who struggles with self-image. It's cute, colorful, and the animal characters are sure to be loved by kids of all ages!"

Jennifer S.

Amazon Reviewer

"The book is full of fun animal facts and also questions for the reader. 'Has anyone been mean to you?' ... Children who read this will come away understanding why they should not call others names, or stand by if it happens to someone else... I give it two thumbs up!"

C. Dove

Amazon Reviewer

"Join Henry on his adventure to the watering hole. Together, we all learn that it’s not okay to bully others for being different... Filled with facts and supported by adorable illustrations. Great tool for helping children develop their emotional intelligence!"

Anna M.

Amazon Reviewer

Invite Henry and Dr. Renea Skelton to visit your school or organization!

Encourage your students to readand see that authors are "real" peoplewith a fun visit by the creator behind Henry.

During Dr. Renea's visit, your students will:

  • Listen to a Henry story, read to them by Dr. Renea

  • Receive a free Henry-themed bookmark

  • Have their own Henry books signed by Dr. Renea

  • Get answers to their questions about emotions

  • Have access to a free library copy of a Henry book

As a result, your students will learn how to label and manage their emotions—in a fun and engaging way.

"My class loved the adventures and were excited that the author signed each book. The visit seemed to make it 'click' for them that authors are real people!"

— Elementary School Teacher, Texas

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