The Irresistible Henry HouseBook - 2010
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Beginning in 1919, Home Economics departments in colleges across the country maintained "Practice Houses" where students received training in the domestic arts, including child care via an orphan "practice baby." Henry House was one such baby, and his fictional story, from arrival on campus in 1946 through the tumultous '60's is fascinating. Was it, as thought in the early years, a stroke of luck for an infant to be tended by a dozen pampering "moms, or a form of child abuse? Henry is handsome, smart and adored by all, but damaged by the lack of a bond with that one special person. As he grows, the reader sees the culture change through snippets of popular songs, the philosophy of child rearing, and the lives of the young "mothers." Settings such as New York City, the Burbank Disney Studios, and London at the time of the Beatles reflect a time that has forever changed our world.
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