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‘Flying Henry’ Magically Lands in Bookstores (PHOTOS)

In early 2012, Time magazine published photos of artist Rachel Hulin’s son as he flew around his house in an astonishing and charming fashion.

It was so charming, in fact, that the photos were everywhere in a matter of days.

According to Time, Rachel didn’t stop with the first set of photos — more were added to the collection and the book Flying Henry was born “about a baby who is rather pleased when he realizes he can fly,” Hulin said.

“He flutters about his home at first, but soon thirsts for adventure and flies the coop.”

The book tells the story of Henry, who appreciates his rare gift and soars through his home, into nature, and unfamiliar places, testing the limits of his new skill by examining the world around him” from above. He ultimately realizes, however, that there’s a secret to fully enjoying his gift.

As we said last year, the photos are whimsical, ethereal and totally magical. Take a look at a few images from the book, which is in stores now:


  • Flying Henry 1 of 11
    Flying Henry
    A new book by Rachel Hulin, starring her young son Henry.
  • Cape Flight 2 of 11
    Cape Flight
    Flying Henry is described by Parade magazine as a "fantasy photographic children's book."
  • Pumpkin Flight 3 of 11
    Pumpkin Flight
    Artist Rachel Hulin is based in New York City.
  • Group Flight 4 of 11
    Group Flight
    Hulin started photographing Henry in the summer of 2011.
  • Cow Flight 5 of 11
    Cow Flight
    "It was Henry's world," Hulin told Yahoo Shine. "The pictures were kind of an allegory for that."
  • Wagon Flight 6 of 11
    Wagon Flight
    In the book, Henry magically soars around his house and out and about in the great outdoors.
  • Garden Flight 7 of 11
    Garden Flight
    Each photograph of Henry flying is yet another imaginative adventure.
  • Lawnmower Flight 8 of 11
    Lawnmower Flight
    When the photos were first made public in 2012, "I was admonished a fair amount for throwing my child by people who took the pictures too literally," Hulin told Time magazine.
  • Parking Lot Flight 9 of 11
    Parking Lot Flight
    But it didn't stop her from continuing to photograph Henry embarking on whimsical journeys.
  • Wedding Reception Flight 10 of 11
    Wedding Reception Flight
    The project eventually turned into a book.
  • Pool Flight 11 of 11
    Pool Flight
    Flying Henry can be purchased here.

All images used with permission from Rachel Hulin

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