My Heart
My Heart
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Annotation: This ode to self-acceptance and love imparts this message: that from moments of great joy and exuberance to necessary times of quiet contemplation, your heart is your guide.
Catalog Number: #181007
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Dial
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 1 volume
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 0-7352-2793-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-7352-2793-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018289478
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Gray, white, and sunny yellow mark the illustrations of this quiet and charming book. Heart shapes abound throughout, adding an entertaining seek-and-find element: dark clouds, pieces of the leaded-glass windows, a fence, and a giant slide and its shadow all form the shape of heart. In rhyming verse, a young girl tells of how her heart can be open wide and accepting, while, at other times, it is broken and shuttered from everything: "Some days it's a puddle. / Some days it's a stain. / Some days it is cloudy / and heavy with rain." Both the cover and one inside illustration show her planting a heart-shaped seed that, when well tended, can grow large and full, blossoming in heart-shaped flowers. It is up to her how she feels, and whether to keep her heart closed or to open it up to possibilities. Though it leans more toward an adult sensibility, this title offers an opportunity for a heart-to-heart discussion with children about emotions.
Publishers Weekly
Rhyming verse and sweet-tempered artwork by Luyken (The Book of Mistakes) explore childhood emotions through images of the heart. Children of different ages and colors are seen playing, exploring. When they-re overtaken by sadness or loneliness, they find comfort in the company of others: -My heart is a window,/ my heart is a slide./ My heart can be closed/ or opened up wide.- One remorseful-looking girl shows her mother a vase. It-s broken-and so is her heart. A page turn reveals the restored vase on a table. The girl opens the blinds to let the sunshine in, finding that -broken can mend,/ and a heart that is closed/ can still open again.- Fences, stains, and quiet whispers become metaphors for feelings. Accepting companionship heals and helps children grow: -Closed or open... I get to decide,- the book finishes, with a spread of a smiling girl, arms thrown wide. Flashes of brilliant yellow illuminate smudgy black-and-white drawings, and heart forms can be found everywhere, in ironwork, tiny seedlings, and stars. The abstract nature of Luyken-s meditation will draw readers receptive to thoughtful examination; others may be left puzzled. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Lucid verse and transcendent monotype prints masterfully express how a heart can be "a window…a slide…closed / or opened up wide."Soothing, simple phrasing and masterful printmaking harness metaphors to make a heart's complexity accessible to children just recognizing its many manifestations. Recurring rhyme provides an ideal cadence for reading aloud and also a reassuring assertion: Feelings can change from one moment to the next, your heart might sometimes be "cloudy and heavy with rain," but just as the verse returns to rhyme, a heart can right itself. It "can grow," and it "can mend, / and a heart that is closed can still open again." Double-page spreads, inky with coal blacks and smudgy graphite grays, find luminosity and searing beauty through the introduction of a single color, an undauntedly optimistic ginkgo yellow that surges and glows. Pencil work adds specificity (freckles, eyeglasses, buttons, blades of grass) and sometimes emotional jaggedness (pelting rain, a steep, rickety slide). Young readers will see themselves in this impressive book's children, kids of all racial backgrounds, who hide behind closed curtains, trudge through rain, extend a bouquet of small heart-shaped flowers, stand under the protective boughs of a wondrous tree. The final pages acknowledge a heart's myriad, sometimes-incongruous roles ("a shadow, / a light, and a guide") and joyfully assert our own, ultimate self-governance: "Closed or open… // I get to decide."Sensitive, stunning words and pictures speak directly to young hearts. (Picture book. 6-11)
Word Count: 108
Reading Level: 1.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 199660 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD320L

From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a gorgeous picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy.

My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed...or opened up wide.

Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you.

With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.

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