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ARC Review: What Is Given from the Heart

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What Is Given from the Heart

This final, magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack is a poignant and uplifting celebration of the joy of giving.

“Misery loves company,” Mama says to James Otis. It’s been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they’re blessed. One Sunday before Valentine’s Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service– the Temples have lost everything in a fire, and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can add to the Temple’s “love box,” but what does he have worth giving? With her extraordinary gift for storytelling, McKissack–with stunning illustrations by Harrison–delivers a touching, powerful tale of compassion and reminds us all that what is given from the heart, reaches the heart.

REVIEW: *I received a copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.*
Rating: 5/5 stars
Release Date: January 8th 2019
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
I loved reading this story! The characters and their story is one many can relate to and is a blessing to read. I really enjoyed the art style and that there were splashes of color on each image, but it also uses duller and more neutral colors so that it’s not overly busy, giving it a timeless feel. I’ve always enjoyed finding the hidden gems in illustrated stories like this, but this one stands above, and will be one I can see myself recommending for years to come! James Otis and his Mama are shining examples of what it means to love our neighbors, and to have a caring heart.

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