Gillingham, Sara. How to Mend a Heart. Random House, 2015. $16.99. PICTURE BOOK. Content-G.
To mend a broken heart you need some thread, patches, and helping hands. Sometimes a heart must be mended many times, but the more patches, the stronger the heart. It is a sweet story, but the analogy will probably be lost on its audience. Parents or educators will have to explain that like the cloth heart, our human hearts can get hurt, but they can be fixed. The cloth illustrations combine several patterns and colors that are sketched together in perfect harmony. The children are multicultural and are simply, yet sweetly rendered. Its companion book is “How to Grow a Friend.”
Pre-K-ADVISABLE. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.