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What is Given from the Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Given from the Heart
Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by April Harrison
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2019

An old tale with a new twist. Re-written with a voice of a poor African-American, young boy, his father dies, his mother and him lose the farm and they move. The mother always tries to find the good in every situation. At church they are asked to help a family with a young girl who lost everything in a fire.  The boy wonders what he could possibly give a young girl, for they have nothing. He considered many things, but nothing seemed right, until, when he was reading his favorite, his only, book, he thought to make her a book. He presented the book, “From My Heart to Your Heart”, a story about her, to her personally.  She was overwhelmed and so pleased to have a book about herself.

Beautifully written, illustrated with loose colors of mixed media including art pens.  A touching story.

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Pablo Finds a Treasure

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Pablo Finds a Treasure

by Andree Poulin, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Annick Press, 2016

A poignant story about Pablo and his sister Sofia who survive by going to the garbage dump every day to salvage recyclable waste.  A glimpse into a life most of us do now know, but plenty of children across the world do.

Bickering, like most brother and sisters do, Pablo and Sofia scurry off to treasure mountain.  The truck is coming!  Sofia rushes to the front.  Sofia finds a blue boot.  When Pablo says it’s too big, she says, “That’s good.  You can wear it longer.”  They cull through the garbage looking for scraps of paper and plastic their mother can sell for recycling.  If they get enough, maybe their mama can buy half a chicken for dinner.  Pablo finds a book and yearns to read, but practical Sofia scoffs, “Reading won’t fill your stomach!”

Pablo finds a gold chain.  Maybe he can get a book.  Soon Filthy-Face arrives and all the children flee like wild rabbits.  Sofia gets away, but Filthy-Face snatches Pablo’s things.  Sofia is angry he did not give the chain to her and now it is gone, but is it?

A refreshing look into the lives of the very poor and how they find their own joy and happiness.  Ideal for discussions.

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