Saturday, February 6, 2016

Random House Books For Young Readers Children's Book Review: How To Mend A Heart (Sara Gillingham)

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers

A charming arts-and-crafts approach to dealing with first moments of heartbreak. Be it caused by a lost pet, a friend’s moving away, or even simple childhood injustice, Sara Gillingham (How to Grow a Friend) understands the gentle touch needed to soothe a sore heart. Her fresh and whimsical design makes an enticing vehicle for her advice.

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Sara is an award-winning art director, designer and the author/illustrator of books such as: How to Grow a Friend, Snuggle the Baby, The Empowerment Series and the bestselling In My Series.
Sara and her team also provide design strategy, art direction, design and illustration to a wide variety of clients in the children's design and publishing world. Sara has over fifteen years of experience in children's publishing, both in-house: as former Design Director for children's publishing at Chronicle Books, and as principal of her own studio. She has art directed/designed hundreds of children's books, and won numerous awards from organizations such as 3x3, Print Magazine, 50 Books/50 Covers and The Society of Illustrators.
Sara has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters in Illustration/Design from the Glasgow School of Art and has taught children's book illustration at California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco.

How To Mend A Heart is a children's book that is filled with  beautiful illustrations full of bright colors and a sweet story that shows kids how important it is to help one another and be kind to each other. 

I love the diversity that is reflected in the book especially the page that is nothing but beautifully drawn hands of all races and colors. 

How To Mend A  Heart teaches kids that you had to work hard and be determined to reach your goals no matter how big or small they are. I loved how the characters are simple enough so that children can connect and relate to them. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and so did my eight year old son. We have read it several nights before bed and he absolutely loves it. 

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