Nonna’s Corner- How to Mend a Heart by Sara Gillingham

February 17th, 2016 Kimberly Review 43 Comments

17th Feb

Nonna's Corner

Welcome to another Nonna’s Corner. Today I am sharing How to Mend a Heart by Sara Gillingham. This hardcover novel with it’s colorful illustrations uses sewing as a metaphor for mending a broken heart. Cute and simplistic it offers the adult reader a chance to discuss with young readers “broken hearts and feelings.”

Nonna’s Corner- How to Mend a Heart by Sara Gillingham
How to Mend a Heart
by Sara Gillingham
Genres: Childrens
Pages: 40
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

How to Mend a Heart by Sara Gillingham is a hardcover novel containing forty colorful pages featuringΒ children of diversity. A young child and a stuffed elephant are sad because a patch quilt heart is broken. It’s threads have come undone. The author takes the young child and reader through the process of stitching it back together. The words are simplistic making this a wonderful reader book, and while feelings are never mentioned it does open the door for discussions. Those who love crafting will enjoy both the illustrations and metaphors used. It emphasises that the more patches a heart has the stronger it is. Ages 3 to 8 and groups for discussion would enjoy this.

Images from How to Mend A Heart

How To Mend a Heart Collage

Quotes from How to Mend A Heart

“To mend a heart, you need gentle hands”

“Some hearts need a little bit of thread, and others need the whole spool.”

About Sara Gillingham

Sara Gillingham

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 3×3, Print Magazine, 50 Books/50 Covers and The Society of Illustrators.

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43 Responses to “Nonna’s Corner- How to Mend a Heart by Sara Gillingham”

  1. Tyler H. Jolley

    While it might be a bit too old for Sophia, the title is perfect. It must’ve been a little heartbreaking when they moved out πŸ™ But I’m happy you’ll still have her during the day πŸ™‚

  2. kindlemom1

    I absolutely love that you do this Kim!
    I’m finally feeling better so I’m trying to play a bit of catch up! πŸ˜‰

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is nice that it lets the reader (adult) decide how to take the conversation. So a teacher could talk about things we say or do to break a heart.

  3. Heidi

    The illustrations are so colorful and cute. I can’t believe that my two are slowly outgrowing picture books.

  4. Mckenzie

    This is so precious; Mom and I just sat here and cried. Lol. I think we need to add this to the children’s section of our library. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Kristin

    You get the best kids books!! This is so adorable for a little girl. Is it really 40 pages, though? That sounds like a lot of pages for a kidlet but if it works, it works!! Great pics!

  6. Paij Slater

    How cute…I am having lots of great nieces and nephews being born now, and I am always on the look out for cute kids books πŸ™‚

  7. Lorna

    This looks like a really sweet story for children with broken hearts. I sure don’t remember anything like this when I was little and my puppy died; it might have been really helpful. I love how you review for so many age groups!