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.”
by Sara Gillingham
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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 featuring 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
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.”