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The Resource My heart, Corinna Luyken

My heart, Corinna Luyken

Label
My heart
Title
My heart
Statement of responsibility
Corinna Luyken
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From moments of great joy and exuberance to necessary times of quiet contemplation, your heart is your guide"--
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Grades K-3 Gray, white, and sunny yellow mark the illustrations of this quiet and charming book. Heart shapes abound throughout, adding an entertaining seek-and-find element: dark clouds, pieces of the leaded-glass windows, a fence, and a giant slide and its shadow all form the shape of heart. In rhyming verse, a young girl tells of how her heart can be open wide and accepting, while, at other times, it is broken and shuttered from everything: “Some days it’s a puddle. / Some days it’s a stain. / Some days it is cloudy / and heavy with rain.” Both the cover and one inside illustration show her planting a heart-shaped seed that, when well tended, can grow large and full, blossoming in heart-shaped flowers. It is up to her how she feels, and whether to keep her heart closed or to open it up to possibilities. Though it leans more toward an adult sensibility, this title offers an opportunity for a heart-to-heart discussion with children about emotions. -- Maryann Owen (Reviewed 2/7/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 11)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2—This message of this quiet book should be shouted from the rooftops. The theme is elusive at first as are the soft, somewhat tentative pictures. The story begins with a heart in a garden waiting to be nurtured by a little girl. The poetic text describes the heart in a number of unexpected ways. It's a window that can be opened or closed and sometimes it is a puddle or a stain. These metaphorical descriptions move children away from the anatomical and utile aspects of the heart (the pumper of blood with chambers and ventricles, etc.) and offers the idea of the heart as a reflection of the child in the world. The final words carry a lot of power: "I get to decide." The illustrations are crafted with water-based inks and pencils and predominantly feature gray and yellow, dark and light. Throughout, the unifying visual element is a yellow heart in a variety of forms. This can be read to the very youngest of listeners, but even upper elementary children would benefit tremendously from the ideas in this book. Educators can also use this work to show students the different meanings for a single word and the artistic use of metaphor in writing. VERDICT This must-buy for librarians and teachers has myriad educational uses; it begs to be read aloud, and it is a masterful blending of text and illustration.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA --Joan Kindig (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 1, p51)
  • Rhyming verse and sweet-tempered artwork by Luyken (The Book of Mistakes) explore childhood emotions through images of the heart. Children of different ages and colors are seen playing, exploring. When they’re overtaken by sadness or loneliness, they find comfort in the company of others: “My heart is a window,/ my heart is a slide./ My heart can be closed/ or opened up wide.” One remorseful-looking girl shows her mother a vase. It’s broken—and so is her heart. A page turn reveals the restored vase on a table. The girl opens the blinds to let the sunshine in, finding that “broken can mend,/ and a heart that is closed/ can still open again.” Fences, stains, and quiet whispers become metaphors for feelings. Accepting companionship heals and helps children grow: “Closed or open... I get to decide,” the book finishes, with a spread of a smiling girl, arms thrown wide. Flashes of brilliant yellow illuminate smudgy black-and-white drawings, and heart forms can be found everywhere, in ironwork, tiny seedlings, and stars. The abstract nature of Luyken’s meditation will draw readers receptive to thoughtful examination; others may be left puzzled. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 11/19/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 47, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Lucid verse and transcendent monotype prints masterfully express how a heart can be "a window...a slide...closed / or opened up wide." Soothing, simple phrasing and masterful printmaking harness metaphors to make a heart's complexity accessible to children just recognizing its many manifestations. Recurring rhyme provides an ideal cadence for reading aloud and also a reassuring assertion: Feelings can change from one moment to the next, your heart might sometimes be "cloudy and heavy with rain," but just as the verse returns to rhyme, a heart can right itself. It "can grow," and it "can mend, / and a heart that is closed can still open again." Double-page spreads, inky with coal blacks and smudgy graphite grays, find luminosity and searing beauty through the introduction of a single color, an undauntedly optimistic ginkgo yellow that surges and glows. Pencil work adds specificity (freckles, eyeglasses, buttons, blades of grass) and sometimes emotional jaggedness (pelting rain, a steep, rickety slide). Young readers will see themselves in this impressive book's children, kids of all racial backgrounds, who hide behind closed curtains, trudge through rain, extend a bouquet of small heart-shaped flowers, stand under the protective boughs of a wondrous tree. The final pages acknowledge a heart's myriad, sometimes-incongruous roles ("a shadow, / a light, and a guide") and joyfully assert our own, ultimate self-governance: "Closed or open... // I get to decide." Sensitive, stunning words and pictures speak directly to young hearts. (Picture book. 6-11) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10778854
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Luyken, Corinna
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Love
  • Emotions
  • Self-acceptance
  • Heart
Target audience
juvenile
Label
My heart, Corinna Luyken
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065139608
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780735227934
Lccn
bl2018197473
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)1047633167
Label
My heart, Corinna Luyken
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065139608
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780735227934
Lccn
bl2018197473
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)1047633167

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