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What Is Given from the Heart Featured Review

Author
Patricia C.McKissack; April Harrison (Illustrator)
Publisher
Random House
Pages
40 pages
ISBN
978-0375836152
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This magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack is a poignant and uplifting celebration of the joy of giving.

“Misery loves company,” Mama says to James Otis. It’s been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they’re blessed. One Sunday before Valentine’s Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service – the Temples have lost everything in a fire, and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can add to the Temple’s “love box,” but what does he have worth giving?

With her extraordinary gift for storytelling, McKissack – with stunning illustrations by Harrison – delivers a touching, powerful tale of compassion and reminds us all that what is given from the heart, reaches the heart.

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