What Is Given from the Heart [hc]
Written by Patricia C. McKissack & illustrated by April Harrison
"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. 40 pages
"This final book by the late McKissack... showcases the legendary author's signature lyricism in full force and receives a stunning, aesthetically ambitious interpretation by Harrison, a fine artist making her picture book debut." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review (Ages 4-8)
"This story of the joy of giving despite one's own needs is a must-have for group discussions of empathy. A treasure from a marvelous storyteller." -School Library Journal, Starred Review (Kindergarten-Grade 3)
January 8, 2019
AR Level=3.6; Lexile Level=660 AD Adult-Directed Text