What Is Given from the Heart
What Is Given from the Heart
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What Is Given from the Heart

Written by Patricia C. McKissack & illustrated by April Harrison
Published by Random House Children's Books
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This final, 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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  • Mama encourages James Otis to find something to give to a family struggling more than they. Even though James Otis doesn't think he has much to give, his Mama teaches him that you can always give from the heart. Do you have any items you could let go of and donate to help someone in need?
  • James Otis comes up with the perfect gift for Sarah because it's a gift of love from his heart. We don't always have to give objects to help others—what gifts can you give, from the heart, that aren't objects (like smiling or being a friend)?


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Book Details

Publication Date
January 1, 2019
Text Details
The text of this book is set in Adobe Caslon Pro.
Illustration Details
The illustrations were rendered in mixed media, including acrylics, collage, art pens, and found objects.
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4 - 8 years
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