Picture Book Review: What is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack

What Is Given from the Heart
By: Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrated by: April Harrison
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books

What is Given from the Heart is a tale of compassion. James Otis and his mom have struggled ever since James’ father died a few months back. It was a struggle before his death, and now they’ve struggled even more. But when someone in their family’s church has a house fire, their Pastor asks the congregation to bring anything that they can to help the family. “What is given from the heart reaches the heart,” he tells the church.

What can James give to the little girl who lost everything? James barely has anything of his own. Is what he owns good enough for this girl? But James’ Mom shows him that even when you think you have nothing, there is always something you can do for another person. What is Given from the Heart is a beautiful and charming tale that shows readers the power of compassion, giving, and joy. This book serves as an excellent lesson on compassion for fellow people in the world. Reading this book will reach your heart.

The picture book was written by the late Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by April Harrison. McKissack died in 2017, and this is her last published work. McKissack has roots in Tennessee. She was born in Smyrna and is a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville. She has written over 100 books in her life. April Harrison’s art is a strikingly beautiful rendering of the story. Harrison is a fine artist and her work has been featured across the united state. This is her first picture book. The book releases on January 8th.

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