I can't tell you how adorable How to Mend a Heart is and it's perfect for Valentine's Day. My little guy loved the story of a young boy who must sew his elephant back together. You see, his dog unfortunately tore it up a bit (which we can relate to!) and he must try to mend it. He struggles a bit, but realizes that if he has help and doesn't give up, he can do it. I absolutely love this message.
But there's a deeper message for older readers. Basically, it's a metaphor for repairing your own "broken" heart and what you need to do. In the end he realizes that "the more patches and seams there are the bigger and stronger a heart can be." What a sweet message! Of course my little guy isn't going to appreciate that metaphor just yet, but when he reads this book in a few years, it's a great way to discuss the challenging topic of a broken heart. In the end, it's an inspiring read and one my son wanted to read again and again. I love that it can be appreciated by many ages depending how deeply you want to discuss it with your reader.
The illustrations are too cute in How to Mend a Heart and my son loved the little dog in it. I was also happy to see diversity in this book as well, which I think is extremely important.
After reading How to Mend a Heart, I definitely want to get my hands on a copy of Gillingham's How to Grow a Friend. I love how Gillingham weaves advice into her stories while still keeping things light and whimsical.
If you have a little one in your life, definitely check out How to Mend a Heart for Valentine's Day.