Friday, February 12, 2016

Spotlight on How to Mend a Heart

I love to read seasonal books with my little guy, so with Valentine's Day right around the corner, I thought we would check out How to Mend a Heart by Sara Gillingham.  A big thank you to Random House for sharing this book with me!

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. 


  1. That sounds like such a sweet story! My library just got a copy of this for our children's department. Glad you and Dylan enjoyed it :)

    1. It really is, Christina, and it has become an instant favorite in my house. I'm glad you got it for your children's department. Thanks for visiting!


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