With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.
My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed...or opened up wide. Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you. With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.
My Heart is a book which rewards careful and repeated reading. I have a colleague who dismissed it at first, only to return to it and change his mind. There is a quiet, contemplative charm here, a sense of depth and mystery that, like the human heart, can unfold in unexpected ways. I appreciated Luyken's use of the window and the slide as metaphors - "My heart is a window, / my heart is a slide. / My heart can be closed / or opened up wide" - as I think they really work to communicate the changeable nature of our hearts. The artwork, which features a lovely yellow quite prominently, is beautiful and expressive. The two-page spread in which the text speaks of the heart sometimes being a fence between oneself and the world, is one of the few to contain no yellow, which feels entirely appropriate. Luyken is a picture-book creator with a deft touch, and I look forward to seeing what she does in the future. As for this one, well, appropriately enough given the title, it speaks to the heart.
I loved the night sky with heart constellations.