Reproduced with permission from HMH Books for Young Readers.

“What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings,” by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski ; HMH Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 80 pages, ages 7-10.

Newbery Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman has crafted a book that will touch readers’ hearts and stir their emotions. What the Heart Knows offers poems to address just about every possible feeling; pleas for forgiveness, incantations to summon bravery, and chants simply to find happiness.  The book is organized into four sections, with each group exploring a different theme. Ultimately, Sidman’s words provide courage, comfort and strength no matter the topic.  This is the poet’s third collaboration with Caldecott winning illustrator Pamela Zagarenski, and it’s easy to see why; Zagarenski’s dreamy, expressive paintings are a perfect match for Sidman’s soulful verses.


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