What Is Given from the Heart

What Is Given from the Heart

This final, magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack is a poignant and uplifting celebration of the joy of giving. "Misery loves company," Mama says to James Otis. It's been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they're blessed. One Sunda This final, magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patri...

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Title:What Is Given from the Heart
Author:Patricia C. McKissack
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0375936157
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

What Is Given from the Heart Reviews

  • Becky
    Jan 25, 2019
    First sentence: It was a rough few months for Mama and me. We were already poor, but we got poorer last April, when Daddy went to sleep on the front porch and never woke up. Mama cried and cried, 'cause Daddy didn't have a suit to be buried in. Premise/plot: The Temple family has lo...
  • Rcltigger
    Jan 29, 2019
    James Otis and his mother don't have much; his father died and they are struggling. But when a family loses their home to fire, the church that they attend decide to do a "love box" for the family, which are put together for their neediest families. But James Otis and his mother have s...
  • Rachel
    Aug 08, 2018
    Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for an advance look. Such a stunningly beautiful book, the sentiment, and story is powerful and the illustrations are rich and unique. ...
  • Nick
    Jan 29, 2019
    This book, which came out after the death of author Patricia McKissack, portrays life in a poor area in an unspecified year. The only clues as to date are that Superman already exists and is popular. A boy and his mother fall farther into poverty when the boy's father dies suddenly, b...
  • Tasha
    Jan 25, 2019
    After his father died, James Otis and his mother got even more poor than before. They lost their farm and had to move into a small house in the Bottoms. Things kept getting worse as his dog disappeared and everything flooded. Christmas was sparse but they made their way through until s...
  • Jill
    May 18, 2019
    This lovely book tells the story of a little boy named James Otis, who, along with his mother, is enduring hard times since the death of his dad and loss of their farm. They now live in a run-down house with few possessions. But Mama tries to remain upbeat: ??Long as we have our...
  • Diane
    May 15, 2019
    ?What is given from the heart reaches the heart.? A young boy, James Otis, and his mother barely have enough on their own, but still they strive to help another family devastated by a fire. James Otis tries to think of something that the little girl might like or need, but strug...
  • Richie Partington
    Apr 13, 2019
    Richie?s Picks: WHAT IS GIVEN FROM THE HEART by Patricia C. McKissack and April Harrison, ill., Schwartz & Wade, January 2019, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-375-83615-2 ?I don?t know how you keep on giving For your kindness I?m in debt to you? -- Natalie Merchant, ?Kind and Ge...
  • Read  Ribbet
    Mar 12, 2019
    McKissak's latest beautifully captures the importance of kindness and selflessness even when one has little to give. It is often repaid in full. A young boy James Otis tries to find a perfect gift for a young girl who has lost everything in a fire. And he does (and it is something he c...
  • Allison
    Aug 12, 2019
    Beautiful book, through and through. About a family whose response to their own tragedy and hardship is to count their blessings and give to others. "What is given from the heart reaches the heart." I love April Harrison's textured collage illustrations, elongated bodies, and the tende...
  • Laura Harrison
    Apr 03, 2019
    The illustrations are wonderful. ...
  • Emily
    Mar 21, 2019
    A beautiful book published after Patricia McKissack's passing. A boy and his mother are struggling - the boy's father died, they lost their farm, and flooding has taken even more from them. But when they hear about a family at their church whose house burned down, they want to contribu...
  • Debra
    Apr 13, 2019
    There are no words that can share this magic unless I read this book aloud. I will certainly do that despite the tears that are sure to fall as McKissack's words have the power of magic and the ability to transport us to the cozy home filled with the loving characters of this story. It...
  • Zack Barnes
    Jan 02, 2019
    Originally posted at A to Z Book Reviews 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 thei...
  • David Freudenburg
    May 13, 2019
    An African American story about love of family, church, and community. A mother teaches her son how to come together with others, even in the face of poverty. For a picture book it is advanced. Each page contains at least one paragraph of text in small font. It isn't quite as long as...
  • Margie
    Mar 04, 2019
    There truly is power in the written word. There is our initial reaction upon first reading it or hearing it read. It can be revisited again and again, giving us time to reflect on possible meanings, forming and revising thoughts and opinions. No matter when written its purpose can exte...
  • Linda
    Feb 11, 2019
    One of Patricia McKissack's last stories, with debut artist April Harrison's mixed-media illustrations and her own heartfelt dedication, first to her grandchildren and then to Patricia herself. Don't forget to read those words, too. The story shares that James Otis and his mother have ...
  • Renee
    Apr 06, 2019
    I love this book. The pictures are so quaint and like folk art . The theme of giving to others and how community should help one another out is touching. James Otis doesn?t have much but when the congregation is called upon to give to a family that has lost everything in a fire Ja...
  • Beverly
    Mar 24, 2019
    Read for Mock Caldecott Awards. This is a sweet, lovely book about a mother and son who have lost their husband/father but continue to strive towards the best life they can maintain in their community. When it comes time for their church to deliver "love boxes" to the families that nee...
  • Heather Jensen
    Jul 29, 2019
    A beautiful tale of the healing power of giving and sharing of your own talents. ...
  • M W
    Jun 05, 2019
    This was a lovely story about generosity. We happened to have read it right after How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box: And Other Wonders of Tzedakah, and it was a good match. This was a nice glimpse of African American community. Oftentimes it seems books foc...
  • Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
    May 13, 2019
    *I received a copy from the publisher. This does not affect my review.* I loved reading this story! The characters and their story is one many can relate to and is a blessing to read. I really enjoyed the art style and that there were splashes of color on each image, but it also use...
  • Darcie Caswell
    Mar 22, 2019
    James Otis and his mother are going through a bad time. His father has died, they lose their farm, and have to move into a shotgun shack. They struggle and have so little. When James Otis's church takes up a collection for a family who has lost everything in a fire, James Otis doesn't ...
  • Andrea
    Feb 05, 2019
    I read this book with my 4 year old daughter and my 7 year old son. We all enjoyed it. It begins by letting us in on the many hardships that James Otis and his mother are facing. Then they are made aware of a family in the area that are in need. Though James Otis and his mother are poo...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 23, 2019
    I cried from page 1, but this beautiful story of giving is a must-read! James Otis and his mother don?t have much in the way of materials to help another family when there?s a fire, but both are able to create something from the heart to help the family. The illustrations by April ...
  • Christina Carter
    May 27, 2019
    James Otis has very little but when a family in his community loses everything in a fire, he learns that a gift from the heart has value beyond measure, that "what is given from the heart reaches the heart." He and his mother use what they have, giving out of their own need, to turn ar...
  • Luciana
    Feb 17, 2019
    A beautiful story about a mom and a boy named James Otis. They are poor but lose everything when the dad dies. The mom has a very deep relationship with the church, God, and with scripture. She tries to find the best in all situations even though, sometimes, it seems to go from bad...
  • Abigail
    Jan 11, 2019
    James Otis and his mother are experiencing a difficult time in this lovely, heartwarming picture-book from author Patricia C. McKissack and illustrator April Harrison. James Otis' father has recently died, they have lost their farm, and have been forced to move into one of the "shotgun...
  • Calla Welter
    Jan 19, 2019
    The main character James has grown up without a lot in his life, but when a girl from his church loses everything he knows he has to help. This story is about James helping Sarah know that he cares and showing her that what is given from the heart reaches the heart. This book was e...
  • Susanna Hargreaves
    Jun 05, 2019
    A wonderful children's book and is perfect for the themes empathy and kindness. Also cultural/ diverse themed book everyone can relate to. It is rather heartbreaking in that it is about a little boy and his mother. His father passed away and they are struggling. Then they hear during t...