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...
  • Lindsey
    Jan 29, 2019
    James Otis and his mother are struggling since his father died, but that doesn't stop them from giving hope to a family who lost everything in a fire. The collage illustration style isn't my favorite, but the message of generosity is lovely. ...
  • 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...
  • Wendy Garland
    Feb 19, 2019
    This is a message that needs to be shared. James is challenged to give something to Sarah, but struggles with what that could be. His creativity and heart shine through. I am looking forward to seeing more from this debut illustrator. ...
  • 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...
  • Marcia
    Feb 17, 2019
    Patricia McKissack's last book, published posthumously. This book shows us that we all have something to give, no matter how poor or down on our luck. A gift from the heart touches another heart. The illustrations are stellar--mixed-media collage which capture just the right feel. ...
  • Barbara
    Feb 02, 2019
    Times are hard for James Otis and his mother, and after his father dies, things get even tougher. Still, despite the lack of material things, they have each other and they have plenty of love to spread around. When their church decides to collect goods and gifts for the Temple family t...
  • Susie
    Mar 04, 2019
    Beautiful story and illustrations. Even the endpapers are gorgeous, and I enjoyed examining the illustrations closely to determine how they were made; even that makes the point of using what you have. It would be so valuable to use this with children: what of themselves could they give...
  • Lisa
    Mar 18, 2019
    Patricia C. McKissack's final picture book (she passed away in 2017) is a lesson about selfless giving and storytelling, highlighted by April Harrison's beautiful mixed media illustrations. For my full review, visit https://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com/20... ...
  • 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...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Feb 03, 2019
    Pat McKissack's last book, a poignant story of compassion beautifully illustrated. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Caroline
    Jan 10, 2019
    James Otis, a young boy who has already had a difficult year, ponders what to give a girl in his community when their pastor requests that parishioners donate gifts for a "Love Box" going to a local family in need. With moving text and wonderful illustrations, this book is sure to w...
  • Becky
    Feb 02, 2019
    A struggling mother and son give to a family in need. Beautiful illustrations and words from Patricia McKissack. ...
  • Anthony
    Feb 09, 2019
    The story of a nine year old lad who must think of a love offering to give to a seven year girl whose family has lost all of their earthly possessions in a fire. But what can he give that she would like? As he remembers the words of his Reverend Dennis from one Sunday: "What is given f...
  • 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 ...
  • Paula
    Mar 09, 2019
    Gorgeous and filled with such a beautiful message, "What is given from the heart reaches the heart". Sometimes we think we have nothing to give others, but kindness costs so little and is invaluable. Love this book! ...
  • 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...
  • Maureen Agnes
    Mar 11, 2019
    Inspiring. Lovely. Heart-warming. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dina
    Mar 16, 2019
    Such a beautiful book... This book shows that one person can make a difference--in this case a mom and a boy! Highly recommend this book! ...
  • Luciana Babocci
    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...
  • Frances Hotchkiss
    Feb 06, 2019
    This is one of the most heart warming stories ever! "What is given from the heart reaches the heart." If we could all reach down and give the very best we have to offer what a wonderful world this would be! Beautiful unique illustrations! ...
  • 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...