Little Hearts: Finding Hearts in Nature

Red Comet. Nov. 2022. 36p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781636550305.
PreS-Gr 2–This warmly illustrated picture book is about a community of animals who find hearts wherever they go. “Little seashells on the shore./ Some look like a heart!/ Each leaf upon the redbud tree/ Looks like a work of art!” In scenes that look like watercolors and with a map that easily recalls the Hundred Acre Wood, every spread shows a different natural setting with multiple heart shapes waiting to be identified by young readers. The rhyming text uses sensory images to help readers develop a deeper connection to the text. The sweetly rendered images of animals finding hearts in different places would be a lovely way to hunt-and-find a child’s way to sleep, but this book could also go along on a classroom nature walk.
VERDICT This pretty “find the shape” book will find fans with very young readers.

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