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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316796174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316796170
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–A cheerfully reassuring book in which a mother describes her day and that of her child, during which she unfailingly holds the boy in her heart. The cast of characters (family, colleagues, and friends) is multicultural. Mixed-media illustrations, as busy as the woman's day, are rendered in bright, saturated colors. Many of the beginning letters of the words are oversize and become a part of the artwork (e.g., the Y in a You is depicted as two crossed hands holding a heart in which the child floats). Hearts abound. Though the theme of a parent's devotion even in absence is consistent to the point of repetitiveness, the layout and design are not. From full-bleed spreads to neatly framed vignettes to two pages of illustrated building blocks, there is a lack of coherence in composition that seems to stand in opposition to the intended message. Not a real story, but for the child for whom separation brings anxiety, a warmhearted antidote.–Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. Speaking directly to her child, a mother describes how, throughout her day, she peeks into her heart: "I look inside, and . . . I find YOU!" Bang's vibrant collages illustrate the tender message literally: a heart-shaped window in Mom's chest shows her child inside. Throughout her working day, the mother continues to look at her child, active and smiling, in her heart. Then the focus turns to the child: "Guess who's always in that great big heart of YOURS?" A closing picture shows a crowd of caring faces--parents, grandparents, friends--nested in the child's heart. The spreads are sometimes overstuffed with images, and large letters creatively woven into the pictures offer an alphabet game of sorts but also add to the visual chaos. Still, the bright colors and whirl of cozy domestic scenes reinforce the words' loving meaning. This is for all kids, but the visceral message about belonging and the blend of faces--the child has brown skin; Mom and Dad are blond and blue eyed--may have particular resonance with adoptive families. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Molly Bang is an award winning children's book illustrator and author. Her
works include 3 Caldecott Honor Books: Ten, Nine, Eight, The Grey Lady and the
Strawberry Snatcher, and When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry, which
also won a Jane Addams Honor Award and the Arbuthnot Award. The Paper Crane
won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award in 1987; Goose won the School of Library
Journal Best Book of 1996 and another work, Common Ground: The Water, Earth,
and Air We Share, won the prestigious Giverny Book Award in 1998 for the best
children's science picture book. Her latest book, My Light, is an ALA Notable
book.

Her only work for adults is Picture This, which shows how an understanding of
the most basic principles enable a person to build powerful pictures. It is
used by art and graphic departments in colleges around the country.

Bang received her bachelor degree from Wellesley in French, and Masters in
Far Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona and at Harvard. She has also
worked as a reporter; as an educator for public health projects in Bangladesh
and in Mali, West Africa, incorporating information on maternal and child
health into stories; and as a teacher in colleges.

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Beautifully written and beautiful illustrations.
Leslie
I am also a teacher and I use this book with my students to help them with their feelings.
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A sweet story about a young child who is loved and cherished.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on January 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Molly Bang is the winner of three Caldecott Honors for: The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, Ten, Nine, Eight and When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really, Angry.

All children want and need the assurance from their caregivers that they are important, are loved and are cherished. They must have the knowledge that they are always in the thoughts and in the hearts of the people who are important to them.

In My Heart by Molly Bang is a reassuring celebration of the connection between parent/caregiver and child, and it is told in a playful, heartfelt and simple manner.

Children will enjoy the bright, colorful illustrations that are drawn in detail, giving the child many interesting things to view. I also enjoyed that the children depicted in the story were from many different racial backgrounds, making it more like real life. And the children are better able to identify with the story if they see someone who looks like them on the pages.

Armchair Interviews says: In My Heart is a wonderful celebration of the importance of a child in their caregiver's life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaylyn on June 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the nicest books I've bought for my child in a long time. It's beautiful illustrations remind me of when I was a child in art class. The way the characters and objects stretch and connect to form letters in the words keeps the illustrations interesting and is a technic I remember drawing myself in school.

The story flows with such ease it's a pleasure to read to my child. It is full of love and has a very soulful feel. It's a little folkish, and diverse in a very natural way.

This is the one book that my child drags out at bedtime, and that I don't sigh and try to persuade her to choose something different.

Get this book!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews on October 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Playful and animated illustrations depict a child and his mother, both taking up residence in each other's hearts. This book, is beautifully and skillfully written. When reading this book, you can't help but feel the warm and nurturing love that has been masterfully crafted into this heartwarming manuscript.

This book earns the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

CHILDREN'S LITERARY CLASSICS
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~CLC Seal of Approval Program
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NYC reader on August 17, 2010
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What a wonderful book! A sweet story about a young child who is loved and cherished. And great illustrations too, with lots of details. Even after all this time (we bought it for her when she was three) my six year old daughter never tires of this book. She says she likes it because "it's about love. I like that the mom says her little boy is in her heart no matter what". Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Lewis on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My three-year-old son now tells me every time I have to go somewhere without him, "Mom, it's OK, I know you're in my heart." Molly Band is an outstanding illustrator, and this story is fabulous at explaining to young kids that they don't have to miss anyone, really, because we carry them inside us wherever we go. Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirz39 on April 2, 2009
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If you are a blended family, love endearing books about the loss and re-connection related to attachment, have adopted a child, own a preschool or have a child who is of a different race from you, this is the book for you. The illustrations are also quite incredible, Molly Bang is very gifted.
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"In My Heart" beautifully captures a mother's love for her child. No matter where she goes about her day, she tells her son he is always with her - in her heart. The illustrations represent the typical day in a Western parent's life, chock full of activity. Despite the distractions, the mother narrator assures her son she will always love him.

The author gives shows immense understanding for a child's fear that when mommy is away, somehow she might be gone forever. The illustrations, which were done solely on Adobe Photoshop, show a surprisingly educational quality. Almost without noticing, the reader sees various letters of the alphabet in the shadows objects make or the form two people embracing take on. The bright yellow background is a common theme throughout, letting us know our world can be bright, even if we are not together all day.

Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author of Diary of a Mother and SAHM I Am: Tales of a Stay-at-Home Mom in Europe, lives near Munich, Germany, with her husband and two children. Subscribe to her parenting ezine at: [...]
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I just love this book: so simple and direct that a kid can immediately engage with it. And it is lovely that the family is slightly untraditional, and nice that this is not treated as the centerpiece of the story. Its just the way the family is and the story unfolds organically from their genuine love.

I wish it was available in paperback.

And Molly Band is another writer who just doesn't write enough! And if you haven't read her 'Goose', you MUST give it a read.
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