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In My Heart Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 15, 2006

4.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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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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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (January 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316796174
  • ASIN: B0017ZCJ9M
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,798,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a beautifully illustrated book and a wonderful story for any child, but it is especially perfect for children who were adopted transracially. The child is of a different race than the parents, but this isn't the subject of the book, and it isn't even mentioned or addressed in the book--the book is just a story about a little boy and the people he loves. It's the only children's book I've seen (and, believe me, I've looked) that features a family that looks to have been created through transracial adoption that isn't ABOUT adoption or race. For the record, my nieces and nephews, who are all in single-race families, also love the book. I'm so disappointed that it's out of print.
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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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I love this book. I bought it for my daughter. She loved the pictures and the message of love. I am also a teacher and I use this book with my students to help them with their feelings. It is a heart touching book.
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This is the most wonderful book! The illustrations are priceless. The level of detail and color and mixed in with the joy and humor of the words creates a perfect warm gift of reading. I read In My Heart every year in February and then my preschoolers draw whomever is in their hearts.
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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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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

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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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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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