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The Resource What is given from the heart, by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by April Harrison

What is given from the heart, by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by April Harrison

Label
What is given from the heart
Title
What is given from the heart
Statement of responsibility
by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by April Harrison
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis they need to help Sarah, whose family lost everything in a fire
Tone
Writing style
Character
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2020.
  • John Steptoe Award for New Talent, Illustrator Category, 2020.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 3—Although he and his mama are poor, James Otis struggles to find something he can give the Temple family, who have lost everything in a fire. After his daddy dies suddenly, the boy and his mom lose their farm and move into a "run-down shotgun house." A flood further adds to their misery. Yet when Reverend Dennis announces the congregation will deliver "love boxes" to needy families for Valentine's Day, the boy and his mother decide to provide gifts for the Temples. "Stitchin' with a loving heart," mama turns her one treasure, a tablecloth, into an apron for Mrs. Temple. Considering several of his possessions unsuitable, James Otis finally decides to make a book for Sarah Temple. The delighted Temples receive their box with the congregation looking on. Their hearts filled with joy at having given to others, James Otis and mama return home to discover a love box has been delivered to them. Textured backgrounds that bleed to the edges and often include spreads form the backdrop for the folk-art illustrations rendered in mixed media and found objects. All the figures are elongated, and the brightest colors appear in a striking scene of the close-knit African American community walking to church dressed in their Sunday best. There are depictions of the modest neighborhood and touching close-ups of the boy and his mom in loving embrace and Sarah clutching her treasured book to her chest. VERDICT This story of the joy of giving despite one's own needs is a must-have for group discussions of empathy. A treasure from a marvelous storyteller.—Marianne Saccardi, Children's Literature Consultant, Cambridge, MA --Marianne Saccardi (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 1, p44)
  • /* Starred Review */ James Otis and his mother don’t have much. Daddy died last April—he didn’t even “have a suit to be buried in” —the family farm is gone, and the two of them now live in a “run-down shotgun house” that floods when it rains. But when their pastor asks the congregation to help a family who lost everything in a fire, Mama does her part, sewing an apron made from her cherished white tablecloth, and she expects James to find “a li’l bit of something” for the girl, Sarah. “What is given from the heart reaches the heart,” Mama says, echoing the pastor’s words. After much thought, James Otis creates a book for and about Sarah herself—a gift the girl presses to her heart. This final book by the late McKissack (Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout) showcases the legendary author’s signature lyricism in full force and receives a stunning, aesthetically ambitious interpretation by Harrison, a fine artist making her picture book debut. Flattened perspectives lend her characters quiet stature and communal strength, and elaborately textured colors exude translucence and light, almost as if these mixed-media images were created from stained glass. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (Jan.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 10/29/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 44, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A boy who has little learns that he can still give. James Otis and his mama have fallen on hard times. His father died, and they had no suit in which to bury him; they lost their farm, their new "run-down shotgun house in the Bottoms" flooded, and his dog ran away. Though they have very little, his mama says, "Long as we have our health and strength, we are blessed." As Valentine's Day approaches, their pastor announces that "love boxes" will be delivered to the needy in the community, including a mother and daughter who have lost everything in a fire. He reminds them that "what is given from the heart reaches the heart." Mama gets right to work sewing her best tablecloth—the one nice thing she owns—into an apron that she hopes will please the mother, Irene. But James Otis can't think of anything he has that the little girl would want. Finally, he comes up with a plan, and what he gives from the heart, little Sarah cherishes. Debut illustrator Harrison's heartfelt mixed-media illustrations, which include collage, acrylic, and found objects, emphasize the closeness between James Otis and his mother. The full faces of the characters and the muted palette and spare backgrounds reflect the dignity and joy to be found within black culture and community life even in lean times. A sweet story, one of the legendary McKissack's last, enhanced by delectable art from a prodigious new talent. (Picture book. 4-10) (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2018)
Awards note
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent (Illustrator), 2020.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10749321
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-2017
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McKissack, Pat
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
  • PZ7.M478693
  • PS3563.C38323
LC item number
  • Wf 2019
  • W43 2019
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
Reading level
3.3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Harrison, April
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Christian life
  • Charity
  • Poverty
  • Christian life
  • Charity
  • Poverty
  • Charity
  • Christian life
  • Poverty
Target audience
primary
Label
What is given from the heart, by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by April Harrison
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1030444626
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375836152
Lccn
2018008800
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1030444626
Label
What is given from the heart, by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by April Harrison
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1030444626
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780375836152
Lccn
2018008800
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1030444626

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