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- author Jackie French

Thursday 8 April 2010

Review: Sarah's Heavy Heart

I have a new book love. It’s Peter Carnavas, and the whimsy and divinely subtle emotional messaging in his work is once again showcased in Sarah’s Heavy Heart.

Poor Sarah’s heart is so heavy, it’s difficult to cart around. On the bus, in the playground, at school. Riding her bike is near impossible and forget taking a bath. It’s also tough to sleep at night. A heavy heart is a burden indeed.

But one day, while waiting at the bus stop, Sarah notices something floating by. It is a boy whose heart is so light, his feet cannot touch the ground. Intrigued, Sarah follows the boy and helps him to the ground where she learns how easily the little boy’s heart carries him away.

After some thought, Sarah comes up with a simple idea that can help them both find greater balance and harmony in their lives – and ease the strain on their respective hearts.

Touching, thoughtful and totally inspirational, this gorgeous book is about hope, togetherness and reaching out. It may be simple in concept, but the message is deeply woven and heart-warming.

I love how the book ends with an unfinished seam, giving drive and momentum to the narrative that extends beyond the back cover. I also love the illustrations – their colour, style and emotive humour, popping against a clean white background that lends a modern, hip edge to the book.

Sarah’s Heavy Heart is a book that could easily become a favourite bedtime staple for any child. And mum and dad, too.

Title: Sarah’s Heavy Heart
Author/Illustrator: Peter Carnavas
Publisher: New Frontier, $24.95 RRP
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781921042058
For ages: 2-6
Type: Picture Book