Henry’s Heart: A Boy, His Heart, and a New Best Friend by Charise Mericle Harper is a book for individual reading, not storytime. Throughout these pages exploring Henry’s heart, there are tiny drawings and even tinier messages spread throughout. Some of the illustrations reflect a child-like attempt at drawing with the stores alongside a road at the top of the page being upright while at the bottom of the road being upside down.
The innocent appeal of this title lies in how the author incorporates factual information about the heart with a fictional story of a boy who wants a dog. I found this title interesting through the way facts are intermingled in a variety of formats like checklists and drawings.
Although the review in Publisher’s Weekly wasn’t as enthusiastic, Henry’s Heart is a Junior Library Guild pick and I’m already working on ways to integrate this into our STEM curriculum.
Henry’s Heart: A Boy, His Heart, and a New Best Friend by Cherise Mericle Harper. Holt/Ottaviano, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8989-9.