Friday, October 12, 2012

Children's Book Review: Henry's Heart by Charise Harper

Henry's Heart: A Boy, His Heart, and a New Best Friend

Author and Illustrator: Charise Mericle Harper

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Date: November 22, 2011

About The Author
Clarise Mericle Harper has created lots of books for children, including the popular Fashion Kitty series and the Just Grace books.

Facts and Fun
Henry's heart is very chatty. Here are some facts that he shares with us;
  • The heart has two parts
  • It is mostly muscle.
  • The heart is a pump - without it the blood can't move.
  • It is about the size of Henry's fist.
  • The heart is on the job 24/7 because it can't take a vacation from circulation.
Readers learn about the many ways the heart functions within the body, and how what we see, hear, and feel can directly affect our heart rate.

What happens when Henry falls in love? We learn that a new puppy is just what the doctor orders to get Henry's heart in tip-top shape.

My Thoughts 
I chose this book because this weekend  marks the two year anniversary of my father's death from congestive heart failure (October 14, 2010). I think it is extremely important for children to be educated in the functions of the heart and the things that are necessary for good heart health.

This book teaches us about exercise and eating the right kinds of food. It also confirms that love and positive relationships can influence our heart health. It is very important for children to learn and LIVE the information in this book.

I love the way the author included the lesson of  responsible pet ownership in this book.  I {{{HEART}}} this book and I highly recommend it for children of all ages.

My Rating: 5 Stars Out Of 5

FYI ~ I checked-out this book from the public library.

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