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Book Buzz: How to Mend a Heart

Book Buzz: How to Mend a Heart

How to Mend a Heart

Written and illustrated by Sara Gillingham

Ages 3-7, Random House Children’s Books


For small children, emotions sometimes run high. Learning to effectively respond to events with those family members and friends that are in a young one’s life can be confusing and frustrating. Ask any parent of a toddler.

Sara Gillingham’s How to Mend a Heart quietly addresses relationships that are slightly bruised by emotional situations. Using the visual metaphor of a damaged toy, she softly expresses the need for forgiveness and the hope for trust to be reestablished. A stitch here and a dab of glue help repair the broken toy and the relationship as well.

Gillingham’s illustrations are silhouetted flat colors with very little texture needed. With these simple images, a quiet pacing of the story gives the limited text time to sink in as young eyes make their way around the page. With the images created from the perspective of a toddler, the message is plain that sometimes close relationships need tender nurturing, even when accidents happen.

With Valentine’s Day upon us, How to Mend a Heart gives the opportunity to discuss accidental events within relationships. The time it takes to mend a broken heart teaches patience and understanding… and most of all, forgiveness.


Chuck Galey writes and illustrates picture books. Visit his website to see what he’s up to at

About The Author

Chuck Galey

Chuck Galey has drawn all his life. “I had everything I needed growing up in a small farm town in the Mississippi Delta; a pencil, a piece of paper and a long-winded Baptist preacher.” He has illustrated over seventy educational books and eleven children’s picture books, one that he authored. When he is not working on books in his studio in Jackson, Mississippi, he is presenting exciting school programs that inspire and astonish students. His programs, listed on the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster, encourage them to be creative in their reading, writing and art. For additional information about Chuck , visit his website:

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