What the Heart Knows

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What the Heart Knows

Chants, Charms & Blessings

By Joyce Sidman; Pamela Zagarenski (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780544106161, 65pp.

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessingsisacollection of poems to provide comfort, courage, and humor at difficult or daunting momentsin life.It conjures forth laments, spells, invocations, chants, blessings, promises, songs, and charms. Here are pleas on how to repair a friendship, wishes to transform one's life or to slow down time, charms to face the shame of a disapproving crowd, invocations to ask for forgiveness, to understand the mysteries of happiness, and to bravely face a dark anddifferent world. These words help us remember or grieve; they bolster courage and guard against evil; they help us celebrate and give thanks. This elegant giftbook also includes a red ribbon for readers to mark their favorite poems.Poet extraordinaire Joyce Sidman won the Newbery Honor Medal for Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night and continues to write poetry for children that has been called "fresh," "inspiring," and "accessible" to her young audience. She is intrigued by the idea of "words of power" chants and charms that were once believed to have real influence in everyday life. Caldecott Honor-winning Pamela Zagarenski's beautiful art capturesa world ofemotion and the essence of Sidman's words.