Heartbeat (Hardcover)

By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781481435208, 56pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 2018

List Price: 17.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

This cinematic picture book from critically acclaimed author and illustrator Evan Turk follows the life of a baby whale from birth, to song, to silence, to a new song of compassion and hope for a brighter future.

Two hearts, one song.
A young whale and her mother sing together.
Heartbeat.
Then the mother is gone.
One heart, one song.
The young whale swims, alone and lonely,
for days and years and decades…
until one day a little girl hears her and joins her song.
Together, they sing of hope for a brighter future.
One world, one song,
one heartbeat.


About the Author

Evan Turk is an author, illustrator, and animator. An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor winner, he is the illustrator of the award-winning book Grandfather Gandhi and its companion Be the Change, and the author/illustrator of The Storyteller and Heartbeat. Evan is originally from Colorado and loves traveling and learning about other cultures through drawing. He is a graduate of Parsons and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. Visit him at EvanTurk.com.

Evan Turk is an author, illustrator, and animator. An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor winner, he is the illustrator of the award-winning book Grandfather Gandhi and its companion Be the Change, and the author/illustrator of The Storyteller and Heartbeat. Evan is originally from Colorado and loves traveling and learning about other cultures through drawing. He is a graduate of Parsons and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. Visit him at EvanTurk.com.


Praise For Heartbeat

“Finds its through-line across time and taxonomy, linking whales and humans through the centuries. The illustrations tell most of this story, while the spare, incantatory prose mostly sets the tone. . . . You leave this book with the sense of having overheard an unsettling but beautiful lullaby.”

* “Compelling . . . powerful. . . . Offers up a message of peace.”

* “An achingly poignant tribute to the beauty and dignity of whales. . . . Turk’s impactful artwork reinforces the powerful, easily graspable metaphor of the heartbeat, representing the unity of human and animal life.”

“Turk employs an extended metaphor of shared heartbeats among living beings to demonstrate that we are all a part of the same world. . . . A beautiful and poignant piece about humanity’s past and future.”

“Artistically rendered . . . The illustrations are evocative and emotional . . . A memorable journey for sophisticated readers.”