Scholastic Monday ~ The Heart’s Song

Loss is a part of life. It is a hard part of life…a part of life that we often want to avoid, shy away from or ignore (if we can!). The thing is that the loss of a loved one can be very difficult. Whether it is through death or through moving on or moving away or for some other reason, there really is no ‘reason’ that makes loss easy. It can be especially difficult for children…

The Heart’s Song by Gilles Tibo is a touching Canadian title that gently shares the message that “We cannot live without experiencing loss; but we gain much more from what we give each other.”

The Heart’s Song tells the story of Miss Matilda who sits at her bench in the park. She is the trusted fixer of broken toys and umbrellas, but she is also so much more. In addition to fixing material things, she also mends hearts. She helps to mend to mend the hearts of a little boy who misses his mom; a girl who wants her dad to come home and a child who longs for a friend. She cares gently for these children who are all experiencing their own forms of loss and in return, when Miss Matilda experiences the loss of her beloved bird, the children come together to do the same for Miss Matilda – which is to mend her heart with songs, drawings and messages of hope and love.

A Heart’s Song is a deeply touching story…it’s a tough one not to shed tears through! 😉 The book is a perfect way to help children explore sadness and grief while also showing them that love, friendship and coming together can help overcome that grief. It is a thought provoking book that gently focuses on the real life issue of ‘loss’ and I would highly recommend it.

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  1. Lynda Cook says:

    Sounds like a great book to read to the littles about loss, and we all deal with it different!

  2. This sounds like a fantastic book to add to a childs library.

  3. kathy downey says:

    Well this sure sounds like a nice book to add to out addition!

  4. I think I would cry reading this! Sounds so touching.

  5. Loss is an essential for all of us to discuss. I am anxious to read it.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What a wonderful story this book tells. Loss is always devastating, even if you expect it. I think this book will be a tear jerker for me.

  7. It might just be a great book for adults too. I can already feel it’s pull having lost 4 family and extended family members and then this month losing two friends. Grief is a heavy thing.

  8. kathy downey says:

    I think this would be very emotional book to read

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