Cover image for My heart / Corinna Luyken.
My heart / Corinna Luyken.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2019.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 28 cm
"From moments of great joy and exuberance to necessary times of quiet contemplation, your heart is your guide"-- publisher description.


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LUY Book Easy Collection
LUY Book Easy Collection
LUY Book Easy Collection

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My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed...or opened up wide. Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you. With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.

Author Notes

Corinna Luyken grew up in different cities along the West Coast, and after studying at Middlebury College, she settled in Washington State, where she draws inspiration from nature, her family, and the human form.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rhyming verse and sweet-tempered artwork by Luyken (The Book of Mistakes) explore childhood emotions through images of the heart. Children of different ages and colors are seen playing, exploring. When they're overtaken by sadness or loneliness, they find comfort in the company of others: "My heart is a window,/ my heart is a slide./ My heart can be closed/ or opened up wide." One remorseful-looking girl shows her mother a vase. It's broken-and so is her heart. A page turn reveals the restored vase on a table. The girl opens the blinds to let the sunshine in, finding that "broken can mend,/ and a heart that is closed/ can still open again." Fences, stains, and quiet whispers become metaphors for feelings. Accepting companionship heals and helps children grow: "Closed or open... I get to decide," the book finishes, with a spread of a smiling girl, arms thrown wide. Flashes of brilliant yellow illuminate smudgy black-and-white drawings, and heart forms can be found everywhere, in ironwork, tiny seedlings, and stars. The abstract nature of Luyken's meditation will draw readers receptive to thoughtful examination; others may be left puzzled. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Grayscale monotype illustrations with warm yellow highlights illustrate Luykens lyrical text about love and emotion. The arts luminescence is an apt choice for a picture book about the heartnot the tangible, beating heart but the intangible, feeling one: My heart is a window, / my heart is a slide. / My heart can be closed / or opened up wide. Luykens decision to depict many children in minimal but varied settings as speakers of her first-person-singular text likewise enriches her project: this diverse group of children displays a range of emotions and states of being that might not have been as powerful if seen in and through a single protagonist. And, just as some of the (stylized) hearts hidden in the illustrations are less readily visible than others, some lines meanings are more opaque than others. Instead of coming across as inaccessible or bewildering, however, the spare text and pictures leave room for reader reflection on what it might mean for ones heart to be, for example, a puddlea stain[or] cloudy and heavy with rain. Culminating spreads move from starlit darkness to incandescent sunshine, concluding with a rousing, affirming declaration: My heart is a shadow, / a light, and a guide. / Closed or open/ I get to decide. megan dowd lambert March/April 2019 p 63(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.