Born From the Heart: Book Review & Giveaway

Reading has always been a big part of my life, so it has been a joy to witness Jehryn fall in love with books. As his attention span has widened, we have been able to read for longer periods of time. Instead of focusing on the pictures alone, he has begun to take interest in the stories being told. This winter, we added Born From the Heart by Berta Serrano to his book collection.

 
My attention was immediately grabbed by Alfonso Serrano's illustrations. The first time we read it together, Jehryn was very quiet, taking in the bright colors and story. Since then, he has been more interactive, pointing and commenting. He refers to it as the "Mama Book." I feel that this book provides a great abstract depiction of where babies come from, at least for toddlers. It is based on the author's experience of adopting her child.
 
The main character is Rose, who has always wanted to be a mom. When she and her husband are ready to start a family, Rose's heart begins to literally grow. Eventually, she has to find new clothes because her heart won't stop growing. When it is time to meet their baby, the couple travels by plane, boat and over mountains. The book ends in a magical, heart-warming moment when she sees her baby for the first time. 
 

While reading this to my almost two year old, I smile at the metaphors and wonder if the book is helping him understand a little more about the love I have for him. I imagine he associates Rose's big heart with my growing belly. This book has become a bedtime favorite and has been on our nightstand for several weeks now. I want to share it with you, so please enter the raffle below for a chance to win! The drawing will close on Friday, January 24th and the winner will be announced that weekend.

All of the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
 
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think Eli would love to read this! My child is most definitely a bookworm! I also babysit a little boy who is adopted and I bet it would be a great read for him too!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh and Eli's favorite books right now are: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Not a Box (Antoinette Portis), all the classic Eric Carle books, Put Me in the Zoo, and many more! -Aimee

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