What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 65 pages
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What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings is a collection of poems to provide comfort, courage, and humor at difficult or daunting moments in 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 and different world. These words help us remember or grieve; they bolster courage and guard against evil; they help us celebrate and give thanks. This elegant gift book 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 captures a world of emotion and the essence of Sidman's words.

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User Review  - PeggyDean - LibraryThing

In the introduction to this profound collection of poems, Sidman states, "we still believe in the power of the words themselves." Unpacking a range of experiences, Sidman holds each one up to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - khamneithang - LibraryThing

What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms and Blessings by Joyce Sidman, and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, is a compilation of 29 poems for children and young adults, which even grown-ups will find ... Read full review

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Chants Charms to bolster courage and guard against evil
Spells Invocationsto cause something to happen
Laments Remembrances to remember regret or grieve
Praise Songs Blessingsto celebrate thank or express love
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The Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman is today's foremost nature poet for children. Accolades for her books include two Caldecott Honors, a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Claudia Lews Award, and many stars and best of lists. For her award-winning body of work, she won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit www.joycesidman.com Pamela Zagarenski is the winner of two Caldecott Honors. The books she has illustrated have also been Booklist Editor's Choices, Horn Book Fanfare and Bulletin Blue Ribbon books, winners of Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award, and translated into many languages. As well as illustrating picture books, she creates paintings and has a gift card line. She lives in Connecticut. Visit her online at pzagarenski.com, on Instagram @sacredbee, and Twitter @sacredbeez.

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