See a Heart, Share a Heart

Eric Telchin, Author
Eric Telchin. Dial, $12.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-8037-3894-2
Reviewed on: 12/10/2012
Release date: 12/06/2012
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Hearts are everywhere, suggests this photographic book from Telchin, who created the Web site to showcase images of hearts he discovers in nature, urban areas, and in a spectrum of colors. Loose, heart-centric verse runs throughout (“Hold a heart/ Free a heart/ Find a heart”), thematically tied to the photographs. A snake, rubber band, and hose coiled into heart shapes join the words “twist a heart,” while floral hearts appear with the phrase “tend a heart.” Grainy hearts embedded in cracked sidewalks and a tiny heart-shaped discoloration on an autumn leaf might be overlooked “in the wild”: the subtlety of the images points to the value of being receptive to and perceptive of one’s environment. Ages 4–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Dec.)