Sunday, March 26, 2023

*Review* The Blue Glass Heart by Yona Zeldis McDonough


Genre: Children's 3-8 years
Published: May 2, 2023
Pages: 24

When Sarah accidentally breaks Bubbe’s blue glass bowl, she sets a heart-shaped piece of blue glass on an adventure, touching the lives of children around the world, until it finally—remarkably—finds its way back home.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This was a quaint story about the journey of a piece of glass. It starts out as part of a beautiful bowl in New York City, until the bowl is broken. Then because it looks like a triangle, the girl who accidentally broke the bowl picks it up to keep it. But she loses it at the beach the next day where its journey really begins. It travels for years and years and years until it ends up in the luggage of a girl moving from Israel to New York. 

The illustrations were very blue, which makes me happy. It also makes sense considering the primary setting of the book. I could probably read this book a few times before I got tired of it. Overall I give this book 3.86 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Yona Zeldis McDonough was born in Hadera, Israel, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, she is the author of eight novels for adults. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in many national and literary publications. She is the fiction editor of Lilith Magazine, a feminist, Jewish magazine.

Chiara Fedele was born in Milan, where she attended the Brera Academy. Her illustrations have appeared in many picture books, including Yaffa and Fatima: Shalom, Salaam and The Rabbi and the Reverend: Joachim Prinz, Martin Luther King Jr., and Their Fight Against Silence. Chiara also teaches drawing and painting techniques. She lives in Pavia, Italy. 

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