The Heart Never Forgets (Hardback)
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The Heart Never Forgets (Hardback)

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Hardback 40 Pages
Published: 25/04/2024
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A young girl pays tribute to the memory of her grandfather during a West African masquerade festival in this moving, lushly illustrated picture book.

DUM! DUM! DUM! DUM!
The talking drums thump a sweet beat…
The masquerade has begun.

As villagers gather to hear masked musicians beating drums, savor fried plantains, and watch the joyful dancers, a young girl joins the celebration with her family. But this year, everything feels different; it’s the first masquerade without Grandpa.

Each member of the family carries something that honors Grandpa—his clanking beads, soft velvet hat, and carved walking stick. But the young girl doesn’t have any of Grandpa’s items. Instead, she brings with her a special memory shared only between the two of them. Will she be able to share it with the world?

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781665913058
Number of pages: 40
Weight: 456 g
Dimensions: 254 x 254 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Via painterly illustrations of dancers in traditional West African outfits and masquerade performers in patterned costumes, Goodman expresses liveliness and warmth, carrying the day—and story—forward to a profound and poetic conclusion. In this tenderly written debut, Ot deftly conveys that love is at the core of the grieving process, and that memories and celebration of loved ones keep them near when they have gone." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW, 2/5/2024

“The simple, poetic language guides readers through this heartfelt story of grief and love. The vividly textured illustrations are captivating. A wonderful read-aloud, this tale will especially resonate with those dealing with loss. A stirring reminder of loss that balances joy with sadness." - Kirkus Reviews, 4/1/24

"Goodman sets warm colors against sweeping ochre backgrounds; detailed clothing patterns and lively compositions convey the spirit of this celebration. Debut picture-book author Ot offers a note to expand on the meaning and significance of the rich and varied tradition of masquerades in West Africa. A compelling story showing a sorrowing child’s path to her own kind of grace through a beloved tradition of remembrance." - Booklist, 4/15/24

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