The Heart of the Matter: A Children's Book with a Wonderful Heart!

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Here's a children's book that will really warm the heart – especially so in the dead cold of a Canadian winter and especially so in February with the heart-friendly celebration of Valentine's Day.

Here's a children's book that will really warm the heart – especially so in the dead cold of a Canadian winter and especially so in February with the heart-friendly celebration of Valentine's Day.

The book is entitled The Heart of the Matter and it's written by Lydia Kaufmann, a writer, entrepreneur, mother and grandmother who is based in southwestern Ontario. The book is dedicated to her three grandchildren – Shannon, Katarina and David.

It's a thoroughly charming, enlightening story with a novel twist: The central character, seven-year-old Hannah, a Grade 2 student of Miss Brown, is given a unique homework assignment – to ask her family and friends to tell her all that they know about the human heart.

What sounds like a straightforward, fun homework assignment becomes a bit more complicated as Hannah talks to the important people in her life. Her Mom tells Hannah that her heart exists to shower her daughter with love and devotion. Her Dad tells Hannah that his heart is a "consultant," which helps him make some important family decisions, such as whether to buy red or white roses for Hannah's Mom.

Hannah's doctor tells her that her heart is the life-force that pumps life-giving blood into her body's organs. Hannah's Grandma says her heart is where God lets her keep her secrets – it turns out that Grandma was able to keep Hannah's new puppy, a gift for her birthday, a secret for a full two months! Hannah's kindly neighbour, Mr. Smith, tells her that his heart is like a volcano, which erupts with whatever emotion it might be feeling. Mr. Smith tells Hannah that it is always best to fill the heart with good, happy feelings to help keep the volcano in good working order.

And then, at church on Sunday, the minister told Hannah and the congregation that God always looks deeply into a person's heart no matter what a person might look like on the outside. It turns out that God looks at people from the inside-out and it is what God sees on the inside that is most important. And when God sees a kind, happy heart, it makes God very happy, too.

And so, Hannah made her happy-heart list for Miss Brown – and she got an "A" for her good work. Author Kaufmann gets an "A" as well for creating a beautifully written, lovingly illustrated children's book that holds an important message for young and old alike. The Heart of the Matter goes right to the heart of the matter – that a kind heart, a loving heart, is something to cherish and nurture. A happy heart keeps us warm, cozy and loved, even in the midst of a chilly Canadian winter!

The Heart of the Matter
by Lydia Kaufmann
Illustrated by Janet Forsyth
ISBN: 978-0-9865128-0-3

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