Wendy Archibald

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

In Children's, Reviews on February 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

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This book, just like that last one I reviewed, resonated with me.

Unlike the last book, though, the cast of characters is simple and it only took me an hour (or so) to read.

Sharon Creech has another book out, Love That Dog, that I also love and that’s written in a similar style to this one.

 Heartbeat is almost a long poem. The way Ms. Creech used the rhythm of the narrative poem, along with the words, truly made the book seem to have a heartbeat. I didn’t notice it while I was reading it, though, as much as afterwards. When I thought about the book, I seemed to think about it in a foot-pounding, heart-beating rhythm.

It’s hard to explain, and I think if I tried I wouldn’t get it right anyway, but she told such a perfect story in such few words, tying together running, art, family, friendship, aging, birthing, and eating an apple into a beautiful circle.

Just thinking about it makes me want to draw a picture (because I don’t run).

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