In My Heart is a beautifully illustrated and touching book on families bound by heart. Explaining the concept of adoption to a child may seem daunting. However, this book crosses the barrier and gently approaches the topic.
Mia is a young girl and she knows that she is born out of her parents’ hearts. Mia sets off to find her biological mother, that is, her ‘tummy-mummy’. The story follows this journey. But, as she goes through this process she uncovers the immense love that her ‘heart’ parents and her extended family holds for her. Her ‘heart parents’ lovingly support her search at every step, gently walking with her on the path where she seeks to know the truth.
Explaining the concept of adoption to a child requires understanding, open and heartfelt communication. Very often adults may be at a loss of words. The book gives words to the very sensitive topic of explaining adoption to a young child. The terms “tummy-mummy” or “heart-parents” immediately give a voice to these unique relationships. The illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane do justice to the deep feelings of love and belonging that pervade the book.
In My Heart, quite perceptively opens up the reader to the fact that there are many different kinds of families. Some connections are those of the heart. It is a story filled with love and poignancy, and the joys of familial bonds.
This book is a wonderful addition to any child’s library, as well as for schools. Adopted or not, all children need to know that ultimately, families are bound by heart!
Title: In My Heart
Author: Nandana Dev Sen
Illustrator: Ruchi Mhasane
Publisher: Puffin books
Age group: 3 – 6