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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Broken Heart by Martha Ramirez is a story about a little girl who is going through heart surgery. The book is helpful for children who have congenital heart problems. Julia has a broken heart. That is what her mother tells her twin sister, Stefanie. She is sad that her sister is going to be away in the hospital for a while. Her mother reassures Stephanie that Julia is going to be okay and there is nothing to worry about. She buys a heart shaped basket from the supermarket and makes a 'get well soon card' with hearts on it. The whole family is waiting for Julia's surgery to be over. They wait for hours and finally, when the surgery is over, the family gets to see Julia.
It's a beautiful story that is heart warming and compassionate, showing kids how to handle pain and trauma in their lives. The story also shows the bond between the two sisters and the love they share. The support the family gives each other during times like these are also to be noted. The illustrations are colorful and vivid and they breathe life and movement into the characters and the scenes. The book is an excellent bedtime storybook as well as a good book to be used in read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries. It a story that teaches children many new things and concepts and also the importance of prayers, family and support in their own lives.