The Girl and the Lock on Her Heart

A Heartwarming Story for Kids About Self-Love

Children - Social Issues
34 Pages
Reviewed on 12/23/2022
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Author Biography

Lauren Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong. Growing up, she was always painting and dreamed of living in her artworks. She moved to NYC when she was 18 to pursue fashion design at Parsons School of Design. A year into her corporate designer career, she realized her dream was always to paint and write stories. So she picked up her paintbrush and published her first children's book, The Girl and the Lock on Her Heart. She now lives in New York with her beloved cat.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite

In The Girl and the Lock on Her Heart by Lauren Lee, a girl who lives by herself is on a mission to find the key that will fit the empty lock on her heart. One day, a boy who has a key to his heart explains what love is like to the girl and, inspired, she embarks on a quest to look for the key to her own heart. On her journey, she meets people who shower her with affection, and she constructs keys from artwork. She also expresses her love for the objects she possesses but still cannot find the key to her heart. The boy explains that love can also be found within, and after loving herself for the journey that she went on, the little girl receives the key to her own heart. Told like a fairy tale and with vibrant artwork, this is worth adding to your shelf.

I was blown away, first and foremost, by the stunning illustrations Lauren Lee designed for The Girl and the Lock on Her Heart. She truly brings the reader along on this adventure through her play with colors, detailed scenery, and unique style. I would read the book over again for the pictures alone; however, the written portion of the book is spectacular and certainly worth many re-reads as well. In both writing and imagery, this story is gentle with its readers. While the boy talks about the love he receives from his parents, the girl has no family to show her love to but discovers it herself. What a delicate way to demonstrate healing to children and adults who may not have had the benefit of a secure, loving environment. The language is simple enough for early grade school readers to follow on their own, and perfect for group story time.

Benny Lee

It is a heartwarming book with very beautiful illustrations .It tells a heartwarming story about a girl who wants to unlock her heart and eventually she discovers love, both for herself and from others. This is fantastic book conveying an everlasting message that enlightens every person, let alone child out there.

Micah Smith

This is exactly the kind of book I wish I’d had as a child. The beautiful dreamscape illustrations are phenomenal, but the message is most important. The girl with a lock on her heart introduces children to resiliency, self love, and acceptance. It shows children that you do not have to be born into a fairytale to create your own fairytale life. The power of being your own biggest cheerleader, of providing love for yourself is so important, and a beautiful ideal to cultivate in children.

The book is perfect for children dealing with big emotions related to loss, or loneliness, and offers positive, gentle language to speak about tough situations and how we can create beautiful lives by loving ourselves, instead of waiting for others to love us enough.


Sweet book! The book will have a significant impact on both kids and adults. It is a journey about sel-love, friendship and love at all levels. The text is simple enough for early primary school readers to understand on their own. The explanation of this book contains some encouraging messages at the end. The messages is clear and unmistakable that you are perfect the way you are.

Strongly recommend this book to anyone with a young child to help them learn to love themselves.