Award winning author Kevin Gerard checking with another review – a great little book kids would enjoy, and parents would enjoy reading with their children.
After reading only a few pages of “The Girl Whose Heart Was Too Big,” Shel Silverstein’s classic book “The Giving Tree” popped into my mind. Carlisle’s girl captures the same innocence and sincerity of the tree in Silverstein’s book. Amber Ellens is completely untouched by the ugly competitiveness of our world, and freely gives anything she has away, or shares it someone who has less. The rest of the children don’t understand and react accordingly, but Amber’s BIG heart won’t be dissuaded. She just keeps giving and sharing. It is a charming tale that will touch readers of any age.
I write fantasy novels for kids – sometimes 600 pages long – and Carlisle’s book is as compelling as any with ten times the page count.
I highly recommend this book. Strong message, simple delivery. Worth every penny.