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The Heart Never Forgets

The Heart Never Forgets

by Ana Ot, Illustrated by Hayden Goodman

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A young girl pays tribute to the memory of her grandfather during a West African masquerade festival in this moving, lushly illustrated picture book.

The talking drums thump a sweet beat…
The masquerade has begun.

As villagers gather to hear masked musicians beating drums, savor fried plantains, and watch the joyful dancers, a young girl joins the celebration with her family. But this year, everything feels different; it’s the first masquerade without Grandpa.

Each member of the family carries something that honors Grandpa—his clanking beads, soft velvet hat, and carved walking stick. But the young girl doesn’t have any of Grandpa’s items. Instead, she brings with her a special memory shared only between the two of them. Will she be able to share it with the world?


ISBN-13: 9781665913058
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 16, 2024
Pages: 40
Ages: 4-8
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