Sofia and the Heartmender

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When Sofia sees shadow-monsters on her wall at night, her parents dismiss her fears as silly. When she tries to draw her monsters at school, her teacher tells her to stop wasting paper and draw flowers instead. Sad and lonely, her heart broken in two, Sofia leaves school and enters a mysterious world where a Heartmender waits to make her heart whole again.

Sofia’s journey leads her to face her fears until they fade away. Strengthened by her visit to the compassionate ...

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When Sofia sees shadow-monsters on her wall at night, her parents dismiss her fears as silly. When she tries to draw her monsters at school, her teacher tells her to stop wasting paper and draw flowers instead. Sad and lonely, her heart broken in two, Sofia leaves school and enters a mysterious world where a Heartmender waits to make her heart whole again.

Sofia’s journey leads her to face her fears until they fade away. Strengthened by her visit to the compassionate Heartmender, she returns to the real world, confident that the shadow-monsters are no longer a threat, ready to speak up for herself to her parents and teachers, and hopeful that the adults in her life will respect her feelings—because she respects herself.

In the literary tradition of A Wrinkle in Time and The Chronicles of Narnia, Sofia and the Heartmender blends fantasy and fiction to show that anything is possible, even healing a broken heart. Beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated, this story of a young girl’s search for self-esteem will inspire and delight readers of all ages.

Marie Olofsdotter is an artist, poet, author, and illustrator of many books for children. Sofia and the Heartmender was honored with a Mid-America Publishers Award, a Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, and a Skipping Stones Honor Award, and was selected as a Parents Council Book. Olofsdotter has been working as a creative consultant and an artist-in-residence for over fifteen years. A native of Sweden, she lives near the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

When no one seems to understand Sofia's fear of the shadow-monsters that she sees in the dark, her heart breaks and she goes to see the Heartmender for help.

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Graciela Italiano
Sofia's heart is broken in two when adults refuse to take her fears seriously. Parents and teacher alike trivialize the shadow monsters that follow her, but a wise dog guides her through a magical world where she meets the Heartmender. During the journey, Sofia confronts her fears, which then disappear, and the Heartmender heals Sofia's heart with moonlight. Back in the real world, stronger with renewed self-esteem and confidence, Sofia makes her feelings known to the adults and asks that they be respected. Olofsdotter has created a rich and inspiring story by carefully crafting a dynamic between text and illustrations. Richly colored and exquisitely detailed, the illustrations add information and evoke the mythical time and space where the wounded self is healed. A book to be enjoyed at various levels by young and older children alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977945832
  • Publisher: Holy Cow! Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 724,176
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Marie Olofsdotter is a Swedish-born visual artist who has worked as a freelance designer and performer in Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, and Minnesota. She currently teaches mask-making, puppetry, and scenic design to children in Minneapolis, where she has lived since 1982.
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