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The Jewel Heart
     

The Jewel Heart

by Barbara Helen Berger, Barbara Helen Berger (Illustrator)
 

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Gemino has a jewel for a heart, but he has no voice. He uses his violin to sing a song he plays only for a beautiful dancer named Pavelle. When Gemino is injured, Pavelle does her best to mend him, replacing his heart with a tiny seed watered by her tears. Only then does Gemino sing again, as his heart blossoms with affection for the ballerina who has transformed him

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Gemino has a jewel for a heart, but he has no voice. He uses his violin to sing a song he plays only for a beautiful dancer named Pavelle. When Gemino is injured, Pavelle does her best to mend him, replacing his heart with a tiny seed watered by her tears. Only then does Gemino sing again, as his heart blossoms with affection for the ballerina who has transformed him with her love. A soft dream spun of song and dance, this sweetly evocative picture book about the power of love will enchant young ballerinas who yearn for something magical. - Booklist A substantial story that will blossom with repeat readings. - Publishers Weekly, starred review Magical. - Kirkus Reviews Barbara Helen Berger lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Borrowing classical stage traditions for its themes and characterizations, this original tale speaks of unrequited love and romantic transformations. The voiceless Gemino, a Pagliacci-style clown, has only a jewel for a heart. He plays his violin for his beloved ballerina, Pavelle, whose appreciation for him seems to end with his haunting music. But when Gemino lies listless in a heap after a tragic fall, Pavelle is desperate to ``fix'' him. Aided by the animal shadows, she stitches new clothes (with a spider's web for thread and a thistle's spine for a needle) and patches him together. But Gemino needs a new heart. The shadow spirits offer a ``brown seed... dull and plain.'' Pavelle plants it in Gemino's chest, her tears watering it. When Gemino wakes and plays a new song, a living bud replaces his jewel heart. It is, however, Pavelle who has changed most. The style and soft palette of Berger's (Grandfather Twilight) acrylic paintings exude the familiar prettiness of a fairy tale, but her dramatic storytelling and gossamer imagery elevate the work to the elegance of opera or ballet. A substantial story that will blossom with repeat readings. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature
Gemino cannot speak, but the music he makes with his violin speaks for him. He plays for the ballerina Pavelle who he loves. When Gemino is hurt and his jewel heart is stolen, Pavelle mends him, substituting a seed for his jeweled heart. Her tears water the seed and when it blooms, Gemino once again plays his sweet tunes so his beloved can dance. A wonderful ballet story rendered with lovely pictures that will enthrall ballerinas and all who love romance. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Gemino has a jewel for a heart but no voice. Instead, he sings with his violin as he plays for the ballet dancer Pavelle. One day, he is injured, and Pavelle rushes to his side. She finds him in tatters-lifeless-his heart stolen by a woodrat. Using spider's thread, dandelion down, and pieces of shadow, Pavelle replaces his hair and sews him a new suit. Lacking a jewel, she then places a plain brown seed inside his chest, watering it with her tears. Gemino finally awakens, playing like never before, and the seed of his heart flowers into a symbol of the depth of the love that he and Pavelle share. A gentle story of the healing power of love, this will appeal to those young listeners who can leave the world of logic behind and willingly step into the realm of fantasy. The story is set on a stage in the forest; the performers are jointed dolls; and the audience is comprised of a variety of woodland creatures. As with Berger's Grandfather Twilight (Philomel, 1986), nature plays a prominent role. Drawn in soft watercolors, enlarged shadows of flora and fauna surround the wounded Gemino and assist Pavelle in her efforts at restoring life to him. Their pastel tones contrast strongly with the primary red of the young woman's costume, adding an ethereal, magical quality to the work. Reminiscent in mood of Margaret Wise Brown's Wait Til the Moon Is Full (HarperCollins, 1948), the book can be used with a group but is better for one-on-one sharing.-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, Wheeler School, Providence, RI
Annie Ayres
The clown doll Gemino has a jewel for a heart and a violin he plays so the ballerina Pavelle can dance. When Gemino falls in the woods and his jewel heart is lost, Pavelle tries to repair him. She sews together "pieces and patches of shadow" to make him a suit and lays tufts of dandelion on his head for hair. Finally, she plants one brown seed within his chest and waters it with her tears. It's then that Gemino awakens to play a new song, and his heart bursts into bloom. With the same luminous palette of blues and greens and the same serene, poetic style she used in "Grandfather Twilight" (1986), Berger paints a mystical woodland scene to stage her story. A soft dream spun of song and dance, this sweetly evocative picture book about the power of love will enchant young ballerinas who yearn for something magical.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399226816
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/31/1994
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.62(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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