Voices of the Heart

Voices of the Heart

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by Ed Young
     
 

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Ed Young's lush tribute to the heart of emotion and to the beauty of the Chinese language, now in a small, perfect gift size.

In this deeply personal book, Ed Young explores twenty-six Chinese characters, each describing a feeling or emotion, and each containing the symbol for the heart.
Through stunning collage art that interprets the visual elements within

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Ed Young's lush tribute to the heart of emotion and to the beauty of the Chinese language, now in a small, perfect gift size.

In this deeply personal book, Ed Young explores twenty-six Chinese characters, each describing a feeling or emotion, and each containing the symbol for the heart.
Through stunning collage art that interprets the visual elements within each character, Young uncovers layers of meanings for words such as joy and sorrow, respect and rudeness. He invites readers to probe the full range of their own emotions and he gives a context for discussing ethics and the similarities between old and new, East and West.
It's a book for those who love the beauty of language and the beauty of the heart.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this unusual book, artist Young has taken twenty-six Chinese characters that all incorporate the symbol for the heart and provided his visual interpretation of the elements. For each character, there is the English word, a description of the emotion or virtue and then a decomposition of the elements in the Chinese characters that when combined together represent the word. The symbol is depicted and accompanied by Young's artistic representation in mixed media collages. While in picture book format, the concepts and art will appeal to older children and adults. It would make an interesting adjunct to a study of China, and attract those who are fascinated by language and by the way that concepts develop within a language or culture.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 UpIn perhaps his most conceptually brilliant work to date, Young introduces 26 Chinese characters, each having the symbol for the heart as a component. An illustration on each page occupies the two-thirds closest to the margin. The outer third has an English word relating to an emotion, feeling, or moral quality (joy, shame, patience, panic, etc.) with a simple definition containing the word "heart." Each section (or radical) of the word in Chinese is listed below it with a simple definition of each part and an explanation of the whole, followed by the assembled character for the concept. The Chinese writing is in seal script, which is one of the oldest forms of the language and consequently much closer visually and conceptually to its pictographic origins than today's standard printed forms. This choice is a master stroke as it prepares the mind for the stunning collage illustrations that utilize rebus format to represent the Chinese. Illustrations are of cut paper and some cloth on various paper backgrounds; sometimes backgrounds are textured, sometimes the rebus components are. All contain a heart and are bright or somber depending on the concept conveyed. Though certainly an interesting introduction to Chinese characters, this highly original tour de force will awaken children to the relation between language and thought, providing many hours of fascination and discussion.John Philbrook, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A labor of love for a versatile illustrator (see review, above) introduces some Chinese characters and invites readers to muse upon human nature. In 26 pages appear 26 thoughtful descriptions of traits such as virtue, shame, realization, and forgiveness. In "Respect," a Chinese seal or pictograph is shown at the bottom of the page; above it, its components are broken down, e.g., the symbols for "twenty," "pair of hands," and "heart," because "twenty pair of hands symbolize twenty generations. When the heart acknowledges the wisdom of twenty generations, respect develops." Filling much of the page is a modern interpretation of the seal or pictograph, collage creations made from a range of papers, from exotic handmade pieces to paper toweling. Explanations sometimes relate the concept to Chinese history, but while Young calls this a work of "personal reflection," the emotions and ideas are universal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439456937
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
Gift
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Voices of the Heart 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was beautifully put together. I was amazed at the artwork of the Chinese characters and the meaning behind each character. Each Chinese character shows a piece of sincerity from the heart, which is needed in today's classroom