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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Hearting With Herman is a children's book written by Kerry Keegan and illustrated by Li Liu. Standing at the beach and staring at the ocean, young Sasha feels sorrow and so very alone. When she asks why this feeling overwhelms her heart, Sasha hears a beautiful sound before a whale named Herman appears. Herman takes Sasha on an incredible journey in the ocean, and when she again hears the magical sound, Sasha learns that it is the happiness of a whale's heart as it calls out to the world. Herman introduces her to amazing sea creatures, and quite soon, Sasha's heart is singing a song of its very own after being shown how many friends she truly has. Sasha knows that she will never feel alone again.
I was elated to find a wondrous and joyous tale, with such an uplifting feeling while reading that I am still left with a smile. As an Australian ex-pat who lives isolated overseas, I miss the beauty and majesty of the ocean and all it offers. Each time Herman 'hearted' his magnificent whale song, I easily remembered the amazing aquatic melodies of my childhood. Equally, I marveled in the incredible illustrations of so many different wonders of Mother Nature which own the oceans - Earth's own liquid gold. Kerry Keegan and Li Liu both receive a standing ovation for such an incredible way of introducing the beauty of our oceans to a whole new generation, in a story that can be told for many generations to come. Hearting With Herman belongs on every bookshelf which prides itself on high-quality reads. There is no doubt in my mind that young audiences around the world aged 5-12 will be captivated by this exotic journey under the sea.