Written by Dr. Jacquie Hood Martin
Illustrated by Zina Martin
As we discover how best to ignite a passion in our children to the reading, listening, writing, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning stages of life, resources like Hannah’s Heart provide a critical access point to engagement in the world around our little ones.
Early childhood statistics indicate that children excel when they are exposed to words, sounds, music, and positivity even in the womb, and by age 2, a preschoolers gait becomes smooth and rhythmic—secure enough that they soon leave the ground, first by running and jumping and then, between 3 and 6 years, by hopping, galloping, and skipping. Eventually, upper and lower body skills combine into more effective actions (Haywood & Getchell, 2005). Although toddlers ages 2 and 3-year-olds throw a ball without precision, using only the arms, 4 and 5-year-olds use a smooth, flexible motion, using their entire upper body. These are the formative years where parenting and care giving offer a child instruction and interaction with play. Hannah’s Heart inspires children to live healthy, happy, and whole lives without the eye of scrutiny, but with watchful care, love and affection for their well-being.
Hannah’s Heart is book 1 in a series for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and persons of all ages who enjoy reading, and listening. The accompanying Hannah’s Heart Coloring Book offers children an opportunity to develop their fine motors skills, and explore creative expression. Enjoy this delightful story as Hannah discovers her free spirit, and shows she is a kind, loving, thoughtful, forgiving, and smart child.