Title: Twenty Heartbeats
Author: Dennis Haseley
Illustrator: Ed Young
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Concepts: human resources, wealth
Review: A wealthy man wished to commission a painting of his majestic horse. He asked Homan, a distinguished painter of horses, to do the portrait, and he gave Homan a large bag filled with gold. After Homan briefly saw and touched the horse, he left. Much to the wealthy man’s chagrin, year upon year passed without any word from the painter. Angry that Homan may have stolen his gold, the man paid an unexpected visit to Homan’s studio and learned an even more surprising lesson about patience and vision.
Told in succinct prose and illustrated with exquisite collages, Twenty Heartbeats provides readers with an interesting message about wealth and human resources, neatly wrapped into a clever story with an unpredictable ending.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children