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“Sweep” Your Heart Out

Scottish author Louise Greig shares a story about confronting our emotions.

Fats here.


Written by Louise Greig
Illustrated by Julia Sarda
Published by Simon & Schuster (2018)
ISBN-13: 9781534439085

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Meet Ed. When Ed is in a good mood, he is very nice. When Ed is in a bad mood, he is not nice at all. Today, Ed is in a bad mood…

Not one of those tiny whirlwinds in a teacup that blow over before they have begun.

No, this mood swept over him in a raging storm and stuck.

– Sweep
Image courtesy of Simon and Schuster.

What started out as a small thing snowballed into one big disaster. Ed kept giving in to his bad mood until everything grew dark and it was becoming more and more difficult to keep up. His bad mood was affecting everything and everyone around him. How much longer could this go on?

Ed decided that something must change. It was this small decision that helped Ed turn over a new leaf. There was a new wind in the air, a different kind of wind. This new wind cleared the air and made Ed notice the beauty all around him. More importantly, this new wind swept his bad mood away.

Sweep offers a metaphor on mood and confronting big emotions.

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Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

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