The Journey of Hanna Heart is a story about Hanna, a happy, content little heart who is suddenly taken on a journey by a blast of cold wind. Depicted in this book are Hanna’s experiences after being forced away from all that is familiar to her, from landing on an iceberg, to falling deep into the ocean, to being stuck by a very pointy palm tree. She is frightened by what is happening to her. The experiences are different from anything she has been accustomed to, but with the help of some wonderful friends she meets along the way, she learns that there can be good in every situation. A soft, gentle breeze finally returns her home to her rainbow heart tree, safe and sound, to rejoin her family and friends.
This book is based on the brightly colored murals I paint in hospitals, homeless shelters, schools and other facilities. I found many times that we as adults are so focused on protecting our children when they are sick, we may forget they are still children. It is extremely important to their well being that they keep doing children things.
The Journey of Hanna Heart was originally written with sick children in mind as something that could be read to them by family members, volunteers or by the children themselves. I envision the children holding onto the book as they fall asleep, and taking it home with them, leaving them with a pleasant memory of their hospital stay. However, the book truly has universal appeal to all children because it encourages the power of imagination. Everyone, young and old, can relate to a time when they may have been sad to be away from their family and friends, only to return again safe and sound.
Proceeds from the sale of the book are used by Changing Images Art Foundation, Inc. to fund painting projects, bringing comfort and color to facilities wherever there is a need.