Stepanek, Mattie J. T., 2001. HEARTSONGS. New York: VSP Books - Hyperion. ISBN: 078686947X.
HEARTSONGS is a beautiful anthology of poems written and illustrated by an award winning young poet
with muscular dystrophy. His poems explore the reality of living with this disease and the grief associated with
having lost three siblings from the same disease. His free verse poems also include the amazing themes of
innocence and hope sprinkled with humor and an overwhelming sense of love for life. "Circle of Happiness" demonstrates
Mattie's poetic style. I am a little kid/For you to love./I am a little kid/For you to hug and kiss./I am a little kid
for you to say,/"You are so special,/ Yes you are " to./ I am a little kid/For all those things and more....I will be a little kid/Who
will love you./I will be a little kid/Who will hug and kiss you...And that is what happiness is all about. Included
in the book is a table of contents divided by subject and an index by title and first lines. HEARTSONGS is an inspirational
collection of poems that will bring tears to your eyes while putting a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
I have a song, deep in my heart,
And only I can hear it.
If I close my eyes and sit very still
It is so easy to listen to my song.
When my eyes are open and
I am so busy and moving and busy,
If I take time and listen very hard,
I can still hear my Heartsong.
It makes me feel happy.
Happier than ever.
Happier than everywhere
And everything and everyone
In the whole wide world.
Happy like thinking about
Going to Heaven when I die.
My Hearsong sounds like this---
I love you! I love you!
How happy you can be!
How happy you can make
This whole world be!
And sometimes it's other
Tunes and words, too,
But it always sings the
Same special feeling to me.
It makes me think of
Jamie, and Katie, and Stevie,
And other wonderful things.
This is my special song.
But do you know what?
All people have a special song
Inside their hearts!
Everyone in the whole wide world
Has a special Heartsong.
If you believe in magical, musical hearts,
And if you believe you can be happy,
Then you, too, will hear your song.