Illustration of doctors in an operating theatre by Amy Calautti
Heart of Gold is the debut picture book by author Alexandra Worth with illustrations by Amy Calautti.

Although a picture book, the story of Heart of Gold is a personal one. In which Alexandra explores the experiences her 10-year-old self.

After leading a very active, happy and carefree 10 years, Alexandra and her family were surprised to discover she had a heart condition and needed open heart surgery.

Alexandra Worth holding picture book Heart of Gold

The whole journey of my open-heart surgery was extremely difficult, not only for me, but also for my family. When my family were notified by my cardiologist that I required heart surgery, it definitely took a huge chunk out of their lives, both physically and mentally.

Alexandra Worth
Book cover for Heart of Gold

The book shares the story of 10 year old Anna and her adventures before, during and after open heart surgery.

Coupled with the gorgeous bright and happy illustrations by Amy Calautti. Heart of Gold is a great choice for children who are facing surgery of any type, and for their families as well.

It is wonderful to have a unique point of view in a picture book like this. Alexandra’s story provides a genuine child’s perspective. Sharing her fears, feelings and insights gained from her own experiences.

Anna is now healthier and happier than ever. Her new heart has given her more energy to do everything she loves to do, without feeling tired all the time.

From – Heart of Gold
Illustration of children diving into a pool from heart of gold by Amy Calautti

Heart of Gold is a very positive, energetic and uplifting book. A wonderful achievement with subject matter like this!

You can find Heart of Gold at Alexandra’s website. The book is also available from these bookstores.

Are you looking for more picture books to help support a child heading to hospital? Look no further than our post on great kids books about hospital.

NOTE: We were provided with a PDF copy of Heart of Gold for review, and received no renumeration for this post of any kind. All images are (C) Amy Calautti and Alexandra Worth.


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