One of my favourite animal-related heart stories is the legend of the cat who ate Thomas Hardy’s heart: never conclusively verified but I like to think it’s true. Poor old cat! My dad told me about Hardy’s heart when I was very young, but I got most of the details for my telling of the story from this very thorough (and entertaining) blog post.
I’ve made my illustrated version of the story into a tiny 16 page book that you can print out and put together at home, using a single sheet of A4 paper, should you feel so inclined. You can find it for free download in the Creative Resources section, just below the Heart Haiku zines, and it comes with assembly instructions. I’ve also included a blank template in the Things To Make & Do section, should you want to make a mini book of your own.
I’ve got a few other animal-related heart histories I’m hoping to share on the blog soon (though possibly not as picture books in all cases!) and am always keen to hear more, so do let me know your stories in the comments or, even better, write them as a haiku in the comments on this post.
Here’s an old haiku I wrote about this animal-related heart history:
A heart in a cat
In a biscuit tin in a
Casket in the ground.