Heave Ho! is a children's book about teamwork and outside-the-box thinking. When a cheerful little worm pops his head up above ground, he is surprised and grabbed by a hungry bird. The worm must get help from his other worm friends, but the bird has help too...which leads to an intense tug-of-war battle. The battle goes on until the worms are losing ground no matter how hard they try, which leads one worm to come up with a new idea!
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I was gifted this book by the author a couple of years ago while teaching in an early learning facility and had great success using it in my 3 and 4 year old preschool classroom. This book is ripe with educational opportunity and really sets the tone for a lifelong love of books. The children loved participating in the story by shouting "Heave Ho!" and although the actual text is quite simple (low word count), one of the greatest assets the book provides is the adorable drawings. Jose Lucio's illustrations allowed students to engage in meaningful discussions about the plot and sequence of events while also developing their ability to draw inferences from what they saw happening in the pictures. This fun little book comes highly recommended for young readers!
Heave Ho! by Jose Lucio is done by a truly gifted master. Mr. Lucio, who in addition to being an incredible illustrator is also a magnificent storyteller with the ability to convey a message of importance with style and grace that anyone of any age can recognize and learn from. Heave Ho! is such a book and the fluidity of the tale and illustrations makes this one special. Using a classic example of foes, Bird verses Worm, what unfolds is a struggle for more than just freedom for the worm or a meal for the bird. Not to spoil anything here, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this book being studied at the corporate level as a teaching tool for their employees similar to the book, Who Moved My Cheese, a motivational tale by Spencer Johnson which several Fortune 500 companies bought in bulk to distribute to their employees. Personally, I feel this book is better, no offence to Mr. Johnson, but Jose Lucio has something here that deserves merit.
On another note. I was in Barnes and Noble just yesterday looking at children's book, something for my grandsons' upcoming birthday. I was shocked to see that most books worth the time to appreciate for the story and illustrations cost upwards to $20.00. No wonder children's books are doing so well on Kindle. In dismay and rejection, I walked out empty handed. Then I discovered this jewel. Yes, finally, a quality book, printed on decent semi-gloss heavy weight paper and bound in a manner to make this last for years.
Let me say that the quality of this book is only exceeded by the quality of the story and illustrations. At a price of $8.00, this is a incredible bargain. I honestly don't know how they are able to produce this book at this price but I will admit, I would be willing to pay double after seeing what the market has to offer.
Overall, this book gets 5 stars because that's all Amazon will allow me to give. This is a great book, excellent illustrations expertly done plus an important life lesson thrown in, and a book printed to last. Get a copy before someone wakes up and prices this jewel for what it is worth. Yeah, I liked it, a lot!
This is an adorable story for little ones with all of their favorite familiar animals! I sat and read this story with my three year old, and he was engaged the entire time. He was excited to see that more and more worms were coming to the rescue of the little worm. We also laughed when one of the worms got creative. Once the story was done he joyful looked at me and said, “Mommy books about worms are the best!” I would have to say that Jose Lucio scored big in this house with Heave Ho! This story teaches kids to think outside the box, and to use teamwork to help one another out. This story features worms, a cat, dog, and bird, all creatures my little one is familiar with.
The other component that makes up a children’s book is the pictures. This story could easily tell itself through the pictures on every page. The images match the words making it an easy read for a child just learning their words. They are colorful, and have a very unique appearance to them. They are very well done, and so far my three year has decided the worms are his favorite.
We will certainly keep this one around in our house and enjoy it over and over again. Plus we got two adorable worms in the book that are now “my best friends,” according to my three year old.
We give Heave Ho! a 5 wonderful wiggly worms out of 5!