Rockliff, Mara. Tanksley, Ann. My Heart Will Not Sit Down, 40 pgs. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012. $17.99. Inside cover: “When Kedi hears about America’s Great Depression from her teacher, her heart will not sit down. Men and women are unable to find work. Children are going hungry. In her teacher’s village of New York City, people are starving because they do not have money to buy food. But can one small girl in Africa’s Cameroon make a difference all the way across the “great salt river” in America? Inspired by true events, Mara Rockliff brings to life the remarkable story of one child’s vision, passion, and dedication to making the world a better place.” This was one of the most heart-felt, wonderful books we have ever read. My son and I had many discussions after reading the story. What a great springboard to further classroom discussions/units on emotions, service, compassion, history and culture (and much more!). We simply loved this book! The illustrations are unique. Teachers might want to read the “Author’s Notes” at the end of the book before sharing it with their students in order to familiarize themselves with the story. They will also want to explain that although the illustrations make one think that there is only a small river separating Africa and New York City, the two are actually separated by the Atlantic Ocean! Because it is based on true events, this book can and should be used in grades K-12! EL (K-3). EL. Middle School. High School. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: SL.