Maybe Later

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One day, Johnny stuck his nose in his grandpa's closet and found a bottle. It was made of dark green glass. A sandy cork was plugged in the top. The sand was as hard as cement.
Johnny took the bottle to the sunroom where his grandpa was snoozing. He jumped on the sofa. "What's in the bottle?" he demanded.
"Well now, that's a puzzle," his grandpa said. "I never did figure that...

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Overview

One day, Johnny stuck his nose in his grandpa's closet and found a bottle. It was made of dark green glass. A sandy cork was plugged in the top. The sand was as hard as cement.
Johnny took the bottle to the sunroom where his grandpa was snoozing. He jumped on the sofa. "What's in the bottle?" he demanded.
"Well now, that's a puzzle," his grandpa said. "I never did figure that out."
Johnny held the bottle up to the sun. A shadow lurked inside the green glass. There was something inside for sure.

Long, long ago, Johnny's grandpa found a bottle on the beach. When Johnny roots it out of the back of Grandpa's closet, he can see a mysterious shadow through the green glass. "We should break it," Johnny says. "Maybe later," says his grandpa. And so the story begins.

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Children's Literature - Ann Farina
While exploring his grandpa's closet one day, Johnny finds a bottle made of dark green glass. There is something inside but the top is sealed tight. Even though Johnny wants to break open the bottle, Grandpa keeps telling him, "maybe later." Grandpa proceeds to tell Johnny a series of stories that teach him about appreciating what you have and being patient. Johnny imagines many things inside the bottle that take him on adventures through his imagination. In the end, Johnny realizes that if he breaks open the bottle, he will lose all the things his imagination found. This enchanting story makes me long for stories from my own childhood and grandfather. Grandpa's analogies generally hit the mark and make the reader hope that Johnny will not open the bottle. One story, however, seems inappropriate and unclear. Henry, a farmer, has a chicken that lays golden eggs. In a fit of impatience, he wrings the chicken's neck, to get all the eggs at once, but all he gets is chicken guts. The meaning of grandpa's chicken story may be lost on a young reader. Overall, I think this book is as charming as its illustrations. I would add this to a 3rd and 4th grade library shelf. Reviewer: Ann Farina
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551437644
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Orca Echoes Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

I was born in East York in 1948, the daughter of a Canadian soldier and his Dutch war bride. I graduated from the University of Toronto and became a teacher of lots of things, but mostly of art and English. I guess I have taught thousands of Toronto's great kids over the years and they have taught me too.

As a child I read widely. I liked all sorts of fairy tales and animal stories by authors like the Brothers Grimm and Thornton Burgess. Maida's Little Shop by Inez Haynes Irwin was also a favourite.

I have two children, Katie and Mackenzie, who gave me ideas for stories while they were growing up. Kate had a little plastic guy and I wrote a set of books about this toy from two different perspectives. Sometimes I get ideas from things I do. I like to build sand sculptures on beaches and I wrote a picture book once about finding a dragon shape in the sand. Other ideas seem to fall into my lap when I'm busy with something else. If I don't commit those to paper right away, they vanish.

I'd like to do some art for one of my books. Sometimes when I can't sleep, I draw or paint a bit of a scene from one of my stories. Maybe I'll be brave enough to submit these to a publisher one day.

I still live in Toronto, in a little bungalow with lots of big maples and a skunk or two. Mackenzie is here with his dog, and my daughter Katie often comes to visit.

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One day, Johnny stuck his nose in his grandpa's closet and found a bottle. It was made of dark green glass. A sandy cork was plugged in the top. The sand was as hard as cement.

Johnny took the bottle to the sunroom where his grandpa was snoozing. He jumped on the sofa. "What's in the bottle?" he demanded.

"Well now, that's a puzzle," his grandpa said. "I never did figure that out."

Johnny held the bottle up to the sun. A shadow lurked inside the green glass. There was something inside for sure.

Read More Show Less

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