There is a wonder and magic to childhood. We don’t realize it at the time, of course . . . yet the adults in our lives do. They encourage us to see things in the stars, to find joy in colors and laughter as we play.
But what happens when that special someone who encourages such wonder and magic is no longer around? We can hide, we can place our heart in a bottle and grow up . . . or we can find another special someone who understands the magic. And we can encourage them to see things in the stars, find joy among colors and laughter as they play.
Oliver Jeffers delivers a remarkable book, a touching and resonant tale reminiscent of The Giving Tree that will speak to the hearts of children and parents alike.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
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The cover on this is really bright and the bottle illustration is glossier than the rest of the cover, giving the bottle a real sense of glass.The story is about a girl who experiences loss of a loved one. She takes her heart and places it in a bottle so it can't be harmed again. I wince as I write this. This was a hard concept for both me and the older reviewer, Shaun, to accept. I get that the author is trying to show the pain bereavement causes, it's just that in this instance I feel it's not done in an open way. A chair is empty and signifies the loss, but we don't know the person...and it just felt odd and incomplete to me. It does show how we can detach from ourselves and get on with life, even though things have changed, and eventually we accept and move on. Looking back on loss for a child is different than looking back as an adult though, so our youngest reviewer didn't mind this part of the book, and accepted the book as it was without further explanation needed, which surprised me.The Heart and the Bottle is bright, and colourful in many ways, something which may not ordinarily go hand in hand with loss, but this book does. All the illustrations are beautiful, and the wonderment and curiosity shown by the girl is lovely and heart touching.
This story made perfect sense to me and I was very touched by it. It sent me out looking for other Oliver Jeffers books and I found the common thread among them: Originality. The stories are fresh and just a little quirky, and so enjoyable. And the art is a pleasure! Well done, Mr. Jeffers!
I really enjoyed the theme of this story about putting your heart into a bottle and not knowing how to get it back. I think it would be good for children who have experienced a loss.This book uses mixed media to illustrate the story. This could be an inspiration for older children to make their own mixed media illustrations.
Jeffers once again delivers a unique story with this book. It is at once heartbreaking and inspiring. Jeffers is an exceptional storyteller who is able to beautifully convey a message without coming right out and saying it. I love that he tackles topics that other authors don't typically do. This story is an instant classic, and will resonate with so many people, both young and old. Who brings out the wonder and awe inside of you that's been locked away so long? This book is thought-provoking and special, and the illustrations are gorgeous, as well! As a bookseller at B&N, I highly recommend this book to all of my customers. I promise you will absolutely love this book, and that it will become one of your favorites, as it has become one of mine.