The Heart and the Bottle

The Heart and the Bottle

by Oliver Jeffers


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From #1 New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers, comes a poignant and beautiful story about finding joy after loss. 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399254529
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/04/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 185,566
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

 Oliver Jeffers ( makes art and tells stories. His books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Heart and the Bottle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CloverHillReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
lorsomething on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
lnpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago