The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

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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 tale of poignancy and resonance reminiscent of The Giving Tree that will speak to the hearts of children and parents alike.

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About Oliver Jeffers

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Oliver Jeffers (OliverJeffers.com) lives in New York City.
 
Published March 4, 2010 by Philomel Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A scrolling storyboard makes it easy to locate and skip to various pages, but there are a couple of technological oversights and glitches that make this adaptation a little rough.

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Grief-stricken, the girl places her heart in a bottle for safekeeping, but “in truth, nothing was the same,” and so it remains into adulthood until someone “smaller and still curious about the world” finds the key to unlock her heart.

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When a small girl loses her father, her only parent (Jeffers represents the loss with the father's empty chair in a moonlit room), she decides “the best thing” is to put her heart in a bottle and hang it around her neck.

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I have a confession: there is a special group of picture books that have the ability to make me get misty eyed in the middle of Kepler's while I am working.

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