The Heart and the Bottle

The Heart and the Bottle

Book - 2010
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After safeguarding her heart in a bottle hung around her neck, a girl finds the bottle growing heavier and her interest in things around her becoming smaller.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399254529
0399254528
Branch Call Number: E JEFFERS
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.

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A girl struggles to accept the loss of her father until she finds peace in remembering and celebrating his life. Ages 4 and up.

Sometimes messages can be conveyed more clearly in picture books using emotive images than can ever be conveyed through words. A story of loss and resilience that may be more meaningful for adults than children.


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afowler813
Apr 05, 2020

A wonderfully sad and sweet story, and as always, Jeffers' illustration are delightful.

ArapahoeKati Oct 22, 2019

A beautiful book about loss and healing your heart.

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BlueGreen71
Aug 09, 2018

This book devastated me. I was enjoying the beautiful images and sweet stories when the book took a very unexpected turn. I started crying and it took me a minute to continue. My 7 year-old daughter didn't understand why and when we finally finished the book, I went back through it page by page to explain why it made me cry. You have been warned, but it won't do any good. You will cry, too.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 07, 2018

This is a beautiful picture book about loss and hope. It is great for those elementary aged children who are dealing with grief.

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muffinpopcorn
Feb 16, 2017

Great story , very touching .About love and loss and that there is always hope.
More for the older child . Very poignant and well done .

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Ichibankawaii1
Oct 25, 2016

Lovely story but miscategorized as a children's book. Story is wonderful and poignant but appropriate for older children or better, for adults.

The Heart and the Bottle has a place in my heart. I love any and every thing Oliver Jeffers has ever illustrated. But this book is especially poignant.
Sit in a comfy chair, read it, and your chair wont' be so empty anymore.

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El_Gato
Oct 06, 2012

A little too deep and then too sad (once explained) to the preschooler. Beautiful story for me as an adult though.

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MalachiConstant
Aug 04, 2011

An emotionally resonant work for adults and children. Unique and beautiful illustrations as well.

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lbloom
Apr 17, 2011

A beautiful story of loss and hope.

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Aug 18, 2014

pink_owl_642 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 6

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afowler813
Apr 05, 2020

When we lose someone, we lose a part of ourselves. Getting that part back can remind of us all the good memories shared with that special person. This book reminds us to hold tight to the good because it will help us weather the dark.

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