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Mystery Bottle

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  15 reviews

A boy in Brooklyn receives a package from Iran. When he opens up the mysterious bottle that lies within, a great wind transports him over the oceans and mountains, straight into the arms of his grandfather. Despite being separated by politics and geography, the boy and his Baba Bazorg can share an extraordinary gift, the bond of their love.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 2nd 2006 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published March 1st 2006)
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Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
The Mystery Bottle is based around the true story of the author Kristen Balouch's husband's childhood. When her husband was young his father sent him on a plane away from Iran before a revolution broke out and did not see him again. The son wrote to the father to tell him he was married and he had a son. The story tells of a boy who receives a bottle and the bottle has a wind that takes him to his grandfather in Iran. Here he is able to ask him questions and learn about each others' past. I thou ...more
سیده فاطمه مطهری
ترجمه این کتاب رو انتشارات خودرنگ با اسم "بطری اسرارآمیز" به ترجمه مهشید مجتهد زاده چاپ کرده
داستان عصر ماست! بی‌وفایی ها ما پدرمادرهای جوون در حق پدرمادرهای پیرمون و محروم موندن بچه هامون از محبت پدربزرگ ها و مادربزرگ‌ها
تصویرگریش یکمقدار شلوغ و درهم بود آنقدر که تا کتاب رو دستم گرفتم و اتفاقی یکی از صفحاتش رو باز کردم گفتم چقدر توهم توهم‌ه! نکته قابل توجه این کتاب برام این بود که داستان بین یک پدربزگ ایرانی و نوه اش که در کشور دیگه ای زندگی میکنه اتفاق می افته. پسربچه ای که یکروز یه بطری از ایرا
Cheyenne Kessinger
"When you want a cup of tea, just open the bottle and the wind will bring you to me."
Mystery Bottle, written and illustrated by Kristen Balouch, is a sweet story of a young boy who receives a package in the mail from his grandfather in Iran. The bottle is filled with Iranian air mixed with Baba Bazorg's love, so whenever the boy misses him he can open the bottle and be hit with a wave of love. I really like how the author gave a little back story at the end of the book. From colorful illustratio
Cassandra Gelvin
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map...

I understand the sentiment behind this book, but it's still rather strange. Basically, a little boy gets a package with a bottle in it and then he opens the bottle and a wind comes out of the bottle and blows him all the way across the sea, over mountains. He flies to the city where his father was born, to his grandfather's house, and then to his grandfather's arms. He has tea with his grandfather and asks him questions, and then afterwards they go up to t
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-lit
This is a story about a little boy receiving a empty bottle which takes him to his grandfather. There they get to meet and talk until the little boy goes back.

This story was very simple and had beautiful illustrations.

I would use this book as a simple reading in the class.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a book for a very young audience. I don't know exactly what the message was, besides home never being that far away? But according to the authors note in the back, it was about her husband who was sent out of Iran before a revolution, and how he never returned home. But started a family that he tells his father about.
Emily Anderson
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Mystery Bottle was a very unique story. It was about a relationship between a child and his father. The illustrations were my favorite part of this book because there was so much going on and told more about the story. From the illustrations you could see that the child and father lived in different countries because of the background. On every page the background was a map. At the beginning of the story the background was a map of New York. Then at the end when he finally reaches his father hou ...more
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Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with older children
This is a nice tale about a grandchild and grandfather being connected by the magic in a bottle. Its symbolism is lost on younger children, but I used this book and the author's note at the end of the story to explain the sadness that families experienced when Iran shut down its borders and how conflict can keep families apart for years...and sometimes forever. Fun illustrations and simple sentences make this appropriate even for younger children, even if they don't understand the whole story.
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about a child who is missing his Grandparents who live far away. After reading this to a class, children could practice writing letters or discuss people in their own families.
Ages 4-8
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A story about a boy who receives a bottle in the mail that transports him to the land where his grandfather lives.
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
We enjoyed this one. Be advised, however, as it is a sad story.
Katie Fitzgerald
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read at story time at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC in July 2012.
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful children's tale--so lovely I got teary-eyed.
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Meh. Lovely pictures, mediocre story.
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