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In a Jar

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,213 ratings  ·  265 reviews
Llewellyn, a little rabbit, is a collector. He gathers things in jars--ordinary things like buttercups, feathers, and heart-shaped stones. Then he meets another rabbit, Evelyn, and together they begin to collect extraordinary things--like rainbows, the sound of the ocean, and the wind just before snow falls. And, best of all, when they hold the jars and peer inside, they r ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story with gorgeous artwork (the sunset spread and the meteor shower are just amazing) about friends and beautiful moments we experience together. When the main character's friend moves to a new city, he is feeling sad and empty. Luckily, he discovers they can send each other packets and parcels and share new things they see and learn. It is possible to make new friends without forgetting the old ones. Beautiful, heart-warming message.

Thank you to Edelweiss and G.P. Putnam's Sons Books fo
This sweet story sparked my imagination. I loved it. It was a wonderful little beginning bit of magical realism. Llewellyn loves collecting things in jars. He fills a whole wall in a large room with memories he makes daily. He can capture a sunset in the water or the shooting stars at night. They are beautiful memories. He makes a friend, Evelyn and together they do this collecting. She moves away and they can share their memories back and forth.

It’s a beautiful story with lovely artwork. This w
This is one of the most beautiful and inspiring picture books I’ve read.

One huge problem with it though is that it is quite close in theme and content to a previously published picture book called Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk and Felicia Hoshino.

Child collects things in a jar. Child’s friend helps. Friend moves away. Child longs for friend. Child meets a new friend to collect things in jars.
La Coccinelle
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is a somewhat-abstract picture book about a little rabbit. His name is Llewellyn (there aren't nearly enough picture book characters named Llewellyn!) and he likes to collect things. He collects simple things, but those objects evoke complex memories. One day, while he's out collecting, he meets another little bunny named Evelyn. To remind her of a beautiful sunset, he gives her a jar full of light. From then on, they're best friends. But, one day, Evelyn has to move away. Llewellyn feels l ...more
This was a very lovely little story about friendship and memory that made a perfect bed time read for our nightly story time in the "big bed" ritual.

Llewellyn, a little rabbit with fabulously absurd long ears, likes to collect things in jars. Mostly small things like stones and feathers. Then he meets Evelyn, also a rabbit, and together they begin to collect extraordinary things, like rainbows and the sound of the ocean. They fill Llewellyn's walls with these things and the reader is treated to
Pam  Page
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Is there anyone who has not thought of bottling a favorite moment, a favorite day, a beautiful sight? This gorgeous picture book does just that with two little rabbit characters. I can't wait to read this aloud to kids and talk about what they would bottle to share! ...more
Ms. B
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, picture
3.5 stars, magical story about Llewellyn and Evelyn who collect the sights and sounds of nature in jars.
Laura Harrison
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am in love with this book. There have been many collecting "things, thoughts, etc." in jar books before. But Deborah Marcero makes this story unique and very special. The text and illustrations will give you the warm fuzzies. 100%. ...more
This story about friendship was adorable with gorgeous images. I loved it.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a Jar is gorgeous and sweet; what starts off as one little bunny with collections in jars blooms into a beautiful friendship when he makes a friend. Together, they collect their memories in jars, things you wouldn't think you could capture. Even when his friend moves, they will always cherish these moments together. Vivid and heartwarming. ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a Jar is a must. It is just beautiful through and through.

Llewellyn places objects in jars from places and moments he’s been. Later, when he opens them, he is transported…or rather, it is transported to him. The leaves falling in the white woods are suddenly falling about him as he sits in his room upon his bed.

Marcero moves from capturing objects into jars to moments into jar.

The “tart charry syrup” tinted waters at sunset are placed in jars, and Llewellyn gifts one to Evelyn whom he meets h
Jan 23, 2020 added it
The plot of this story sounds nearly identical to Juna's Jar.
Two friends use jars to collect the wonders of the world. One moves away and they learn to connect by sending the miracles through the mail and making new friends.
Darling tale of how to keep memories safe!
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Llewellyn was a rabbit who loved to collect things in jars. He collected small things from his days like bright yellow leaves in the autumn which would remind him of what he had done and seen. One night when the sunset turned the sky “the color of tart cherry syrup,” Llewellyn went down to the shore with a lot of jars. He gathered the light of the night into his jars and gave one to a girl who came by. Evelyn was amazed to find that the in the jar glowed all night long the color of sunsets. Soon ...more
Kate Gibson
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a collector of tiny things in jars this book resonated with me on a deep level! So cute! 😭😍
Jan 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is a copy of Jane Bahk's book, "Juna's Jar." The work is stolen. If I could give it zero stars, I would. ...more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The art style is right up my alley!

Very touching story <3
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ooh. I kind of love it. The art teacher and I were just talking today about how we would like to try and combine lessons for virtual learning (if that's the way our district goes). This could serve that purpose. Mock Caldecott read and opportunity to draw your own jar all in one. ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read for the Mock Caldecott voting next January. Adorable book about friendship. Llewellyn, a young rabbit, likes to collect things and keep them in jars. One day as he is out collecting he meets Evelyn and introduces her to collecting things for jars. Together they collect many, many things to store in their jars and decorate their walls. Then Evelyn has to move away. They are both sad but know that they have no choice. Llewellyn decides to collect something super special and send it to Evelyn ...more
Sonja Rusch
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: friendship, emotions, 2020
Absolutely lovely.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet story about friendship and remembrance, with charming illustrations.
Hank Hedland
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Holy plagiarism Batman! Too bad this whole story is copied from another book that is a beautiful story of two young girls called Juna’s Jar.
Roy Guinto
Sep 30, 2019 rated it did not like it

Isn't this called White-washing? Cultural appropriation?

This has the EXACT same plot as the children’s book JUNA'S JAR, just replaced the child of color with a white rabbit. This isn’t ok no matter how pretty you think the pictures are. How would you explain it to a kid?

- Child collects special things in jars with her friend.
- Friend moves away.
- Child longs for her friend and copes with magic in her jar.
- Child finds a new friend to collect things with.
If this sounds appealing, read the origin
Edward Sullivan
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A charming, joyful story about memories and enduring friendsip.
Lauren Drake
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Shaye Miller
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: seasons
This book is truly one to be experienced to appreciate. Llewellyn and Evelyn meet one day while Llewellyn is out filling his jar with things he loved. After that day, they continue to collect items together -- not just objects, but fantastical items like rainbows and the wind. Their adventures follow the seasons of the year through autumn, winter, spring, and summer. Then one day, Evelyn's family moves away. But they continue to send jarred items to one another. At the very end, it's autumn and ...more
Becky B
Llewellyn and Evelyn form a friendship as they collect special things they want to remember in jars. They even manage to collect seemingly impossible things to capture. When Evelyn has to move, Llewellyn is heartbroken. But is their friendship over?

I really like the way this book shares that you can keep friendships going even over distances, but it is also ok to make new friends who are right there with you at the same time. The artwork in this picture book is absolutely stunning. And the thing
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Llewellen collects things. In jars. Lots of things. Feathers. Stones. He meets Evelyn, and they collect things together. Things that are hard to hold. Things that they thought might not fit in a jar. But they did. And then Evelyn moves away. What will happen now to their connection of collecting things together?

Sometimes you see a book and you know it's just the book for you. This is a book that feels like it is just for me.

But here. I've collected it. In this jar. I'd love to share it with you
Fine. If I had art directed this book I would have had a lot of notes!! It was cute, but I think it could have been so much more interesting with a few tweaks! Like some of the panels are just rounded quadrilaterals, but some of them are jar shaped! And others have shadows?! Pick a lane! And by pick a lane I mean pick jar shapes consistently! I like the line quality of the illustrations, and they are very cute. The story is fine, but the ending is extremely abrupt. I wouldn't read it for a story ...more
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