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The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
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Jan 15, 2011

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Read in January, 2011

This had a beautifully poetic story that skirts along-side death and loss but is not at all a sad or gloomy book. The illustrations are quite lovely- I love the freeness with media the author/illustrator takes but yet also manages to make the book feel a complete whole with related colours and consistent characters/elements. This whimsy works well with the liltingly simple but heart-touching story. The major problem is that while loss of a loved one is unfortunately a common issue, the perspective with which this book views it is adult. Little kids deal with time differently than do adults so any book which includes a child growing up must be viewed with some suspicion. Additionally, kids might take the idea of putting your heart in a bottle more literally than poetical. However, I'd be interested to hear what kids had to say about this one and whether they understood it or not.
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