A Blog of Children's Literature

The Heart and the Bottle February 13, 2011

The Heart and the BottleThe Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers (2010)

Picture Book, 32 pages

The Heart and the Bottle truly captures the human experience and our fragility as temporary inhabitants of this lifetime. Using an extended metaphor to explore the stages of loss and heartache, the book shares the brilliance of a child’s passionate curiosity and its ability to heal all of us. Dealing with the pain of losing her father, a girl grows up with her heart locked safe within a bottle around her neck to avoid painful memories. However, this action leaves her even emptier without her father until she decides to do something to change it. With its deep storyline and unconventional illustrations, the book takes a unique approach to a topic that people of all ages have trouble dealing with. While the text may be simplistic and smaller readers may miss the deeper meaning, it may be just the read that enables a young one to open his or her heart to the world. I would suggest the book to a parent of a child who is having difficulty coping with a loss or who just needs an emotional pick-me-up.


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