Once Upon a Story
July 17, 2013

We are Oliver Jeffers fans, but I only discovered him at the beginning of this year (yes, I know) , which means we are now going back and picking up all the gems we missed the first time around.

I’m waiting for his newest The Day the Crayons Quit to fall into my hands, but in the meantime, last week found me raving all over Twitter about the book below.  But since not everyone is on Twitter, you may have missed my fangirl-ing.  Which of course means, I have to fangirl here, too.


The Heart and the Bottle

From the publisher:

There is a wonder and magic to childhood. We don’t realize it at the time, of course . . . yet the adults in our lives do. They encourage us to see things in the stars, to find joy in colors and laughter as we play.

But what happens when that special someone who encourages such wonder and magic is no longer around? We can hide, we can place our heart in a bottle and grow up . . . or we can find another special someone who understands the magic. And we can encourage them to see things in the stars, find joy among colors and laughter as they play.

Y’all this book… it’s about loss, definitely.  But it’s also about life after loss and moving onward, and enjoying that same wonder experienced before loss. It’s about LIFE (there, cheesy enough for you?)  There’s so much packed into this text, but so much of it is unspoken. So it doesn’t feel like a preachy kind of book, but rather comforting, and reassuring, and natural.  And it’s amazing how much of that kids, including my own 4yo, pick up on.


Love, love, love.

Here’s an old video (2010) of Jeffers himself that talks a little more about the book as well as his process in general:

THE HEART AND THE BOTTLE by Oliver Jeffers from Expanded Books on Vimeo.

I always enjoy peeking behind the scenes.

Happy Wednesday, friends.

One response to “Spotlight: The Heart and the Bottle”

  1. We love Jeffers, too…he has actually been a relatively recent discovery for us as well. Our library just got “The Day the Crayons Quit,” and it is so cute! And very creative.

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