The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers: A Review

“Once there was a girl whose life was filled with wonder…”

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver JeffersThe Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins) tells the story of a curious young girl who suddenly loses someone of great importance in her life. This little story is quite a bit more obscure than Jeffers other books. Very metaphorical. It makes the reader pensive.

On the surface, this is a story about a girl who locks her heart is a bottle so that she can’t be sad any more. Looking deeper, this story tells us that grief can make us grow up quickly and forget about the wonders of the world. But it also tells us that it is important not to lock away our childish wonder forever because sometimes the world is seen most clearly through the eyes of a child.

Jeffers uses a lovely blend of illustration and clippings from scientific books, to show the difference between how a child sees the world and how an adult sees it. The pictures in The Heart and the Bottle offer a very clever visual portrayal of imagination vs. scientific reason.

The Heart and the Bottle is a bittersweet and thoughtful story about loss and life.

♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2 (3.5/5 hearts)

I’m curious to know what little kids think this book is about. If you have a child in your life, please read this story to them and afterwards ask them what it is about. I would love to know what their answers are. Please share their reactions in comments.

Don’t forget to check out my recap from meeting Oliver Jeffers here.

Read more reviews of Oliver Jeffers’ books here.

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