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- Listening Length: 3 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Feb. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004NEHPY8
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The Heart and the Bottle Audio Download – Unabridged
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The book follows the adventures of the little girl and her grandfather as they share their days and years whiling away their hopes, dreams, and their wonders of this world, seemingly inseparable in their love for the wonder of this world and one another.
The little girls sense of wonder soon turns to one of sadness with the passing of her loving grandfather. Here in the books central theme, Jeffers brilliantly captures the little girls sense of loss and mourning of her grandfather as she attempts to protect her heart from ever being hurt again by placing it in the only safe place she knows - in a bottle. Now all alone, her sense of wonder and love with the world has gone. With such sadness, we see the little girl grow into a young lady, while all of the time her heart and emotions are safely protected inside the coldness and emptiness of the bottle, allowing nothing to hurt her ever again.
It is only when she is touched by the curiosities of another young child that she remembers the time when she felt that same sense of wonder, and she comes to realise that although keeping her heart safe, the bottle has become a burden, making the world appear a cold and empty place. The young child she meets helps her to remove her heart from the bottle - and we see the girl and her heart back where they belong, in a warm and loving place.Read more ›
The Heart and the bottle didn't disapoint. It keeps to the winning formula of initial simple story, easily learned by rote so a small child can 'read' back to themselves, and quirky, clear illustrations that both support the initial story and tell a deeper tale on their own.
Now I'm a bit dim & didn't pick up the bereavement theme until read through number 3, but without saying anything I passed on a copy of the book to a friend whose recently lost her mother, and her 2 year old picked it up straight away (won't say how that'd be a spoiler). By no means is this a morbid book, however if you have lost family members whether through death, divorce, whatever, and your small child is starting to ask those big questions, this book may be a comfort and aid to discussion.
It is often the simplest words and pictures that convey the most potent messages and in this beautifully conceived book, Oliver Jeffers has achieved just such a rare marriage. Text and illustration combine - apparently effortlessly - to tug at our heartstrings in such a way that we know this is a book we will not easily forget.
Jeffers focuses on the big issues - life, love, learning, death and understanding, and he does this successfully, in under 300 well-chosen words. Language of such simplicity also serves to underline the power of the visual. One of the most telling spreads has no words at all, but an expanse of white space speaks volumes.
The book tells the story of `a girl, much like any other', her curiosity about the world and how she shares this with her grandfather, `until the day she found an empty chair'. Not knowing how to deal with this, she puts her heart into a bottle to keep it safe. However, locking up one's heart locks up one's feelings, and as she loses her curiosity so her life loses its joy and richness. But some time later, she meets a girl much like she once was, someone `smaller and still curious about the world', someone who helps her to release her trapped heart so that she is able to fill that once empty chair and enjoy life again.
The book has many messages to consider and offers us lessons to learn. At a time when our own curiosity is often satisfied at the click of a button, and the answers delivered on to a screen, Jeffers shows us how real learning is best done through first-hand experience or by conversation with someone whose experiences go beyond our own.Read more ›
i won't share it with my children (i'm worrying my son with SPD will be uncomfortable with the story) but it's been immensely helpful for me
not that i've recently lost someone, not that i am bereaving, but because i relate to the heart-locking concept of the story, i tend to lock my heart so that i don't get hurt, and in the process, i tend to lose all the beauties of the world, the wonders of nature, the giggle of my children, i get obsessed with things that are not as important as the kindness i once had when i had my heart and my soul within me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this book for the grandchildren ,aged 7 and 4 .They loved it ,but found the story a little sad.Published 11 hours ago by Byzantine
Beautiful story, was helpful discussing death of family member with my 6 year old.Published 2 months ago by Lou C
Bought this to read with my five year old son as a way into discussing our loss of my father in law. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Melanie
Thought provoking book and surprisingly sad. Made every adult I could read it. My class of 7-8 year olds didn't really grasp the subtleties.Published 4 months ago by Michelle Gregory
Beautifully illustrated and deceptively simple, this book is a little delight. However, I don't think it's necessarily for everyone and is probably - conceptually at least -... Read morePublished 4 months ago by I. Maughn
love the Oliver Jeffers style of illustration. The story is gentle and subtle exploration of loss and griefPublished 4 months ago by Squiggle
A great book to add to my collection of bereavement resources for the children I work with.Published 4 months ago by anni