This magical ode to friendship warmed my heart! I loved how Llewellyn collects experiences in jars, allowing him and his best friend, Evelyn, to continue to share their lives, even when she moves away. The illustrations are as utterly charming as the story itself, which is full of the magic of the ordinary. A perfect read-aloud for any and everyone!
This whimsical and touching story about a bunny who finds friendship over a shared love of collecting memories was almost too much for my heart to handle. First we meet Llewellyn, who loves to collect the things he sees in jars; from feathers to flowers, he carefully selects objects that will bring back the happy memories of what he experiences. One night, he decides to collect something a little different—the sunset. This is how he meets Evelyn, and the two of them begin a more fantastical collection. Llewellyn’s walls fill with their memories. But unfortunately, one day Evelyn must move away. Their separation makes them sad, but Llewellyn finds a way for them to share their memory jars: the mail! As he continues his collecting, his hobby brings him a new friend in the form of Max. They continue to collect, Llewellyn with two friends now to bond over a shared love. This book is adorable. It’s a lighthearted look at separation, and how you can still stay close to someone you love even if they’re miles away. I would definitely suggest this book if your family or a friend of your child is moving.
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Here's a marvelous picture book, charmingly written and beautifully illustrated, about the power of memory and the magic of friendship.
Llewellyn, a little rabbit, is a collector. He gathers things in jars--ordinary things like buttercups, feathers, and heart-shaped stones. Then he meets another rabbit, Evelyn, and together they begin to collect extraordinary things--like rainbows, the sound of the ocean, and the wind just before snow falls. And, best of all, when they hold the jars and peer inside, they remember all the wonderful things they've seen and done. But one day, Evelyn has sad news: Her family is moving away. How can the two friends continue their magical collection--and their special friendship--from afar?
About the Author
Deborah Marcero is the author and illustrator of My Heart Is a Compass, which Kirkus Reviews called "lovely, lively, and enchanting," in a starred review, and the illustrator of Twinderella by Corey Rosen Schwartz. She received a BFA in drawing, printmaking, and photography from the University of Michigan and an MFA in poetry from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After teaching in Chicago public schools as a literacy specialist, Deborah realized that writing and creating books for kids was how she wanted to spend her life. Learn more at deborahmarcero.com and follow her on Twitter @deborahmarcero.
* "Readers will feel the warmth of friendship and the wonder of the world as well. Stunning." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "An enchanting examination of the pleasure reaped from cultivating imagination, friendship, and memory." --School Library Journal, starred review
* "Marcero works magic with prismatic watercolors, ink, and pencil, as her light-filled illustrations chronicle the young rabbits’ exploits and their appreciative wonder of the world around them . . . This joyful account of friendship will charm readers with the notion of capturing wind or a rainbow in a jar, but its deeper message of maintaining relationships over a distance will comfort those who have moved or know someone who has." --Booklist, starred review
* “In a Jar does what all the best picture books do: It captivates, entertains and leaves you with a reminder of magic still shimmering around the edges.” --BookPage, starred review
"Marcero provides a metaphor for the importance of capturing fleeting moments, and an image of a friendship that overcomes separation." --Publishers Weekly
"Cozy yet also endearingly offbeat. This could make an interesting partner to Denos’ Here and Now in a celebration of moments, or it could couple with Doerrfeld’s Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! for a discussion of how sharing feeds a friendship." --BCCB
"This is a book about friendship and how true bonds can transcend geographical distance. This is one to remember when a child experiences the unexpected departure of a friend." --School Library Connection
“Marcero uses delicate lines and vibrant colors to illustrate a tale of eccentricity and friendship . . . The details in Ms. Marcero’s beguiling pictures add a seek-and-find element to this tender story for children ages 3-7.” --The Wall Street Journal