Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Heart and the Bottle

Written by: Oliver Jeffers

First line: Once there was a girl, much like any other, whose head was filled with all the curiosities of the world.

Why you should read this book: Both subtle and sublime, the text speaks of an almost existential dilemma regarding thinking and feeling, while the illustrations put the story in context in a way that younger readers may not grasp. It's an allegory about emotional openness, but it's also a very realistic story of loss and growth; the language is metaphorical but the images are grounded in reality. A little girl's curiosity is always satisfied by her loving father, but when her father dies, she protects herself in such a way that she loses some of that love of learning, until her own child reawakens her spirit of inquiry so that she symbolically takes her father's place.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You find it's safest not to give anyone access to your heart.

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