In a Jar by Deborah Marcero

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

In a Jar: Marcero, Deborah, Marcero, Deborah: 9780525514596:  Books

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Summary:  “Llewelyn was a collector.  He collected things in jars.”  This young rabbit collects flowers, stones, feathers, and more, keeping them in jars to remind him of “all the wonderful things he had seen and done.”  One night, Llewelyn goes to the beach at sunset, scooping up several jars filled with red water. He gives one to Evelyn, a girl bunny who happens to be there at the same time, and the two become friends.  They collect together, moving to collect “things you might not think would even fit in a jar” like rainbows and the sound of the ocean. Then one day, Evelyn moves away. Llewelyn is terribly lonely, until one night, unable to sleep, he collects a meteor shower in a jar.  He sends it to Evelyn, who reciprocates with her own filled jars. As Llewelyn ventures outside to fill some more jars, he finds a little boy named Max who is eager to help him. 40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  A lovely meditation on memory, friendship, and finding ways to keep in touch across the miles.  The illustrations seem worthy of Caldecott consideration.

Cons:  Being something of a minimalist, it makes me shiver to think of having all those jars around, gathering dust.

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