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In a Jar



written and illustrated by
Deborah Marcero

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Dial
ISBN
9780525514596
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JLG Category

Primary Plus

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?

Full-color illustrations were done in pencil, watercolor, ink, and digital media.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

2.8: points 0.5

Lexile

AD580L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Collectors and collecting. Friendship. Rabbits. Moving households.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

Marcero (My Heart Is a Compass) applies her considerable talents here to the art of collecting. Llewellyn is a young rabbit who saves treasures in jars that he places on shelves. At first, these items are fairly typical of young gatherers: leaves, shells, heart-shaped stones. It is when he arrives at the shore on a night “the sunset painted the sky the color of tart cherry syrup”—and when he meets Evelyn—that the collections become more interesting. He gives a jar with the “cherry light” to his new friend, and it “glowed through the night with the memory of that sunset.” Marcero’s pencil, watercolor, ink, and digital compositions display a marvelous sense of pattern within exquisite spreads. A scene with dozens of white birch trees is enlivened by hundreds of yellow and orange leaves, presented as single entities. As the seasons change, pink tulips in various shades dot a deep green field, moving closer together as they recede in the distance. Insets in a range of combinations and sequences focus on details and are sometimes shaped like jars; these show the progression of wondrous phenomena and experiences the duo share: snowball fights, firelight, ducklings, and thunderstorms. Then, Evelyn must move away. Throughout the narrative, sensitive pacing; understated but lovely language; and creative imagery combine to convey the deepening bond and the pair’s way of connecting when presented with physical distance. An enchanting examination of the pleasure reaped from cultivating imagination, friendship, and memory.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Marcero (My Heart Is a Compass) applies her considerable talents here to the art of collecting. Llewellyn is a young rabbit who saves treasures in jars that he places on shelves. At first, these items are fairly typical of young gatherers: leaves, shells, heart-shaped stones. It is when he arrives at the shore on a night “the sunset painted the sky the color of tart cherry syrup”—and when he meets Evelyn—that the collections become more interesting. He gives a jar with the “cherry light” to his new friend, and it “glowed through the night with the memory of that sunset.” Marcero’s pencil, watercolor, ink, and digital compositions display a marvelous sense of pattern within exquisite spreads. A scene with dozens of white birch trees is enlivened by hundreds of yellow and orange leaves, presented as single entities. As the seasons change, pink tulips in various shades dot a deep green field, moving closer together as they recede in the distance. Insets in a range of combinations and sequences focus on details and are sometimes shaped like jars; these show the progression of wondrous phenomena and experiences the duo share: snowball fights, firelight, ducklings, and thunderstorms. Then, Evelyn must move away. Throughout the narrative, sensitive pacing; understated but lovely language; and creative imagery combine to convey the deepening bond and the pair’s way of connecting when presented with physical distance. An enchanting examination of the pleasure reaped from cultivating imagination, friendship, and memory.

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