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Memory Jars



written and illustrated by
Vera Brosgol

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781250314871
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None
$19.56   $16.30
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QTY
Out of stock

JLG Category

Primary Plus

A young girl finds a clever way to keep her favorite things—and people—close to her forever, from Caldecott Honoree Vera Brosgol.

Freda is devastated when she can't eat all the delicious blueberries she's picked. She has to wait a whole year before they're back, and she doesn't want to lose them! But her Gran reminds her that they can save blueberries in a jar, as jam.

So Freda begins to save all her favorite things, like the yummy scent of a just-baked chocolate chip cookie, brand-new crayons with pristine, pointy tips, and a cloud shaped exactly like a unicorn.

But it turns out that saving everything also means she can’t enjoy anything, and Freda realizes that some things are best saved as memories.

Vera Brosgol has created another unique, funny, and heartfelt story, perfect for anyone who treasures family and love.Blueberry jam recipe. Full-color illustrations were drawn with dip pen and acrylic ink and painted in watercolor, “with some Adobe Photoshop shenanigans afterward.”

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Collectors and collecting. Food preservation. Grandmothers and granddaughters. Jam. Jars. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–A sweet story of a child’s attempts to capture all of her favorite memories in one place. Freda is a young girl who likes spending time with her gran, and among the activities they enjoy together is picking berries. When Freda realizes she can’t eat all of the berries they pick in one day, her gran shows her how to make jam to save the fruit. This is something Freda remembers her grandfather enjoying and she gets the idea to preserve other things in the same way, starting with a warm chocolate chip cookie. When it works, she moves on to storing her other favorite things, including her best friend Jack, whose family is about to move away, the full moon, and a unicorn-shaped cloud. She eventually realizes that by storing these things away, she isn’t getting to experience or enjoy them. Brosgol (Leave Me Alone!) uses gouache illustrations to bring Freda’s world to life. Freda and her grandmother are Black, while Jack is white. The illustrations are bright and colorful at the beginning of the story but get darker and gloomy as Freda fills her jars. Text and pictures work together to convey Freda’s feelings of excitement, happiness, and eventual worry. VERDICT Readers will delight in Freda’s journey to keep her memories safe, as well as her subsequent understanding of what she has done, in a book that would be at home in all collections.–Sara Thomas, New Castle P.L., DE

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3–A sweet story of a child’s attempts to capture all of her favorite memories in one place. Freda is a young girl who likes spending time with her gran, and among the activities they enjoy together is picking berries. When Freda realizes she can’t eat all of the berries they pick in one day, her gran shows her how to make jam to save the fruit. This is something Freda remembers her grandfather enjoying and she gets the idea to preserve other things in the same way, starting with a warm chocolate chip cookie. When it works, she moves on to storing her other favorite things, including her best friend Jack, whose family is about to move away, the full moon, and a unicorn-shaped cloud. She eventually realizes that by storing these things away, she isn’t getting to experience or enjoy them. Brosgol (Leave Me Alone!) uses gouache illustrations to bring Freda’s world to life. Freda and her grandmother are Black, while Jack is white. The illustrations are bright and colorful at the beginning of the story but get darker and gloomy as Freda fills her jars. Text and pictures work together to convey Freda’s feelings of excitement, happiness, and eventual worry. VERDICT Readers will delight in Freda’s journey to keep her memories safe, as well as her subsequent understanding of what she has done, in a book that would be at home in all collections.–Sara Thomas, New Castle P.L., DE

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