In a Jar
In a Jar

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Annotation: When Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects ordinary things in jars, meets a young girl named Evelyn, he joins with her to capture the extraordinary.
Catalog Number: #209687
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-525-51459-7 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7541-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-525-51459-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7541-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018056322
Dimensions: 29 cm
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Llewellyn, a stumpy white rabbit with stand-up ears, meets Evelyn as he gathers sunset light that-s -the color of tart cherry syrup.- He collects all kinds of precious things and keeps them in jars (-buttercups,/ feathers,/ and heart-shaped stones-), and now he has a friend to help. He and Evelyn (she-s a rabbit, too) spend several happy seasons assembling treasures until Evelyn tells Llewellyn that her family is moving. -Llewellyn-s heart felt like an empty jar.- Then he works out a way to share new wonders with Evelyn even though she-s far away. Thin, spidery lines trace the outlines of the eccentric collection of jars and their contents: -rainbows,/ the sound of the ocean,/ and the wind just before the snow falls.- Color and scale add drama as the two small rabbits wander amid a sea of pink and red tulips and gaze at their own elongated shadows. Miniature panels of experiences and objects offer the charm of snow globes. Marcero (Rosie and Crayon) provides a metaphor for the importance of capturing fleeting moments, and an image of a friendship that overcomes separation. Ages 3-7. Agent: Danielle Smith, Lupine Grove Creative. (Jan.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2 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 Evelynthat 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. VERDICT An enchanting examination of the pleasure reaped from cultivating imagination, friendship, and memory. Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Llewellyn, an anthropomorphized white rabbit, adores collecting things to remind him of "all the wonderful things he had seen and done." Fall leaves, heart-shaped stones, seashells ey all go into glass jars that line the shelves of his living room. When a spectacular sunset "the color of tart cherry syrup" draws Llewellyn down to the seashore, he scoops some of the light into jars, giving one to another bunny also observing the sunset. This is how he and Evelyn become best friends. 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. In her artwork, Marcero collects their meaningful moments in jars, setting them against a scenic backdrop, perhaps a field of snow or flowers. But then Evelyn and her family move away. Lonely for his friend, Llewellyn awakens one night to a meteor shower and decides to collect it for Evelyn. He sends a star-filled jar to her in the mail, to which she replies with a package of city lights and sounds. 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.
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

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?

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