Memory jars

by Brosgol, Vera,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

A young girl finds a clever way to keep her favorite things--and people--close to her forever in Memory Jars , 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! Then Gran reminds her that they can save blueberries in a jar, as jam. So Freda begins to save all her favorite things. 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.

Reviews
"Upset that she can't eat every bucketful of blueberries she picked with her gran all in the same afternoon ("they were the best right then and they'd never be any better"), a lovably quirky girl takes "preserving" to a whole new level. Add Brosgol's signature big-eyed characters, a touch of dark humor and a mouthwatering jam recipe, and you've got all the ingredients for a sequel." - The New York Times

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Freda loves the blueberries she collects with Gran every summer, so much so that she wants to eat them all before they're gone! Clever Gran, though, knows better: they make blueberry jam (recipe in the back matter!) so they can enjoy the fruit even in the winter. Brosgol (Leave Me Alone! 2016) begins her latest with a fairly quotidian cooking project, but she soon spins the task of canning to fantastical proportions. Inspired by her gran's ability to preserve something she adores, Freda sets out to put everything she loves in jars: a fresh-baked cookie, a Popsicle, a unicorn-shaped cloud, her best friend before he moves away, the moon, and--inevitably--Gran. Brosgol's cartoonish illustrations become dusky and quiet once Freda is done with her task and stacks of jars fill her house. It's an unsettling image that poignantly communicates the implications of wanting to save everything instead of experiencing it, even if that experience is fleeting. A taste of blueberry jam makes her realize her mistake, in a sunny two-page spread of Freda's blissful face, surrounded by images of happy summer memories. Brosgol's artwork does a lot of heavy lifting, making fantastic use of color and white space, while subtle details in the artwork clearly communicate Freda's change of heart. This playful, off-kilter story will resonate with any kid frustrated by a good thing being over too soon."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Young Freda lives with her sensible Gran, who reassures her when Freda can't finish eating the perfectly ripe blueberries they pick: "Calm down, French Fry," Gran says. "We can put them in a jar and save them." Sure enough, when they're made into jam and preserved in glass, they're just as luscious. Wondering if other ephemeral things can be similarly captured, Freda tries placing a freshly baked cookie in a jar, then an unmelted ice pop, before branching out to more consequential fare. Caldecott Hon- oree Brosgol (Leave Me Alone!) pursues this comic conceit right to its sinister edge, moving from laughs into thought-provoking images: in one, Freda stands on a ladder and "took the stars while she was at it." Freda's experience of grief and yearning as she remembers her late grandfather, a blueberry jam fan, gives the story an additional layer of meaning. Spreads combine vibrant color and sure, polished lines while portraying a compassionate intergenerational relationship between two Black family members. With poignant force, Brosgol's delicious fable conveys the lesson that some things must be savored in the moment. Includes a blueberry jam recipe. Ages 4--8. Author's agency: Hansen Literary. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Jam -- Juvenile fiction.
Collectors and collecting -- Fiction.
Food -- Preservation -- Fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Jam -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 4-8, Grades K-1.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781250314871
1250314879
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