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Memory Jars

Memory Jars

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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.

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

Author: Vera Brosgol
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Published: 05/25/2021
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.11lbs
Size: 11.10h x 8.50w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9781250314871
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 03/08/2021
Booklist 03/15/2021 pg. 65
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2021
School Library Journal 05/01/2021 pg. 65
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2021

About the Author
Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. Her books include the graphic novels Anya's Ghost and Be Prepared, and the 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book Leave Me Alone! She drew storyboards for the animated films Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. She lives with her dog, Omar, in Portland, Oregon, where she puts all kinds of things into jars every summer.

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