Publication Date: January 21, 2020 | Grade Levels: Preschool – 2
Good Morning! I’m super excited to share Deborah Marcero‘s In a Jar with you this morning. This is one of my most FAVORITE children’s picture books in a while!
Quick Summary. Llewellyn and Evelyn love to collect things – and memories – in their jars. And they are the best of friends. When Evelyn moves away, the two friends figure out a way to share jars of friendship across the miles. In the process, Llewellyn learns the importance of having friends of gold and silver.
Critique. The simplicity of In a Jar is beautiful, and Marcero’s mixed media illustrations are so very unique in this story of the importance of not just what is in our jars but what is in our hearts. Anyone who has had a friend move away or has invited a new friend into their lives needs this book. Whereas the idea in In a Jar is not completely original, there is something charming about the way in which Marcero puts together this story of friendship.
Teaching Ideas. Here are some teaching ideas for In a Jar:
- Create a text set around books about moving away that includes In a Jar, Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away, and Paper Planes, which has a really similar premise and yet feels so different.
- Have students create jars of their own into which they put objects, thoughts, or memories in the same way Llewellyn and Evelyn do in In a Jar.
- Use this book to introduce a lesson on friendship.
An absolutely stunning book, In a Jar earns five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️