“Feeling unsure, the girl thought the best thing was to put her heart in a safe place.”
It is a heart-warming tale of love, loss and the grief and pain that accompany loss. There is a young girl whose mind is filled with curiosities and wonders of the world, things she experiences with her grandfather. One day, her grandfather is no longer a part of her life and his chair is empty. To avoid feeling pain, the girl takes her heart and puts it inside a bottle. She grows up but loses her interest in the world around her, until she meets a young girl with the same curiosity and wonder she had had when she was a child. She finally decides it is time to get her heart out of the bottle.
The sensitivity through which the difficult subject of loss is explained and illustrated is what captivated me. The lines and illustrations convey meaningful and powerful messages to readers. The contrast between the bold use of colour on some pages and the plain white background on others is striking. The colourful pages are not only indicative of the landscapes they depict, but later reflective of the young girl’s emotions.