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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.

About the Author

Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. Her first graphic novel, Anya's Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second. Her picture book Leave Me Alone! was a 2017 Caldecott Honor book. She was a storyboard artist at Laika Inc. for ten years, working on films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and at last count has knit twenty-five sweaters.

Praise For…

“With poignant force, Brosgol’s delicious fable conveys the lesson that some things must be savored in the moment.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This playful, off-kilter story will resonate with any kid frustrated by a good thing being over too soon.” —Booklist, starred review

“Visual humor and genuine charm at every turn.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The Little Guys

“[A] pointed exploration of the notion that collective action just becomes mob rule without a moral foundation.” —Booklist, starred review

“Brosgol introduces an unexpected idea and adds a clever, collaborative resolution . . . Expertly paced and very funny.” —Publishers Weekly

“Brisk and clever . . . Oddly charming.” —Kirkus

Caldecott Honor book Leave Me Alone!:

“Funny is hard; Brosgol makes it look easy.” —NPR, Best Books of 2016

“Both classic and ultracontemporary . . . especially for children who like to shout along.” —The New York Times Book Review

“So well-executed, it feels almost unfair that this is Brosgol’s first foray into picture books.” —The Huffington Post

“Hilariously mingles elements both folkloric and intergalactic.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Brosgol is a master.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Delightful.” —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250314871
ISBN-10: 1250314879
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Pages: 48
Language: English