Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Mystery Bottle (Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award) Hardcover – March 2, 2006
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
K-Gr. 3. The book jacket, featuring a picture of a bottle with a rolled map plugging the opening, is the first intriguing image in this story of a young boy's strange journey. The bottle arrives in a package; when the boy removes the map, wind blows out of the bottle, whisking him across the sea and through the city where his father was born to the place where his grandfather, Baba Bazorg, now lives. Together they have tea, and the grandfather explains how, whenever the boy wants a cup of tea, he can open the bottle and be carried back to him. Children may not grasp the deeper idea about love and caring crossing borders, and the country to which the boy travels is not identified in the text (according to the blurb, it's Iran). The artwork, however, is striking--an effective combination of simple, cut-paper shapes, collage, and stamp art, set against maps charting the boy's adventure. Give this to the children of immigrant families and to any child whose loving relatives live far away. Julie Cummins
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Kristen Balouch is the author and illustrator of Mystery Bottle. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two children.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
As for the illustrations, they are just stunning. The style is playful but not simple; the color sense is subtle and unique. Millions of tiny details are layered over maplike tableaux. making it fun for children to pore over the pictures and discover all of the interesting little details.
It's nice to see a new children's picture book and story that doesn't rehash the same old stuff. Well done!
Mystery Bottle is a sweet story of love between a child and his/her grandparent. It is beautifully illustrated, includes a little Farsi (although I wish it had more) and some very Iranian items (dolmas, musical instruments, rugs, etc) that are good launching points for talking about what Baba Bozorg's life was like in Iran, etc.
Highly recommended. My daughter wants to read this book all the time.
detailed, Balouch's whimsical collages bring to mind the
playful skill of Maira Kalman and Simms Taback. The story
is just as good, and will certainly hook the young reader
who loves a bit of mystery with his or her pictures.
(Parents and grandparents will also appreciate the quiet
lessons to be learned about family and love.) Magical!