Bottled Sunshine

Bottled Sunshine

Book - 2005
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Chocolate Lily Book Award shortlist 2006-2007 û Picture Book Category

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2006

A touching story about loss and the lasting comfort of memories

GrandmaÆs magical island is the perfect place for a holiday. The trouble is, when the summer is over, Sammy doesnÆt want to leave. Grandma has a plan for their last day together - they are going to make the best batch of bottled sunshine anyone ever saw. After one last excursion together to find the biggest, juiciest blackberries on the island, Sammy helps his Grandma make jam. Why does she call it ôbottled sunshineö? Sammy doesnÆt really know, but the warm jars of jam do seem to glow, all right. When Sammy returns home, he puts a jar of the bottled sunshine on his shelf and promptly forgets about it.

SammyÆs magical holiday with Grandma is to be his last. The following winter, Grandma dies and Sammy is inconsolable. But as his mother comforts him, Sammy begins to think back about his time with his beloved Grandma, and he suddenly remembers the jar of jam. He takes it down from the shelf and opens the lid. As the scent of blackberries fill the kitchen, memories wash over Sammy. And eagerly he shares GrandmaÆs last gift with his mom.

A touching story about loss and the lasting comfort of memories, Bottled Sunshine is for any child who has lost a cherished grandparent. Author Andrea SpaldingÆs subtle and moving text is beautifully balanced by artist Ruth OhiÆs gentle and understated illustrations. This is a book for parents and children to read together.

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2005.
ISBN: 9781550417036
Characteristics: [29] pages :,color illustrations ;,24 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ohi, Ruth - Illustrator


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Apr 17, 2014

My 2 sons and I absolutely loved this book! Great story about family, loss and preserving memories.

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