“The Heart and the Bottle” by Oliver Jeffers is about what some of us do when our heart has been broken. We put it away, in a “safe” place, out of fear of having it broken again. And our experience of the world changes. Sometimes we don’t know how to take it back after we have put it away and have to ask for help…
The heart that is spoken of reminds me of the heart in “The Rose” (by Amanda McBroom):
It’s the heart afraid of breaking/ That never learns to dance
It’s the dream, afraid of waking/ That never takes the chance
It’s the one who won’t be taken/ Who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dying/ That never learns to live….
Maybe this book can bring some hearts back home for some…
I got this gem at “Woods in the Books“, a whimsical picture bookstore which I adore. It’s also available from the national library (Singapore).