The Heart and the Bottle


Developed by: Penguin Group USA


Ages 5-7

A remarkable, new, interactive picture book for the iPad from award-winning picture book star Oliver Jeffers, featuring the voice of Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter. Explore like never before the story of a girl whose life was filled with all the wonder of the world around her. Then one day something occurred that caused the girl to take her heart and put it in a safe place . . . (iTunes)

Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.

  1. Meet the Author: Oliver Jeffers is an award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found, This Moose Belongs to Me and The Day the Crayons Quit. In his books, he explores the themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. If you have read any of his previous works with your child, revisit those themes and discuss how feelings can impact our actions, or even hinder them.
  2. Title Talk: The cover of the book has imagery of a girl and a heart inside a bottle. Ask your child what they think the story will be about and what will happen.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.

  1. Visualization: As you read the pages of the storybook, discuss how our minds fill with many images, good and bad and to take a moment between the pages to do an exercise in visualization. While closing your eyes, ask your child to describe all the images they see. Take some index cards and jot down each image. When they open their eyes, ask them to describe the feelings that are associated on each card or paper and jot that down too. For example, an image of a boat may appear (a memory of a trip last summer), which could be a happy thought.
  2. Drawing Board: On page 11 of the storybook, there is an interactive drawing board with colored pencils and the ability to save the image(s) onto the iPad image gallery. Encourage your child to freely draw whatever comes to mind.

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities.

  1. Time to Explore: After reading and discussing your child’s impression of the story, it's time to become a curiosity seeker! If the weather is permitting, go outside with a collection box or bag, some writing/drawing materials, a magnifier, a camera, or any other items for your journey. Let your child freely explore their surroundings, taking marvel on their own at their discoveries. Be there to minimally guide, but this is an exercise in independence and encouraging their curious side naturally.
    • Don’t let weather or circumstance hinder this activity, there are many ways to explore indoors too. Find an unusual place or unique setting inside to practice curiosity seeking. An old drawer, a box with memorabilia, a closet, or the walls decorated in a cafe can all be wonderful places to explore new treasures.
  2. Back to the Drawing Board: Using the iPad drawing board, or just a pencil and notebook, invite your child to draw what they see. Help them write down words that express feelings with those images for future discussion and keep them in a curiosity notebook.
  3. Craft Time: Using slips of paper, put “curiosities” in a bottle or another clear container. Suggest your child recalls the interesting or engaging things during exploration (the color of different leaves, the shapes of clouds, textures of things in nature). When your child feels unhappy or bored thoughts, ask them to replace it with a different image from the curiosity bottle.