The Boy and the Bottle: Kendra Vallone Matthews and Jim Vallone
Illustrated by Tanya Laporte
Intuitive, imaginative and creative would describe young Jimmy in this delightful book titled “The Boy and the Bottle.” Just what can you do with a special bottle? You won’t believe all of the things that Jimmy did while visiting his grandmother and on the way to her house. Join him on his journey and learn just how many things you can do with a bottle and maybe you will share your ideas with him too.
After preparing himself for the day by getting dressed, washed and having breakfast, even doing the dishes, Jimmy was off to see his grandmother but first he filled a bottle with water because it was going to be a very hot day. But, along the way a precious little dog started following him and he realized that he was thirsty. Being kindhearted he opened the bottle and made sure that the dog had water and was well hydrated. Realizing that the bottle was empty he took it along not knowing what other uses he would have for it Meeting some neighbors on the way he filled the bottle with sand and saw his friend whose dad was blowing up balloons but needed help making sure they did not blow away. Believe it or not Jimmy placed the bottle in such a way to hold them down. How clever is that!
Finally arriving at his grandmother’s house and seeing that special hug that everyone would love to share with him as the illustrations are precious and colorful and bring the story to life for younger readers, we see that she is making bread. Can you smell it? Yum Yum. But, before she can put it in the over to bake she needs some helped kneading the dough and would you believe that Jimmy used his bottle, after cleaning out the sand and making sure it was sparkling clean, as a rolling pin to help his grandmother prepare the dough for baking.
Grandma was quite creative and competitive too and check out what she and Jimmy did with the bottle and who won the contest. Walking home he still had his precious bottle and the little dog that followed him at the start of the story seemed to be keeping him company all day. But, Jimmy saw something that would light his way in the dark and placing this in his bottle would help him since he did not have a flashlight. Check out what he did when you read this great book. Arriving home he decided to use the bottle for one more thing. Hugging his mom when he arrived he presented her with something every mother would love to receive from her son. Wait until you see the special surprise he made for his mom.
This story teaches children that anything is possible if you try. Being creative is individual to the person and the many uses of the bottle are really showcased by the authors in this story. Teachers can create a pattern for a bottle on a sheet of paper and young children and create pictures of what they would do with the bottle. Older children can pretend they are Jimmy and write stories about what they would do with this bottle. Great illustrations, great story and let’s hope the author brings Jimmy back again using other things like glasses, balls, or simple objects to show that using your imagination is a wonderful thing.
This book is great for younger readers in primary grades and even grades two and three where they can create their own pictures and write stories about Jimmy and his adventures.
This book gets: FIVE GOLDEN MILK BOTTLES
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ Magazine