A LITTLE BLUE BOTTLE
WRITTEN BY JENNIFER GRANT
ILLUSTRATED BY GILLIAN WHITING
In this beautiful book for children, a child tells her story of losing a beloved neighbor and friend.
A young girl remembers playing with her neighbor’s cat, stories that her neighbor told her, and the special mementos her friend kept on a shelf above her kitchen sink, including a little blue bottle she kept to remind her of Psalm 56:8: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
A Little Blue Bottle doesn’t provide pat answers or heavy-handed messages about life or death, but allows the grieving child to articulate her loss and her love for the deceased friend, while wondering how God is near when we suffer.
A gentle and insightful resource for children who are grieving, and for those who care for them.
Age range: 3-8 years old
A Note from the Illustrator
I had a wonderful time illustrating this work with Jen, and not just because it was my first opportunity to publish a children's book. It's subject matter, dealing with grief and bereavement, came at a time in my life when I had just lost my own mother. Grief is big and scary, but it is also full of color and love, and I used my artwork as a space to explore what I couldn't yet grasp. I hope this book can help children deal with the unthinkable, especially in this time where goodbye's have come too quickly and too often. Jen's words are beautiful and cut to the core of what we need when at a loss, and I am so honored she let me give them life. Sometimes all we need is someone to sit with us and let our emotions be as they are.