The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers


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In The Heart and the Bottle, a little girl enjoys the wonders of her imagination, the world, and a very special relationship. After experiencing a profound loss, she puts her heart in a bottle to protect it, not realizing that such a drastic act will have unintended consequences. This is a great example of a simple picture book that can serve as a vehicle for a powerful, deep, and engaging lesson with older students.

Possible Strategy Instruction


  • Use prior knowledge to connect with text.
  • Infer and support with evidence. 
  • Make a picture or mental image. 
  • Check for understanding. 
  • Ask questions throughout the reading process.
  • Determine and analyze author's purpose and support with text.
  • Recognize and explain cause-and-effect relationships. 


  • Flip the sound. 
  • Use the pictures . . . Do the words and pictures match?


  • Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text. 
  • Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody.
  • Read text as the author would say it, conveying the meaning or feeling. 

Expand Vocabulary

  • Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in speaking and writing (curiosities, unsure, notice, awkward, occurred). 


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