Wednesday, April 22, 2015
PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Juna's Jar by Jane Bahk
ABOUT THE BOOK
Sometimes a simple, everyday object can take you away on great adventures. Juna and her best friend, Hector, have many adventures together, and they love to collect things in empty kimchi jars. Then one day, Hector unexpectedly moves away without having a chance to say good-bye. Juna is heartbroken and left to wonder who will on go on adventures with her. Determined to find Hector, Juna turns to her special kimchi jar for help each night. She plunges into the depths of the ocean, swings on vines through the jungle, and flies through the night sky in search of her friend. What Juna finds is that adventure and new friends can be found in the most unexpected places. Coupled with dreamy watercolor illustrations by Felicia Hoshino, Juna's Jar is a heart-warming and whimsical tale about the power of the imagination.
Juna's Jar presents an adorable story about friendship and the power of imagination. When Juna's best friend moves away she is very sad, but with the help of her brother, she continues to explore the world around her by placing various things in her kimchi jar. She starts with a fish in her jar. During the night when everyone else is sleeping, Juna goes on an adventure with the fish through the ocean searching for her friend, Hector. By the end of the book, Juna has come to terms with the loss of her friends and even manages to make a new friend. A delightful book that encourages imaginative play and respect and admiration for the environment. A definite winner.