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During a visit to her great-aunt in the country, a little girl discovers a wonderful cut-glass container in the kitchen, a discovery that leads to Aunt Emma's story about how she received the family treasure, a lemon-drop jar, many years before.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-- When winter first threatens with its gray days, Great-Aunt Emma brings down her lemon jar from her big china cupboard ``. . . to invite the sun in.'' Given to her by her mother one lonely winter when Emma was away at boarding school, the jar has become a symbol of the ever-present warmth of family love. And now with her young niece's fall visit, the elderly woman once again retrieves the etched-glass jar and allows the girl to fill it with the lemon drops bought especially for her. The child muses that someday she will have a lemon jar, too, but she won't put it away. She will keep it ``. . . by my window all the time . . . to remind me of Aunt Emma.'' Kieffer's realistic acrylics richly depict Widman's comforting message of ``a hundred little suns'' passed from one generation to another. The subtle use of a patchwork quilt also extends this theme. The complementary blue and orange color scheme allows a smooth transition from the golden glow of autumn and Aunt Emma's hearth to the bleak blues of the school's isolation. The story unfolds through the niece's present-tense voice. The text is rich with poetic devices; coming from the mouth of the five-year-old narrator, some of the images seem too old or sophisticated for her age. At times, the continual use of the word ``yellow'' becomes too obvious and a bit tedious. But these shortcomings are minor. The Lemon Drop Jar is a reassuring promise of generational suns to warm our winters. --Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110027927598
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0027927598
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1992. Condition: New. Christa Kieffer (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0027927598