Juna's Jar

By New York Times

“Juna’s Jar,” written by Jane Bahk and illustrated by Felicia Hoshino, depicts a single disappointment big enough to be heartbreaking: Little Juna’s friend Hector moves away suddenly, and she is denied even a chance to say goodbye.  And while the ending, with its suggestion of a new friend for Juna, may be predictable for adult readers, young children will probably find it pleasing.  In Hoshino’s lyrical and delicately detailed watercolor illustrations, Juna is adorable, her facial expressions matching the honest emotion of the text. The role played by the book’s title object is compelling as well, and you might want to prepare for a first reading to a child by having a jar of similar size and shape on hand.