A young girl loves to wonder about the world and shares her wondering with an older gentleman. The text is told through narration and the two characters thoughts are told through mini illustrations in speech bubbles. This is brillant and what a unique approach to illustrating dialogue. I think students of all ages would enjoy trying this technique. The little girls loves discovering and wondering about things until one day she goes to share her discoveries with the older gentleman and his chair is empty. She is so sad, she decides to put her heart in a glass bottle and wear it around her neck to keep it safe. Don't we wish we could keep our hearts safe when we lose someone? The little girl continues to grow and wear her heart in a bottle. We learn she's not wondering and discovering as she once did. She meets a little girl at the sea who is curious and wants to share this with her but she can't because her heart is in a bottle. With the help of this little girl, her heart is taken out of the bottle, wonder is brought back into her life, and the chair is no longer empty.
I think it's important in teaching to wonder with our students and about our students and it takes the heart to do it right. Embrace your heart and wonder.