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Children's Fiction Emotions & Feelings

One More Jar of Jam

by (author) Michelle Sumovich

illustrated by Gracey Zhang

Penguin Young Readers Group
Initial publish date
Aug 2023
Emotions & Feelings, Environment, Cooking & Food
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2023
    List Price

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A sparkling and deeply felt story of love, loss, renewal—and jam!—offering a gentle reminder of the cyclical nature of the world around us.

If you ever have a mulberry tree, you’ll climb branches and shake with all your might. You’ll gather berries and smush fruits, while your dad boils jars in a tall, silver pot sweating and happy as the kitchen fills with steam. Because if you’ve ever had a mulberry tree, you know that the sweetest things are worth waiting for.

Sumptuous text and deliciously expressive illustrations come together to form a gentle ode to nature’s bounty, to patience, and to one girl’s lifelong connection to the tree in her yard.

About the authors

Michelle Sumovich's profile page

Gracey Zhang is an illustrator and animator with a love of storytelling and verse. She is the author and illustrator of Lala's Words and the illustrator of The Big Bath House, Nigel and the Moon, and The Upside Down Hat. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and received her degree in Illustration from RISD. Gracey is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where she can be found window watching from the train when she's not scribbling away at her desk. You can visit her at

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Editorial Reviews

“Knowledge that comes with the caretaking and harvesting of trees, a seasonal scale, and affectionate images of an interracial family who share joy and loss together all flavor this personal-feeling tale.” –Publishers Weekly

“A quiet, heartfelt picture book.” –Booklist

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