The Little Yellow Bottle

The Little Yellow Bottle


Written by Angèle Delaunois and Illustrated by Christine Delezenne


War can come in the most of innocent of packages...

Marwa and Ahmad know that war has come to their country, but its effect on their lives are small and life in their village goes on as normal. Ahmad is the goal-keeper in their games of soccer - the best they’ve ever had. One day, a group of planes flies over their village, like a swarm of angry wasps. The skies go grey, and the birds go quiet. They learn that the planes dropped small unexploded bombs all over the countryside, now hidden and lying in wait.

But life goes on, and the children once again forget about war - until a day when Marwa and Ahmad are playing, and Ahmad picks up a small yellow bottle. The resulting explosion will change their lives forever, leaving Marwa scarred, and Ahmad with only one hand and one leg. The scars of war will take a long time to heal - both those visible and those inside. But with time and courage, hope returns for both Marwa and Ahmad, who can no longer play soccer, but who has become the best coach they’ve ever had.

Includes a special forward from Handicap International.

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About the Author

Angèle Delaunois is both a children’s author and the founder and publisher of the Quebec-based press Editions de L’Isatis. The author of over forty books for children, she lives in Montreal.

About the Illustrator

Christine Delezenne created the images for The Little Yellow Bottle using a clever blend of textures, drawings, and collage, which makes them both current and timeless. She lives in Montreal.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 15, 2011

  • $15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children’s Picture Book

  • Ages 6-10 / Grades 2-5

  • Guided Reading: Q

  • ISBN: 9781926920344


  • Character Education
    > Empathy

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > War & Conflict

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Abilities


Awards for The Little Yellow Bottle

  • 2013 Shining Willow Award Finalist (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Award - SYRCA)

  • Original French edition, Une Petite Bouteille Jaune, (2010, Editions de l'Isatis, Quebec) was a 2011 IBBY International Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities

Praise for The Little Yellow Bottle

"This book is recommended for both school and public libraries. Because of the serious subject of war and the sophisticated illustrations this book could be used as a teaching tool for older grades." - Resource Links

"The use of first-person narrative gives a unique perspective not often realized or understood. Delaunois has Marwa speak with such honesty. It reminds the reader that, though children may live in the midst of war, they themselves aren't 'at war with anyone.'... Delezenne's blend of collage, drawings and texture juxtapose the images of war from a child's perspective. They encapsulate the journey a child of war is forced to take. Though it begins with complete blackness, it can end with a winged soccer ball." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Delezenne’s illustrations are wonderful on their own and perfectly suited to the accompanying text. She uses a warm colour palate throughout, and distills her drawings down to the simplest elements. Her striking images will stand out to both adults and children, and they do well to enhance the emotional resonance of the story. This is a wonderful book and a worthy one..." - The Deakin Review of Children's Literature