Synopses & Reviews
When the narrator of this story discovers she's going to have a new little brother, she's not so sure she wants one. Neither is Bubbit, her very special blue wool bunny. Her grandmother, Nonni, made Bubbit for her when she was born, so they're practically like twins.
Soon it's time for the baby to be born. Nonni comes to stay, and she brings her sewing box. And before long, the narrator has decided to sew her new baby brother something almost as special as Bubbit.
Sweetly illustrated, this is the perfect book for crafty kids as well as families expecting a new baby.
"Brimming with nostalgia, heartfelt sentimentality, and eccentricity, this portrait of a tight-knit intergenerational bond will charm Polacco enthusiasts with its old-fashioned tone and bright illustrations. Even when she is illustrating a picture of a grandmother reading to her granddaughter, Polacco fills the pages with tumbling action, familial warmth, and love. The small heroine with the big name (Paige Elizabeth Darling) cuddles with her grandmother in their favorite blue chair surrounded by pets (five Siamese cats, two terriers, a goldfish, and an unlikely pet squirrel). After Gramma makes Paige a calico bunny that the girl christens Bun Bun Button, Paige ties it to a helium balloon and it flies away. Her grandmother consoles her with the idea that the wind might blow it back ('We Darlings are lucky, after all'). Although Bun Bun's homecoming strains credulity, Polacco isn't overly concerned with reality this is, after all, a world in which Gramma's pets stand up on hind legs and dance in unison to celebrate the stuffed animal's return. Rather, Polacco offers a cozy ode to the inherent magic in a visit with a grandparent. Ages 3 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Brimming with nostalgia, heartfelt sentimentality, and eccentricity . . . portrait of a tight-knit intergenerational bond. . . . Polacco fills the pages with tumbling action, familial warmth, and love. . . . A cozy ode to the inherent magic in a visit with a grandparent."
"Concepts that young children can immediately connect with. . . . A first-rate intergenerational story, sure to be read over and over again."
"Exuberant pencil and marker illustrations. . . . A comforting story about the strong bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter and the loss and recovery of a beloved toy."
"Polacco's exuberant and expressive pictures convey Paige's excitement and delight. . . . Bun Bun's return, somewhat the worse for wear, brings a softly sentimental end to a classic childhood experience."
"[Polacco;s] pencil-and-marker illustrations always give the events a core of plausibility, making this gentle journey a good one for sensitive readers—here comfort far outweighs any trauma."
a JLG selection and#160; "Incorporating scraps of fabric themselves, Smith's mixed-media pictures reinforce the story's wholesomeness and crafting theme."
"New older siblings won't be blue for long thanks to this sweet, if special, offering."
"Full of familial warmth and sisterly pride, this would make a thoughtful read for siblings-to-be."
Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma's pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her.
This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and is perfect for children who imagine their toys have secret adventures when no one's watching.
An adorable handmade blue bunny is the star of this picture book, perfect for budding sewists and new big sisters alike.
About the Author
Patricia Polacco (www.patriciapolacco.com) was inspired to tell this story when a young visitor to one of her programs brought the much loved and tattered real-life Bun Bun Button up to her table - and gave it to her. Patricia is the beloved creator of over fifty picture books, and is also an energetic and enthusiastic public speaker - she visits over one hundred classrooms every year. She has received over seventy-five awards and honors for her work, including the Parent's Choice Award, New York Times Pick of the Year, New York State Association of Educators and Librarians Best Book of the Year, IRA Teachers Choice and Golden Kite Award. She lives in Union City, Michigan.