Synopses & Reviews
Each button on Lauraand#8217;s memory string represents a piece of her family history. The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her motherand#151;a button from her prom dress, a white one off her wedding dress, and a single small button from the nightgown she was wearing on the day she died. When the string breaks, Lauraand#8217;s new stepmother, Jane, is there to comfort Laura and search for a missing button, just as Lauraand#8217;s mother would have done. But itand#8217;s not the sameand#151;Jane isnand#8217;t Mom. In Eve Buntingand#8217;s moving story, beautifully illustrated by Ted Rand, Laura discovers that a memory string is not just for remembering the past: itand#8217;s also for recording new memories.
"A first-rate picture book that deserves a place in all collections. Sure to spark discussion." School Library Journal, Starred
"A sensitive and moving picture book, and a great discussion book as well." School Library Journal, Starred
Bunting has found an original way to tell an old story about making room for new memories.
"the story offers a hopeful beginning and invites readers to think about ways to remember family history" School Library Journal
"The earnestness...is balanced with tenderness, and Rand's realistic artwork concentrates on the faces of the family and the emotions that cross them." Booklist, ALA
"Though this book is set near Halloween, children who enjoy a good shiver will want to read or hear it year-round."--School Library Journal
A homeless boy who lives in an airport with his father, moving from terminal to terminal trying not to be noticed, is given hope when a trapped bird finally finds its freedom.
A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
A skeleton takes on a life of its own in this eerie Halloween story told in a Poe-like cadence.
In this rhythmic story, an unsuspecting brother and sister bring a toy skeleton home from the harvest fair. They name it Fred McFee and hang it from a sycamore tree. Soon, eerie things begin to happen. And then on Halloween night, Fred vanishes!
In the late 1880s, a Cheyenne boy named Young Bull is taken from his parents and sent to a boarding school to learn the white man's ways. "Young Bull's struggle to hold on to his heritage will touch children's sense of justice and lead to some interesting discussions and perhaps further research." School Library Journal
The search for a lost button from a cherished memory string helps a young girl cope with the emotional loss of her late mother and become more accepting of the love her stepmother has to give and new memories to be made.
About the Author
EVE BUNTING has writtenandnbsp;over two hundredandnbsp;books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.The late TEDandnbsp;RANDandnbsp;wasandnbsp;the esteemed illustrator of many picture books, including Eve Buntingand#39;s Secret Place and The Memory String.