It's Laura's most prized possession and she loves it dearly. This would be a good story to use when teaching students how to visualize. Her mom died and she now has a stepmother, Jane. I fell in love with Eve Bunting's writing after reading this book! Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her mother—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. She now lives in Pasadena, California. This story is full of positive messages about remembrance, family, and love, making it great for the classroom.
Each button on Laura's memory string represents a piece of her family history. I learned this the hard way, and there were beads scattering all over the room. The author truly made you feel like you were going through the journey with the characters and feel for each of them. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eventually we will read more autobiographical texts about Eve Bunting like Once Upon a Time by Eve Bunting, S is for Shamrock by Eve Bunting, and Biographies for Beginners Issue 2- Fall 2001. When Laura finds the button in the morning, she realizes Jane was responsible for finding it, and a relationship of love and understanding begins to form.
Awards: Short-listed for North Carolina Children's Book Award Picture Book 2002 Short-listed for Golden Sower Award Grades K-3 2003 Short-listed for South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award Children's 2002 Short-listed for Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award 2002 Description: 36 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm Responsibility: by Eve Bunting ; pictures by Ted Rand. Laura's father and her new stepmother Jane find all the buttons except one, a button from her father's military uniform. When Laura loses a button, Jane helps her find it. However, the message presented in the book provides many different opportunities for learners of all ages to benefit from, and can be applied to other life lessons as well. Ask your child: Laura seems pretty sad. The same thing applies here. This is a beautiful story about a young girl whose father has recently remarried, and she spends a lot of time reflecting on her memories and struggling to accept her new stepmother.
This would be a good story to use when teaching students how to visualize. This is a sweet book about a little girl who has the memory string of her family. This book was refreshing to read. There is hope for these characters in the future. After the loss of her Mother three years ago, young Laura is adapting to life with her new stepmother, Jane.
Her dad, Jane, and Lura all tried to find the buttons, but one was missing. We see the happiness that exists between Father and Jane, the colorful buttons that are representative of Laura's past, and the sadness she feels when the missing button cannot be located. Laura, Jane, and Father intently search for the lost buttons, finding all but one, her Mother's favorite. At first, she really didn't like seeing her dad that happy. Late at night, Jane finally finds the mssing button. Her mom died and she now has a stepmother, Jane.
The story of unconditional love no matter what you deem as family is overwhelmingly positive in this Another book I loved, The Memory String, written by Eve Bunting was also a touching and heartfelt story. I'm not sure if I would ever read this book to a classroom of students, but if I had anyone recently struggling with loss who was having troubles coping I would offer them this book to read. How do you think Jane feels? It's a great book to read to younger kids and especially those that you know might be going through the same type of situation. A girl named Laura collects and keeps many strings and buttons to remember the past. As she tells the stories to her cat Whiskers, he does not want to stay and rips the string, scattering the buttons.
Each button is a special memory about that person. Overall, this book was quite good. It is about a girl named Laura. She kept a bracelet that had all the things that reminded her of her mother. A child being in the middle of a divorce, or maybe have experience a parent dying could relate a lot to this book. It's also a great story because it shows a real perspective of all step parents out there, they want to connect with the kids but not overstep the line. It's difficult for Laura to see her Father so happy with Jane, the way he used to be with Mother, and she's having a hard time with Jane filling this role.
When they all fall off and come apart it is representative of a child's life changing and feeling like the pieces need to be put back together. Late at night, Jane finally finds the mssing button. This is one of the most emotional children's books I had ever come across and almost moved me to tears. Students will be able to use their prior knowledge and clues from the book to help understand how each of the characters feel and why they feel the way they do. When Laura misplaces a button from her mother, she is sent into a panic.